Exide Technologies' Maple, Ontario Facility Wins Environmental Award

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Exide Technologies

    MAPLE, Ontario, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 Exide Technologies (NYSE:   EX) manufacturing facility in Maple, Ontario,
 Canada, recently earned the 2001 Environmental Consciousness Award given by
 the Vaughan, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.  The Exide facility also is the
 Vaughan organization's candidate for the Ontario Chamber's Outstanding
 Business Achievement Nominations for 2001.  Exide Technologies is the global
 leader in stored electrical energy solutions.
     The awards committee selected Exide's Maple facility, a manufacturer of
 lead-acid batteries, based on significant achievement in environmental
 concerns.
     The Maple facility developed a water reclamation program that reduced
 water consumption in the plant by more than 80 million gallons between July
 1997 and February of this year.  In addition, between 1998 and 2000, Exide
 recovered and recycled more than 70,000 tons of lead from spent (or used)
 batteries in Canada, directing the reclaimed material into the production of
 new lead-acid batteries.  Finally, the facility recovered some 478,000 pounds
 of plastic containers and 217,000 pounds of paper and corrugated materials in
 2000.
     In selecting the winner, the awards committee considered how a company
 reduced waste while saving cost; sustained an environmental program; developed
 innovative programs; stated its company policy on reduction, re-use and
 recycling; communicated with and involved employees in environmental programs;
 and demonstrated business leadership.
     The Exide operation, which previously manufactured automotive batteries,
 is being converted to production of industrial batteries for applications such
 as backup systems for telecommunications and other critical applications.
     "This award is a result of a team effort that enabled Exide to become the
 largest recycler of lead-acid batteries in Canada," said Lorne Hilts,
 president of Exide Canada, Inc.  "In addition, our waste-water system
 continues to improve even during our facility's conversion from manufacturing
 automotive batteries to manufacturing industrial batteries.  Our continual
 compliance with regulatory requirements, coupled with our ongoing improvements
 to further minimize our city-water use is expected to reduce our net water
 usage by up to 100,000 gallons per day."
     The Maple facility operates under a strict Environmental Code of Practice
 developed by Exide Canada, Inc.:
     *  The facility maintains and monitors process and environmental equipment
        at regular intervals.
     *  It follows established emergency procedures to protect the environment
        during power interruptions or system failure.
     *  Employees are consistently educated about operation and maintenance of
        all process and environmental control equipment.
     *  Customers and suppliers who use plant premises are instructed in
        environmental safety procedures and required to conform.
     *  Facility engineers contact and exchange environmental monitoring data
        with regulatory agencies and people in the community.
     *  Facility managers periodically conduct environmental performance and
        emergency preparedness audits.
 
     These projects are some of the initiatives the Maple plant has
 documented as part of its pursuit of implementing a superior
 environmental management system, or EMS.
     "Exide Technologies has made a significant commitment to environmental
 responsibility in our battery-recycling effort alone," said Neal Lebo,
 executive director, environment, health and safety for Exide Technologies.
 "We're proud of the leadership example our people in Maple have set in their
 community and across North America."
     Other environmental award winners selected by the Vaughan Chamber include
 Canadian National Rail (McMillan Yards) and Sunwell Technologies.
 
     Note:
     Exide Technologies is the global leader in providing electrical energy
 storage solutions.  The company has annualized revenues of approximately $3
 billion and has operations in 89 countries, serving the industrial and
 transportation markets.
     Industrial applications include network-power batteries for
 telecommunications systems, fuel cell loading leveling, electric utilities,
 railroads, photovoltaic (solar-power storage) and other uninterruptible power
 supply (UPS) markets; and motive-power batteries for a broad range of
 equipment uses, including lift trucks, mining and commercial vehicles.
     Transportation uses include automotive, heavy-duty truck, agricultural,
 marine and other batteries, as well as new technologies being developed for
 hybrid vehicles and new 42-volt automotive applications.  The company supplies
 both the aftermarket and original equipment transportation customers.
     Further information about Exide Technologies, its financial results and
 other information, can be found at www.exide.com .
     Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking
 statements as defined by the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  As
 such, they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors
 that may cause the actual results of the company to be materially different
 from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
 These are enumerated in further detail in the company's Form 10-K.
 
