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About Overlander

Please use the links below to find information on Overlanders history, our ISO9001 accreditation, company statements, our team and how to buy from us.

Company History

Overlander's fine reputation for quality battery assembly began in 1975 when we started manufacturing packs for electric radio cars. Whilst battery technology and the range of cells and packs has moved on with time, our commitment to meet the needs of industry, commerce and UK Radio Control Modellers has remained constant.

We continue to grow our technical skills and knowledge which has helped us continue to develop and improve our own in-house manufacturing capabilities. We construct packs from both NiMh cells and Lithium Polymer at our factory in Forton, Lancashire. Our trained operatives always conform to our stringent best practices and the manufacturer's assembly recommendations.

Generally larger bulk quantities of batteries are assembled at our facilities in China. This invariably takes place to strict UK Overlander requirements and specifications and all suppliers are inspected thoroughly. We take pride in visiting our Chinese suppliers and partners on a regular basis which enables us to be confident that all goods produced for us match the quality of our "home grown" products. We are also keen to ensure that there are good working conditions and living standards for these distant workers.

Our mainstream business has grown over from serving the radio control modeller. However in recent years we have grown to manufacture and supply to other areas such as NHS Trusts, industry, aerospace, motorsport and university research departments.

Overlander are an official UK distributor for the market leading Eneloop brand of rechargeable batteries. We undertake both custom battery assembly with these and bulk sales. Later in 2014 by utilising our knowledge of batteries and longstanding relationships with suppliers, Overlander will be launching its own brand of Alkaline AA & AAA cells into the wider battery market. These cells have been carefully selected so that the wider public will soon be able experience the Overlander reputation for quality taken for granted by Radio Control enthusiasts for many years.

Procedures

Overlander complies with all European requirements and has developed and implemented its own Quality Management Systems. In 2017 after a successful external audit from ISOQAR, Overlander was confirmed to have achieved the standard to be accredited as an ISO9001:2015 company. As part of this commitment we are always seeking ways and means to continuously improve our business.

Ethical, Environmental & Sustainability

We are committed to respecting and protecting the environment. We comply with all applicable legislation and are members of both the BatteryBack compliance recycling scheme and WeeeCare compliace. We shall always be looking for ways to improve our environmental performance, endeavour to prevent pollution and minimise the use of natural resources where possible.

At Overlander we recognise the importance of operating to a set of core values in the way that we carry out our business with our customers and supply chain. These core values seek to establish, protect and increase the trust and confidence of individuals and organisations with whom we interact, thereby enhancing our reputation and successful business dealings.

ISO

On 20th August 2013 Overlander were presented with their ISO9001 certificate by Roger Wood from ISOQAR.

ISO9001 is the internationally recognized standard for the quality management of businesses. Gaining this standard is a huge achievement for our company and something the team are very proud of.

This certification shows our commitment to quality, our customers and the willingness to work towards improving our efficiency.

For more information on the ISO9001 accreditation from ISOQAR Certification Services, please visit - http://www.alcumusgroup.com/isoqar/

Company Statements

Mission Statement: It is Overlander’s mission to source the highest quality specialist batteries and accessories to supply industry, consumer and Radio Control Model markets. We will also assemble battery packs to a high standard.

Our Team

Jason Kliszat - Managing Director

From 2012, Jason has taken over as director of Overlander. Managing all aspects of the business, Jason has helped Overlander to attain the ISO9001 accreditation in July 2013, and is developing the business day by day.

Although running a business is highly demanding, Jason tries to spend every spare minute with his wife and children. He has an interest in cycling and is an avid fan of football and motorsport!

John Kliszat - Chairman

John took control of Overlander in the late 90’s, already a keen modeller, looking for a new challenge related to his passion, radio controlled flight. Although John is heading into retirement, his continued involvement within the Lithium construction, and technical aspects of Overlander, helps us improve our services and products as we grow every day.

John now has more time to spend pursuing his passions; which include his motorbikes, cars, fishing on his boat off the Whitby coast, and of course spending time with his family!

Sue Taylor - Office & Sales Team Leader

Sue has been here since April 2013 and can be found working upstairs within the sales office. Sue works within our customer service and sales team; it is her job to help you with anything you may need, and also organising the office team in their daily work!

Outside of the office Sue enjoys seeing friends, going out for meals, or a night on the town.

Kayley Atkinson - Warehousing & Distribution Team Leader

Kayley has been with Overlander since 2004, she can be found working hard down stairs in the shipping department with Kath. Kayley is the one who picks out your orders from the stock room ready for them to be packed up and delivered to you, whilst also organising orders for production and construction runs.

Kayley can also be found enjoying the night-life with friends, shopping, and is a self-professed film and cinema addict!

Jim Carter - Production Team Leader

Jim is our Production Team Leader with many years experience and will mostly be found downstairs assembling your products. He specialises mainly in battery pack assembly and running our technical operation associated with Overlander. Along with John and Harry, Jim manages the operation of Overlander’s new Lithium assembly line.

When Jim isn’t building your batteries he enjoys all aspects of snooker, be it watching or playing a few frames down at the local club, he also enjoys staying in shape by cycling and weight-lifting!

Kath Smith - Packing & Postage

Kath has been here since 2001, she works downstairs in the shipping department with her daughter Kayley. Kath has the difficult job of making sure all your items are packed up properly and are ready to be posted out to you at the end of each working day.

When Kath isn’t packaging your orders she likes to get away to the sunnier corners of the world, loves to shop, and to spend time with her grandson Charlie.

Jason Ward - Sales & Office Administration

Jason has been here since October 2013 and will be found upstairs as part of the sales/customer service department. He’s a keen member of our team wanting to help you with any enquiries you may have.

Jason is a keen follower of a wide variety of sports from football to Snooker to F1, loves to spend time with friends, enjoys gaming and the odd jaunt down to the pub!

Tom Williamson - Sales & Office Administration

Tom has been a member of our team since May 2016. He works as part of the sales/customer service department and also helps out in the warehouse, assembling battery packs. Tom is currently also studying a business administration apprenticeship here at Overlander.

In his spare time Tom is a keen car enthusiast who attends many car shows all over the country and also enjoys fishing during the summer.

Harry Pate - Manufacturing

Harry joined the Overlander team in September 2014. Working downstairs in the production department, Harry accompanies Jim with the construction of our NiMH and Lithium Batteries.

In his spare time Harry likes to play football, enjoys his fair share of gaming and heading into town with his friends. Harry also enjoys a spot of skateboarding and playing the Bass guitar.

Alayna McIndoe - IT & Marketing Team Leader

Joining Overlander in July 2015, Alayna handles Overlander’s marketing and advertising, artwork, internal IT systems and the website alongside our developers

In her spare time Alayna enjoys listening to music and going to concerts.

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