Changes in manufacturing demand can result in the need for factory removals or factory dismantling as part of a partial or complete factory relocation.

As experienced equipment movers, we understand that factory removals, relocation and plant dismantling projects can cause major disruption to production timescales. Our team of skilled factory removals engineers ensure your factory relocation is accurately planned, providing you with a detailed scope of works for all factory dismantling requirements. We’ll explain how each phase of the factory removals will progress, give you estimated timescales and make you aware of any downtime required during the factory relocation process.

At AIS Vanguard, our factory removals team understand that lost time results in less output, so you can trust us to be the equipment movers and factory relocation experts that will operate out of hours and across weekends, where required, to meet every deadline and ensure downtime is kept to a minimum.

As experts in plant dismantling, we can offer advice and support to ensure that your project is completed to the highest standard. When planning a factory relocation, it is important to know from the beginning whether or not plant dismantling will be a necessary part of your project. This can help to ensure minimum downtime throughout the process of factory relocation.

Our Project Manager will be supported by a fully trained engineering team which is made up of SSSTS trained foremen, riggers, HGV Class 1 & 2 drivers, crane operators and electrical & mechanical engineering specialists. AIS Vanguard also employs a team of fully certified slinger signallers, banksmen and appointed persons to provide competent supervision when carrying out the moving and lifting of heavy machinery and equipment.

New and prospective clients often ask, “What do I need to consider when planning this factory relocation?” That’s why we’ve written a brief guide to the areas we consider before tackling a factory relocation project.

Factory Dismantling

What You Need To Consider During a Factory Relocation

Factory relocation planning

A factory relocation of any scale needs careful planning from start to finish and specialist assistance from experienced equipment movers with a track record in factory removals. Consider your requirements: will factory dismantling be part of the project, for example? Timescales and the phases in which the factory relocation will need to happen should also be considered – our talented project managers and experienced factory removals specialists are here to do this for you. Don’t forget to consider your staff and business needs during your factory relocation – does production need to continue or can it be halted for the duration of the project? The planning phase is also the best time to begin considering the challenges and risks involved in your factory relocation and, as expert equipment movers, we will establish a bespoke method statement and risk assessment for your project.


With any factory relocation project, good and thorough communication is paramount. There will be many teams within your business that need to be involved in decision making about factory dismantling, removals and relocation, including HR, health and safety, quality control and any operational control professionals. The changes being made will also need to be communicated to all wider teams in your business because a factory relocation often impacts everyone within the company, from top to bottom.

What is involved in your factory relocation? 

You will know what needs relocating and where it needs to be relocated to, but a factory relocation is not quite that straightforward! That’s why AIS Vanguard’s expertise as equipment movers is so invaluable. Factory removals require a detailed floorplan that covers equipment quantities, equipment identification, sizes and weights, locations of all utilities at the start and end points, and any potential obstacles or challenges, such as factory dismantling requirements, overhead equipment, structures or cables and any aisles, pits or trenches.

Update your asset register during your factory relocation

Complex projects such as factory relocations are the perfect time to update your asset register. This gives you peace of mind but also helps the AIS Vanguard team to complete seamless factory removals that tick every box. Check the condition of all equipment prior to the factory relocation and tag every piece with some method of identification, ensuring it matches your asset register. Once this is done, add in as much detail as possible about the condition of the equipment and any requirements that our equipment movers may need to be aware of for the safe handling of it during the factory relocation.

Operations and commitments 

A factory relocation can have a huge impact on your day-to-day operations and your commitments to clients. Be sure to plan ahead, particularly if your project involves factory dismantling, and set expectations around potential delays and predicted lead-times, avoid conflict by updating your customers and your supply chain.

AIS Vanguard’s dedicated project managers will be on hand to offer advice and suggestions to ensure your factory relocation is completed with efficiency and places as few constraints as possible on your business. Every factory relocation comes with unique challenges but, thanks to our forty-year track record as equipment movers, we have the skills and expertise to ensure factory dismantling and factory removals are carried out efficiently and safely, allowing your business to transition without any snags.

Our full turnkey factory relocation service includes:

  • A dedicated factory relocation project manager
  • Health and safety documents including; method statement, risk assessments, lift plans, personnel training records and equipment certs
  • Regular site visits to assess factory relocation requirements
  • CDM/health and safety management
  • Disconnection of services, machinery dismantling, factory dismantling
  • Match marking
  • Machinery loading to transport
  • Storage (where required)
  • Machine transportation and a team of expert equipment movers
  • Floor preparation, including core drilling
  • Offloading and positioning
  • Aligning and levelling
  • Reconnection of main services
  • Export, packing and shipping services

AIS Vanguard is the perfect choice for any heavy machine removal or relocation; whether it’s a single machine removal, factory dismantling or an entire factory relocation, we are happy to help.