The origins of the company reach back to the mid-nineteenth century when William Robertson founded the Robertson & Baxter company in Glasgow. Highland Distillers, established in 1887, was acquired by Edrington in 1999. Today the company’s well-known brands include ‘The Famous Grouse’, ‘The Macallan’ and ‘Highland Park,’ which are available in international markets.
With an annual production capacity of more than 17 million litres, Edrington also owns 50 percent of the North British Distillery, which also has a production capacity of 60 million litres of alcohol annually.
The range of premium whiskies produced requires special storage to protect the bottles from dust and dirt, and to ensure complete product traceability. At the company site in Glasgow, five Hänel Lean-Lifts® are in operation – two of them are equipped with access protection and are located in a separate and secure area of the building complex. The lifts are protected by automatic sliding doors and an access control function integrated in the MP 12 N controller. An authorized code is required to access the systems.
Fire protection is ensured through the installation of two smoke detectors and an inert gas system inside the storage systems. If smoke is detected by the first device, an alarm signal alerts employees of possible impending danger. If the second smoke detector is triggered, inert argon gas is released from several large gas cylinders located outside the storage systems. The argon gas enters the systems and displaces the oxygen inside, thus extinguishing the fire.
“We have worked with Industore on several occasions in the past and now have five Hänel Lean-Lifts in operation. In terms of the capacity they provide within such a small footprint, the Hänel systems are invaluable to our business. These storage systems are absolutely reliable, and Industore always responded to our specific requirements during installation.”
Paul Chatham, Edrington.
The other lift systems are used to store spare parts and tools directly in the production area so that the limited floor space inside the building complex can be fully and efficiently utilized.