In 1958, Kenneth Rudolph Oakes became involved with lift trucks whilst working within the motor vehicle industry. He recognised the tremendous potential for a lift truck hire business which led to the formation of Power Equipment - one of the very first lift truck rental companies in the UK.
The success of Power Equipment continued at such a pace that by 1970 it had become the target of Harvey Plant, a national plant hire company later to become Lex Harvey.
In 1974 William James Oakes established Waveney Lift Trucks, later to be supported by his father Kenneth. Together they grew the business to become the largest independent lift truck company in the UK, helped by the establishment of Lift Truck Rentals in 1985.
Disillusioned with the ever-increasing complexity of new forklift trucks and the failure of the major manufacturers to provide a high level of support to their dealer networks, the decision was taken to develop its own range of forklifts.
In 2003 Nexen Lift Trucks was established with the vision to design and manufacture its own range using Kenneth and William Oakes' combined 70 years experience of the lift truck rental industry.
Nexen's ultimate goal is to build worldwide brand recognition based on its product's design and build quality as well as outstanding reliability at competitive prices.
A jv was formed with an Asian manufacturer to produce Nexen forklifts under license but it was soon realised that to be truly successful on the international market there was a need to establish the company's own production facility.
In 2003 Nexen therefore completed the purchase of the second largest lift truck manufacturer in Taiwan, creating the Nexen Motor Corporation.
Initially the existing models were improved whilst a European based design team was established to develop a completely new range of trucks from the ground up to meet Nexen's high standards using the very latest 3D CAD systems.
- Whatever your material handling or fleet management needs you can count on Nexen by choosing from a comprehensive range of forklift trucks, container handling and warehousing equipment.
Nexen products are suitable for handling all different types of palletised or non-palletised loads and applications up to 7 tonnes.
Pallet trucks: Pedestrian, ride-on and folding platform versions offer users a variety of different options to moving loads over short and long distances in the warehouse enviroment.
Stackers and Reach Trucks, are used to for retrieving and storing loads from racking.
Low, mid- and high level order pickers, and very narrow aisle (VNA) trucks enable efficient order fulfillment when collecting multiple items from different storage locations.
The range of counterbalanced forklifts is suited to a multitude of applications including loading/unloading, shuttling and storage of raw materials, finished goods and production materials.
Different wheel/tyre and energy types cater for a full spectrum of indoor and outdoor operating environments
For the specific needs of handling empty and laden containers, Nexen offers a range of dedicated container handling trucks and reach stackers.
Please call to discuss how we can help meet your requirements.