Blast kills one at China factory run by unit of battery maker CATL

(Reuters) - One person was killed and six were seriously injured in an explosion at a factory in China operated by a subsidiary of battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL), authorities said on Friday.

Thursday’s blast happened in a workshop belonging to Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology in the city of Ningxiang, in the southern province of Hunan, the city government said on its official Weibo account.

Fourteen people with minor injuries were among those taken to hospital, but none were in a life-threatening condition, it added.

Brunp said it had doused a blaze following the explosion, caused by waste aluminium foil catching fire.

In a statement, it apologised for the impact of the accident, offered condolences to victims and their families and vowed to ensure safe production.

CATL said in a statement the incident would have limited impact on overall production and operations.

In a note, Daiwa Capital Markets said the factory was an old one, with annual production capacity of 15,000 tonnes of cathode precursors for CATL’s lithium-ion batteries, although Brunp also had a newer and much larger plant.

CATL’s Shenzhen-traded shares closed Friday down 2.1% at 404.50 yuan ($62.55).

($1=6.4670 Chinese yuan renminbi)

Reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Kim Coghill and Clarence Fernandez