Exide Awarded Battery Partnership for JCB’s Electric Teletruks

Battery manufacturer Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical energy solutions, has been selected by JCB to power its new range of electric Teletruks. Under the partnership, Exide’s GNB batteries and high-frequency chargers will be supplied with each new E-TEC forklift rolling off the production line. Exide will also provide exclusive service and support across Europe.

Before being selected, Exide went through a detailed examination of its processes and systems. It was then chosen based on the reliability and performance of its technology, its decades of experience in the electrical motive power market and the high level of support that it offers.

“We’re delighted to have been selected as JCB’s energy storage partner for the E-TEC range, and we look forward to working with JCB as it adds more electric forklifts,” said Vic Sayer, UK Applications and Contracts Manager- Motive Power at Exide Technologies. “Electric forklifts are the future. They help create a cleaner environment, increase safety for workers, reduce noise levels, and make businesses ready for future legislation. They also make it much easier to seamlessly operate inside and outside the warehouse from the same forklift – a major advantage of the JCB 30-19E.”

A energy storage solution based on a GNB Marathon Classic battery was selected for the JCB 30-19E, the first forklift in the E-TEC range. It is paired with an 2100 HP, 3 phase intelligent high-frequency reporting charger, which can recharge it in 8 hours from 80% depth of discharge. A complete battery, charger and BFS watering system comes with every new truck supplied from the UK factory. Integral fork pockets allow battery packs to be easily exchanged from the rear of the forklift.

GNB Service was selected by JCB as its exclusive service partner in Europe. The focus will be on providing customers with fast response times, avoiding the complexity of unnecessary call-outs and maximizing customer uptime. Exide will be the only company doing work on the batteries and chargers, which ensures that customers get the best service every time.

“JCB serves a global customer base in construction, agriculture and industry. To be successful our customers must be confident in our machines and the components that make up our machines. When JCB is not fitting a component designed and manufactured internally, we partner with a supplier who has the capabilities and drive to deliver on our customers’ expectations globally,” said Paul Murray, General Manager – JCB Teletruk. “In selecting an industrial battery partner, JCB shortlisted the leading manufacturers then benchmarked their products and business capabilities. GNB delivered the performance we were looking for. A global partnership was established, detailed in a service level agreement, which JCB customers will benefit from.”

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DisruptionHub announces Disruption North in partnership with Bruntwood SciTech

Disruption North will profile and celebrate innovation in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. Through a range of channels, Disruption North will profile and provide opportunities for the most exciting digital and technology focused business and stakeholders across these regions.

DisruptionHub the business intelligence platform and disruptive innovation magazine, has today announced a collaboration with Bruntwood SciTech to celebrate and help support the development of jobs, talent and ecosystems that Northern Cities need to grow and thrive on a global stage.

With over 17,000 subscribers is an essential source of information and insight for some of Europe’s leading organisations. The annual Disruption Summit Europe attracts over 700 business leaders and the Disruption50 recognises the UK’s most disruptive businesses.

Rob Prevett, Cofounder and CEO of DisruptonHub says “After 5 years of running DisruptionHub I’ve met hundreds of exciting individuals and companies working in digital innovation. But I’m always frustrated at how little exposure companies outside of London receive when there’s such an abundance of talent, particularly in the North. The reality is there’s so much going on here and it’s a really great environment for growing digital businesses.”

Phil Kemp, CEO of Bruntwood SciTech, said: “Collaboration is at the heart of Bruntwood SciTech and partnering th DisruptionHub creates a real opportunity to celebrate and showcase some of the brilliant, market-disrupting innovators and technologies from across the North.

“There are great ideas forming, scaling and growing in many of the North’s key cities helping to contribute to the growth and strength of the UK tech economy.

“We’re always looking for ways to support our customers to tell their stories by identifying new platforms and opportunities for collaboration, network building, and cross sector communication, which Disruption North will certainly do”.

Disruption North will interview and share opinion from startups and established businesses based in the North. These companies can apply to achieve the status of “Northern Star” and be profiled across the Disruption North network and platform.

Rob Prevett, CEO and Co-Founder of DisruptionHub says “The aim is to highlight not just the plethora of talent in the North, but to demonstrate the value for businesses that find a home in these cities. We’re excited to be working in partnership with Bruntwood SciTech to deliver this vision. DisruptionHub is based in their Tech Hub in Leeds so we’ve experienced first-hand the value they bring in fostering an environment for the region’s most exciting digital and tech businesses to flourish.”

As part of this commitment to support businesses in the North, DisruptionHub is bringing an additional Disruption Summit to Leeds on 24th March 2020 focused on disruption and innovation in the Public Sector.

