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CMP Batteries integral to Tesco expansion

Chloride Motive Power has recently renewed their sole supplier agreement for a further 3 years with Britain's leading supermarket group. The agreement will mean that CMP Batteries will supply all Tesco's lead-acid traction batteries, chargers and ancillary equipment for use in the company's electric materials handling equipment. As well as providing these items for use in the RDCs, CMP engineers will provide regular scheduled maintenance for the batteries.

A further important aspect in ensuring optimal power management for Tesco's materials handling equipment is the application of CMP's battery management systems – including CMP.net and multi-deck battery changing systems. In line with Tesco's expansion and refurbishment programme at its RDCs, CMP's battery changing systems and multi-level network management system will be installed at appropriate sites over the coming three years. Not only will this facilitate battery charging and changing, it will provide electronic monitoring and control of battery charging operations, provide managers with real time status reports and ultimately improve the longevity of batteries, with further cost reduction in maintaining the battery fleet productivity.

CMP has already supplied the new RDC in Hungary with batteries and changing equipment.

Chris Hawley, Chloride Motive Power's Aftermarket Manager, UK and Ireland said “We have been supplying Tesco since 1977. This agreement allows us to demonstrate our on-going commitment to Tesco as a strategic partner in providing a total solution to their battery fleet management and procurement requirements”.

Tesco's Richard Ash, Corporate Buyer states that “The team at CMP has proven its ability to maintain and administer the Tesco battery fleet, whilst at the same time maintaining sound financial control to ensure budgets are adhered to. The addition of innovations like CMP.net used in conjunction with the award nominated multi-deck changing system gives us greater information over our power usage and reduces costs associated with charging and maintenance “.

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