Making Spreaders Since 1972

About Us – History

1972 – 1992

RAM Spreaders’ ancestral roots began back in 1876 as Ed Mills & Son, a Blacksmith company in Liverpool, England.

The Mills family ran the business with success and during the 1970’s further diversified its business interests into container handling equipment with the then Director of Ed Mills & Son, Mr Robert A. Mills.

1992 – 2014

In 1992, NSL Engineering (NSE), a subsidiary of NSL Ltd, acquired RAM Spreaders as part of the company’s business diversification.

From a family business, NSE elevated RAM Spreaders to a global business through strategic market penetration and innovative product development.

Over the years, RAM Spreaders has successfully established itself as a reputable brand name in the industry with its products present in more than 65 countries, across all continents.

April 2015 – New Era

In early 2015, NSL’s RAM spreaders business has been merged with the grab business of Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG (one of the world’s leading cargo grab manufacturers and the leading shipboard crane grab builder) under a joint venture arrangement through PEINER SMAG Lifting Technologies GmbH.

This merger led to the formation of the world’s leading lifting device group in both bulk cargo and containers handling.

The partnership enables the Group to have access to a market potential significantly larger than just the port equipment sector, including bulk cargo vessels, waste to energy incineration plants, scrap metal yards, steel mills, marine dredging and mining businesses where it is able to offer a full spectrum of bulk cargo and container lifting device solutions to port operators and crane manufacturers worldwide with strong production, storage and after sales service support.