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Celebrating 35 years of success

20 May 2016

Loading and unloading equipment manufacturer, Thorworld Industries, is celebrating 35 years of business and, according to John Meale, founder and MD, its success is due to the company’s ability to remain responsive to trends and customer requirements in an ever-changing and developing market.


Meale is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and also a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.  The company is an active member of the Association of Loading and Elevating Equipment Manufacturers (ALEM), the British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF) and the European Federation of Materials Handling (FEM), all of which have contributed to keeping Thorworld at the centre of loading and unloading manufacturing, innovation and knowledge.

“Since Thorworld Industries sold its first loading solution in 1981, we’ve continually strived to provide an extensive portfolio of high quality products, all supported by unsurpassed customer service,” explains Meale. 

“In our experience companies continue to develop, stock is constantly changing, and health and safety regulations are continually updated, but the need for appropriate loading solutions capable of meeting these ever-evolving needs, remains constant.

“These ‘needs’ range from the requirement to load and unload without a dock, and equipment to provide easy access for pallet trucks or visitors with mobility needs; to apparatus capable of protecting both staff and stock from the elements.  Our 35 years of experience has enabled us to develop a range of products to meet these requests – as well as the knowledge to create bespoke solutions for those projects where an “off the shelf” product is not suitable,” continues John.

Thorworld has traditionally been a family run business, but has recently appointed three new highly experienced directors.  These appointments mark an exciting progression for the company, with new ideas and strategies helping to strengthen and expand the business, taking it towards a very bright future.

“We pride ourselves on never staying stagnant, and feel our business ethos should be as flexible as the specialist equipment we manufacture, while also delivering stability and security for the company now, and into the future.”

“It's our employees who make us the leading loading and unloading specialist in the industry.  We recruit highly driven and skilled employees who manufacture, install and maintain equipment which is designed to perform and last.  We’ve always taken the opinion that you never stop learning.  To that end we ensure all our employees have the knowledge, continual training and development to place Thorworld at the cutting edge.  This knowledge and understanding enables each team member to serve customers better and deliver the very best solutions every time.

“The first 35 years of Thorworld have been extremely successful – and if we continue to innovate, develop and learn, the next 35 should be as equally impressive.”