Crane group plans to lift new business after reorganisation

The innovative retractable roof that now covers Wimbledon's Centre Court was designed and manufactured by Sheffield-based SCX.
The innovative retractable roof that now covers Wimbledon's Centre Court was designed and manufactured by Sheffield-based SCX.
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SCX Group, the Sheffield-based cranes, hoists and mechanical handling equipment business, is splitting its Street CraneXpress operations into two separate companies as part of new expansion plans.

The company’s crane and hoist division becomes Street CraneXpress, while its special projects division, formed in the 90s to deal with more complex and challenging engineering contracts, becomes SCX Special Projects.

Managing director Simon Eastwood

Managing director Simon Eastwood

The company says the move is in response to a period of unprecedented growth and opportunities for further expansion.

Street CraneXpress will focus on installing new hoists and lifting equipment for a wide range of commercial mechanical handling applications, in addition to maintaining, servicing, modernizing, providing condition monitoring services and supplying spare plants for overhead cranes.

SCX Special Projects will continue the work of the former special projects division, which has developed automated systems, moving structures and building access for a wide range of applications.

Higher profile projects have included building the retractable roof for Wimbledon’s Centre Court, façade access and developing maintenance equipment for Sir Norman Foster’s iconic London skyscraper, 30 St Mary Axe, otherwise known as ‘The Gherkin’.

The special projects division has also provided automated and semi automated handling solutions for nuclear decommissioning applications and has recently won its first major contract in the Waste to Energy market.

SCX Group managing director Simon Eastwood said: “The diverse operating requirements needed for these two divisions, along with our continued strong business growth has resulted in us taking the decision to form two separate companies.

“Creating two separate companies will allow us to capitalise on our strong market position. It will also allow the specialisation of the administration, support and infrastructure functions within both businesses, which is exactly what is required to provide the top level customer support demanded in the market today.”