Rayovac: investing in the future


Rayovac team with Glen Rutherford and Julie Heads in Washington, UK. © Rayovac

A multi-million-dollar investment programme into its people, products and plant has continued throughout 2018 for battery manufacturer Rayovac. Significant investment has been put into the two Rayovac facilities in Washington, UK and Portage Wisconsin, USA to improve battery performance and increase manufacturing capacity. New packaging has been developed and new people have joined the team.

Visitors to the EUHA congress in Hannover in October will be able to see one of these new developments, as the company unveils its next generation packaging at the 63rd International Congress. Glen Rutherford, Global General Manager and Vice President for Micropower said, “When researching and developing new products and packaging, a great deal of thought goes into the detail and the features that have a real impact on people’s lives. That’s why it’s so important to work with hearing aid users and device manufacturers to ensure our batteries are of a consistently high calibre and meet the high-functionality of the next generation, wireless hearing devices.”

The company has strengthened its workforce in both manufacturing and support staff. There are now more than 300 people at the UK facility and 220 in the US. One new appointee is the Washington plant manager, Julie Heads, who has held senior positions with other leading North East manufacturing firms prior to joining the Rayovac team. Heads said, “I’m delighted to join the Rayovac team at such an exciting time. The growth of the business has meant that investment in the technology and people at the plant has continued. It’s really important that our plant sites remain fit for purpose and we are looking forward to further exciting developments including the expansion of our Washington plant and the addition of new machinery at both the UK and US sites.”

These latest investments come on the back of a successful year for Rayovac during which they launched new Active Core Technology. Offering consumers high-quality performance throughout the battery life, Active Core is Rayovac’s longest lasting battery to-date. This technology performs well in all temperatures, powers up quickly and is wireless approved.

Rutherford said, “Amid the ever-changing manufacturing sector, we are continuing to grow with the market and our latest investments demonstrate a clear roadmap for the future and a vision to further develop and leverage our technology.

“Everyone who works at Rayovac is passionate about the business and our continued success is testament to our highly flexible, adaptable and skilled workforce. We will continue to research and invest in solutions that improve the lives of both our customers and consumers and we’re looking forward to an exciting future ahead.”

Source: Rayovac