Komatsu appoints national battery supplier
Exide Batteries for Komatsu Machinery
Exide Batteries will supply batteries to all of Komatsu's Australian and New Zealand branches, with a supply agreement to be finalised in the first quarter of 2015.
The agreement will see leading stored energy solution provider Exide batteries supplied to suit Komatsu's full range of equipment, from utility and construction through to mining.
The finalisation of the supply agreement will mark the first time Komatsu Australia has had a uniform national battery supplier. Yuasa Battery Inc. products remain as the factory-fitted battery for Komatsu machinery.
The full Exide catalogue, including batteries for cars and motorcycles, will also be available for resale for the convenience of Komatsu customers.
Komatsu National OEM Product Manager, Aftermarket, Stuart Moffitt said the quality of Exide Batteries makes them an ideal fit with Komatsu's reputation for quality.
"Komatsu is renowned for its machinery quality, and Exide Batteries are a quality product with a design philosophy that fits perfectly with Komatsu's offerings in the utility, construction and mining industries," Mr Moffitt said.
"Exide utilise leading edge technology and provide ultimate durability, which delivers consistency in performance."
With close to 80 years of history in Australia, Exide products are designed with extensive knowledge of Australian conditions.
"Exide Batteries' Australasian heritage dates back to 1935 and the brand continues to be a market leader through the implementation of specifically designed products and programs for our local market," Mr Moffitt said.
"More information will be provided to the regional management team in the coming weeks to enable the local Exide Batteries representatives to build relationships locally with each of our branches."
Batteries and point of sale material will be rolled out under an existing memorandum of understanding between Komatsu and Exide.
In coming months Exide Batteries will also make training available to the technical and sales teams. Training will be conducted online and at Komatsu branches, covering battery testing, selection and fitment.
"It's about offering our customers the best service we can. Exide Batteries are an excellent partner and will deliver value to Komatsu customers," Mr Moffitt said.