The founder and managing director of Great Bridge-based forklift truck manufacturing company, Flexi Narrow Aisle Ltd, has been recognised for the significant contribution he has made to the UK’s forklift truck industry.
At a prestigious awards evening held on Saturday February 12th at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Black Country-born Peter Wooldridge, who started Flexi Narrow Aisle in the 1970s, was presented with the Forklift Truck Association’s (FLTA) Award for Services to the Forklift Industry
Peter’s company has been designing groundbreaking space saving forklift trucks – and building them in Great Bridge – since the mid 1970s. His first creation appeared with Raymond Baxter on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World.
These days, Flexi Narrow Aisle is Europe’s leading manufacturer of articulated forklift trucks. Flexi trucks pick up and transport pallets like conventional forklifts but are designed to allow more of a warehouse or distribution centre to be used for valuable storage space.
Over the last two decades over 4000 Flexis have been sold throughout the world.
Peter Wooldridge commented: “British manufacturing success stories are all too rare these days and, in the forklift truck industry, they are almost unheard of, so I consider this award to be not simply a reward for my efforts but recognition of the marvellous quality of the products that my team build at Great Bridge.”
Peter received his award from BBC Radio Two’s Sally “Traffic” Boazman and Peter Macleod, editor of the leading trade magazine for the forklift industry, Storage Handling Distribution at a ceremony attended by almost 400 guests.
The FLTA is the most representative body of its kind in Europe and its membership includes forklift truck manufacturers, importers, distributors and dealers as well as suppliers of ancillary equipment and services.
Peter Wooldridge (centre) receives his award from BBC Radio Two’s Sally “Traffic” Boazman and Peter Macleod, editor of the leading trade magazine for the forklift industry, Storage Handling Distribution.