Rayovac’s hearing aid battery division has received top honors in two categories of the 2012 In Business Sustainability Awards program.
Rayovac, one of the world’s leading mercury-free hearing aid battery producers, earned both the Eco-Product of the Year award for its mercury-free hearing aid batteries and the Eco-Efficiency Initiative of the Year award for projects carried out at its Portage, Wis, hearing aid battery plant.
Rayovac has developed and manufactured hearing aid batteries for nearly 50 years at its Portage facility, which, together with its 30-year-old companion facility in Washington, UK, serves growing world markets.
“Our hearing aid battery team is extremely proud and honored to receive these two important awards from the In Business Sustainability Awards program,” said Randy Raymond, vice president, Global Sales & Marketing, Rayovac Hearing Aid Batteries. “We remain committed to expanding the boundaries of battery technology, as we have for more than several decades, to meet the increasing needs of hearing professionals and consumers worldwide and ensure our leadership position, while doing the right thing for our environment.”
Rayovac says that it will continue to develop mercury-free batteries, responding to growing demand for environmentally friendly technology to replace mercury (a heavy metal) with cleaner materials and components. The company introduced its first mercury-free battery in 2009, and has continued to innovate to improve battery performance with each subsequent generation.
Rayovac has won a number of recent awards, winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation in the UK for the past two consecutive years, Export award from the UK’s Insider, as well as two honors in the International Business Awards (Stevies) in the United States.
Rayovac is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Mercury Partnership as part of its commitment to reducing mercury usage and protecting the environment.
“We have made significant investments in time and capital to advance the state of the art in mercury-free hearing aid batteries,” said Raymond. “Our efforts have been recognized in the market through the growth and expansion of our global distribution base, requiring further investment in our manufacturing capacity to meet the rapid growth in demand. This is an ongoing process at Rayovac, and we continuously work with hearing aid manufacturers, hearing aid professionals and hearing aid users so that we can power not only today’s highly advanced hearing aids, but also those of the future.”