A continued surge in lithium batteries is expected to power Golfstream – Europe’s leading electric golf trolley, battery and spares company – to 20 per cent growth this year.
Demand for the company’s CaddyCell lithium battery is almost outstripping supply. And this, combined with increasing numbers of PGA Professionals using Golfstream’s spares business to help repair their own customers’ trolleys, is giving a healthy forecast for 2016.
Golfstream managing director, Derek Richford said: “The trickle has become a flood – the golf trolley market is now moving rapidly to lithium power and as a result our CaddyCell business has grown this year by over 30 per cent. We’ve experienced more than half of that from mainland Europe, with a combination o fgolf professionals and high street retail all keen to take the batteries on because of their reliability, quality and safety record.”
Demand for trolley spares is also on the up. Golfstream is Europe’s largest supplier of spare parts and accessories for almost any brand of trolley with its 10,000 sq ft warehouse in Ramsgate housing in excess of 100,000 trolley parts.
On a weekly basis, the company’s customer service team is reporting that more and more pro’s are getting in touch for spares and to seek advice on fitting, with the company recently posting ‘How To Fit’ videos for its most popular repairs on a special YouTube channel.
Added Derek: “Demand for in-stock spares is increasing every year and we’re also getting asked to source more parts for even more brands of trolleys, beyond the most popular models like PowaKaddys and Hill Billys. I think more club-based professionals are realising the need to provide new services to their members and trolley repairs are a quick, simple and cost-effective way to do this.”
The February issue of GOLF RETAILING magazine will feature an exclusive interview with Derek.