GamaAku is one of Turkey's leading supplier of batteries and services in lead-acid batteries for the forklift market. The company has its headquarters in western Turkey, the industrial centre, from where it covers the markets in the Middle East. In addition to Turkey, the company also has customers in, among others, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Qatar and Oman.
Through the signed agreement, GamaAku becomes both supplier and Alelion Service Provider of batteries and services within the region. GamaAku recently received a pilot order for lithium-ion batteries from a leading subcontractor in the automotive industry and the order placed to Alelion is linked to this pilot order.
"There is a great interest from large industrial end customers in the region to switch from lead-acid batteries to lithium-ion batteries and GamaAku aims at becoming a market leader in lithium-ion in the Middle East," says Sandra Hansson, Head of Sales and After Sales development at Alelion Energy Systems. "Through this collaboration, they take a big step towards becoming a supplier of our total solutions, what we call an Alelion Energy Solution Provider."
Supports the strategy
Alelion Energy Systems has in the past year increased its efforts to enter as a supplier of lithium-ion batteries in the aftermarket for forklifts and other industrial vehicles. It is a market that is growing rapidly as more and more forklift customers, for economic and environmental reasons, choose to replace their lead-acid batteries with lithium-ion batteries.
"We see significant opportunities in this segment and our agreement with GamaAku is a clear proof of how this market is growing," says Daniel Troedsson. “As the large forklift truck manufacturers have increasingly begun manufacturing their own lithium-ion batteries through insourcing, the number of manufacturers who can deliver to the aftermarket has decreased. If you want a supplier with proven quality and experience, there are currently not many independent battery manufacturers to choose from and it has opened new opportunities for us with our great technical expertise and experience in the field.”