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A manufacturing capability, passion and expertise that spans 40 years.

Our extensive portfolio of British-made access, handling and storage equipment includes over 3,000 standard products, all designed, manufactured and assembled at our purpose-built factory in Redditch.

Drawing on a manufacturing capability that spans over 40 years, our team is made up of skilled experts who are passionate about their craft and take genuine pride in their work. Blending this craftsmanship with innovations in technology such as our state-of-the-art laser cutter, robotic arm, powder coating facility and CAD, we design, create and construct products at the forefront of safety, quality and durability standards.

Management & Team Leaders

  • An image of Andy Colley

    Managing Director

    Andrew Colley

  • Works Manager

    Kevin Balcombe

  • An image of Sam Bentley

    Sales Manager

    Sam Bentley

  • Leader: Product Finishing

    Trevor Cains

  • Leader: Sheet Metal Preparation

    Dean Roberts

  • Leader: Tube/Box/Angle Preparation

    Daniel Ferris

  • Leader: Large Step Manufacture

    Scott Williams

  • Leader: Welding Facility

    Darren Palmer

Our History

1977

Early beginnings

Redhill Material Handling is formed by Eric Barnard and Ken Colley, operating from 1,800 sq ft premises in South Moons Moat Industrial Estate, Redditch, with 4 employees, manufacturing lawnmower handles & accessories for Birmingham-based, Wolesley Webb.

1978

Extending the range

We commence manufacture of Sack Trucks, Platform Trucks, Tray Trolleys, Shelf Trucks and Hand Pull Trailers, promoting 48 products in an exhibition at St John’s Hotel, Solihull and attracting several distributors.

1978

Making Mesh Containers for Cadbury’s

An order from Cadbury’s sees us manufacturing bespoke Mesh Containers to house their shop deliveries, and we also design and install retaining bars in their delivery vehicles.

1979

Expansion into Workbenches

Manufacture of lawnmower parts ceases and we start producing Workbenches & Accessories for Kaiser+Kraft.

1980

A change of name

We rename ourselves Redhill Manufacturing Ltd, highlighting our manufacturing capability.

1982

A major new client

A new manufacturing agreement with Key Industrial Equipment sees us further expanding our range.

1983

Moving up to 3,500 sq ft

We move from Unit 49 to Unit 53, nearly doubling our factory size, and install a 2,600 sq ft mezzanine floor.

1983

First Mobile Steps and first catalogue

Manufacture of Mobile Steps begins, initially spring loaded with 3, 4 and 5 treads and lever lock with 4 – 12 treads, and we produce our first product catalogue.

1983

Expansion to 6,000 sq ft

We take over Unit 6 and add a 3,000 sq ft mezzanine floor, following a large order from GUS Group for Heavy Duty Roll Containers.

1983

Redditek Systems is formed

Eric’s son, Mark Barnard, forms Redditek Systems, manufacturing Cabinets and Workbenches in Unit 53.

1984

A move into Pallet Trucks

We purchase pallet truck design and manufacture from Geest, expanding our range to include 9 Pallet Trucks, producing more than 2,800 over the next four years.

1988

Mobile Steps in demand

The pallet truck business is sold to Barretts of Boston, releasing much needed space for the production of our Mobile Steps, now in big demand.

1989

Redhill buys Ezilift

Ezilift joins our growing portfolio and we develop its range to include 15 Portable Lifters & Loaders with various lifting power capabilities.

1989

More Mobile Steps

Our range of Mobile Steps expands to include 3 – 5 tread Classic Colour spring loaded steps in 8 colours with 2 tread types.

1989

An increase to 22,000 sq ft

We take over Unit 5 and install a mezzanine floor to give us greater production capacity and house our Wet Spray Plant, releasing more space for welding in Unit 6. The units are linked to allow better flow of products.

1995

UK’s first CNC tube-bending machine

We take delivery of the first CNC tube-bending machine in the UK and link it to our computer network, enabling us to develop and streamline products. Eventually, we’ll computerise our entire manufacturing process.

1999

Introducing Scissor Lift Tables

We extend our product range to include Scissor Lift Tables, from 150 – 500kg capacity.

2001

A new Managing Director

Eric Barnard retires and Ken Colley takes over as Managing Director.

2007

Redhill buys Redditek

Redditek Systems comes on board, bringing manufacture of cabinets and workbenches back in house and rearranging Units 5 & 6 to house the machinery.

2007

Moving up to 32,000 sq ft

We take over Unit 3 for our Wet Spray Plant and new Powder Coating Plant.

2011

Extending to 41,000 sq ft

We take over Unit 4 and install a mezzanine floor. A new Powder Coating Plant with a track oven system enables us to powder coat all products in house.

2013

Expansion to 51,000 sq ft

We increase floor space once again, expanding into Unit 2 and installing a mezzanine floor, giving us the capacity to manufacture bespoke Mobile Steps for TB Davies.

2013

Our first robotic arm

Production capability is revolutionised with the introduction of a robotic arm to work with the press brake, forming and welding treads for steps.

2013

Distributor support

We enhance marketing support for distributors with a new e-commerce online sales platform, personalised printed catalogue and online library for images, data and product info.

2014

Mobile Steps awarded BSI Kitemark

Our range of Mobile Safety Steps is the only product of its kind in the UK to gain the BSI Kitemark BS EN 131-7:2013, setting a new benchmark for safety, quality and durability.

2015

Laser investment

We invest in an updated CNC tube bender and a flatbed laser cutting machine. A real game-changer that transforms manufacture, setting new levels of efficiency, accuracy and speed.

2015

A global company

Redhill ships products worldwide to the USA, Oman, UAE, India, Nigeria, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Cyprus and Ireland.

2017

40 years in business

We celebrate our 40 year anniversary, combining traditional manufacturing with the latest digital technology to embrace embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

2017

Product rebrand

We refresh our manufacturing brands, giving Steptek, Redditek, Ezilift and Loadtek a clean, professional, modern look to sit alongside the Redhill identity.

2019

New Chairman and MD

Ken Colley becomes Chairman and Andrew Colley takes over as Managing Director.

2019

CAD capability

We introduce the Solid Works 3D CAD drawing package and bring all Redhill’s drawings up to the latest specification.

2020

Growth during pandemic

Amidst challenging conditions, Redhill continues to grow in the UK and we further expand our facilities to 61,000 sq ft.

2020

Up to 64,000 sq ft

We expand into Unit 1 and add a mezzanine floor, further increasing our floor space to accommodate a new Wet Spray Plant and increase capacity for Mobile Steps production.

2020

State-of-the-art Powder Coating

An intelligent Powder Coating System with a computer-controlled track & oven replaces two older systems, delivering products quickly and efficiently to different assembly sections.

2021

Robotic Welding Cell & MRP

Our first Robotic Welding Cell is installed for greater accuracy and speed, and we introduce a Material Requirements Planning system throughout the business to plan, schedule, manage and control all processes.

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Committed to exceptionally high standards

  • bsi-mobile-step-kitemark

    Redhill’s BS Mobile Safety Steps were the first of their kind to be awarded the British Kitemark.

  • Redhill Quality Standard

    Our own exacting standard ensure our products are built to the highest levels of reliability, safety and durability.