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.

The name RAM represents the initials of Mr. Robert A.Mills whilst being synonymous with strength, power and reliability.

Robert with his father, late John Edward Mills

History (1992 – 2014)

In 1992, NSL Engineering (NSE), a subsidiary of NSL Ltd, acquired RAM Spreaders as part of the company’s business diversification. Over the years, RAM Spreaders has successfully established itself as a reputable brand name in the container handling industry through strategic market penetration and innovative product development. Currently, RAM products are present in more than 65 countries, across all continents.

New Era From May 2015

In May 2015, NSL’s RAM spreaders business 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. The merger gives birth to a world leading lifting accessories supplier and global market leader in both bulk cargo and containers handling industries. The Group’s business include lifting equipment and accessories for containers terminals, bulk ports, 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 solutions to port operators and crane manufacturers worldwide with strong production, storage and global after sales service support.

Mr Philip Lee Tze Yong (RAM’s CEO) with Mr Sebastian Henning Brandes (SMAG’s Group CEO)

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