Manchester Batteries has come a long way since Harry Pemberton started the business in 1952. Now known as Manbat Ltd., the firm is a leading supplier of automotive and industrial batteries in the UK, and since 2009 has been a part of the Ecobat Technologies group, the world’s largest producer and recycler of lead. In order to extend the strong position Manbat has built up in Britain, Ecobat has consolidated it into a new company, Ecobat Battery Technologies. The new firm was officially launched last month at Automechanika Frankfurt and at IMHX 2016 in Birmingham.
Over the past few years Manbat has told workshops to get ready for more business with vehicles fitted with start-stop systems. The UK’s largest automotive battery distributor now offers garages and workshops a new device for dealing with aftermarket start-stop jobs – it has released its own Manbat ‘Connect + Reset’ battery validation tool.
The Lucas range of automotive batteries now includes an AGM fitment. Lucas AGM products will be available throughout the Manbat branch network, and Manbat says AGM batteries have joined the Lucas line-up to accommodate growing start-stop vehicle numbers.
Manbat, the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor, has been a long-standing and practical supporter of the automotive industry charity, BEN. However, rather than undertaking well publicised, but sporadic, short-term money raising events, Manbat has adopted a consistent, service-centric and below the radar approach in the form of a supply agreement. Under this agreement, whenever a beneficiary that uses some form of battery-powered mobility equipment requires a new battery for it, Manbat will deliver a replacement and collect the failed battery, anywhere in the country and completely without charge.
In September 2014, Varta announced two new developments, and Manbat reports these are now available in the UK through the network of branches it supplies. The first new arrivals are the EFB and AGM batteries launched at the Automechanika show, and the second, although less relevant to the automotive sector, is the Promotive EFB heavy-duty battery.
Since leaving the ownership of the Pemberton family in 2009, Manbat has gradually become more aligned with the internal structure of the Ecobat Technologies group, while remaining faithful to its core principals of supplying its customers with quality products and service. The Manbat team aimed to ensure “business as usual” upon the change of ownership, and the success of this approach can be seen in the fact that some people remain unaware that Manbat is now part of a larger group.
Manbat, the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor, introduced its Numax brand in 2002 to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary. Since its launch, Numax brand awareness has become almost universal, and Manbat says it has established itself as one of the country’s most popular aftermarket brands. To equip the brand, and those distributing it, for the next decade, Manbat has refreshed Numax’s visual identity as well as its offering within the automotive products range.