Bulgaria / Romania – Bulgarian car battery maker Monbat has officially inaugurated a Euro 13 million lead recycling plant near Romania’s capital Bucharest.
The ceremony was attended by Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boiko Borisov and his Romanian counterpart Emil Boc.
The plant is Bulgaria’s most important investment in Romania, said Mr Boc. Employing 65 people, Monbat expects the factory – the company’s third recycling unit – to process between 15 000 and 16 000 tonnes of lead and lead alloys per annum. However, its annual capacity for crushing used lead and lead alloys is 40 000 tonnes while that of the metallurgical section is 22 000 tonnes. The processed lead and lead alloys will be sold on the EU market as well as in other countries, including for production of batteries by the parent company in Bulgaria.
This is Monbat’s second plant outside of Bulgaria for recycling used lead-acid batteries following the inauguration of a unit in Serbia in September 2010. Monbat Recycling is part of Prista Oil, owned by Bulgarian brothers Plamen and Atanas Bobokov.
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