St. Louis (PRWEB) June 23, 2013
John Likarish, marketing manager at The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), presented at the 18th International Lead Conference. The conference, hosted in Prague, Czech Republic, from June 19 through 21, 2013, focused on the future of the lead industry, and served as an opportunity for battery producers, metals providers and related leaders to examine challenges and opportunities facing their industry.
Hosted by the International Lead Association (ILA), the conference provided a forum to discuss lead market growth and prospects, industry trends, challenges of meeting more stringent regulations, and the promotion of lead’s sustainability.
“Lead’s use in battery applications is one of the most under recognized, sustainable uses of a metal in the world,” Likarish shared in his remarks. “More than 98 percent of lead acid batteries are recycled in North America, returning valuable metal back into use. Advances continue to be made in the technology that starts more than 1 billion automobiles globally, and we believe advanced lead-acid batteries will continue to store power for mild hybrid-electric cars. It’s time to recognize the value this metal brings to provide power, protection and convenience in our lives.”
Likarish shared information on a variety of innovative applications, such as the LC Super Hybrid prototype vehicle, which demonstrates improved gas economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions at lower costs. For this reason, industry experts are forecasting advanced lead-acid batteries will provide stored energy for approximately 130 million micro-hybrid vehicles globally by 2018.
The ILA’s International Lead Conference 2013 welcomed speakers from the U.S., U.K., India, Belgium, China, Italy, Australia and Canada.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com or sustainability.doerun.com.