The facility includes new training facilities and a demonstration yard to educate users on how to operate suction lifting equipment correctly.

“To remain proactive in the ongoing development of suction lifting equipment,” as it put it, Oktopus has also expanded its research department. The cad development unit will be used to design new applications for lifting equipment “to meet the latest installation challenges.”

Richard Gould, managing director and sole distributing agent for the Oktopus brand of suction lifting machines since 1995, said: “We are dedicated to driving forward the message that all suction lifting machines must incorporate a dual system for the suction operation.”

He added: “Our new premises allow us to demonstrate our machinery, which are all compliant with new legislation, and educate users on best practice of installation. It also allows us to expand our team for the necessary on-going development of suction lifting equipment.”

Oktopus UK has a current operational fleet of 70 machines for the installation of roofing, cladding and glazing, plus innovative compact crane solutions. For more information please visit