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Major investment marks 30th anniversary

Leading UK specialist space saving materials handling equipment supplier, Narrow Aisle Ltd, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006 and, to mark the occasion, the company has undertaken a major overhaul of its UK production facility.

A major investment in the reorganisation of the production flow line at the plant, which is based on a 20 acre site at Great Bridge, near Tipton, in the industrial heartland of the United Kingdom.

Demand for Narrow Aisle's range of FLEXI articulated trucks is running at an all time high with both UK sales and exports reaching unprecedented levels in recent months. The changes to the production facility will ensure that Narrow Aisle can continue to offer the shortest lead times for its products as its order book fills.

“This company has been at the forefront of articulated and very narrow aisle truck design and production for three decades. During this time, Narrow Aisle has always been engineering led and we believe that this has been fundamental to our success. By upgrading our UK facility we are gearing up for the next stage in our development,” said sales and marketing director, John Maguire.

In addition to the investment in the factory, Narrow Aisle has also improved its office and administration facilities which are housed on the same site in Great Bridge.

“As an employer we are very much aware of our responsibilities to our loyal staff and the revamp of our administration block will ensure that our office-based employees have a pleasant working environment,” said Peter Wooldridge, Narrow Aisle's managing director.

Narrow Aisle has been operating in the Black Country area of the West Midlands since its formation in 1976. The company is one of Europe's foremost manufacturers and suppliers of very narrow aisle (VNA) equipment and its range includes man-down and man-up trucks, order pickers and reach trucks. However, Narrow Aisle is best known as the manufacturer of the award-winning FLEXI series of articulated VNA forklifts.

The latest generation of the FLEXI – the G4 was launched in September 2006. The G4's design includes many of features that have helped to establish the FLEXI as Europe's best selling articulated forklift truck but includes a number of significant advances that will prove attractive to operators and specifiers alike, including an all new operator's cab that offers unrivalled levels of operator comfort

Trucks for the European market are designed and built at the Great Bridge plant and distributed world-wide through a fully supported distributor network, but to ensure that the growing demand from the rapidly expanding sales territories of the US and Asia continues to be met, an outsourced manufacturing agreement was established some four years ago with a partner company to build Narrow Aisle products for these markets in Taiwan.

With its growing penetration in all the key regions, FLEXI is now well established as a truly global brand, and the company's strong presence at trade events and exhibitions worldwide, ensures that the striking FLEXI globe logo – often referred to as 'Planet FLEXI' – is instantly recognisable.


For 30 years, Narrow Aisle Ltd has been one of the world's foremost manufacturers of very narrow aisle (VNA) equipment. Narrow Aisle manufactures and markets the award-winning Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks together with a series of VNA products which includes man-down and man-up trucks, order pickers and specialist heavy duty reach trucks.

Trucks, designed and manufactured at the company's UK manufacturing plant are distributed world-wide through a fully supported distributor network, while Narrow Aisle Ltd also has outsourced manufacturing with a partner company in the Far East for the Asian and American markets.

John Maguire – Director, Sales and Marketing
Mobile: 07966 818339
Tel: 0121 557 6242
Email: info@flexi.co.uk

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