Exide to Be Exclusive Battery Supplier for Australian Kmarts

January 30, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Exide Technologies (Reading, PA) has become the exclusive battery supplier for Australia's largest mass-merchant retailer, Kmart. Exide-brand batteries will be in all of Kmart's 330 retail outlets in Australia, including some 180 Kmart Tire and Auto centers, effective March 1, 2001.

“This is a positive development for Kmart customers and for Exide Technologies," said Tom Minner, president of the transportation global business unit at Exide. “While competition in Australia has been severe the past few years, Kmart has had great success with Exide products and is expanding its selection for the customer."

Previously, Exide had approximately 80 percent of the Kmart-Australia business.