Dubatt breaks ground on state-of-the-art battery recycling plant at Dubai Industrial City

Dubatt breaks ground on state-of-the-art battery recycling plant at Dubai Industrial City

  • Dubatt promotes the UAE Circular Economy Policy and advances the national sustainability agenda
  • One of MENA’s largest recycling facility is being developed at an investment of AED 110 million
  • The 70,000-square foot facility can recycle up to 25,000 metric tons of used lead acid battery ensuring safety for workers and the environment
  • Plans to launch `Made in UAE’ batteries in future as part of vertical integration

Dubai, March 21, 2022: Dubatt Battery Recycling, a joint venture between the Regency Group for Corporate Management L.L.C and Seashore Group, today broke ground on a 70,000-square foot, first-of-its-kind, fully integrated lead acid battery (LAB) recycling plant at Dubai Industrial City.

Spread over a land area of 154,000 sqft and being developed at an investment of AED110 million, the state-of-the-art facility will contribute to the UAE Circular Economy Policy and Sustainability Goals by transforming used batteries into lead ingots and plastic chips for reuse by battery manufacturers.

Unveiling the details of Dubatt at a press conference, promoters said the plant is scheduled to be fully operational by January 2023. Earlier in the day, the groundbreaking ceremony attended by Mr. Saud Abu Al Shawareb, Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City, was held in the presence of delegates from various government officials and VIPs.

The guests of honor at the ceremony included Eng. Abdul Majeed Abdul Azeez Saifaie, Director, Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality, and Mr. Abdullah Al Mahri, Director, Investments and Stakeholder Management, Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology.

”The UAE’s sustainability agenda is catalyzing the rise and expansion of innovative businesses working to reduce our ecological footprint through sustainable solutions. As the region’s leading industrial hub, it is part of our purview to complement these efforts and support our leadership’s vision for a clean future by providing enabling infrastructure and framework that supports the reclamation of hazardous materials like lead and plastic into reusable products,” said Mr. Saud Abu Al Shawareb.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dubatt Battery Recycling to our growing roster of cutting-edge recycling plants that will serve as a beacon of green technology and pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future in the region,” he added.

“Dubatt is an inspirational investment from the UAE Circular Economy Policy and Sustainability Goals. The project has been launched under the patronage and approvals from various government entities such as Dubai Municipality, Dubai Environment, Ministry of Industries and Advanced technology and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Upon completion, we will act as an organized recycler and waste management facility for ULA batteries thereby promoting reduction of carbon footprint and climate change,” said Mr. Shamsudheen Binmohideen, Chairman of the entity at the press conference.

The press conference was also addressed by Mr. Ali Ibrahim, Deputy Director General of Dubai Economy, Eng. Saeed Alawadi, CEO, Dubai Industries and Exports and Mr. Giacomo Civettilo, Founder and Director for SERI Group, Italy.

The Dubatt plant will start with a 10 ton/hour battery breaker, 4 cubic meter smelter and 4 refinery kettles. Initial capacity is to recycle up to 25,000 metric tonnes of ULABS (Used lead acid batteries) annually and produce 14,000 tonnes of lead ingots and 1,750 tonnes of plastic chips which will be sold to battery manufacturers, medical, fishing, and other industrial sectors. This accounts for recycling around 35% of the lead acid battery scrap generated in the UAE.

The plant machinery and technology are provided by FIB SPA, part of SERI Group Italy who are the pioneers in battery recycling technology with expertise in setting up numerous plants across the world. 

Environmental concern

“A study we undertook found that the UAE produces approximately 6,000 metric tons of batteries per month and globally  battery scraps are not processed in an environment friendly manner. In many parts of the world  scrap batteries are exported after dumping the acid into the soil which is extremely hazardous, polluting the air, water and soil, ´ said Mr. Hasique Pandikadavath, Director of Dubatt.

He said that  globally unorganized battery processors  break open ULABS, take the lead plates and grids manually, smelt them in rudimentary ovens and make lead ingots.

“We aim to enhance the efficient repurposing of batteries by sourcing it from the  market, collaborating with major battery traders, scrap traders, car dealerships, garages, and government authorities. We also solicit the support of all relevant stakeholders, the media and the public in contributing to this Green Clean Initiative,” added Mr. Pandikadavath.

Future Plan – `Made in UAE’ batteries

“We are planning to double our recycling capacity within a year from our commercial production and our plant is constructed with this provision to expand. Our future plan is to set up a lead acid battery production plant in the next two years as part of our vertical integration and expansion. We intend to produce a `Made in UAE’ brand of batteries soon,” said Mr. Binmohideen.

The Group is also looking at a technology partnership with FAAM Italy, a division of SERI Group Italy, for manufacturing new advanced lithium-ion batteries to power electric vehicles and other applications. Dubatt’s technology partner is SERI SRL who are the pioneers in battery recycling and lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

Notes to the editor:

Regency Group

Regency Group is a UAE Based holding company established in 1994, and in the last two decades the group has grown exponentially.  It owns a diverse portfolio of businesses across retail, hospitality, healthcare, media, general trading, education, mining & manufacturing. The group has established a global presence and are further expanding its reach. The most visible outpost of Regency Group is Grand Hypermarkets, with 86 outlets and 6,000+ employees across the GCC and India. Regency group operates in the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, India, China, Thailand and Azerbaijan with an annual turnover of AED 1.6 billion.

Seashore Group

Seashore group, established in 1989, is one of the largest multifaceted business house with operations in the UAE and Qatar. Seashore group consists of 15 business divisions across manufacturing, recycling, waste management, engineering, construction, trading, and stevedoring. Seashore Group is a pioneer in the field of environmental management, recycling and manufacturing value added products from the recycled products. They have business operations in Qatar, India and Africa, and have the expertise in recycling and manufacturing across sectors such as steel, cooper, lead, aluminum, plastic and oil. The Group has grown to a business conglomerate with over 5,000 employees and its current asset value is over QR 1 Billion.

About Dubai Industrial City

Dubai Industrial City provides intelligent infrastructure and integrated solutions for manufacturers and businesses. It is a key stakeholder in the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, tasked with developing priority areas including the Food and Beverage industry. The hub is home to over 280 factories and more than 750 business partners in sector-specific zones, including major local and multinational organisations such as Unilever, Patchi, Almarai Group, NMC Trading, Asmak, Al Futtaim Logistics and Alshaya.

 Offering a cost-effective and efficient business environment for the region’s manufacturing sector, Dubai Industrial City today serves as an enabling ecosystem for manufacturing and logistics with its integrated offerings of industrial land, state-of-the-art warehousing, office space, retail space, showrooms, and worker accommodation.

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