British Turntable Lifts Off With New Acquisition


British Turntable has made further expansion into the materials handling field by acquiring the business assets of Cawley Marine Industrial and with it the exclusive rights to distribute Jung lifting and moving equipment equipment in the UK. This is the second major acquisition for British Turntable in just over a year: in April 2004 the company bought the assets of Hovair Systems, world renowned suppliers of air film movement equipment, to extend their expertise in this field.

Adding Jung equipment to the portfolio means that British Turntable can now offer customers the best handling solution, whether conventional wheeled, omni-directional air film, mechanical, manual or powered, depending on the load and site conditions. No matter how awkward or heavy the load, British Turntable’s engineers will be able to advise on the most effective and cost-efficient means of moving it.

Jung, with 30 years’ experience in the development and manufacture of lifting and moving heavy loads, has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its products. The standard product range includes hydraulic jacks and pumps as well as transport trolleys capable of moving loads up to 100 tonnes; the company also offers a specialist design service for custom-built units for individual projects.

Among Jung customers in the UK are Pickfords Vanguard and Lupprians Computer Express (machinery movers), Magnex Scientific, GE Medical Systems and Oxford Magnet Technology (body scanner manufacturers), Heidelberg UK (printing machinery manufacturer), Panasonic, RWE Nukem (nuclear contractors) and several local authorities. This customer base will complement well customers in the defence, transport and aeronautical industries, national standard test laboratories multi-national organisations and major vehicle manufacturers worldwide currently served by British Turntable and Hovair.

Typical British Turntable industrial applications include vehicle access revolves to solve inner-city delivery and parking problems, materials handling carousels and transporters, high capacity revolves and transporters capable of moving a railway carriage, military tank or an aeroplane, and revolving stages and restaurants for the hospitality and other leisure markets.

Major projects in recent years include a 30m diameter revolving restaurant mechanism for Libya, an 8m diameter people mover for the Theatr Botanica in the National Garden of Wales and a 28m diameter people mover for the Home Planet Zone of the Millennium Dome, the attraction’s only ‘ride’. The company has also supplied HGV access turntables to Waitrose, Surbiton (15m diameter), John Lewis, Edinburgh (6m diameter) and Marks & Spencer, Fenchurch Street, London (9m diameter).

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