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History & Heritage

When brothers William and Harold Austin set up the original company in 1937, the modern lifting industry was at an early stage of development. The Factories Act of that year, which required lifting equipment to be tested and routinely inspected, presented a business opportunity which was eagerly seized upon.

From a small workshop in Poole, the business soon outgrew its premises and relocated to Bournemouth, where during the second world war, in common with many engineering companies, it was manufacturing equipment for the war effort. After the war the company focused on lifting equipment manufacturing, repairing and testing and included companies such as the piston ring manufacturers, Wellworthy, and the paper mill at Overton, Portals, who as De La Rue remain a loyal customer to this day.

about_us-smallIn 1944, we were founding members of the Chain Testers Association, who set and maintain the lifting industry standards. Over the years, our staff have served on committees of what is now the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), which is recognised across the world and continue to do so to the present day.

In 1978 John Austin opened a branch office in Cornwall, enabling the business to deliver its services throughout the South of England. Since then, the company has diversified and developed departments specialising in industrial door and height safety services, compliance services for the marine sector and design and supply of military equipment for the defence sector. Lifting equipment remains at the core of the business and the best part of eighty years has seen the business identify and capitalise on diversification opportunities as they arise.

 

1937 Austin & McLean founded in Poole by Harold and William Austin

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1944 Joined the Chain Testers Association Membership No. 3 (LEEA)

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1978 Bodmin branch established

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1988 Creation of LEMS

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1989 Industrial Door Division established

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1990 Services to Shipping Division established

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1995 Company quality assured to BS5750 Pt1 (now ISO9001)

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2003 Height Safety Division established

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2004 Training services established

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2009 AM Defence & Marine Services established

Bournemouth: +44 (0) 1202 828700 Bodmin: +44 (0) 1208 264162