Manual Handling Equipment Manufacturer

Nu-Star MHL are a UK based manual handling equipment manufacturer, our safe and efficient electric tugs include the well known PowerTug .

The industrial lifting market is well served by the established crane & forklift truck manufacturers but, the market for pushing and pulling industrial loads is less well developed and it is still commonplace to see heavy loads either moved manually (a time consuming, inefficient & potentially injurious activity for the employees asked to do this) or, they are moved by the wrong piece of material handling equipment (often a dangerous and expensive compromise solution).

Believing there was potential to re-engineer and develop the original 1960's Power Pusher (used to push cars in garages) for the global Material Handling market, Nu-Star Material Handling Ltd. was founded in October 2001 in a garage in rural Derbyshire.

Since then, the company & product range has grown year-on-year and is now based in a purpose-built factory in Ednaston, Derbyshire.  Exports to EU, Asia, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand now account for over 75% of total sales (FY13 results).

Our robust electric tugs are carefully designed to be as simple & reliable as possible and are built to last, using the best quality materials and components that we can source. We take great pride in the fact that break-downs and parts replacements are a rarity & that the majority of our customers maintain the machines themselves or, utilise their existing local MHE supplier to do so. We strongly believe product reliability, durability and robustness is more important than our spare parts business.

Whether it is supplying one of our standard tugs or, by working with a customer & using our engineering experience and 3D CAD software to provide a bespoke solution for their specific load moving problem, we target the same end result for our customers - Increased productivity and improved Health & Safety benefits for your employees.


  • PowerTug (Vessel, Trolley and IBC’s mover)