It gives me great pleasure to extend to you all a very warm invitation to participate in the 16th Asian Battery Conference (16ABC) and Exhibition to be held at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.
Over the years, the conference content and its drivers have of course changed ― from a very technical and scientific format to one that now also addresses the commercial and socio economic aspects of a growing, developing industry. At the time of 1ABC, back in 1988, the world lead tonnage consumed was 5.5 million tonnes with 65% entering the battery market, today we consume over 11 million tonnes with 85% being converted to batteries. The range and types of batteries we now produce have also changed during this period with VRLA a standard product and designs for stop–start vehicles becoming commonplace.
It’s a far cry from 2ABC when the market was dominated by the use of antimonial alloys and when many Asian producers were only starting to think about converting the negative into a calcium alloy and producing their first ‘hybrid’ battery.
So it is with this history and background that I have great pleasure in welcoming all delegates to the 16ABC in Bangkok, which aims to deliver an enhanced knowledge and a greater appreciation of our wonderful and growing industry.
Conference Chair: 16th Asian Battery Conference and Exhibition