Environmental protection inspection hits Chinese Lead-Acid Battery Industry
SHANGHAI (Scrap Register): China’s fourth round of environmental protection inspection teams arrived at Jilin, Zhejiang, Shandong, Hainan, Sichuan, Tibet, Qinghai and Xinjiang during August 7-15 for one month’s inspections.
There are many large lead-acid battery producers in Zhejiang, Shandong and Sichuan, including Zhejiang Tianneng, Zhejiang Chilwee, Narada, Johnson Controls, Jujiang Power Technology, Shandong Chilwee, Nuoli, Sacred Sun, Cane, Ruiyu Battery, Chuanxi Storage Battery Group, Sichuan Narada and Liyang.
SMM survey found this round of environmental checks made different impact on lead-acid battery producers. Some producers cut output by 10-40% to reduce polluted emission during the inspection period, while many small producers were called to shut down as emission failed meeting standard.
Moreover, insufficient raw material supply also restricted production at battery producers. Most small secondary lead smelters were under off-line due to environmental checks, tightening lead supply. Besides, plastic, paper and packing producers also halted operation, slashing supply of battery containers and paper packing.
Hundreds of plastic plants in Liuguanzhuang town in Shandong’ Rizhao were closed down after failing meeting environmental standards.
However, this round of environmental inspections made limited impact on large producers.