Prestolite Electric acquired by Chinese manufacturer

Prestolite Electric, a leading global manufacturer of alternators, starters and new-energy solutions marketed under the Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems and Prestolite brands, has been acquired by Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. (Broad-Ocean), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of specialty rotary electrics.

The acquisition, which expands the Broad Ocean-Prestolite business footprint to North, Central and South America as well as Europe, Africa, Australia and adjacent regions, signals a significant, sustained commitment to next-generation technologies, product line expansion and world-class manufacturing and quality systems, the company says.

Prestolite and the Leece-Neville brand maintain comprehensive, U.S.-based engineering and manufacturing operations. Additionally, Broad-Ocean recently opened a state-of-the-art research and development facility in Novi, Mich., that will support vehicle manufacturers, fleet customers and the commercial vehicle OEM and aftermarket. Prestolite also operates an expansive, modern manufacturing facility in Arcade, N.Y., and a distribution and customer service center in Florence, Ky., the company says.

“This acquisition will bring significant new benefits to Prestolite and Leece-Neville customers around the world,” says Tony Wong, president, Prestolite North America. “We have a unique focus on leading-edge technologies, U.S.-based manufacturing and assembly and best-in-class quality standards, all of which are supported by our own global engineering team and backed with the manufacturing and quality systems expertise of Broad-Ocean Motors.”

The Prestolite and Leece-Neville product line includes high-output alternators and gear reduction starter motors for on- and off-highway trucks, military applications, mining vehicles, school and city buses, motor coaches and other uses. The company says it has received certificates of registration to the ISO/TS 16949:2009 Quality Management and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management systems.

Broad-Ocean is a global supplier of high-tech, high-quality motors, alternators, and starters to multiple markets, including appliance, air handling and commercial transportation.

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