Design and Manufacture





Lloyds Somers began as Somers Handling, originally a division of Walter Somers, the forgemaster, incorporated in 1866. 

First set up to design and develop innovative handling solutions for the forge’s lifting, rotating and transportation requirements, Somers rapidly built a reputation in the manufacturing industry for creating bespoke handling equipment. Made to last, original Somers equipment can be found at Somers Forge in Halesowen, UK, and the company remains a world leader in handling equipment for metal producing industries. 

In more recent years, the company has diversified into the Rail Industry for the design and supply of Lifting Jacks, Bogie Handling Equipment and Depot Workshop Equipment.



Since forming in Bristol in 1985, Lloyds Rota, formally Rota Ltd, have been providing lifting and handling solutions to a wide range of industries including, water treatment, rail, construction, aerospace, steel service centres, engineering, food and high-tech foundries. 

Lloyds Rota has built strong and lasting relationships with some of the world’s leading manufacturers. We’re trusted providers of lifting and handling equipment that keeps them running, whether it is for a one-off item or a turnkey project. From site survey through to proof load testing and commissioning, we maintain full control of the operation and ensure your best interests are always paramount.

Manufactured in the UK

All of our lifting solutions are manufactured in the UK and our design work is carried out in accordance with the relevant standards for the particular application. In addition to carrying out conventional stress and load calculations, both Lloyds Somers and Lloyds Rota utilises the latest Finite Element Analysis Software to assess the suitability of complex components throughout the load path. This enables lean component design while maintaining the required integrity to achieve the duty and impact loadings throughout an item’s life cycle.

With this wealth of experience, if you are in need of a bespoke solution, our sales & design team will work with you to gain a deep understanding of the lifting and handling challenges facing your business. From there, we will develop a solution to help you move loads more efficiently, improve productivity and reduce the risk to operators & other employees.