L.B. Foster Automation & Materials Handling

Our smart, automated manufacturing and materials handling solutions keep the wheels of industry turning

We are innovators in smart, automated manufacturing and reliable materials handling solutions.

Our performance critical engineering solutions fulfil an essential role in maintaining the safe and reliable daily operation of the automotive, food and beverage, warehouse and logistics and manufacturing sectors.

L.B. Foster Automation & Materials Handling operates from its design, manufacturing and production facilities in Nottingham.

Our business brings together the experience and expertise of L.B. Foster Europe’s East Midlands-based Industrial Automation and Materials Handling businesses into a single, design, manufacturing and production ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Nottingham.

Both Industrial Automation and L.B. Foster Materials Handling have proven track records within their respective markets, delivering solid performance and strong reputations for innovation and quality.

With L.B. Foster Automation & Materials Handling we are strengthening further our position in these markets. We are drawing on shared resources, expertise and market intelligence and focusing facilities to deliver sector leading engineering solutions and a new East Midlands-based manufacturing powerhouse.

Centre of Excellence

Our Nottingham Automation & Materials Handling Centre of Excellence benefits from new, technology-led investment delivering increased capacity and exceptional manufacturing quality across our entire product portfolio – from overhead and floor conveyors to warehouse garment and handling solutions, as well as innovative machinery and automated production systems for the automotive, food and beverage, and logistics markets.

Our ‘Centre of Excellence’ is an ‘industry destination’ for discussions, training, seminars and events showcasing the best our sector has to offer. We are a partner with the University of Nottingham, providing valuable work experience opportunities for future engineers.

Business history

Automation & Materials Handling - Industrial Automation and L.B. Foster Materials Handling (CI Logistics)

A convergence of two businesses resulted in the powerful entity that has become L.B. Foster Automation & Materials Handling. The businesses included L.B. Foster Materials Handling, previously C.I Logistics, based in Leicester who specialised in unusual and challenging handling and transfer systems with a range of conveyor solutions. This merged with Industrial Automation Ltd, founded in 1980s under the leadership of Dr Martyn Paradise, an innovator in automation production systems, which became part of the TEW Engineering Group in 2007.

The solution centre operates from its Nottingham Centre of Excellence with capability in sheet metal fabrication, electrical & mechanical engineering and assembly.