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Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. acquires Prestolite Electric, LLC

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Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. acquires Prestolite Electric, LLC

April 16, 2015, Plymouth, Mich.¬– Prestolite Electric, LLC is pleased to announce that Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. (Broad-Ocean Motor) completed its acquisition of Prestolite Electric, LLC and its subsidiaries on April 7, 2015. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This acquisition closely aligns the synergies of Broad-Ocean Motor and Prestolite Electric, resulting in world-class products and services to our global and regional customers. Prestolite’s full range of products now includes high output alternators and starter motors for a vast array of applications in numerous industries such as automotive, school, coach, and city buses, commercial truck, off-road equipment, and mining vehicles, in addition to large capacity diesel engine generators and marine.

Product offerings include 12, 24, 48, and other voltage ranges of alternators from 30 amperes to 600 amperes and starter motors from 0.7 kilowatt to 15 kilowatt, and motors and controllers of various output ranges, backed by a worldwide service and support network.

In January 2014, Broad-Ocean Motor acquired Prestolite Electric’s China alternator, starter motor, and electric vehicle component manufacturing operations. The current transaction completes the combined Broad Ocean-Prestolite global footprint, which spans Africa, Europe, Oceania, North, Central, and South America.

Together, Broad-Ocean Motor and Prestolite Electric will leverage each other’s strengths to enhance the product offerings and maximize growth potential across the globe.

“Broad-Ocean Motor has been serving its customers and growing its business for over 20 years. The Prestolite Electric acquisition will add value long-term for our shareholders and will allow us to further grow our business globally,” said Charles Lu, Chairman of Broad-Ocean Motor. “This acquisition will enable us to pursue our strategic plans to benefit our customers, suppliers, and employees.”

Broad-Ocean Motor is a global supplier of high-tech, high quality motors, alternators, and starters to multiple segments including appliances, air handlers, vehicle electrification, and light duty for the transportation sector. Broad-Ocean Motor was established in 1994 and is publicly traded in China.

Prestolite Electric is a global supplier of alternators, starters, and new energy solutions for commercial truck, bus, off-road equipment, military, and electric vehicles. Since 1911, Prestolite Electric has established a reputation of providing superior solutions to the transportation and industrial markets around the globe.


100 YearsPrestolite Electric (Leece-Neville) is celebrating 100 years of manufacturing in the USA. Founded in 1911 as Electric Autolite, the company produced generators to power early day auto lamps. First OE customers were Studebaker, Packard and Indiana Buggy Works.

From the early 1920's through the 1960's the company had such firsts as: Low Maintenance Batteries, Resistor Spark Plugs, Solid State Ignition Systems and a Fully Submersible Ignition. The product range was expanded to include Starting Motors, Regulators, Wire and Cable Products.

Over the years following, a strategy was evolving to position Prestolite Electric (Leece-Neville) into a global manufacturer of starters and alternators. The 80's saw the acquisition of the Leece-Neville Sheller Corp. and Butec Limited, Leyland, England. In 1998 the Company added Lucas, expanding the manufacturing footprint to Argentina and South Africa. That same year the alternator division of Motorola, located in Arcade, New York was acquired. The latest center of excellence was formed in 2000: the joint venture in Beijing, China forming Prestolite Electric Beijing Limited.

Prestolite Electric's (Leece-Neville) Arcade facility, located in New York, is the last remaining high-volume manufacturer of starters and alternators located in the USA. "We are here for the long-term, supporting our military and our regional and multi-national customers. We are a key part of the strategies our customers have shared with us." said Tony Wong, Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Quality.

"One Voice, One Family, One Company" is our motto. Whether it is our manufacturing locations in the USA, China, Argentina or the UK, Prestolite strives to exceed our customer’s expectations. The silos we operated in are a thing of the past. We are truly a global organization, with the benefits passing through to our customers." added Joe Lefave, President and CEO of Prestolite Electric Inc.

Prestolite Leece-Neville North America Investing in the Future with It's Realignment Plan

filenamePrestolite Leece-Neville is undergoing major improvements in it's North American Division which are designed to launch the division to becoming an even stronger OE manufacturing facility. “Due to customer inputs and suggestions, we were able to identify key areas where we could make a much more positive impact,” said Tony Wong, Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Quality.

“We restructured North America into one Team,” says Tony, “with new leadership in our Arcade manufacturing facility.” Prestolite Leece-Neville’s production teams have always had a good reputation with customers for their efforts and experience, and with a new IDEA (Improved Development with Employee Assistance) program their suggestions have led to countless improvements in quality, production flow, safety and cost savings. To optimize sub-assembly process flow the Kanban material system has been implemented, resulting in better process flow and raw material allocations.

