New Agreement Signals Closer Co-operation Between International Lead Association and the Chinese Lead Industry

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ILA and China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association forge closer links.

ILA Managing Director, Dr Andy Bush (right) and CNIA Vice-President, Pan Wenju sign the Memorandum of Understanding

We look forward to working together on projects that will help secure a long and sustainable future for the lead industry.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the International Lead Association (ILA) and the Chinese Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA) aims to support and improve the health of workers, communities and the environment in China and the rest of the world.

The MOU, signed in Beijing last week, will mean closer links between ILA, the worldwide membership body that supports companies involved in the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead, and CNIA which represents China’s lead industry.

ILA Managing Director Dr Andy Bush and CNIA Vice-President Pan Wenju represented the respective trade associations at a signing ceremony which took place at the 16th China International Lead Conference.

In his speech Dr Bush said: "I am delighted, on behalf of the ILA membership, to take this important step in forging closer relations with CNIA. We look forward to working together on projects that will help secure a long and sustainable future for the lead industry."

Vice-President Pan Wenju said: “This has been good opportunity to reach an agreement with ILA at the Conference. The MOU provides a platform for Chinese enterprises and ILA member companies to exchange opinions and enhance cooperation. I hope that we can work together to promote the lead industry to be a green industry.”

ILA has already developed a strong relationship with CNIA through joint initiatives with the ILA-funded International Lead Management Center on the development of a ground-breaking Benchmarking Assessment Tool for the environmentally sound management of used lead-acid batteries. The project was successfully piloted by the Chinese lead industry and ILMC at a CNIA-organised workshop earlier this year.

In addition the ILA-supported Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium is working with the Chinese industry in the development of industrial lead-acid batteries to improve the energy efficiency of lifting equipment, such as port cranes and elevators.

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About the ILA

The International Lead Association is the worldwide membership body that supports companies involved in the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. The ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead.

With offices in the UK and USA the ILA provides a range of technical, scientific and communications support and is focused on all aspects of the industry’s safe production, use and recycling of lead and helps funds bodies such as the International Lead Management Center and ILZRO.

The Lead REACH Consortium is a stand-alone project of ILA-Europe and its activities are funded by 100 member companies.

ILA also supports the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium, which manages the research, development and promotion of lead-based batteries for markets such as hybrid electric vehicles, start-stop automotive systems and grid-scale energy storage applications.

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