Design and Manufacture


Under the 'Lloyds Somers' and 'Lloyds Rota' brands, we are an industry-leading lifting equipment manufacturer. We have the ability to offer bespoke design, manufacture and refurbishment services for all types of lifting and handling equipment.

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Lloyds Somers

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Design Consultancy

Our design team have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the lifting industry and can assist with feasibility studies & concept designs, finite element analysis and stress calculations, product failure assessment, CE marking and lifting equipment design in relation to the relevant standards and European norms.

Slab Handling

For over 100 years, Lloyds Somers has designed and manufactured a variety of Slab and Billet Handling Devices for use throughout the steel and aluminium industry.

Coil & Sheet Handling

Our Coil Handling Beams and Telescopic Coil Lifters can be used as stand-alone machines, or incorporated into fully automated coil warehouse solution. Our telescopic sheet pack lifters are motorised to remove the hazard of manual handling, designed to suit any application or environment.

Tilters & Rotators

Due to a lack of off-the-shelf devices that help with the difficult job of turning and rotating heavy loads, we have designed and engineered our own solutions that ensure the job is done safely.

Rail vehicle lifting, rail depot equipment, bogie handling & manipulation equipment

We design and manufacture a variety of lifting and handling equipment for the rail industry, in both vehicle manufacturing plants and maintenance depots, used for lifting or manipulation of entire rail vehicles or rail components.

Automatic Gravity/Scissor Tongs

Lloyds Somers Automatic Tongs can be designed for handling a multitude of shapes and sizes utilising the Somers Automatic Mechanism to allow the operator to “keep safe and stay clear” during the handling process.

Container Handling and Bespoke Twistlock Devices

The use of twistlocks for lifting purposes is increasing beyond the traditional port and container handling uses. More products are being designed to include twistlock castings and adapters for ease of handling and for use in automated handling applications. Lloyds Somers continue to work with the crane companies to develop and supply innovative bespoke twistlock lifting devices to a multitude of industries.

Lloyds Rota

Lifting Davits and Sockets

Our fully tested and certified rotadavids are designed to BS733, galvanised to BS EN ISO 1461 and designed and manufactured to suit your individual needs.

Jib Cranes

Our swing jib cranes are BS733-compliant with a slew to suit including 360° (manual or powered) and can be made to suit specific requirements.

Overhead Cranes, Gantry and Monorail Systems

We offer a range of solutions including monorails, single or double girder, underslung or top running cranes; as well as complex solutions with track switches, turntables, drop sections and latching devices depending on your requirements.

Bespoke lifting equipment, ‘below the hook’ lifting devices and lifting solutions

The Design & Manufacturing Team pride themselves on their ability to provide “Handling Solutions” and a major proportion of work carried out by the team are for “Bespoke” lifting and manipulation equipment. In instances where proprietary or catalogue listed lifting gear is not suitable for the application, the Lloyds British Design Team will design a tailor made solution to meet the clients specific needs.

Lifting Beams, Spreaders and Lifting Frames (to BS, EN, DNV, Lloyds Register & Norsok Requirements)

Our Design team are well versed in the design of Onshore, Offshore, low headroom, counterbalance, bespoke manual or powered lifting and spreader beams, for the handling and transportation of any load.

Reengineering, Modernisation, Repairs and Servicing

Lloyds Somers & Lloyds Rota have the technical back up, facilities and support services to ensure that any reengineering, repair or modernisation project is carried out to the highest standards. Proof load testing facilities are available in house on purpose designed test equipment in the event of any structural item replacement. If you want peace of mind have your equipment overhauled and maintained by the experts.

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.