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LB FOSTER MATERIALS HANDLING


LB Foster Materials Handling rebrand for CI Logistics


Earlier this year Leicester based


CI Logistics rebranded to become LB Foster Materials Handling.


The new name reflects the company’s global heritage and underlines its ethos as a leading supplier of materials handling solutions, both in the UK and internationally.


A distinctive new corporate identity for LB Foster Materials Handling was rolled out across all marketing platforms earlier this year. The company also launched an innovative, web- responsive designed website which automatically reconfigures depending on the viewing device.


Gary Bale, managing director of LB Foster Materials Handling comments, “In our highly competitive marketplace brand matters. Adopting the LB Foster name aligns us closer with our parent company – bringing with it added recognition and a wealth of resources.


“It was always a vision of mine for our company to provide full turnkey materials handling packages incorporating more than just conveyors. Although we are still heavily involved in conveyors, the addition of ‘Materials Handling’ to our title better reflects our offering.


“Our parent company, LB Foster, has a five year strategic programme to increase turnover from $600m to $1bn. Although we are one of two divisions of the company in the UK, we will have an important part to play in this expansion plan. Our growth will come both organically and inorganically, via collaborations and acquisitions in the UK and abroad. This approach will help us achieve our five year goal of a 7% growth year on year.


First choice for surface finishing solutions


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From its Leicester based headquarters and manufacturing facility, LB Foster Materials Handling provides a comprehensive service to the surface finishing industry. The company delivers fully automated turnkey projects to help businesses lower costs whilst achieving greater efficiency.


Its range of overhead conveyors supplies the ideal transport medium for moving product safely through a finishing facility; whether a wet paint or powder coating process.


The company has a complete product offering, manufacturing the four main types of conveyor commonly used in surface finishing: power chain conveyors, power and free; manual or tow conveyor systems. Each project is individually analysed to ensure that the conveyor system,


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once operational, will maximise the productivity of the facility.


Gary Bale comments, “We have always been very strong in the paint finishing industry, particularly with our overhead conveyors. Our specialist team has designed and installed solutions for major companies including JCB, BOC and Aston Martin.”


Increasingly sophisticated solutions


Recently LB Foster Materials Handling has introduced high performance ABB robots into its advanced automated solutions. ABB’s Robotics business is part of the ABB Group of companies and is the UK market leading supplier of industrial robots and robotic manufacturing systems.


Commenting on the news, Gary Bale says, “In today’s economic climate, manufacturers and distributors require increasingly sophisticated systems which combine high quality with cost effectiveness.


“There is no doubt that robot based automation produces exceptional commercial benefits and, in the medium to long term, offers a good return on investment.


“With the integration of ABB Robots we can ensure that our customers will benefit from receiving the most effective solution to suit their particular materials handling requirements,” concludes Bale.


Tel: +44 (0) 116 276 1691 Email: sales@conveyors.co.uk www.conveyors.co.uk


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