2015 is a critical year for the lead industry as it faces up to a number of significant opportunities and threats. The response requires strong partnerships throughout the value chain for lead. Accordingly, the International Lead Association (ILA) is striving to unite the entire lead industry under a single, clear and focused global programme of action. This also includes closer integration with the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) which carries out vital pre-competitive research. Lead batteries today are essential, sustainable and innovative. A strong research and development programme will enable these batteries to meet their full potential and thereby maintain — even enhance — their position as the product of choice in an expanding range of automotive and stationary applications. Technical developments alone will not, however, be sufficient to secure the industry’s well-being. Too few people fully appreciate the extent to which society benefits from lead batteries and even fewer recognize their potential. Indeed an increasing body actively promote the view that there is no future need for lead and lead batteries. The industry must therefore invest in communicating a compelling account of the many benefits they bring to society. This presentation will explore the opportunities and threats facing the industry and report on the efforts of ILA and ALABC to mount a world-wide response.

Andy Bush
International Lead Association
Managing Director

Biography: Dr Andy Bush joined the Lead Development Association International as a Technical Officer in 1997 before becoming LDAI's Manager for Science and later Director of the International Lead Association Europe. Andy was appointed to the role of Managing Director of the International Lead Association in 2011. On the regulatory side he has co-ordinated the lead industry’s activities on REACH and a number of other EU programmes. He has held the Chairmanship of several Eurométaux groups as well as the chairmanship of an International Council on Mining and Metals technical group providing global coordination on legislation affecting the wider metals industry. He also managed the voluntary risk assessment on lead (2001–2007).

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