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News/26.02.2006

EnerSys expands plant to meet demand

READING, PA, United States
Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 – EnerSys is expanding its manufacturing facility in Warrensburg, Missouri, increasing its production capacity by 50% to meet demand from premium automotive, telecommunications, aerospace, defense and other industrial users.
The plant expansion will take place over a two-year period, increasing the plant's area from 365,000sqft (33,910m²) to 500,000sqft (46,451m²). It will also create about 180 jobs in the local Warrensburg area.
Net sales for EnerSys’s third fiscal quarter of 2008 were USD553.4 million, compared to USD377.9 million in the same period of the prior year. Net earnings were USD11 million compared to USD9 million for the third fiscal quarter of the previous year.

EnerSys's CEO John Craig

“We continue to experience record sales and operating earnings in our third fiscal quarter as a result of strong demand for our products and services,” John Craig, EnerSys’s CEO, says in a statement.
“Our pricing recovery efforts to offset increased commodity costs, especially lead, remain a primary focus of our organisation, coupled with our on-going cost reduction efforts,” he says, adding that it will take time for EnerSys’s pricing recovery efforts to fully offset increased costs.
EnerSys estimates its third quarter lead costs have increased about USD79 million – or 106% more than the third quarter of the previous year.
Craig said in a conference call last week that many of EnerSys’s competitors were also affected by higher lead costs. “I think many of our competitors are hurting and they’re in worse shape than we are.”


For more information, contact Richard Zuidema, executive vice president, EnerSys, P.O. Box 14145, Reading, PA 19612-4145, USA.  Tel: 800-538-3627; Website: http://www.enersys.com.

About EnerSys: 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.  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.