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Sir Neville announces retirement

Published: May 29, 2012 by Peter MacLeod

Sir Neville Bowman-Shaw, chairman of Samuk Lift Trucks, the importer of the Chinese-made Hangcha lift trucks, has decided to retire from the lift truck business with effect from October 2012.

He confirms that there have been several enquires from potential buyers of Samuk, and that negotiations are ongoing.

"I have decided, in my 82nd year, to retire on my birthday - October 4th, which is also my wife's birthday, although she is eight years younger!" says Sir Neville in a statement. "Both of our sons are pursuing other careers and are not interested in lift trucks, so we expect to amalgamate or sell Samuk this year comfortably, and have already had several enquiries, of which two are interesting. One of the management team has trained on lift trucks since teenage and are technically good and work hard! If you are interested, tell me!"

In a career spanning over six decades, Sir Neville has served as executive chairman of Lancer Boss Group (1966-94), chairman of Boss Trucks (1959-94), chairman of Bowman Lift Trucks Ltd (1996-2005), and chairman of Samuk Ltd (1997-present day). Furthermore, he has been a member of the Design Council (1979-84) and the British Overseas Trade Board (1982-85). A former high sheriff of the county of Bedfordshire, Sir Neville was recommended by Margaret Thatcher for a knighthood in 1984 for exporting 85% of Lancer Boss's output.

We wish Sir Neville and his wife Lady Georgina a long and relaxing retirement, and confidently expect to see them at IMHX 2013 - otherwise it won't be the same without them!

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