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Andy Colley became Managing Director in 2019, moving up from Operations Director and taking over the role from his father, Ken Colley. As a grandson of the original founder, Eric Barnard, Andy represents a new generation of the family and initially started at Redhill in 2003, working in each area of the business to gain all-round experience.
Influential in moving the business forward, Andy has continually researched new technologies and manufacturing methods, and was instrumental in installing a new laser cutting machine in 2016, bringing significant quality improvements to Redhill’s processes and products.
Achieving the BSI Kitemark for Redhill’s range of Mobile Safety Steps in 2014 was a particular highlight for Andy, achieved after rigorous testing and revisions, and highlighting the company’s commitment to quality, safety and durability.
As the new Managing Director, Andy is focused on identifying efficiencies to help Redhill continually improve. This involves overseeing a new IT system, expanding the team and embracing new technologies to improve speed and accuracy, refine products, develop prototypes and build stock levels.
Core focus for the moment is building distributor relationships across the UK and globally, but mindful of the company’s long, local heritage, Andy is especially proud Redhill continues to be a family-run business, with a friendly, open and supportive culture. Testament to that is a loyal and dedicated workforce, many of whom have been with Redhill for over 35 years!
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As one of Redhill’s longest serving members of staff, Kevin Balcombe knows the business inside out. After joining as a 17-year old apprentice in 1983, he spent two years on the shop floor, paint spraying, assembling, driving a fork lift truck and generally seeing how the company operated.
In 1989, he was appointed Works Manager, a position he has held ever since, which, then as now, involves running the shop floor, updating drawings as the product range increases and resourcing the workplace with new machinery and ideas. Over the years, this has seen Kevin help with expanding the premises, bringing Redditek back in-house, introducing new Health & Safety standards, setting up a British Standard quality system, and overseeing machinery, security and fire systems.
A key change in 1992 involved the delivery of a new CNC tube-bending machine, the first of its kind in the UK, which could be programmed via computer, eventually leading to the computerisation of all functions. In 2016, Kevin oversaw the introduction of a laser cutting machine in 2016, transforming manufacturing capability; and in 2019, the addition of the Solid Works 3D CAD package, revolutionising drawing capability.
With more than 37 years’ experience, it’s no surprise to learn Kevin is generally one step ahead of everybody else when it comes to manufacturing knowledge. Kevin says he treats the company as if it were his own, which means leading by example, learning from mistakes and making time to laugh, at least once a day!
Debra Hughes CIPD
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Debra has recently joined Redhill as HR Manager, a new role within the company, created as Redhill grows and moves forward, to ensure the correct structure and strategies are in place. She takes responsibility for recruitment, training, holidays, appraisals and general day-to-day HR tasks.
Qualified to CIPD Level 6, Debra brings with her a wealth of experience gained with manufacturing environments, having spent 13 years with a medical devices company and prior to that, an automotive company. Based locally, in Redditch, Debra says she is delighted to take up the position within Redhill, although admits she is on a steep learning curve as she quickly absorbs the world of access, handling and storage equipment.
“At present, it’s all new, but everyone is being very helpful and I am learning quickly about the different manufacturing processes and the various roles involved. I believe I can make a real difference at Redhill, as I introduce new processes and procedures and ensure we provide a supportive, well organised, professional working environment.”
Debra believes that communication is key to her achieving her goals: “It’s important to have good two-way communication across all levels of the organisation, ensuring everyone has their say and that we’re all pulling in the same direction. Redhill is a friendly company that wants to make sure it looks after its employees and do what is right for them as the business grows.”
Debra Hughes CIPD
Trevor joined Redhill Manufacturing in 1988. In his current role he is responsible for overlooking the finishing of all products and leading the associated team.
Leader: Product Finishing
Dean joined Redhill Manufacturing in 1990. In his current role he is responsible for overlooking the sheet metal processing and looking after the associated team.
Leader: Sheet Metal Preparation
Daniel joined Redhill Manufacturing in 2013. In his current role he is responsible for the team who prepare tube, box and angle designs as part of the product manufacturing process.
Leader: Tube/Box/Angle Preparation
Scott joined Redhill Manufacturing in 2003. In his current role he is responsible for leading the team who focus on the production of larger steps in the Redhill Steptek range.
Leader: Large Step Manufacture
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.
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.
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.
Expansion into Workbenches
Manufacture of lawnmower parts ceases and we start producing Workbenches & Accessories for Kaiser+Kraft.
A change of name
We rename ourselves Redhill Manufacturing Ltd, highlighting our manufacturing capability.
A major new client
A new manufacturing agreement with Key Industrial Equipment sees us further expanding our range.
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.
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.
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.
Redditek Systems is formed
Eric’s son, Mark Barnard, forms Redditek Systems, manufacturing Cabinets and Workbenches in Unit 53.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Introducing Scissor Lift Tables
We extend our product range to include Scissor Lift Tables, from 150 – 500kg capacity.
A new Managing Director
Eric Barnard retires and Ken Colley takes over as Managing Director.
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.
Moving up to 32,000 sq ft
We take over Unit 3 for our Wet Spray Plant and new Powder Coating Plant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A global company
Redhill ships products worldwide to the USA, Oman, UAE, India, Nigeria, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Cyprus and Ireland.
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.
We refresh our manufacturing brands, giving Steptek, Redditek and Loadtek a clean, professional, modern look to sit alongside the Redhill identity.
New Chairman and MD
Ken Colley becomes Chairman and Andrew Colley takes over as Managing Director.
We introduce the Solid Works 3D CAD drawing package and bring all Redhill’s drawings up to the latest specification.
