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H. J. Enthoven and Sons


Based in Matlock, Derbyshire, H. J. Enthoven & Sons (HJE) is the largest capacity single site producer of recycled lead in Europe with an annual production of up to 80,000 tonnes of lead and propylene.

HJE produces a proven range of high purity lead, lead-antimony, lead-calcium and lead-tin-calcium alloy in ingot form and continuously cast lead-calcium and lead-tin-calcium alloy strip for the production of modern battery types.

The polypropylene is recycled from a single stream in-feed derived from battery cases, enabling HJE to produce a consistent quality finished product. The company takes a pro-active approach to its environmental responsibilities being certified to ISO 9001 & 14001. It has an Environmental Permit and is an Approved Battery Treatment Operator (ABTO), approved through the UK Environment Agency.

HJE utilises leading edge and best available technologies throughout its processing operations, combining energy efficiency, good productivity and high environmental standards.

The battery breaker is capable of processing in excess of 150,000 tonnes per annum of automotive, industrial and standby lead-acid batteries. Both Reverberatory and Short Rotary furnaces are utilised combining high throughput rates with flexibility and excellent environmental control. A flue gas desulphurisation plant eliminates acid gas emissions and produces a high purity gypsum product for re-sale.

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  • approx. 195 employees

Production facilities:

  • Secondary Lead Smelter

Annual production (approx.):

  • 80,000 tonnes of lead
  • 5,000 tonnes of poly products
  • 20,000 tonnes gypsum products
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H.J. Enthoven & Sons

Darley Dale Smelter
South Darley, Matlock
Derbyshire DE4 2LP, UK

Phone +44 1629 733291
Fax +44 1629 733092