The success of the digital economy across the region is built on the support and investment from a wide range of organisations, with this in mind Disruption North is also opening a call for partnerships with organisations supporting the digital economy including: Investors, Local Government, Universities and the Tech Community as a whole. To find out more about the programme and how you can get involved contact

For articles and information about Disruption North click here

To apply for “Northern Star” recognition for digital and technology companies in the North and be profiled by Disruption North click here

To find out about partnering with Disruption North contact

About DisruptionHub
DisruptionHub is an independent community connecting leaders in digital, technology and transformation.

Since 2015 DisruptionHub has Delivered the best and latest thinking around The Future Of Work, Customer Experience and Digital Infrastructure through expert articles, leadership dinners, industry summits and awards programme.

Working with Europe’s leading organisations to help deepen their understanding around digital disruption and what it takes to build successful, digitally resilient organisations that deliver positive impact.

About Bruntwood SciTech

Bruntwood SciTech is the UK’s leading creator of thriving innovation districts, providing the environments for businesses in the science and technology sector to start and scale.

A 50:50 joint venture between leading property company Bruntwood and Legal & General, Bruntwood SciTech features high quality office and laboratory space, a range of scientific services and bespoke programmes of business support, along with access to networks that offer companies unrivalled access to finance, talent, markets, mentorship and an extensive clinical, academic and public partner network.

Bruntwood SciTech has unique experience in creating and developing strategic partnerships with UK regional cities, universities, NHS Trusts and other key stakeholders to drive economic growth through investment in science and technology infrastructure.

Locations include the internationally-renowned Alderley Park in Cheshire, Platform in Leeds, Innovation Birmingham, and a cluster at the heart of Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor innovation district – Manchester Technology Centre, Manchester Science Park, Citylabs 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 and Circle Square – a joint venture with Select Property Group. Bruntwood SciTech also manages incubators for digital technology entrepreneurs and start-ups across the North and Midlands. Located at Platform in Leeds, Manchester Technology Centre and Innovation Birmingham, the incubators are home to some of the country’s most exciting start-ups. A specialist life science accelerator is offered at Alderley Park as well as a post-accelerator in partnership with Cisco at Manchester Science Park.

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Digital Clarity and Synergy SKY announce marketing partnership

Award-winning digital agency, Digital Clarity has announced an online marketing partnership with Synergy SKY, a Norwegian based company that develops and markets software platforms making it easier for users and administrators to manage all meetings and video conferences.

Vemun Waksvik, Head of Marketing at Synergy SKY said, “Synergy SKY is on an upward trajectory. In the last quarter to August 2019 we had an uplift of 20% in revenue, more than any other quarter and we aim to double the revenue, compared to last year”.

He added, “We are aware that digital plays a large part in the discovery process and we were searching for a company that could meet our ambitions and help us reach these business buyers and influencers. After some searching, Digital Clarity was the right fit”.

Recently attending the Gartner Symposium in Barcelona and trademarked by Gartner as The World’s Most Important Gathering of CIOs and IT Executives (TM), Synergy SKY launched Synergy of Things (SoT), a unique ‘one-stop shop’ that allows administrators and attendees of business meetings to utilise existing technology infrastructure to intelligently host, analyse and manage meetings, thus creating efficiencies and eliminating wastage – a major impact in today’s business environment.

Speaking on the partnership, Rachel Mepham, Head of Digital at Digital Clarity said, “Recently, our company has gained vast experience in digital marketing to help B2B IT and Software vendors make the most of the digital economy, especially those looking to target medium to enterprise customers. Synergy SKY was looking for digital marketing expertise to help them grow their business”.

She added, “In a competitive market, combining strong content with a measurable digital customer acquisition strategy is key, especially when you are conveying complex solutions in an easy to understand way. By doing this, we have helped clients in this sector, increase enterprise sales by 48%”.

About Synergy SKY

Synergy SKY is a provider of video communication and unified collaboration services.

Synergy SKY supports Polycom Click-to-Join and Cisco One-Button-to-Push in Skype for Business meetings.

Synergy SKY was founded in 2008 with headquarters in Oslo, Norway.

About Synergy of Things (SoT)

Synergy of Things is a software solution from Synergy SKY that extracts data from sensors, behaviour and your calendar to make all meetings more efficient.

Making use of the smart sensors in Cisco Webex Room Series and third-party sensors for all other meeting rooms to achieve smarter utilisation of meeting resources, through features such as no-show detection and booking vs actual usage reports.

With Synergy of Things, the user can apply the exact same method to schedule all meetings – with or without video – in Outlook / Google Calendar without any plug-in or new workflow.

About Digital Clarity

Digital Clarity is a recognised leader in the field of Digital Marketing that encompasses Paid Search (PPC), Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Social Media and Analytics.

