International Lead Award for Brian Wilson recognises ILMC’s contribution to environmental stewardship

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The important role of environmental stewardship has been recognised in this year’s International Lead Award with the honour going to Brian Wilson of the International Lead Management Center (ILMC), which is funded by the International Lead Association.

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A great example of the lead industry's commitment to taking responsibility for its products throughout the world.

The important role of environmental stewardship has been recognised in this year’s International Lead Award with the honour going to Brian Wilson of the International Lead Management Center (ILMC).

Presented at the 15th Asian Battery Conference, in Singapore, the annual award is presented to an individual who has made a major contribution through their working life to the lead and lead-acid battery industries. The Award recognises Brian Wilson’s diverse role as Program Manager with the ILMC in the field of environmental stewardship and risk management.

The ILMC is an activity of the International Lead Association and assists in the management of risks associated with lead across all aspects of the lead industry in developing regions and those in transition. A significant focus of ILMC’s recent work has been the improvement of practices for the recycling of used lead-acid batteries (ULAB) in Central America, Africa and India.

Awards Committee chairman, David Wilson (no relation), said: “In a role that can sometimes attract criticism and which doesn’t always enjoy the positive feedback it deserves, Brian Wilson has continued to develop sound environmental systems, to educate individuals, companies and governments and to drive change in many developing countries. There are very few ‘thank-you’s’ in this role, but with immense passion his aim has always been to see ‘the proper thing done’.”

Brian Wilson has spent much of his working life in the lead industry. For many years he was employed by a major lead producing company gaining experience in areas as diverse as plant operation, health and safety, and human resources. In 1996 the lead industry created the ILMC and Brian moved to North Carolina to coordinate the ILMC’s programme of activities.

Since then the task of improving the management of lead has involved developing a considerable body of risk management literature and working with industry, governments and inter-governmental organisations to set up practical risk management programmes in a wide range of countries.

ILA Managing Director, Dr Andy Bush, said: "I’m delighted to see Brian’s tremendous contribution to improving the management of lead recognised by this award. His passion and dedication to the work of the ILMC is extraordinary and a great example of the lead industry’s commitment to taking responsibility for its products throughout the world.”

In his acceptance speech Brian Wilson said: “I have been most fortunate to meet and work with some remarkable people who share a vision for this world and our industry that takes us forward in a sustainable manner that provides essential services to our modern society and a clean future for generations to come.”

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About the International Lead Award
The International Lead Award was conceived in 2002 and has been presented to a deserving individual during the course of one of the premier international lead-acid battery conferences – either the Asian Battery Conference or the European Lead Battery Conference.

The Awards Committee constantly reviews developments in the fields of lead metallurgy and electrochemistry in order to identify those who make a significant contribution to our understanding of the science and practice in areas such as lead production and recycling, lead alloys, battery design and battery performance.

Past winners: 2003 John E Manders; 2004 Jerome F Cole; 2005 Lan Lam; 2006 R David Prengaman; 2007 John L Devitt; 2008 Allan Cooper; 2009 L Pugazhenthy; 2010 Detchko Pavlov; 2011 Robert P Flicker; 2012 Norbert Maleschitz

The International Lead Association is a 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 and almost two thirds of lead production in the western world.

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 ILMC and the International Lead Zinc Research Organization.

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. Visit

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