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GROUPAUTO INFORM NOVEMBER ‘13

Written on September 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Manbat

Sadly, along with the many other products within the aftermarket, batteries are always subject to tremendous price pressure. As a result, many suppliers simply resort to offering substandard products at rock bottom prices, which does nothing for the reputation of the market or the supplier.

The good news for members is that this is not, nor will it ever be the policy of approved supplier Manbat, who alongside its existing brands VARTA®, Lucas and Numax has now been awarded the supply contract for the Powerstart brand, an exclusive arrangement with GROUPAUTO among buying groups.

In keeping with Manbat’s principles, the models in the range are quality batteries, produced by a reputable manufacturer and come with the benefit of a two-year warranty, which matches or betters most batteries in the market.

Available through the G-Logix distribution centre, the Powerstart range provides members with a quality product at extremely competitive prices, which means they have a brand at their disposal that will allow them to react to the demands of their customers when price becomes the central issue.

Unlike some of the other products in the distribution centre, the Powerstart range is supplied to members directly by Manbat in the same way that it delivers orders for the existing brands in its portfolio. This is primarily because of the health and safety issues surrounding the storage and distribution of more hazardous products like batteries, but also because the group as a whole recognises the excellent level of service that Manbat provides to the members on a daily basis and therefore knows that the product distribution is in safe hands.

As well as developing the range, which now sits at 14 part numbers, and increasing its specification, product availability will also improve and members will be able to vary their orders from pallets to single orders, depending on their requirements.

Commenting on the supply agreement, sales director Paul Payne said: “We greatly value our existing supply agreements for VARTA, Lucas and Numax, but it is also very satisfying to play a role in assisting members when their need is for a fighting brand.

“Because of our long term business relationships and our buying power with the global battery manufacturers, we are able to provide a good quality product at very competitive prices, which means that members get a great package when the going gets tough. In addition, we are also able to back it up with a level of service that would not generally be available to products targeted at this position in the market. So for members, there’s simple nothing to lose.”

Members that have developed their power storage business to include a leisure battery offering will also be pleased to learn that Manbat has extended its market leading Numax XV leisure range to the introduction of the new DC27MF, which had its first official appearance at the Motorhome & Caravan Show in Birmingham last month.

The DC27MF provides users with extra cyclic capability compared with the existing XV27MF, which makes it ideal for applications that need extra power. Although the Ampere hour (Ah) capacity and the battery’s dimensions are identical to the XV27MF, its thicker plates and therefore higher reserve capacity enable it to run for even longer and power more heavy duty applications. The battery is ideal for caravans that are fitted with a motor-mover or those leisure and marine applications where extra reserve capacity is required.

The DC27MF fits alongside the existing 11-model XV range to provide leisure enthusiasts with a multitude of choice starting from the 75 Ah XV23 to the range topping to 235 Ah XV80.

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