The agency provides exceptional service and results. Digital Clarity was previously shortlisted for Digital Business of the Year, Best Use of Search for B2B at the UK Search Awards, and won the Best Evaluation Strategy category at the Digital Impact Awards.

Digital Clarity is a Google Premier Partner.

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Keyrus Strengthens Tableau Partnership, Launches New Analytics Platform at Tableau Conference 2019

Keyrus, a global consultancy that specializes in developing data and digital technology solutions, joins Tableau Software, the leading analytics platform, in Las Vegas today for the 2019 Tableau Conference. Keyrus is sponsoring the annual event, which attracts thousands of individuals in the data community for four days of sessions, keynotes, trainings, and social events.

Keyrus announced a worldwide partnership with Tableau in 2014 and received Emerging Partner of the Year award recognition in January 2018. This year, Keyrus achieved Gold Partner status with Tableau. Keyrus specializes in assisting Tableau clients in building governed self-service environments at their organizations.

Meanwhile, Keyrus continues to expand its Tableau practice in North America, recently opening new offices in Toronto and Los Angeles.

“We recommend Tableau to our clients because it is the BI tool that facilitates the highest end user adoption,” said David Rosenberg, Managing Director at Keyrus. “People love Tableau. As a consultancy focused on changing behavior, there is no better way to move end users from old reports to interactive dashboards than by implementing Tableau.”

Keyrus will also launch Bento Insights, an out-of-box analytics platform for SaaS B2B companies, at the conference today. Bento provides a single source of truth for all data, acts as a fully-managed data pipeline, and provides each company team with predefined dashboards. It also provides the C-level with a complete view of business performance and 360 customer profiles, and can be fully deployed in a few weeks.

About Keyrus
Keyrus is a global consultancy that helps companies build data and digital technology solutions that drive business growth. With a team of experts in data engineering, data discovery, and data science, Keyrus helps companies turn their data into valuable business insights.

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A stand out partnership – PR Fire

Today Bouncepad, the inventors of the tablet kiosk, and Sign In App, visitor management app creators, announced the release of a new collaboration; Sign In App Tap.  Sign In App Tap is an RFID reader that connects seamlessly to Bouncepad’s stylish enclosures and integrates to Sign In App; meaning visitors and staff can simply connect and  check-in with their existing door access cards and fobs.

Dan Harding, Managing Director at Sign In App commented, “The team is so pleased with  the release of Sign In App Tap. We have been testing concepts for a few years now and in collaboration with Bouncepad, we have finally come up with the perfect solution.”

Bouncepad is at the forefront of the enclosure industry, working with other organisations such as McDonalds to design and innovate new products and solutions. Joss Barton, Head of Operations at Bouncepad, welcomed the collaboration saying, “Sign In App has been a long-standing customer of ours. We’ve fulfilled over 1000 orders around the world for them, so when they approached us to work on a new product, we were really enthusiastic. We have lots of experience in product design with our in-house team, our ability to make prototypes through 3D printing and our experience in the mobile enclosure space. I feel we have worked together to produce a fantastic final product.”

Both companies are excited about where the collaboration will take the already successful partnership. Speaking of the opportunity, Dan said: “We have been working with Bouncepad since the beginning and we’ve never paired another enclosure with our hardware

“For some time now, our clients have been requesting that we connect their door access cards and fobs. Until we could get to a solution that was simple for our customers to work with, reading almost all of the door access technologies, we wouldn’t be happy.”

“Working with Bouncepad meant we could deliver something that looks great, whilst still making it possible for the whole solution to be set up and installed in less than 30 minutes.”

If you’d like to learn more about Sign In App or are interested in working with Bouncepad please contact them at or

About Sign In App

Sign In App is a young and dynamic software development company that is fast becoming  the go-to technology of choice in the global visitor management space.  Launched in 2015, Sign In App has maintained an impressive organic growth rate since its inception, with turnover growing by over 160 percent in 2018, and it is on track to at least double in size in 2019.

Based in a converted barn in the picturesque Northamptonshire countryside, all the technology is developed in-house, on-site, by the firm’s homegrown technical team, and all support is also handled locally, in the UK.  Customer numbers speak for themselves; in January 2018 the firm had 200 clients on its books, but it now boasts over 2,900 clients spanning the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, United States (US) and Canada. To find out more visit the company website:

About Bouncepad

Bouncepad has been the global market leader in tablet enclosures since 2011, renowned for high quality products & excellent customer service. Loved by McDonald’s, Selfridges and Tommy Hilfiger, their products are trusted by some of the biggest names in retail and hospitality. Renowned for their sleek design and robust build, Bouncepad products turn tablets into amazing business tools.

