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How Recycling is Changing the Lead–Acid Battery Economy in the Middle East

The number of passenger cars in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is estimated to increase by an average of 7.4% annually to hit 19.1 million by 2020. This development is in line both with a population forecast of 53.5 million by 2020 and with an expected 56% growth in the GDP. Despite the anticipated increase in the market for battery electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion technology, it is predicted that vehicles powered by fossil fuel will still dominate for the foreseeable future, particularly with the introduction of stop–start and hybrid vehicles. Accordingly, the presentation will show how the demand for lead–acid batteries will increase and thereby promote the need to recycle within the circular economy model, for which the lead–acid battery life cycle is a prime example.

Eng. Salam Al Sharif

Sharif Metals Group Chairman , BIR Amb. Comm. Chairman, BMR Hon. Chairman

Salam Al Sharif is a Civil and Metallurgical Engineer who graduated from Texas A&M University and obtained an Executive MBA from Cambridge Massachusetts. He has 35 years' experience in the metals recycling industry and has held progressive positions at the Bureau of International Recycling from a Board Member to Vice President and currently as the Chairman of the Ambassadors Committee.