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Our History

The Shorts name has been a part of the Bradford engineering landscape since 1899.

Established as Shorts (Lifts) Ltd in 1945 by Reuben Watkin Short, we started designing, engineering and assembling our service and passenger lifts within our factory, with many components manufactured on-site.

Although the manufacturing business has long since gone, like many in the UK’s manufacturing sector of that time, what remains today is the Shorts name and a company which provides solutions for the lift industry.

Since the mid-1980s, we have partnered with Europe’s leading lift and lift equipment manufacturers after identifying a need within the UK for a well-engineered, high-quality range of service and goods lift packages. Partnering with renowned German lift manufacturer BKG (Bunse-Aufzüge GmbH), we have been exclusively supplying BKG service and goods lifts to the UK and Ireland’s leading lift installation companies for over 30 years.

In recent years, we have extended our authority into the lift industry’s modernisation and servicing side. Working closely with leading lift equipment manufacturers DMG and Langer & Laumann, our Lift Component Division provides an array of third-party component equipment to modernise and extend the working life of any existing passenger lift. Through our Lift Spares Division, we supply thousands of essential lift spare parts from over 50 leading lift manufacturers to most of the UK’s lift servicing and maintenance companies.

We are now unique within the lift industry because we are the only lift equipment and service provider to supply products in all three new lift, lift modernisation and lift servicing sectors. This one-stop-shop approach provides lift companies with the convenience and efficiencies of only dealing with a single supplier. It enables us to forge closer relationships with our customers and offer products and services that benefit them.

Our History

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6 Station Road
Bradford
BD1 4SF

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