REF: ELS 2012.01                              DATE:  23rd January 2012 

EMBARGO:     For Immediate Release


Loading bay specialist Easilift Loading Systems has moved to a new Head Office, from which the company will spearhead growth to capitalise on a hugely successful 2011.

"We achieved a turnover of £20 million last year, with the biggest names in retail turning to Easilift Loading Systems for state-of-the-art loading bay solutions like our £6 million installation for Tesco’s Grocery Distribution Centre," explains managing director Rob Fay. "Our new Head Office reflects our desire to build on this foundation, with several major project launches planned for 2012."

The office building has been fully customised to suit Easilift’s needs, including a combined open-plan Sales, Projects and Design office; a state of the art conference room; and a Service Department which has been future proofed to accommodate further expansion throughout 2012.

The premises were formally opened on 19th January by Edward Kelly and Dick van Wijk, the founders of, respectively, Easilift and parent company Loading Systems.

Edward Kelly founded Easilift in 1976, and established the company’s base in Kirkburton, Huddersfield in 1980. The new Head Office is only half a mile from Easilift’s location over the past three decades, ensuring continuity with the company’s local ties. In fact, the existing building has been retained to provide additional warehousing space to support the company’s growth.

In 1993 Easilift merged with the Netherlands-based multi-national logistics specialist Loading Systems Group started by Dick Van Wijk. Edward Kelly remained in charge of the UK operation until he stood down as managing director, although he remained as a director until 2011.

Manager Director Rob Fay showed the company’s founders around the new premises, along with Dick’s son Ronald, the current joint CEO of Loading Systems along with his brother Harald.

"We were delighted to reunite Edward and Dick, the architects of Easilift Loading Systems’ success both at home and abroad, as we showcase the new home for our UK business," confirms Rob Fay.

"We believe that our strength in logistics comes from the combination of Easilift’s local talent over the past 36 years, allied to the robust support of a multi-national brand like Loading Systems," he adds.

Notes To Editors

With 35 years’ experience in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of high quality loading bay equipment and industrial doors, Easilift Loading Systems is the UK’s leading specialist supplier of total loading bay solutions to some of the biggest names in retailing, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, warehousing, building, construction, and the service sector.

The company provides a complete range of loading bay equipment, including dock management systems, dock levellers, dock shelters & seals, industrial & high speed doors, advanced control centres and lifting platforms, together with a wide selection of accessories and safety aids such as dock plates, dock bumpers, dock & traffic lights, wheel guides & vehicle restraints and integrated control systems.

Easilift was also one of the pioneers in the design and installation of dock pod systems, which are complete stand-alone loading bay enclosures that can be installed directly onto the external face of a building. Suitable for new buildings, extensions and refurbishments, they can be quickly and easily re-positioned, if required, and are ideal for use with the increasingly popular and highly cost-effective double deck trailer units.

As the UK’s leading loading bay specialist, Easilift was one of the first in its sector to achieve the prestigious SAFEcontractor accreditation in recognition of its health and safety record and competency, confirming to prospective customers that effective policies and systems are in place. 

Easilift is a member of the Loading Systems International Group, one of Europe’s foremost manufacturers of loading bay equipment. The Group has over 450 employees across Europe and a total turnover in excess of 60 million Euros. 

Also an active member of the Association of Loading & Elevating Equipment Manufacturers (ALEM) and the Confederation of Construction Specialists, Easilift operates to the international ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard. The company has Investors in People Bronze status accreditation and is a participant in the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, with all its engineers fully qualified under the CITB Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme.

For information about their market-leading total loading bay solutions contact: Easilift Loading Systems Ltd, Pembroke House, Penistone Road, Kirkburton, Hudderfield, HD8 OLF. Tel: 08451 301920. Email: sales@loading-systems.co.uk Web: www.loading-systems.co.uk

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Photo Captions:

(A) Managing Director Rob Fay shakes hands with Easilift founder Edward Kelly, flanked by (l-r) Jon Tridgell (Operations Director), David Whyatt (Sales Director), Roland Van Wijk (CEO, Loading Systems) and Dick Van Wijk (founder, Loading Systems).

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