READING, Pa., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EnerSys (NYSE: ENS), the
world's largest manufacturer, marketer and distributor of industrial
batteries, has recently been awarded contracts in Europe to supply batteries
valued at over $20 million. The awards include submarine propulsion batteries
for South American navies and the company's high-performance Armasafe Plus(TM)
battery, which will be used in fighting vehicles with the armed services of
Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
"These latest contracts confirm our strong position in the defense
sector," said Myles Jones, EnerSys' director of defence and aerospace in
Europe. "In addition to supporting naval and land-based forces around the
world, we also supply batteries for a wide range civil and military aircraft."
John Craig, chairman, president & CEO of EnerSys, explained, "EnerSys
companies have been supplying submarine batteries for more than 100 years.
They are used for propulsion in diesel electric vessels and for reserve power
in nuclear submarines. The South American contracts, won against strong
international competition, have been placed by navies who have been using
EnerSys batteries in their fleets for more than 30 years."
"The Dutch Ministry of Defence had previously specified conventional
flooded lead-acid batteries for its combat vehicles. However, following
extensive field trials over several years, the specification was changed to
include sealed recombination technology batteries," noted Ray Kubis, president
of EnerSys Europe. "In subsequent testing, only the EnerSys Armasafe Plus
fulfilled all requirements of the revised specification. The German Army
contract placed by Bundesamt fur Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung (BWB) is also a
first for EnerSys and follows approval for Armasafe(TM), which was granted in
The UK Ministry of Defence contract for EnerSys Armasafe Plus is an
extension to an existing contract against which the company has been supplying
up to 15,000 batteries a year for the past six years.
Armasafe Plus is designed to meet the VG96924 specification and is UN 2800
Class 8 exempt. The battery is fully air transportable so it does not have to
be removed from a vehicle during airborne deployment - a particularly
important consideration for rapid response units.
For more information, contact Richard Zuidema, executive vice president,
EnerSys, P.O. Box 14145, Reading, PA 19612-4145, USA. Tel: 800-538-3627.
EDITOR'S NOTE: EnerSys, the world leader in stored energy solutions for
industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive
power batteries, chargers, power equipment, and battery accessories to
customers worldwide. Motive power batteries are utilized in electric forklift
trucks and other commercial electric-powered vehicles. Reserve power
batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries,
uninterruptible power suppliers, and numerous applications requiring standby
power including aerospace and defense. The company also provides aftermarket
and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through
its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.
More information regarding EnerSys can be found at http://www.enersys.com.
/CONTACT: Richard Zuidema, executive vice president, EnerSys,
/Web site: http://www.enersys.com /
CO: EnerSys; Bundesamt fur Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung; Dutch Ministry of
Defence; UK Ministry of Defence
ST: Pennsylvania, Germany, Netherlands, England
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