Poland's Boryszew mulls plants for auto parts and battery recycling in Egypt

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Baterpol plant in Katowice, Poland

Baterpol, a subsidiary of leading Polish auto parts manufacturer Boryszew Group, is reported to be studying a plan to establish a vehicle battery recycling plant in Egypt.

Egypt’s Ministry of Trade and Industry revealed Baterpol, based in Katowice, southern Poland, wants to set up the unit there to recover and recycle used car batteries.

Representatives of the firm were part of a Polish business delegation meeting Egyptian government ministers and private sector executives during the latest in a series of visits to the country in February.

Baterpol’s proposed project is understood to be part of a wider plan by the Warsaw-based parent group for other industrial development in Egypt. Boryszew group is “seeking to set up a number of projects in (car parts manufacture) and related fields”, announced Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Kibil in a ministry statement. 

The Minister stressed during his meeting with the Polish delegation that his government was intent on improving conditions for investors from abroad. “The government has gone a long way in creating a better investment climate in Egypt, through a raft of measures to streamline procedures for local and foreign investors,” he said.

After an earlier Polish business trip arranged by the Polish Chamber of Commerce last year, Boryszew was reported to want to set up a car component plant in the country. Media reports in Egypt last month said the group might also establish a local factory manufacturing automotive engine coolants.

Boryszew, one of Poland’s biggest companies, is a diverse group manufacturing a range of products from rolled aluminium sheet, zinc oxide and wire rods to interior plastic car parts and recycling PET bottles.

Among its subsidiaries is Boryszew ERG in Sochaczew, Poland which has produced anti-freeze liquids based on mono ethylene glycol and mono propylene glycol for vehicle radiators for fifty years.

Baterpol, with two Polish plants at Katowice and Świętochłowice, specialises in processing battery scrap and recycling metals such as lead and lead alloys, as well as plastics, in particular polypropylene.

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