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Exide Announces Major Solar Partnership in Spain

Battery manufacturer Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical energy solutions, has announced a major new solar installation to power its factory at San Esteban de Gormaz in Soria, Spain. The installation will enable Exide to draw much of its power from renewable sources at the site, leading to large reductions in CO2 emissions. The landmark project will be delivered through a 15-year agreement with international energy group EDP, and follows a similar solar partnership between Exide and EDP in Portugal announced earlier in the year.

“We are excited to join with EDP on another landmark venture in renewable energy,” said Stefan Stübing at Exide, “Energy-intensive industries will have to rely increasingly on sustainable sources like solar, and our new photovoltaic plant with EDP shows the scale of what is possible. Not only will it reduce our carbon emissions, highlighting our commitment to sustainability, it will also improve our operating efficiency and performance.”

The project will involve the installation of a photovoltaic plant for self-consumption using around 4,000 solar panels. EDP España will develop and deliver the plant as a turnkey operation, supplying and assembling its parts and equipment and handling all maintenance and necessary documentation. An energy management system will allow Exide to monitor the energy being generated and how it is used in real time. EDP will run the plant for 15 years, after which Exide will take ownership.

The photovoltaic plant, with equipment generating 1.3 MWp of power, will enable Exide to draw a significant amount of its annual power needs from solar. This will allow the battery giant to reduce its CO2 emissions and improve its environmental footprint. The project is a clear sign of the growing momentum behind solar power as a real and sustainable solution for companies facing uncertainty over the future of fossil fuels.

The new contract was signed at Exide’s Spanish headquarters in Azuqueca de Henares, Guadalajara, by Stefan Stübing, president EMEA at Exide, and Javier Sáenz de Jubera, commercial general director of EDP España. It strengthens the relationship between the two companies, which already partner on a similar plant in Portugal – EDP’s largest solar energy project in that country.

According to Sáenz de Jubera at EDP España, the contract “signifies the possibilities of self-consumption as one of the biggest challenges the energy sector is facing. Solar power is already a solution for companies and will continue to be so in the future, as it offers many advantages: it increases competitiveness, reduces the power bill and optimises energy efficiency, while reinforcing the client’s commitment to sustainability.”

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Quantib and Amsterdam UMC enter partnership to accelerate AI solutions, THE NETHERLANDS, October 11th, 2019 – Quantib, leader in Medical Imaging AI solutions, and Amsterdam UMC announce their partnership to develop and validate AI software in a joint venture with University Medical Center Utrecht, named Quantib-U. As part of the deal, Amsterdam UMC will provide access to data and allocate one of its top AI Medical Imaging scientists to projects within Quantib-U on a part-time basis. Quantib is now backed by the three largest radiology practices* of The Netherlands together providing unique insights into new use cases, broad data access and user feedback in a multi-center setting.

Truly successful adoption of new AI software will only happen if we co-create with top clinicians and AI researchers”, says Arthur Post Uiterweer, CEO of Quantib and Quantib-U. “ With this partnership it now only takes a few weeks to develop and deploy new AI prototypes for clinical validation in three top clinical centers.”

Amsterdam UMC is a top clinical center, the largest in The Netherlands, and very interested in the new options that AI developments provide in healthcare. Additionally, Amsterdam UMC is happy to establish this collaboration with Quantib, which will allow Amsterdam UMC, through its AI Medical Imaging team, to contribute to the creation of better solutions for the benefit of patients.

About Quantib

Quantib, a leader in medical AI software, strives for faster and more accurate diagnoses, supporting adequate and timely patient care. Its products can detect changes in tissue sooner than would be possible with the naked eye. Quantib has multiple products cleared by FDA and CE marked, which are focused on quantification of neurodegenerative disease. It has a strong pipeline of new products focused on oncology and osteoarthritis.

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About Amsterdam Medical Center

At Amsterdam UMC, more than 15,000 professionals strive to provide good and accessible care for the generations of today and tomorrow, working together towards a future in which we prevent illnesses and make the best treatment available to all patients. To this end, we develop new methods for diagnostics and treatment together with professionals from other renowned national and international institutions. We treat over 350,000 patients a year at both our sites – AMC and VUmc. Our main focus is on complex patient care and highly-specialized treatment of rare medical conditions. At Amsterdam UMC, we teach and train thousands of young people to become doctors, specialists or nurses. Our researchers are clustered in eight research centers so that we can achieve our ambition of executing international, cutting-edge research. At Amsterdam UMC, AMC and VUmc are working together on academic patient care, scientific research and teaching & training.

*Erasmus Medical Center and University Medical Center Utrecht joined Quantib earlier in a partnership.

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