ECOBAT operates a total of 13 smelters, with a
typical annual lead production of around 840,000 tonnes.
Nine of these are
based in Europe, three in the U.S.A, and one in South Africa. In South Africa
there are also two non-ferrous smelting operations producing zinc and
Within the Group there are companies producing
anodes for the copper and zinc industries in Europe, South Africa and Zambia,
whilst others produce lead chemicals, industrial minerals, engineered plastics
At each of the operations ECOBAT utilises latest cutting-edge technologies such as for example the QSL process to assure highly efficient and environmentally responsible production of the highest quality lead, specifically designed for the lead-acid battery manufacturer.
ECOBAT lead and lead products are used in a
wide range of industries including batteries, buildings, chemicals and nuclear.
As a leading producer we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality
products to our clients in any industry and business.
All ECOBAT lead smelting operations are certified to the internationally recognised quality standard ISO 9001.
ECOBAT operates the only primary lead smelter in
Germany. This smelter in Stolberg relies on the environmentally-friendly and
energy-saving technology of the QSL process.
Here, lead is won by
charging lead concentrates and secondary raw materials to a single, self-contained
aggregate, the so-called QSL reactor. This process is acknowledged world-wide
as being one of the most modern, the most environmentally-friendly and the most
efficient of its kind.
The Stolberg operation produces high-grade premium lead under the trade-name STOLBERG and more than 100 different lead alloys according to customer specifications, sulphuric acid, silver, copper-lead matte and BERZELIT®-slag.
Our secondary lead smelters recycle discarded batteries, lead scrap, industrial
wastes containing lead and tin and industrial production residues.
Engitec, a state-of-the-art technology which is used for pretreatment, ensures a multistage separation of the components into the different fractions of lead
paste, sulphuric acid, plastics and grid metal.
In the following step of
smelting in short rotary furnaces, the separated lead grids, desulphurised lead
paste, lead scrap, and lead-containing residues are reduced to lead bullion.
Besides lead and lead alloys, the secondary lead smelters of ECOBAT also
produce polypropylene (PP) chips , Seculene PP and sodium sulphate.
Several of our operations utilise the dressed PP chips and other plastic scrap to produce high-grade PP compounds with the trade name Seculene® - a material which is of the same quality as polypropylene won using primary raw materials. Our UK operation offers high-quality PP Chips for further treatment to the market.
The site in Freiberg, Germany is unique. In cooperation with the other plants of the ECOBAT group, it runs an environmentally friendly incineration plant for hazardous wastes.
ECOBAT produces and supplies a variety of special metals and alloys at premium qualities.
Highly refined soft lead products from recycled sources are an innovation brought by ECOBAT technologies.
Quality production of branded primary and secondary lead
The ECOBAT owned RSR Anode brand is recognized throughout the world for high quality electrorefining and electrowinning of non-ferrous metals.
The ECOBAT Sheet Division produces specialised Rolled Lead Sheet products at its two plants: BLM British Lead in the UK and Le Plomb Français in France.
During the desulphurization of lead pastes, a sodium sulphate solution is produced. This is then dried in crystallisation aggregates to deliver anhydrous sodium sulphate - a raw material for the glass and detergent industry.
Sulphuric acid derives from the contact process from the sulphur-containing process gases of the primary smelter.
Silver is extracted from the by-product auriferous silver by using QSL Technology.
Seculene PP, made solely from secondary raw materials, is an innovative and high quality product.