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Written on September 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Manbat, the UK’s largest supplier of automotive and commercial vehicle (CV) batteries and Normac Spares, Scotland’s premier CV parts distributor, have a long-standing and highly successful business relationship.

As the country’s primary distribution partner for Johnson Controls Inc., the company behind the famous VARTA® brand, Manbat is perfectly placed to provide Normac Spares with the replacement batteries it needs, when it needs them. Generally these will be supplied from its regional branch in Glasgow, but on occasion direct from its main distribution centre in Shrewsbury.

For more that 60 years, customer service has been the byword for Manbat and this service related ethos remains as strong today and is one of the reasons behind the strength of the relationship between the two companies.

Alongside customer service, Manbat also has a well-earned reputation for the quality of the products it supplies and few can match the pedigree of the VARTA brand. As the market leading original equipment (OE) battery for the European CV manufacturers, VARTA is at the forefront of battery technology and many of the developments it has pioneered have set the benchmark for the industry.

CV operators from the one-man-band to the multi-vehicle operation need to manage their fleets professionally to maximise their returns in a fiercely competitive industry. Although at first glance batteries might be considered to be of little relevance in the overall picture, choosing the right battery is in fact a very important step to increasing profitability.

A low initial purchase price may seem tempting at first glance, but it seldom delivers low costs in the long run. This is because operators often forget to include the cost of the downtime and maintenance that can be associated with conventional starter batteries.

The battery servicing costs for even a small fleet fitted with two conventional batteries can have a significant impact on profitability, so the cost argument for fitting better quality batteries is powerful. However, to clearly demonstrate these savings, VARTA has developed a cost savings calculator on its website (, which will reveal the cost savings that can be realised for specific operators.

Operators that opt for VARTA Promotive CV batteries will benefit from the long-term advantages these highly advanced batteries provide. Cost intensive periods of vehicle idleness and maintenance intervals become a thing of the past, as these completely maintenance-free batteries are perfectly suited to the unique challenges that come with the commercial vehicle operation.

Manbat, Normac Spares and VARTA, the perfect combination for CV operators throughout Scotland.

For further details, please call Manbat Customer Services on: 01743 218500 or visit:

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