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SOURCE Exide Technologies
    MAPLE, Ontario, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 Exide Technologies (NYSE:   EX) manufacturing facility in Maple, Ontario,
 Canada, recently earned the 2001 Environmental Consciousness Award given by
 the Vaughan, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.  The Exide facility also is the
 Vaughan organization's candidate for the Ontario Chamber's Outstanding
 Business Achievement Nominations for 2001.  Exide Technologies is the global
 leader in stored electrical energy solutions.
     The awards committee selected Exide's Maple facility, a manufacturer of
 lead-acid batteries, based on significant achievement in environmental
 concerns.
     The Maple facility developed a water reclamation program that reduced
 water consumption in the plant by more than 80 million gallons between July
 1997 and February of this year.  In addition, between 1998 and 2000, Exide
 recovered and recycled more than 70,000 tons of lead from spent (or used)
 batteries in Canada, directing the reclaimed material into the production of
 new lead-acid batteries.  Finally, the facility recovered some 478,000 pounds
 of plastic containers and 217,000 pounds of paper and corrugated materials in
 2000.
     In selecting the winner, the awards committee considered how a company
 reduced waste while saving cost; sustained an environmental program; developed
 innovative programs; stated its company policy on reduction, re-use and
 recycling; communicated with and involved employees in environmental programs;
 and demonstrated business leadership.
     The Exide operation, which previously manufactured automotive batteries,
 is being converted to production of industrial batteries for applications such
 as backup systems for telecommunications and other critical applications.
     "This award is a result of a team effort that enabled Exide to become the
 largest recycler of lead-acid batteries in Canada," said Lorne Hilts,
 president of Exide Canada, Inc.  "In addition, our waste-water system
 continues to improve even during our facility's conversion from manufacturing
 automotive batteries to manufacturing industrial batteries.  Our continual
 compliance with regulatory requirements, coupled with our ongoing improvements
 to further minimize our city-water use is expected to reduce our net water
 usage by up to 100,000 gallons per day."
     The Maple facility operates under a strict Environmental Code of Practice
 developed by Exide Canada, Inc.:
     *  The facility maintains and monitors process and environmental equipment
        at regular intervals.
     *  It follows established emergency procedures to protect the environment
        during power interruptions or system failure.
     *  Employees are consistently educated about operation and maintenance of
        all process and environmental control equipment.
     *  Customers and suppliers who use plant premises are instructed in
        environmental safety procedures and required to conform.
     *  Facility engineers contact and exchange environmental monitoring data
        with regulatory agencies and people in the community.
     *  Facility managers periodically conduct environmental performance and
        emergency preparedness audits.
 
     These projects are some of the initiatives the Maple plant has
 documented as part of its pursuit of implementing a superior
 environmental management system, or EMS.
     "Exide Technologies has made a significant commitment to environmental
 responsibility in our battery-recycling effort alone," said Neal Lebo,
 executive director, environment, health and safety for Exide Technologies.
 "We're proud of the leadership example our people in Maple have set in their
 community and across North America."
     Other environmental award winners selected by the Vaughan Chamber include
 Canadian National Rail (McMillan Yards) and Sunwell Technologies.
 
     Note:
     Exide Technologies is the global leader in providing electrical energy
 storage solutions.  The company has annualized revenues of approximately $3
 billion and has operations in 89 countries, serving the industrial and
 transportation markets.
     Industrial applications include network-power batteries for
 telecommunications systems, fuel cell loading leveling, electric utilities,
 railroads, photovoltaic (solar-power storage) and other uninterruptible power
 supply (UPS) markets; and motive-power batteries for a broad range of
 equipment uses, including lift trucks, mining and commercial vehicles.
     Transportation uses include automotive, heavy-duty truck, agricultural,
 marine and other batteries, as well as new technologies being developed for
 hybrid vehicles and new 42-volt automotive applications.  The company supplies
 both the aftermarket and original equipment transportation customers.
     Further information about Exide Technologies, its financial results and
 other information, can be found at www.exide.com .
     Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking
 statements as defined by the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  As
 such, they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors
 that may cause the actual results of the company to be materially different
 from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
 These are enumerated in further detail in the company's Form 10-K.
 
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