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Leoch expands further into Europe with lead-acid battery distributer buy out

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 08:38 -- paul Crompton
Leoch expands further into Europe with lead-acid battery distributer buy out

Chinese battery manufacturer Leoch has strengthened its grip on the European lead-acid market with the buyout of Spanish battery distributor Meibat.

The Chinese company will set up firm Leoch Iberia with the goal of establishing a permanent market hold in the Iberia region.  

Established in 1992, Meibat distributed industrial batteries in Spain from its base just outside of Madrid.

A new warehouse facility will be set up in Madrid to cover the network power and motive power markets throughout Spain and Portugal. 

Meibat has historically focused on complementary sectors to Leoch in telecommunications, UPS, data centres, renewables and energy storage as well the motive markets. 

The company is in the top 10 of battery and energy system distributors in Spain with all the major key accounts in the region.

Leoch now has direct operations in Spain, Greece, France, Germany, Italy and the UK. 

The company has 10 regional manufacturing plants in China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India and Vietnam.

Apostolos Tasiopoulos, Leoch's vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Leoch previously had a representative in Spain but this major acquisition will enable us to establish a permanent footprint with all original equipment customers in Iberia. 

“It was the only major European country on our target list where we didn’t have our own entity; it joins our existing facilities in France, Germany, Italy and the UK.”

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Leoch supply lead carbon batteries for narrowboat hybrid drivetrain

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 11:24 -- paul Crompton

Leoch Battery UK, a subsidiary of Leoch International, has supplied its LC2 series of lead-carbon batteries to power an electric serial hybrid narrowboat. 

The bank of 48v 800Ah batteries will be installed in the engine room of the ‘Old Nick’ narrowboat as a test reference design in this particular application.

Solar, generator and battery statistics will be published to demonstrate how an electric serial hybrid is a practical and cost-effective alternative to diesel.

Paul Sumpner, owner of Old Nick and chief technology officer at Digital Yacht said: “Lead carbon batteries have been overshadowed by lithium batteries in recent years, probably because they do not excel in any one particular area. 

“However, whilst investigating the batteries for Old Nick, it became clear that the combination of cycle life, depth of discharge, safe and flexible installation, cost and most importantly ability to accept regular partial state of charge, make them a really good choice for electric propulsion on a narrowboat.”

Leoch expands South Asian lead-acid operations

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:32 -- Laura Varriale
Lead-acid batteries

Chinese lead-acid battery maker Leoch International Technology (Leoch) has invested $9m in its Sri Lankan factory in order to expand in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The $9m investment is the first phase of further spending on Leoch’s Southern Bata-Ata facility. The company plans to invest $20m at a later stage. The Sri Lankan factory manufactures batteries for uninterruptible power supplies.

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