MB LEAD CONF: Lead industry ready for fight against competition from lithium in batteries

The threat of lithium-ion technology taking market share from lead in the battery sector has been a dominant topic at Metal Bulletin’s 9th World Lead conference in Krakow this week.

While some market participants still ignore the threat, a majority now accepts that lithium-ion is an established alternative and will continue to take market share from lead in batteries. “Even without a lead ban, the lithium-ion battery is a serious candidate for automotive applications,” Exide director Olaf Sielemann said. Lithium-ion batteries last two to five times longer than lead-acid ones, do not require any maintenance, do not release any gas, are lighter and smaller and do not self-discharge as much. But they are much more...


Perrine Faye

March 30, 2017

10:50 GMT