January 28, 2021: A fire broke out in the battery manufacturing plant of Jász-Plasztik, the Hungarian lead battery manufacturer and plastics group, during the night of January 20.
In a letter entitled Force Majeure, seen by Batteries International, the firm said: “The damage assessment is still ongoing, but our entire formation capacity has been destroyed. This crash affects both our starter- and traction cell programs.
“The used battery recycling plant and the starter and cell assembly unit are not damaged. It is expected that our dry production will be able to start again within a month, and we are already working to build a temporary formation capacity.”
A Bulgarian magazine said that none of the employees will lose their jobs due to the fire in the approximately nine thousand square meter unit of the battery production plant. Some 45 employees involved will be redeployed to other areas.
Jász-Plasztik is a family-owned group of companies operating in Jászberény, Hungary. Its origins are a rags-to-riches story of how a young engineer Lajos Kasza and his cousin János Kasza set up a small cooperative in a garage looking at injection moulding in 1986. In May 1990 the firm became a limited company. In 1994 it went into battery manufacturing and then expanded into other related areas of busines.
It has since grown to employ some 5,000 staff over various sites across Europe.