MOSSLEY firm AUT Wheels and Castors celebrated its 40th business anniversary in January.
The family run business, which has been based at The Wheel House, Egmont Street since 1992, has 20 employees who have helped business enjoy year-on-year growth throughout its history.While there have been many changes, founding brothers Guy and Richard Glover, who began the business in Putney, South West London, in 1980, are still involved with the day to day running of the business.
The switch to this area came about through Guy whose father John Glover was the last MD at Glover Ropes.
“Ironically our current premises in Mossley are just across the road from then old rope factory,” explained Guy.
Having been lucky enough to see year on year growth, AUT are proud to be considered one of the most respected wheel and castor suppliers and manufacturers in the UK.
Shortly after AUT’s formation they moved to St Paul’s Trading Estate, Stalybridge, and became exclusive UK agents for Tellure Rota and still retains exclusivity to this date.Tellure Rota has been designing and manufacturing wheels and castors since 1953 and serves more than 2,000 customers in over 70 countries.
The relationship between AUT and Tellure Rota has strengthened over the years and the two companies now work together to develop brand new ranges of wheels and castors that are not seen anywhere else in the marketplace, such as the extremely successful Series 62ER with round profile elastic polyurethane tyres.
AUT did not stop there and in 2005 and 2006, they signed further agreements to become exclusive UK agents for global manufacturers RWM Casters and Vulkoprin, before launching its own utility range of wheels and castors in 2009.
Developing its own range of castors meant AUT were able to follow the demands of the market by creating a standard range of castors, priced to enable them to competitively advantage their customers, without removing the quality of the product.
In 2012, James Glover, Guy’s son, joined the AUT sales team to continue the family theme of the business. He has played a key role in the company’s significant growth during this period and was subsequently appointed sales director in 2017.
Peter Harrop joined the company later in that year and was appointed finance director in 2018.
These new roles have improved the financial planning and reporting, together with enhancing internal controls that allows AUT to continue to provide the best quality of service to its customers.
The relatively new additions to the board provide a strong platform for the future while sharing the same principles and ethos that have been key to the success of the company over the last 40 years.
Even with the uncertainty of Brexit looming, in 2018 and 2019, new agreements were signed with Steinco and Durawood.
Steinco, who famously lead the market in plastic body medical castors, have provided AUT with a new platform and route to market in medical grade wheels and castors. New appointments were also made in various departments including quality and marketing, as well as a new sales team dedicated to AUT’s customers in Scotland and Ireland.
AUT are striving to not only meet, but exceed, the needs and expectations of its customers. Along with the range of products that cannot be sourced anywhere else in the UK, AUT have a specialist consultancy team who can assist with initial design requirements and creating bespoke solutions, allowing customers to source everything they need from one provider.
AUT are fortunate to have their premises positioned at the foothills of the Pennines and are constantly looking at ways to demonstrate their awareness of the environment when packaging goods, making deliveries and recycling.
They support the Cycle to Work Scheme in an effort to improve employees’ journeys while contributing towards a reduction in environmental pollution.
Their sizeable plot also allowed AUT to extend one of its warehouse facilities in 2019 (increasing their UK stock capacity by almost 50 per cent) to cater for the increased range of products available.
For further information on AUT’s range of products, visit their website at www.aut.co.uk or contact a member of the sales team on 01457 837772.