Independent forklift equipment experts since 1984

Built on strong values, Abbey Attachments Ltd is committed to improving safety and efficiency in the UK forklift industry through manufacturing excellence, innovation, and outstanding service. We work collaboratively with forklift manufacturers and dealers to ensure our forklift equipment and safety solutions integrate seamlessly with their businesses and their customers’ businesses.

A comprehensive
range of forklift equipment under one roof.

Abbey Attachments Ltd operates out of a wholly owned 4000m2 purpose-built facility located in Manchester, UK. Our in-house engineering team specialises in the end- to-end reconditioning of forklift attachments for major material handling OEMs and dealers. We stock over 2000 attachments for immediate hire or purchase and offer a range of innovative material handling safety solutions focused on the forklift aftermarket – all fully supported by our team of expert field service engineers.

Vincent Saunders establishes Abbey Attachments Ltd after a long career in the forklift industry.


The company moves from a small, rented facility in Rochdale to larger premises in Bury.


Abbey takes the first steps to represent third-party material handling brands and is appointed the UK distributor for KOOI ReachForks.


Vincent’s son, Paul joins the business.


Growth drives a move to the current premises, initially 2,500 m2


Abbey is appointed the UK distributor for Orlaco camera systems.


Abbey is appointed the UK distributor for Ravas mobile weighing systems.


The business continues to grow, and 500m2 additional warehouse space is built to house attachments for immediate hire.


Paul Saunders takes over from Vincent as Managing Director.


The facility is extended to 4400m2 and Abbey becomes a leading supplier to the UK forklift industry.


Abbey adopts a strong focus on industry accident prevention by partnering with SEEN Safety. Paul’s son, Jacob joins the business.


Abbey anticipates the transformation of the MH world by partnering with The Collective Intelligence Group, and Safety Shield to introduce SMART AI technology.


The company rebrands as ‘Abbey’ to reflect the wider scope of operations: attachments and forklift safety solutions.

abbey where we have come from, forklift equipment
Where we've come from


Raising standards
in our industry.

Abbey is dedicated to improving safety, efficiency, and productivity in the UK forklift industry through the manufacture and supply of world-class material handling solutions, service excellence, and continuous improvement and innovation.

Where we are now


Our inside-out

We believe that getting things right on the inside makes it easier to deliver great service on the outside. Our culture sits on five pillars, and we call this the ‘Abbey Way.’

  • Communicate clearly
  • Do the right thing
  • Be caring
  • Put people first
  • Stay sharp
Communicate clearly Do the right thing Be caring Put people first Stay sharp
Communicate clearly Do the right thing Be caring Put people first Stay sharp


Meet some of our talented people.