Growth during pandemic
Amidst challenging conditions, Redhill continues to grow in the UK and we further expand our facilities to 61,000 sq ft.
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.
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.
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.
Our team of highly skilled metalworkers and welders has the experience and expertise to construct products to the highest degree of precision assurance, ensuring a product that is designed to perform, deliver and last for years to come. Plant includes sixteen various Mig and Big Welding machines, with two spot welders and tables, and a new automated robotic welding arm, recently introduced to increase productivity in our classic range of steps. A new state-of-the-art extraction system, installed to Government guidelines, remove welding fuels and grinding dust from the air, creating a safer, cleaner welding environment.
New Powder Coating System
In 2020, we invested in a state-of-the-art Powder Coating System, comprising a massive overhead monorail track that runs throughout the factory, ensuring total integration between product preparation, paint application and powder curing. Components enter the system at various points along the production line, automatically entering the bespoke new drying oven, powder booth and curing oven. When the powder coating process is complete, items are automatically returned to the appropriate location for assembly, checking and despatch. The automated, intelligent system provides a purpose-built solution to our powder coating requirements, producing a higher quality, more consistent finish, faster turnaround, greater flexibility and improved safety.
New Robotic Welding Cell
In 2020, we invested in a new Robotic Welding Cell, manned by a state-of the art, collaborative robotic arm, designed by Universal Robots and installed by WeldAbility. Easy to programme, fast to deploy and safe to use, the robotic arm works within a fully automated cell, utilising a spot weld template to perform welding where required, introducing new levels of speed, flexibility and accuracy and further enhancing the quality, build and longevity of our products. Combined with the time-honoured skill, expertise and experience of our metalworkers and welders, it gives us a manufacturing capability that is second to none, significantly increasing efficiency and productivity.
In 2013, we took delivery of a Robotic Arm to work with the press. With human-like dexterity but greater accuracy than a human worker, and faster working speeds with no down time, it revolutionised our production capability, significantly reducing cycle time and maximising throughput. Delivering 24/7 automation, it has given us game-changing benefits in terms of speed, safety, consistency, reliability and productivity.
Our Pedrazzoli BM42 CNC Tube Bender features state-of-the-art technology, with the capability to process tube from 10 – 42mm and the option to position automatically in a right or left tube bending configuration or change direction via a rotative head. Fixed and variable radii can be bent within the same cycle, and the machine also facilitates bends with no straight between them. Equipped with the latest software, it enables us to program via computer, ensuring precision accuracy and drastically reducing cycle time.
In 2016, we invested in an Amada LCG3015-AJ flatbed laser cutting machine, equipped with an Amada developed fibre engine, ensuring high cutting speeds and low running costs. Capable of cutting copper, brass and titanium, the machine sets a new benchmark for precision performance, speed and efficiency. With up to 38% high processing speeds and fastest in class feed rates, processing time is greatly reduced, while laser precision cutting ensures exceptional accuracy. The fibre laser is environmentally friendly and the Amada LCG3015-AJ uses a combination of compressed air and Nitrogen assist gasses. Reduced steel loads allied with precision cutting ensure wastage is kept to a minimum.
Nano Pallet Wrapper
Our state-of-the-art, automated Robopac Nano Pallet Wrapper has significantly increased packing efficiency. Utilising a special nano film that can be stretched to higher tensions than a standard pallet wrapping machine, it produces a better quality wrap to pallet, making packing easier and quicker, with less waste. Coupled with a newly sourced ‘U’ shape foam protectors and micro foam rolls, it enhances product protection during transit, reducing possibility of damage. The machine also provides real time data, enabling performance and expenditure to be closely monitored.
CAD Drawing and MRP Software
In 2019, we introduced a Solid Works 3D CAD package, which revolutionised our drawing capability. A powerful 3D design and manufacturing solution, the system has provided us with specialised tools for sheet metal, weldments, surfacing, moulds, product configuration and design analysis, enabling us to develop a sophisticated components and parts library, with automated cost estimation, design & drawing checking, and collaboration capabilities. Incorporating sales, manufacturing, engineering and accounting functions, the new system also facilitates faster sales order processing, shipping and invoicing, and allows a more speedy, accurate response in such areas as quoting, costing, reporting and stock control.
We specialise in conceptual design and bringing new products to market. We can create prototypes and full design specifications from a description, drawings or a copy of the item, creating a bespoke manufacturing solution to match your exact requirements. During manufacture, we continually revise our processes, working with you closely until completion to ensure maximum design consistency and efficiency, and that your expectations are always exceeded. From a modified cabinet to additional rungs on a step ladder, we can cater to your specific needs, manufacturing in volume to meet demand.
Our cabinet section is equipped with three manufacturing presses and a steel CNC Turret Punch, enabling us to bend and punch the parts required for cabinet manufacture, with items then assembled on our spot welding tables. This on-site facility gives us the capacity to offer an extensive range of cabinets, designed to withstand usage in the toughest environments, with many options, from freestanding to wall and mobile units, with a choice of drawers, shelves and bins, and wide range of accessories, to create bespoke storage solutions.
Storage and Fast Despatch
We are continually expanding our warehousing facilities, providing additional storage for finished stock, ensuring it is available for immediate despatch. Our current premises span 63,000 square feet, with an additional mezzanine floor in Unit 2 providing extensive storage facilities, enabling us to provide a ‘next day’ or ‘soon as’ delivery policy on the majority of our products.
Redhill’s BS Mobile Safety Steps were the first of their kind to be awarded the British Kitemark.
Our own exacting standard ensure our products are built to the highest levels of reliability, safety and durability.