The entire facility is receiving an internal face-lift, with emphasis on cleaner, safer and more efficient assembly areas. SPC has become the driving force for quality throughout the plant and the Continuous Improvement efforts have kicked into a higher gear.

“There has been investment in new gauging and testing technologies” added Tony, “and a considerable amount of new equipment implementation to improve our present capabilities.” There’s even the addition of the Project Room for the disciplined project management teams. “We’re making major strides towards a best in class company that can truly respond to our customer’s growing needs.”

No-Idle system - Prestolite Signs Licensing Agreement with Balmar for regulator

MC-614 no idle system
(Update - originally posted 3/07)
Ballard Commercial Industries, Inc. (Balmar) and Prestolite Electric Incorporated have today announced that they have entered into a licensing agreement which allows Prestolite to produce and sell regulators using Balmar’s specialized no-idle system regulator technology for heavy duty truck applications. The agreement becomes effective April 1st, 2007. This regulator technology allows for a customized battery charging profile to be used in deep cycle applications, instead of conventional regulation methods.

Leece-Neville Announces New Titan brand gear reduced starter motors

PG1007_Titan125.jpgLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the release of the Titan™ Series of heavy duty, in-line gear reduced starter motors. "Our complete line of 12 volt gear reduced starter motors will be marketed under the Titan™ brand in North America", says Eric Bippus, Vice President of Worldwide Aftermarket Sales. "The Titan™ series reflects our global commitment to advanced engineering in our core business, producing the highest quality rotating electrical components specifically designed for the heavy duty marketplace."


The initial release of the Titan™ series will include models in the 101, 105 and 125 mm frame size. The three sizes will provide coverage for the most popular heavy duty diesel engines in 12 volt applications ranging from 6 to 16 liter. The flagship of the new line, the Titan™125, is a 125mm starter that was engineered from the ground up for the largest of these engines.


"We recognized in 2005 that there was a need for an in-line, gear reduced starter that would be capable of cranking future big bore diesel engines. We understood, through our relationships with all of the major diesel engine manufacturers, that the EPA mandates of 2007 and 2010 would be placing additional demands on the starting / charging environments in all heavy diesels, and especially in the 15-16 liter range," says Bippus. "We set out to create a 'best of breed' starter that would encompass the most advanced features currently available, and have the power to crank these new diesel engines in the most demanding environments. The Titan™125 has been in fleet tests from Alaska to Australia since early in 2006 with outstanding results, we know that we’ve got a product that is head and shoulders above anything else that is currently available."


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Leece-Neville Announces New 185 Amp 12 Volt Brushless Alternator

FL1096_185A_Brushless.jpgLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the release of a new 185 amp 12 volt model brushless alternator. "We are expanding the line of our brushless alternators to take on the needs of today’s heavy duty environments," says Scott Miller, Director of Aftermarket Sales. "New diesel engines are running hotter than ever before. In addition, there are continued increases in the demand for electrical power in just about every application we are seeing. The 185 amp brushless alternator is targeted for the high amperage, high temperature application where long life and dependable service is paramount. This unit will initially be launched approved for applications up to 110°C, but additional improvements during 2007 will allow us to offer units with a rating of 125°C later this year."


The new 185 amp models will leverage the proven solid lead frame technology and high temperature features that have been incorporated into other brushless models since 2002. High temperature avalanche diodes are welded to a solid lead frame in the rectifier instead of being soldered, greatly improving resistance to high temperatures and vibration. High temperature stator wire, high temperature bearings and progressive design improvements to the regulator further enhance the alternators resistance to high temperatures.


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Leece-Neville Announces Upgrade of 4000 Series Alternators

FL1094_4000.jpgLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the re-design of its popular high amperage 4000 series alternators. "We have been the one of the industry leaders in discussing the effects that the new EPA compliant engines have had on operating temperatures under the hood." says Scott Miller, Director of Aftermarket Sales. "We started upgrading our products to live in these high temperatures before the first round of those new engines hit the road in the fall of 2002. Our high amp, 4000 series alternators are already rated for 110°C applications, but we know that 2007 and 2010 engines are going to be even hotter. We can’t afford to rest there, we know that we have to get these alternators ready to survive in applications up to 125°C."


The design changes include the implementation of a solid lead frame design for both internal and external rectifiers that are used in the 200, 270 and 320 amp versions of the 4000 series alternators. The design of these lead frames greatly reduces the number of wiring connection points within the alternator. These connection points will now become permanently welded or will be part of the mechanical assembly of the alternator. This design greatly increases the alternators resistance to high temperatures and vibration.


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