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Camlok History

The Camlok brand was founded on original, innovative British design and manufacture to deliver long life, reliable, productive, and cost-effective performance – wherever you are, whatever you do!

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Camlok Lifting Clamps (originally known as Deeweld) was founded on February 6th, 1958.

Laurence Burns, an insurance salesman, and his father-in-law Mr. John Roberts, a railway clerk gambled their future on an idea for a lifting clamp. Between them, they slowly assembled just 5 clamps a week and painted them hanging over a broomstick, suspended over two chairs.

Over the next 60 years, many things were to change including when they moved to their current location on Sealand Industrial Estate, Chester. In 1998 Deeweld changed their name to Camlok Lifting Clamps Limited and in 1999 the company was purchased by Columbus McKinnon.

 

A Global Leader, Built in Britain.

Camlok is the leading brand for plate clamps and other items of lifting equipment. In fabrication plants, steel stockholders, factories, warehouses, ports and docks, on construction sites, railheads and repair and service facilities around the world, the Camlok plate clamp and related products are the number one choice. The Camlok brand was founded on original, innovative British design and manufacture.

Camlok evolved from a general industrial need to lift and transfer steel plate either horizontally, vertically or a combination of both, in a secure and safe manner. This was achieved by using an ingenious 'cam' and jaw mechanism to positively lock the steel plate into a clamping device so it may be suspended from a crane hook.

The original 'cam-lock' principle has led to the vast spectrum of lifting clamps available today, for example: plate clamps, beam clamps, rail clamps, girder clamps, piling clamps, scissor grabs and other handling devices. This heritage generated the capability and understanding for Camlok to lead the way in engineering special non-standard lifting solutions for technically demanding applications.

All products are designed for easy repair and parts replacement, providing a lifetime of faithful service and performance and are manufactured in the UK to world-class standards.

Today, Camlok has manufactured over 1 million products supplied all over the world as well as providing full advice, training, parts and after-sales services to ensure that Camlok lifting clamps deliver long life, reliable, productive, and cost-effective performance – wherever you are, whatever you do!

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