LMS announces dual acquisition deals

Source: press release, 22 September 2022

From left, Millar Kennedy, Frans Janssens, Barry Dean and Kirk Anderson
From left, Millar Kennedy, Frans Janssens, Barry Dean and Kirk Anderson (photo: LMS)

An Aberdeen-based intelligent lifting equipment specialist has become the UK’s leading name in the air skate and air moving systems market following two significant acquisitions.

LMS (Load Monitoring Systems) has announced the acquisition of Load Moving Systems Ltd and AeroGo UK Ltd in simultaneous deals that consolidate LMS as the UK’s leading supplier of air skates and associated moving systems, for sale or rental.

AeroGo UK was formed in 2004 by Frans Janssens and Barry Dean, acting as a distributor of AeroGo products in the UK and Ireland. Load Moving Systems Ltd was formed in 2015 by Barry Dean, providing air skates and associated air moving products to the UK and Ireland rental market. The sum involved in both acquisitions is undisclosed, and both Barry and Frans will assist in the seamless transition of both businesses.

The dual move is seen as complimentary to LMS’s existing activities, providing an ideal platform for growth in existing domestic and overseas sales and rental markets, and acting as a springboard towards exploring new and emerging opportunities.

Commenting on the acquisitions, LMS Managing Director Kirk Anderson says, “We are delighted to have secured two highly respected and well-known names in the air skate and load moving industry. The combined strength immediately places LMS in pole position as the UK’s leading supplier for sales and rental of air skates and associated air moving products, it is also fundamental to supporting our ambitious growth plans.”

Frans Janssens of AeroGo UK states, “After 19 years, it was important to hand over the business to an experienced company who could continue the good work.”

Load Moving Systems Ltd’s Barry Dean adds, “I’m confident LMS will take things to a new level, they have shared values and ambitious growth plans.”

LMS (Load Monitoring Systems) specialise in the design, manufacturing, sales, rental, repair and calibration of Intelligent Lifting equipment and Load Monitoring products and services, including load cells, Line Tension units, winch monitoring, Air Skates, Digital Pad Eye systems and crane safety instrumentation. Providing global support to a wide range of industry sectors in over 45 countries and in most continent, with a comprehensive range of Testing, Calibration and Repair facilities in Aberdeen.