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The Clarios company is the largest battery manufacturer in the world. They make, among other things, the batteries of the Varta brand, which is well-known in Europe. The Optima brand is the top line of batteries from Clarios.
This company has three major divisions, the first division is automotive; the company is the largest supplier of batteries to the automotive industry and the only manufacturer to supply almost every car manufacturer in the world.
The second division is the Power Solutions which includes Varta and Optima. The third department is Building Efficiency.
Clarios' European headquarters is in Hanover. In 2011, CaravanMoverShop was able to visit the head office in Hanover and was given a tour. We are the largest dealer of Optima batteries in Europe. We visited the production line of Varta batteries there. This is quite special, in the period 2012, 2013 and 2014 only a large car manufacturer was given a tour.
Optima batteries are used in applications where a normal battery cannot suffice, such as Google data centers (in emergency power supplies), roadside assistance (as a jump starter), taxis in London (which start the engine too often and drive too short distances), milking robots, forklifts, but also closer to home: central automated waste containers.
The history of Optima goes back to the 1960s. The technology was developed for the American space program to supply energy to the first moon car, the Lunar Rover. The then new technology was the solution for the disappointing quality of normal batteries at very low temperatures.
This technology was purchased from Gates Rubber in 1972 and has since been upgraded for use in terrestrial items such as automobiles. The Scandinavian Gylling group bought the expertise of the Optima batteries in 1994. It was tackled on a large scale, a year later a factory was opened in Colorado. The success of these batteries did not go unnoticed and in 2000 Optima was acquired by Johnson Controls, the parent company of Varta. In 2007 Optima set up a new production line in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2019, the company was sold to Clarios.