Johnson Controls to build US$105mn car battery recycling plant

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Car battery manufacturer Johnson Controls will invest US$105mn in the construction of a car battery recycling plant in the municipality of García, in Mexico's Nuevo León state, local press reported.

"We are just starting the project and hope to begin operations at the new plant in September 2010," said Rodrigo Pavón, the firm's strategic project director in Latin America.

Johnson Controls already operates a plant in Ciénega de Flores, in capital Monterrey, which currently recycles 50% of the batteries it produces in the country.

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The new plant will allow the company to recycle 100% of the batteries it produces, which will be collected through its existing battery distribution network.

The 18ha plant will use completely automated processes, which means workers will have no contact with the materials, according to Pavón.

The facility will also have negative air pressure, which means no air will leave the building, preventing gas, dust and particle emissions.

Johnson Controls is the largest car battery manufacturer in the Americas, producing 25mn batteries/y.