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Our new virtual platform means that for 17ELBC we’re able to continue bringing you the same high quality and extensive programme, together with leading experts and company executives to share their analysis and with you in this critical time. ELBC’s Industry Insights session is an opportunity to take stock, review the year that’s been and analyse market forecasts, as well as opportunities and threats for the next twelve months and beyond. On 22 September we will be live streaming six presentations on this theme while additional presentations will become available for viewing on demand in the auditorium at the same time.

Mark Wallace

Our keynote paper will be delivered by new Clarios President and CEO Mark Wallace, who takes the reins of the world’s largest supplier of automotive batteries at such a pivotal time. He will be setting out Clarios’s multifaceted, global strategy on the benefits of lead batteries as well as the economic, social, and environmental impact of responsible battery manufacturing and recycling. He will also update on the company’s commitment to “package power to meet societal needs – in a safe, sustainable and scalable manner.”

Mark joins Clarios with decades of leadership in the automotive, commercial vehicle, off-highway and aftermarket industries. Since his tenure only began in May this year, we’re proud to note that ELBC is his event of choice for his first address to the global lead battery industry.

Dr Alistair Davidson

This is the first ELBC co-organised by ILA and CBI – both dedicated exclusively to supporting the lead and lead battery industries worldwide. CBI’s focus on supporting research and innovation is essential to the future of the industry, and Director Dr Alistair Davidson will give an overview of the work of the world’s only lead battery research hub, including updates from its exciting research program. Watch Dr Davidson here tell us more about what he’s looking forward to at this year’s conference.

With the challenging year, it’s ever more critical to track market forecasts more closely. Another of Industry Insights speakers is best placed share the insights you need to plan for next year and beyond: Huw Roberts is an economist and co-founder of CHR Metals Limited. The company has an international reputation for providing in-depth analysis of the global zinc and lead industries, offering particular insight into developments in China. Added to Huw’s expansive career in the metals industry, working for an LME broker as well as a number of years with a mining company, means that CHR Metals’ insights into how developments in China may reshape global lead supply and demand will be particularly useful and unique for ELBC delegates.

Huw Roberts

China’s move from undercutting primary lead smelters elsewhere to becoming a major exporter of refined lead has had an important impact on lead prices while China battery makers have also become large suppliers to overseas markets. These changes in the Chinese market may reshape patterns of global lead supply and demand again. Huw will discuss how factors affecting whether demand will decline, or whether growth will merely slow, will depend on how well lead batteries hold onto the market for e-bike batteries, changes in the use of electric tricycles and low speed vehicles, growth of electric vehicle sales and the use of lead batteries in power back-up and storage applications. But what about the tax regime encouraging some battery makers to move their export-oriented operations offshore? Will this increase demand for lead outside China at the expense of domestic demand?

Huw will cover all this and discuss the impact of China’s peak on the global lead market, its supply chains and price of lead assessed. Check out his abstract here.

What do you think? Don’t forget delegates can pose questions to these speakers and more, live via the virtual conference platform – register here and join the experts at 17ELBC.