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Metair buys into Romanian battery packs, electric drives firm

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Metair expands lithium-ion capabilities in Romania

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Metair expects to report positive growth in FY17 headline

By: Anine Kilian     13th February 2018 JSE-listed Metair expects to report a 24.6% year-on-year increase in headline earnings a share for the year ended December 31, while earnings a share are likely to be between 21.6% and 25.5% higher year-on-year. “The automotive component vertical recovered after a difficult 2016, returning to... 

Metair in multiyear deal to supply enhanced batteries to Germany’s Daimler

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

Metair sees 7% drop in profit, signs supply agreement with Daimler

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

Local manufacturers in bid to stop battery dumping by Korean companies

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2014 The South African Battery Manufacturers Association is in the process of launching an application with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac), for protection against what it views as the dumping of Korean manufactured vehicle batteries, says Metair MD Theo Loock.... 

SA battery manufacturers turn to Itac, Metair laments costly strikes

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2014 The South African Battery Manufacturers Association was in the process of launching an application with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac), for protection against what it viewed as the dumping of Korean manufactured vehicle batteries, said Metair MD Theo... 

SA group’s start-stop technology battery facility opens in Romania

By: Irma Venter     11th October 2013 Romanian lead-acid battery manufacturer Rombat has officially commissioned its new production facility in Bistrita, Romania. Rombat is a 99.42%-held subsidiary of JSE-listed Metair Investments. 

Stop/start battery production facility, Romania

By: Sheila Barradas     11th October 2013 Rombat officially commissioned its new production facility in September. 

Metair’s Rombat opens R252m Romanian production facility

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2013 Romanian lead-acid battery manufacturer Rombat this weekend officially commissioned its new production facility in Bistrita, Romania. Rombat is a 99.42%-held subsidiary of JSE-listed Metair Investments. 

Rombat helps Metair post 10% revenue increase

By: Leandi Kolver     29th August 2013 JSE-listed automotive component manufacturer Metair on Thursday reported a 10% increase in revenue to R2.46-billion for the six months ended June, compared with R2.22-billion for the previous corresponding period, mainly owing to the inclusion of Romanian automotive lead-acid batteries... 

Metair targets Africa, seeks stable labour environment in 2013 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2013 Vehicle component manufacturer Metair had the ambition to expand its battery distribution footprint in Africa significantly and would try to advance this dream in 2013 already, said MD Theo Loock on Monday. Speaking at the company’s annual results presentation in Johannesburg, he said Metair was... 

Stop-start battery production facility, Romania

By: Sheila Barradas     7th September 2012 The project involves the construction of a facility in Romania to manufacture Metair’s South African-developed stop-start battery. 

Metair gears up to commission Romanian production line

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2012 Metair was ready to commission a R252-million production line to manufacture stop-start batteries at its Romanian acquisition, Rombat, on December 15, said Metair CEO Theo Loock on Monday at the company’s six-month results conference. The building was already up and the ordering of equipment... 

Metair revenue jumps 26%, headline earnings up 12%

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     17th August 2012 JSE-listed automotive component manufacturer Metair on Friday reported 26% revenue growth, an 25% increase in gross profit and a 12% rise in headline earnings per share for the six months ended June. Revenue climbed to R2.59-billion from R2.05-billion in the comparable period and gross profit... 

From cap lamps to luxury cars, SA battery opens doors for component group

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2012 First National Battery (FNB), a subsidiary of JSE-listed automotive component manufacturer Metair, does not only produce car and truck batteries. 

From the mines to the BMW 3 Series and on to Romania, the story of a Metair battery

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2012 First National Battery (FNB), a subsidiary of JSE-listed automotive component manufacturer Metair, does not only produce car and truck batteries. The company also makes batteries for miners’ cap lamps – those lamps attached to the hard hats of white-overalled miners, and often their only source... 

Metair buys Romanian battery manufacturer to tap European market

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th March 2012 Automotive component maker Metair on Thursday announced the €42.8-million acquisition of a 99.1% stake in Romanian automotive lead-acid batteries manufacturer Rombat as part of a stated strategy to increase its focus on the aftermarket sector. CEO Theo Loock said the acquisition delivered a... 

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