MINI crane and glass specialist GGR-Unic has unveiled its Geko glass trolley, an economical and manoeuvrable glass installation machine that is easily transported.
The Geko has removable counterweights that enable it to be stowed in a truck and can be fitted with either manual suction cups or a vacuum head.
The machine is moved manually but for additional manoeuvrability the lifting head can be offset, allowing the glass to be taken through corridors.
Operations manager Janus Britz said: 'It can be used to pick and carry, but unlike other machines it will pick the glass up straight and allow vertical adjustment without tilting backwards.'
The firm, which held an open day to celebrate its 10th year of operation, also showed its biggest crane to-date, the Paus Skyworker, which can lift up to 1.2 tonnes and extend up to 30 m from a trailer mounted base.
In its 10 years the firm has grown the business to around £10 million turnover, with a hire f leet of 42 mini cranes and 120 vacuum glass lif ters, together with the European distributorship for the Unic mini crawler crane brand.
Its next projects include the development of a vacuum cladding lifter, which has ribbed heads to lock onto the cladding panels' profiles and the biggest Unic yet, a 6-tonner with 21 m hook height, including a 3 m f ly jib and the ability to pick and carry.
At the open day, Unic sold two of its cranes to Birmingham firm D Wilson Architectural, which will use them to install its bespoke steel balconies and staircases.