Andy Branch (Engineering Director) tells the story of his journey with Logistex

In the third of our special edition posts to celebrate 80 years of technical innovation, Andy Branch reflects on his journey with Logistex:

“I landed at Cleco during a significant period of change. The business was just diversifying from battery powered heavy duty manual truck manufacture into large scale automation projects. There was a general view that automation couldn’t be that difficult, could it? It’s safe to say that the business went through a significant learning curve over the following years. For me this meant opportunity, allowing me to set up a controls team before moving on to running the crane manufacturing team.

Subsequently, FKI purchased Cleco and I took on the challenge of running the Gainsborough conveyor business as well as crane manufacturing. Within FKI Logistex I worked with colleagues in America, Denmark and China, including setting up a joint venture manufacturing facility in Shanghai.

Of course, there were some difficult times towards the end of the FKI era but I stuck with it and am extremely proud of what we have all made of the business in the last seven years.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I have been with Logistex for a long time but it does not feel like it. It is never stale and there is always another challenge around the corner. Long may it continue.”