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First National Battery

First National Battery was established in 1931 - the first batteries were produced in South Africa on the 22 September 1931 - and is the leading battery manufacturer in South Africa. Batteries produced include automotive starter (SLI), mining traction, DIN and BS materials handling batteries, miners' caplamps, standby, marine, leisure (boats-caravans) and for solar/rural power storage.

Annually more than 2.2 million batteries are produced and reach consumers in South Africa through strategically located distributors and the extremely successful Battery Centre franchise and exported to more than 30 countries worldwide. All products comply with international performance standards and are manufactured in accordance with ISO9001:2008, VDA6.3 and ISO/TS 16949:2009 quality systems.

Old lead acid batteries are recycled through the company’s own battery breaker and smelter which comply with the most stringent environmental controls to achieve ISO14001:2004 listing. This process ensures lead and polypropylene are reused in the manufacture of high quality lead alloys and plastic components, as well as a cleaner environment. Batteries produced by First National Battery are the first choice among South African Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Mercedes Benz,Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Volkswagen SA, Renault, Nissan Diesel and MAN.

Industrial batteries are supplied to materials handling forktruck OEM’s, such as BT, Clarke, Crown, Daewoo, Jungheinrich, Komatsu, Linde, TCM, Toyota, Hyster and Nissan. Most major gold, coal and platinum mines use locomotive traction and mine lighting batteries produced by the company, as do local power generation utilities, railways and telecommunications companies. They rely on standby batteries – including Planté – produced by the company.


  • Batteries
  • Solar systems
  • Back-up systems
  • Standby systems
  • Charging systems
  • Battery Centre franchise


  • East London
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Carletonvilee
  • Benoni
  • Rustenburg
  • Klerksdorp