GLASS lifting and mini crane specialist GGR-Unic has designed a mini glass handling robot, the Gecko, with a lifting capacity of 250 kg.
The battery powered machine can pass through a doorway and has an adjustable lifting head for attaching either manual or electrically powered vacuum pads.
Managing director Gill Riley said: 'The Gecko provides a simple, automated alternative for glass handling and we see high demand for it for both shop fitting and glass replacement work.'
The firm has also been appointed the UK dealer for German loaders to cranes specialist Paus, and will initially sell its restricted access trailer crane the Skyworker.
The 1.2 t capacity Skyworker has a 2.1 m wide trailer chassis, which is self-powered for manoeuvring when separated from the towing vehicle.
Its self-erecting boom and fly jib provide a working height of 30 m.
Ms Riley said: 'The Skyworker gives you the f lexibility of the smaller self-erecting tower cranes, but is able to operate in much tighter spaces.'
GGR is setting up a division for lifting cladding and is working on a new vacuum lifter able to lift a wide range of cladding and roofing panels.
It is showing its new products at an open day in September.