SHANGHAI, Aug. 19 (SMM) – The Aug. 12 Tianjin warehouse blast negatively affects the neighboring lead-acid battery makers but does no harm to Chinese battery industry as a whole, SMM states.
“Initially, battery makers within 10 km from the blasts site are required to halt operation, but later the distance is narrowed to 3 km with the situation got control, ” a motive battery producer noted.
An ignition battery producer also expressed that windows, doors and glasses of its plant were damaged and thus workers had a week off. But there exist regular summer vacations each year, therefore, this month’s output will not be influenced through time shift. The producer restarts operation Aug. 19.
“Almost all our motorbike batteries are exported. Tianjin port has not operated after the blast. Thus, our exports will be impacted for a short term,” 1 motorbike battery producer added.
As we can see, only part of nearby battery makers suffer production cut while other distant battery producers keep normal operation. Additionally, most irregular battery producers in Tianjin were already closed due to environmental protection crackdowns. Tianjin-based lead-acid battery makers claim a small portion in China. As such, domestic lead-acid battery industry is little hurt.
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