As a further example of its on going expansion, ECOBAT Battery Technologies (EBT), formerly Manbat, has moved into a new, purpose built 15,000 sq.ft. facility, to allow it to satisfy the increasing demand for its range of premium quality batteries and charging solutions across its multiple business sectors, but particularly for the needs of its fast growing industrial customer base.

Over the years, Bristol has been central to the company’s sustained growth and the city has long been the site for one of its busiest regional hubs, which has spearheaded many of its business developments, from the early introduction of leisure products, to its move into the industrial sector.

“From both a geographical and corporate perspective, our Bristol based operation has been very important to the growth of the business as a whole,” said an EBT spokesman, “which is why we needed to move to a property that will allow the business to continue to develop and provide the support our valued customers need and deserve, over the next phase of the company’s history.


Being subject to price orientated pressures, truck manufacturers and finance houses will not usually consider the battery and charging regime, as their motivation is to reduce the initial purchase cost of the vehicle, which is why those with the decision making responsibility need to understand the long term implications when it comes to running costs, in order to appreciate the true lifetime costs. With VERTU, these considerations are brought to the forefront and the long term cost savings can be fully understood. In short, energy saving and efficiency are at the heart of the VERTU range, delivering impressive cost savings and other benefits to users over short payback periods.

Although the initial investment in the VERTU system would be slightly higher than using standard systems, the savings and benefits to users are substantial, which means the payback period of the additional investment is very short.

Using the example of a medium 48v single shift (a single battery and charger) counterbalance truck, operators can expect fifth-year real cost net savings of almost £2,000, with a payback time of less than 2 years. The cost saving gains become even more favourable when a VERTU system is used on a double shift operation (two batteries and one charger), which will save more than twice that amount over the same five-year period and deliver a payback time of only six months.

For the end-user, the difference is phenomenal. A typical warehouse operation running eight powered pallet trucks, four reach trucks and two large counterbalance trucks on a double shift basis, could return genuine cost savings of almost £55,000 over a five-year period by adopting a VERTU system.

As well as the savings in energy costs, the same example would deliver a hugely impressive reduction of more than 196,000Kg in the user’s CO2 emissions, which will make a dramatic contribution to reducing their carbon footprint, which is a major concern for all responsible companies.

A Brand New Fleet

In addition to its new regional hub, EBT is beginning to roll out its new branding on its fleet of delivery vehicles, which is another extremely beneficial string to EBT’s wide ranging, customer focused bow. “Having our own fleet of vehicles ensures we are able to deliver the products our customers need, when they need them,” the spokesman continued, “which is an essential part of our customer focused approach to business. In their latest guise, the fleet also do a great job of raising awareness of our pan-European branding and our power of partnership business ethos.”

The Power Of Partnership

Successful businesses are built on solid and dependable relationships that allow them to develop and grow. ECOBAT Battery Technologies has made partnership a foundation principle at the heart of its business ethos. Developing partnership is central in its relationship with its product suppliers, with recycling specialists and of course, with its customers. These partnerships provide the environment to power business growth and define ‘the power of partnership’.


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