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Waste battery thefts could cost you dearly

Written on June 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

A high-profile police operation in the south west has removed a gang of criminals capitalising on high lead prices by stealing waste batteries. But whilst one team has now been removed, there are still many others out there across the UK, taking a major value away from the genuine owners. Many dupe their victims by posing as legitimate collectors.

But what’s worse than being duped is that these teams can also expose the waste producer to the risk of prosecution for allowing a hazardous waste to be removed by an unlicensed carrier, with no knowledge as to where the material is going. This is contrary to their responsibilities under Duty of Care under the Hazardous Waste regulations. Failure to comply with the legislation can bring severe penalties of heavy fines and even imprisonment.

It is important to check who is turning up to collect your waste batteries. Legitimate collectors will carry full ID and provide copies of all the necessary paperwork to demonstrate full compliance. If in doubt, call your collector to ensure verification. Don’t allow yourself to be duped; it’s just not just money you risk losing.

Heavy On Quality, Light On The Pocket

Written on June 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

Manbat introduced its Numax brand in 2002 to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary. Since its launch, the awareness of the brand has become almost universal and it has established itself as one of the country’s most popular aftermarket brands.

To continue forwards with this market leading brand, Manbat has refreshed its visual identity as well as the offering within the automotive products range.

As businesses that already supply Numax know, the quality of the product has never been in question, which is one of the reasons behind the brand’s great success. However, we recognise that there has been a shift in the market in recent years as a host of very cheap, low quality batteries have flooded the aftermarket and disrupted its balance.

Therefore, although we will not compromise in the quality of the range, we have refreshed the product offering to reflect the requirements of our automotive customers. As a result, the new three model line up comprises the Standard, Premium and Supreme.

As would be expected of a brand with such strong consumer awareness, particularly in the leisure and marine sectors, where it is the premium brand and the most popular original equipment (OE) fitment with many luxury yacht builders, each model incorporates the latest battery technology.

The entire Numax automotive range is produced on our behalf by Europe’s leading OE battery manufacturer, so in addition to their sealed status, these batteries also feature market leading punch-plate technology, which means they have a level of durability that these cheap alternatives simply cannot reach.

MANBAT AND VARTA WORLD CUP FEVER

Written on June 2, 2014 at 10:42 am

To celebrate the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this June, the winning team of Manbat and VARTA® have joined forces to help their joint customers enjoy the tournament and make money to boot.

The VARTA Battery Champion competition combines battery training and increased market knowledge, with a sales incentive to provide customers with a great opportunity to benefit from the world’s most famous sporting competition, whilst also having fun.

The competition comprises six knowledge-building modules or ‘rounds’, which feature a short film that explains a specific area of battery technology or VARTA product information and is then followed by five multiple-choice questions.

Round 1 introduces the learning programme and the launch of the new VARTA Blue Dynamic EFB and Silver Dynamic AGM Start-Stop batteries, as well as the VSSP 2.1 service tool.

Round 2 addresses the VARTA brand and its brand values.

Round 3 looks at technology and how VARTA is keeping pace with the requirements of vehicle manufacturers, the market and its customers.

Round 4 covers selecting the right battery for the right customer and how each product range is designed for each customer segment.

Round 5 concerns the Start-Stop revolution that will influence the industry’s future and what preparations need to be made.

Finally, round 6 examines VARTA’s Start-Stop Service Program for battery service in the workshop and new business opportunities it provides.

We are encouraging Manbat customers that supply VARTA to enter this fantastic competition and take advantage of the excitement that will inevitably surround the tournament. The objective is to earn as many points as is possible and as the old motto goes, points make prizes!

On sign up, they will earn 5,000 points and with every question in each of the six rounds worth 1,000, it is possible to earn 35,000 points before a single battery is purchased. However, with Black, Blue and Silver Dynamic battery purchases worth 1,000 each and Blue Dynamic EFB and Sliver Dynamic AGM worth 2,000 and 3,000 points respectively, some serious points totals are achievable.

On reaching the 35,000 target, they will win a tournament football, at 45,000 a black trophy and a tournament football, at 55,000 a blue trophy, national scarf and tournament trophy and 65,000 a silver trophy, an original football shirt, national scarf and tournament football.

As well as these championship points and prizes, garages can also enter the ‘Workshop of the Month’ competition for the chance to win a brand new VSSP 2.1 service tool and battery tester. So all in all, this is a massive competition with some really exciting opportunities and we really encourage our customers to get on board by visiting the VARTA website –

www.varta-automotive.com

New Identity, Same Reliable Service

Written on June 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

Since the acquisition of BPS (Battery Power Systems) in late 2011, Manbat has been busy integrating its business systems, highly experienced sales and technical teams into one all-encompassing organisation operating under the title – Manbat Industrial. With the specialist branches located in East Kilbride, Washington and Bristol working hand in hand with the nine existing Manbat automotive braches, our coverage is comprehensive and has a truly national reach.

Manbat Industrial can now, also benefit in full from Manbat’s marketing function and as a result, a new suite of point of sale material has been put together to both reflect the change in its corporate identity and to demonstrate to businesses and end user alike the vast range of services and products available alongside the expertise and quality the company is renowned for.

The Manbat Industrial presentation pack contains nine individual leaflets which cover the batteries, watering systems, chargers and accessories it supplies; as well as detailing the company’s nationwide service package and some useful battery maintenance advice. All are available now, either separately or in a robust presentation folder.

Perhaps the most eye opening is the company’s environmental information which sets out how Manbat Industrial is able to demonstrate its ability to recycle very nearly 100% of its battery waste.

This impressive statistic is made possible by the fact that Manbat is part of the ECOBAT Technologies group and within the group there are lead smelters, battery collection specialists, as well as battery distributors.

Despite its hazardous reputation, the components of a lead-acid battery can all be recycled. The lead can be re-smelted into a multitude of products including lead shot, strip and wire, the battery cases into polypropylene and the sulphuric acid into gypsum for the building trade.

“One of our guiding principles” says marketing manager, Myles Pemberton, “is to integrate the companies that come into the ECOBAT Technologies group in an effective but sympathetic manner. Like Manbat, BPS was a privately owned company with a great reputation, so preserving that reputation, while coming into the group is extremely important.”

“However, now that we have aligned the businesses, it is important to align all the internal functions including marketing and to produce support material to correctly reflect the future direction of the business as a whole. We have therefore designed the material in a way that delivers the right information, but looks forward to the growth that we believe will continue at pace.”