Alwayse Engineering was established in 1939 in Birmingham, England. With over 60 years manufacturing experience and originators of the Ball Transfer Unit we have become an integral part of the material handling industry. The name “Alwayse” derives from the multi-directional nature of the ball transfer unit – they move in all directions enabling the easy transfer of light and heavy goods, and the direction of motion to change instantly. Whether used for loading or feeding machines, moving goods or materials or as an alternative to the castor or in a form of linear motion, ball transfer units provide an important and essential service.
Alwayse manufacture the widest range of any other Ball Unit supplier, extending to over 150 different models. The range extends from Mini Ball Units no larger than the nail on your little finger, which can withstand loads of up to 5kgs, through to the Heavy Duty range which have load capacity ratings of up to 4,000kgs. Also available are a range of Spring Loaded & Die Lifter Units designed for use in high impact environments or for Die Set tool loadings. Special units have also been developed for various industries including white goods, air cargo, glass handling and machine tools. In total over 500 special applications.
Over 70% of production is exported to over 60 countries worldwide with the main export markets being the USA, Germany, Hong Kong, The Netherlands and Spain. In more recent times markets have been established in China, India, Russia, Argentina, Korea and Brazil.
Alwayse Engineering also design and manufacture bespoke material handling systems, offering a comprehensive range of equipment including individual gravity rollers, gravity roller track conveyors, powered belt conveyors and ball tables.
As part of the ongoing expansion, Alwayse moved into a brand-new £3 million pound,
35,000sq.ft. factory in Miller Street, Birmingham in March, 2006. In addition to its mainstream UK and overseas sales, Alwayse have occasionally answered more unusual requests. It provided part of the solution to the infamous ‘wobbly’ Millennium Bridge, and has also supplied special units to the US Air Force in Alaska, capable of withstanding extreme cold conditions.
The history of Alwayse Engineering has been one of expansion led by engineering development, a drive into export markets and also expanding the home market, under the leadership of Graham Golby the Managing Director, who has been with the company since 1991.
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