Our Story

RAM Spreaders has been making crane attachments since 1972.

Ancestral routes

Our ancestral roots began back in 1876 as Ed Mills & Son, a blacksmith company in Liverpool, England. A thriving maritime city, which played a pivotal role in the development of the business.


RAM Spreaders

During the 1970’s and after many decades of success, the then Director of Ed Mills & Son, Robert A. Mills further diversified the company interests into container handling equipment, and soon after created the RAM Spreaders brand known today.

Robert worked tirelessly in growing the business successfully, promoting RAM as a brand symbolising strength, power, and reliability; the core values that we instil to this day.

From the early 1990s, our company (then known as NSL Engineering) firmly established the RAM Spreaders in the container handling industry. With clever strategic market penetration & innovation, our business continued to grow with spreaders seen at ports and terminals worldwide.

RAM Spreaders - Ancestral Roots
RAM Spreaders - Ancestral Roots



A new era – everything under the hook

As the RAM Spreaders brand continues to grow ever stronger, a company merger with one of the world’s leading cargo grab manufacturers and shipboard crane grab builders, Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG (SMAG), created even bigger opportunities for us.

Through a joint venture with PEINER SMAG Lifting Technologies GmbH, our group is now able to provide “everything under the hook” from a comprehensive range of container handling spreaders, tandem headblock, containerised bulk handling, to various types of grabs, including waste to energy incineration plants, scrap metal yards and steel mills.

This new era has created a bigger market share in allowing us to help our customers achieve bigger goals, expand operations, and create new business opportunities and beyond.

Tandem lifting - RAM Spreaders
Revolver handling copper concentrate - RAM Spreaders
Peiner Grab for Bulk Handling
Telescopic Pipe Spreader - (un)loading concrete coated steel pipes for offshore oil operations


RAM Spreaders – now & the future

From 5 decades of experience, operating in 65 countries, covering 6 continents, and seen in terminals big and small, our success lies with our constant innovation and customer approach – “we listen to their goals, needs and then we build.”

“We believe our products can truly make a difference.  With our customers’ continued faith and support, we continue to innovate and provide cost-effective handling solutions.  Supporting our customers along the way with a dedicated and skilled global service and support team, essential in keeping handling operations running smoothly.”



Senior Management