Caltech Lifts acquiring competitor to pass milestone scale


27th June 2018

Chamber member Caltech Lifts, is acquiring respected competitor Scotlifts Scotland Ltd in a deal set to grow it to £1.9m turnover and more than 1,000 lifts maintained across the UK.

The family firm, founded in Dundee in 1978 by engineer Howard Renwick and now run by his sons Andrew and Fraser, formally takes over Coupar Angus-based Scotlifts Scotland Ltd in a cash deal on Friday for an undisclosed sum. It’s the company’s first acquisition and continues its growth trajectory started when Andrew Renwick took over as Managing Director in June 2013. It’s already Scotland’s leading independent lift company.

Scotlifts Scotland owner, Scott Murray, will join the management team as Caltech’s new Installations Manager and his employee and company assets will transfer over too. Scotlifts Scotland’s 50 contract clients across Dundee, Perthshire and the Highlands will also move to Caltech.

Speaking about the deal, Andrew Renwick said: “We’re delighted to have successfully acquired Scotlifts Scotland Ltd and have Scott join us because he’s built it over 15 years into a highly-regarded company with a loyal service contract base in our key operational area.

“Scott is one of the most talented lift engineers in Scotland and has built an enviable reputation across the UK for the quality of his work. As a result it’s very hard to secure him as a sub-contractor because he has a huge waiting list of multinational lift companies wanting to use him to install their lifts across the UK.

“To have Scott on our installation and repairs team full-time will significantly strengthen our engineering capability as he will be heavily involved in both a hands-on role as well as supervising other engineers and training apprentices.

“Scott’s employee is also an excellent engineer thanks to having Scott as his mentor for five years and has recently gained his NVQ Level 3 in Lift Installations.

“Having Scott on our management team will also assist us with our growth aspirations.”

Scott Murray said: “I’m very pleased to join Caltech Lifts as its reputation for excellent work and service is well known in the UK industry and this is an exciting time to be joining it. I’m looking forward to helping Caltech continue its growth path.”

Caltech Limited is one of the UK’s leading suppliers and maintainers of lifting equipment, including passenger lifts, goods lifts, disabled access lifts and stairlifts to the Public and Private Sectors.

Caltech Lifts Limited

Caltech Ltd has been established for 32 years and has evolved into a thriving family business specialising in the installation, servicing and repair of passenger/disabled access/ goods lifts and stairlifts.

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