Johnson Controls has announced plans to spend about US$70m on its automotive battery recycling centre in Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The spend will fund the replacement of the Cienega facility’s existing rotary furnaces with larger, more efficient rotary furnaces as well as the addition of proven environmental control technologies.

“This investment is part of our overall strategy to grow recycling capacity in North America,” said Allen Martin, vice president and general manager, Americas for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “Our continuing upgrades ensure this facility will be among the most environmentally advanced battery recycling operations in the world, reinforcing our commitment to both US and Mexican air emission standards.”

“Our recycling operations in Mexico are already well below the current US standard for employee blood lead levels and substantially better than the average performance of competitive US recycling facilities,” said Mike Carr, vice president and general manager for JCI ‘s  Americas Recycling Business. “With these enhancements to our Cienega facility, we continue to establish industry-leading benchmarks for the safety and health of our employees.”