March 10, 2022: On March 1, Andy Bush marked a quarter century of working for the International Lead Association — the trade association representing the global lead industry that he has led as managing director since 2011.
Bush (pictured above) joined the ILA as a technical officer the year that the association started using email and the internet.
He had coordinated the lead industry’s activities on the EU REACH Regulation and several other key EU regulatory programs, before his appointment as MD.
Bush has since led a global restructuring of several lead industry organizations, refocusing efforts on a new, coordinated strategy to promote and protect the interests of the lead industry worldwide.
He also oversaw the launch in 2019 of the Consortium for Battery Innovation, formerly the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium.
During his 25-year tenure at the ILA, Bush has witnessed strong growth in lead demand — doubling from 6 million tonnes in his first year to more than 12 million tonnes in 2021, primarily due to increased global utilization of lead batteries in automotive applications and increasingly in energy storage applications supporting decarbonization.
Bush said: “The lead industry has made huge strides. Lead is a metal that continues to play an essential role in products we all rely on and which will make a positive impact on the way we live in the future.
“Its unique properties continue to make it invaluable in battery energy storage and, thanks to the services of the lead industry, it is the most highly recycled consumer product, a model for the circular economy.”
Bush said the industry’s commitment to “safe, responsible recycling for a sustainable future has remained both a constant focus for the industry and a personal priority.
“Above all it has been a privilege to work alongside so many companies and individuals who share our vision for a sustainable future for lead, many of whom continue to provide invaluable insight and support, and all of whom make a positive impact on the future success of the industry.”