Company Profile

About Us

A beacon of excellence in the UK construction and infrastructure industry, Proteus Equipment Ltd has carved a niche for itself with its unparalleled expertise in supplying top-tier equipment and machinery solutions. With its roots deeply embedded in innovation and an unwavering commitment to quality, the company stands tall as a trusted name for a myriad of construction needs.

A significant feather in their cap is their extensive range of asphalt products. Catering to diverse requirements, from road surfacing to intricate civil engineering projects, their asphalt solutions are a testament to their dedication to quality and efficiency. Each product is meticulously designed to ensure durability, ease of use, and optimal performance, making them a preferred choice for professionals across the UK.

In addition to their asphalt offerings, Proteus Equipment Ltd has also made notable strides with their manhole cover lifters. Recognising the challenges faced by workers in handling manhole covers, the company has introduced lifters that are not only robust and reliable but also ergonomically designed. These lifters have revolutionised the way manhole covers are managed, ensuring safety and efficiency in operations.

With a customer-centric approach at its core, Proteus Equipment Ltd continually strives for excellence, ensuring that every product and service they offer exceeds expectations. Their legacy in the equipment supply sector is built on trust, relentless improvement, and an unwavering dedication to serving the needs of the construction community.


A brief history of Proteus:

1985 – Proteus Equipment is established, based in Bury St Edmunds in the East of England, and launches the Hot Box concept in the UK.

1986 – Proteus launches its first generation of manhole cover lifters. We have since gone on to develop the concept and now offer a range of different lifters.

1990 – Proteus launches its Danish-manufactured Asphalt Duvets – these are still big sellers today. They are ideal for keeping extra heat in the asphalt while being very light & easy to handle when compared with a standard tarpaulin.

1991 – Proteus introduces its first “Friendly Fluids” for asphalt – Bitukleen & Bituslip (since replaced by Bituslide).

1995 – Proteus develops a patented Asphalt Mixer. Recently a new larger model has been launched – see the Polybatcher section for details.

2007 – This year saw a number of significant developments for Proteus, most importantly the acquisition of the Elston/WTC Hot Box business. The takeover boosted Proteus’ hire fleet and sales range of propane-fueled Boxes to include Elston’s diesel, kerosene and new electric-powered Static and Mobile models. Also new for 2007 was a new asphalt release agent called Bituslide, which was a significant improvement on the old Bituslip product.

2008 – New products this year were a modified version of the Handylift Swinger manhole lifter designed to tackle BT carriageway covers, and the Micro Hot Box and Warm Box for Cold Lay.

2009 – Our first self-tipping Hot Box featuring its own integral tipping gear is built. This gives you all the benefits of gravity discharge on a flatbed vehicle.

2012 – Proteus takes the self-tipping Hot Box concept and implements it in a towable model. Other new products are Gussfix HAF asphalt fluid, and the Patch Heater.

Innovative products for demanding environments.

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Supplying equipment for the road surfacing industry since 1985, and is now the leading supplier of asphalt Hot Boxes, asphalt duvets, and environmentally-friendly fluids.