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First National Battery Launch
Date: 18:03 (GMT+2), Monday, 07 November 2011
   

Leading manufacturer and distributor of lead acid batteries in South Africa, First National Battery (FNB), a subsidiary of JSE listed Metair, has turned adversity into opportunity following a destructive fire at its Benoni plant at the end of April.

Even though nearly half of the company’s battery formation facility was destroyed in the fire, it provided FNB with good reason to centralise all battery production operations in East London. At the same time, FNB used the opportunity to install the best and latest battery charging equipment available. The modern equipment, with its automated handling system, has greatly improved production and radically enhanced the quality of batteries produced.

The new facility enables FNB to produce safe, reliable and durable maintenance free batteries, in a cleaner and more energy efficient environment. FNB has seen a dramatic improvement in their environmental emission control and an overall reduction in the company’s carbon footprint.

The company also continues to lead in producing innovative battery technology, even through the hardship. FNB has added to its list of battery achievements with the introduction of a range of extremely vibration resistant heavy duty truck batteries. These were unveiled to invited guests and media on Thursday, 3 November during a launch function held at Emperor’s Palace.

These batteries are capable of withstanding poor road conditions and rugged terrain – the rigours to which long distance hauliers and construction and agricultural equipment are subjected. The new range of batteries is intended to overcome the problem of vibration, the single biggest cause of premature battery failure.

“They are made in South Africa for South African conditions and conform to EN specifications,” says Dr. Louis Denner, Managing Director at FNB. “This range of batteries is subject to and exceeds SANS Battery Vibration test 60095-1: Rev 7 which requires the battery to withstand vibration levels twice that of a passenger vehicle battery, for four times longer,” adds Denner.

“FNB has always been at the forefront with battery technology. We are in a process of continual development, and strive to produce innovative batteries that meet the requirements of our customers,” concluded Denner.

More detailed information about the batteries and their features will appear in the Hot Stuff pages in the January edition of Automobil. 

By: Automobil
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