GS Yuasa - new MD and CEO for GSY Europe; new lithium-ion battery plant in Hungary
GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd have announced the appointment of Andrew Taylor as the company’s new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Andrew has been with the company for approaching 29 years. Since 2007 he has been Managing Director of GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd. During this time, the company has achieved unprecedented growth, becoming the UK market leader for automotive, motorcycle and industrial batteries. Andrew has also been Commercial Director of GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd since 2015.
Commenting on his new appointment, Andrew said: “It is a great honour for me to take up the position of Managing Director and CEO of GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd. It is a challenge that I am very much looking forward to.
“We have a strong platform to build on and an excellent European team to support our sales growth plan throughout Europe.”
In other company news, GS Yuasa Corporation, the parent company of GS Yuasa Battery Europe, has announced that it will establish a new manufacturing subsidiary company, GS Yuasa Hungary Ltd. and construct a new manufacturing plant for lithium-ion batteries in Miskolc, Hungary.
Lithium-ion batteries will be assembled in the new plant with lithium-ion cells made in Japan. These batteries will be used for SLI (Starting, Lighting, and Ignition) applications which the company expects to see “expanded in demand terms in the European market in the coming years”.
GS Yuasa will also consider manufacturing lithium-ion cells in this plant in future. The company says it will “continue to respond to the market environment change in its extensive technologies”.
GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd consists of five European sales companies and, at present, one battery manufacturing company. From sales and distribution centres in Swindon (UK), Milan, Lyon, Madrid and Dusseldorf, and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ebbw Vale, UK, GS Yuasa supplies European markets with a “vast range of high-quality GS and Yuasa brand batteries and accessories”.