Dorset success story unveils 'unique' glass handling trolley

 A Dorset company which has trebled in size since a management buy-out has unveiled a 'unique' new glass handling trolley.

Packline Materials Handling was acquired by husband and wife team Paul and Teresa Winter from former owners Nu Tec Engineering Services in 2009.

The company, which designs, manufactures and distributes lifting and handling equipment, has seen its turnover increase from £400,000 to £1.2 million in the last five years.

It has also expanded into bigger premises on the Newtown Business Park and  taken on extra staff including two apprentices.

Packline is now one of the UK's leading suppliers of materials handling equipment for the food, drinks, dairy, pharmaceutical and medical processing industries.

It counts some of the country's best known household names among its clients including Heinz, Unilever and Kraft Foods.

In a new development. the Poole-based firm has been appointed as sole UK distributor for the Quattrolifts range of glass handling trolleys.

They include the Quattrolifts Express 150 which allows a single glazier to unload, transport and install large plates of glass.

With a lifting capacity of 150g, the lifter can rotate glass measuring up to 3000 mm.  

Other trolleys in the range are designed for warehouse and onsite glazing use with lifting capacity up to 400kg (880lbs).

"We're genuinely excited because these lifters are unique in the glass industry for handling and positioning glass plates and windows," said Mr Winter who previously held several senior managerial roles with Nu Tec before staging the MBO.

He added: "The trend is towards using larger and larger pieces of glass in the property and construction sectors. This impressive equipment allows operators to easily move such items with less people and greater safety. We don't believe there is anything else like this on the market."

Nick Love, Director with Packline's accountancy partner Princecroft Willis, described the firm as "a great success story."

"Paul and Teresa have built up a strong and dynamic business which is more than punching its weight across the UK and further afield. We're very proud to count them as a client," he added. 

Safe hands:

Paul and Teresa Winter of Packline Materials Handling demonstrate the new glass handling trolleys with Nick Love, Director, Princecroft Willis (right).