Lansing Bagnall was a British forklift truck manufacturing company, Based in Basingstoke Hampshire, England. The company was founded in 1919 by ?. In 1937 it became a Private company.
The company was bought out of bankruptcy in 1943 by Emmanuel Kaye and John R Sharp. At that time the company made petrol and electric, industrial and station platform tractors. Later the company went on to produce forklift trucks. In 1976 Lansing Bagnall acquired the successful private forklift truck manufactturer Henley Forklift.
By 1961 the company had 1,400 employees and specialising in mechanical handling equipment, including fork and pallet trucks, and tractors, electrical and diesel driven, used on railway platforms, Post Offices and throughout industry.
Lansing Bagnall was acquired by Linde AG in 1989 and now operates under the Linde Lansing brand name. In September 2006 Linde announced their intention to float or sell the materials handling business that includes Linde Lansing.
With the works canteen crowded with the entire workforce today (16th June 2009) the top man of the Kion Group Mr Riske aided by the Chief Financial Officer told the Basingstoke team that all production will stop in Basingstoke within the next 12 months. Electric truck production would transfer to Aschaffenburg while tractor production would transfer to a manufacturing plant in France. The design for new projects would transfer to Aschaffenburg.
Marketing, sales, service and local customising would continue in Basingstoke. It was hoped that the electric truck transfer would be complete by the end of 2009 and tractors moved by mid 2010. These painful changes must take place to ensure that the company can survive the ongoing 50% reduction in sales.
Heavy trucks will continue to be produced in Merthyr Tydfil.
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- mechanical handling equipment
- pallet trucks
- Industrial tractors and tugs - electrical and diesel driven versions
- Tugs used by the Military for pulling store and bombs on RAF bases and onboard aircraft carriers
- Combine Harvesters for farming, built in Adelaide, South Australia in the early 1970's. The Adelaide manufacturing plant closed it's doors about 1976. The servicing of reach-type electric forklifts and industrial tugs was also undertaken at the Adelaide factory.
Examples of early Lansing Bagnall products built in Basingstoke are displayed in the Milestones Museum, with products from other former local manufacturing companies.
A number of the Tugs can be seen a various shows.
- "Linde: Heavy Truck Division: Press Releases: Merthyr Gets a Lift from Linde". Retrieved on 2006-07-02.
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