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L.B. Foster Automation & Materials Handling operates from its design, manufacturing and production facilities in Nottingham. The business brings together the experience and expertise of L.B. Foster Europe’s East Midlands-based Industrial Automation and Materials Handling businesses into a single, design, manufacturing and production ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Nottingham.

The company is part of L.B. Foster, the global NASDAQ listed engineering solutions business. Its core focus is automatic mechanisation, mechanised handling systems and bringing together automatic mechanisation and mechanised handling systems in class-leading continuous automatic solutions.

Solutions include ATEX compliant conveyor systems with integrated robotic barrel handling for the premium drinks sector, including Diageo and William Grant & Sons. Horizontal and vertical debanders automatically remove plastic retaining straps from storage pallets in the food and drink sectors. In the automotive market, solutions range from automated automotive trim, riveting, bumper and tailgate assembly, exhaust leak and headliner assembly. The company’s extensive conveyor solutions cover power and manual overhead conveyors, inverted, manual and belt conveyors, as well as towline, pallet, gravity, slat and chain conveyors.

Centre of Excellence
L.B. Foster’s Automation & Materials Handling Centre of Excellence benefits from new, technology-led investment, delivering increased capacity and exceptional manufacturing quality across the company’s entire product portfolio – from overhead and floor conveyors to warehouse garment and handling solutions, as well as innovative machinery and automated production systems for the automotive, food and beverage, warehouse and logistics and manufacturing markets.

The ‘Centre of Excellence’ is an ‘industry destination’ for discussions, training, seminars and events showcasing the best the sector has to offer. L.B. Foster is a partner with the University of Nottingham, providing valuable work experience opportunities for future engineers.

Business history
Automation & Materials Handling – Industrial Automation and L.B. Foster Materials Handling (CI Logistics). A convergence of two businesses resulted in a powerful entity that has become L.B. Foster Automation & Materials Handling. The businesses include L.B. Foster Materials Handling, previously C.I Logistics, based in Leicester, which specialised in unusual and challenging handling and transfer systems with a range of conveyor solutions. This merged with Industrial Automation Ltd, which became part of the TEW Engineering Group in 2007.

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