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Innovation & Development

The Bland Group is committed to developing its current product portfolio and to bringing new products to market.


  • Innovation is informed by the feedback from customers via Griffon Hoverwork’s engineering change process and through investment in specific research and product improvement projects. Griffon Hoverwork maintains its strong track record of product development and is dedicated to developing the application of new technologies and improved manufacturing techniques. The ability to model the performance and sea keeping abilities of a craft at the concept phase, means GHL can be confident that their solutions will work. Success is also based upon Griffon Hoverwork’s commitment to design and manufacture hovercraft that are adapted to the challenging environments that face their customers. The company has developed a range of craft that support light, medium and heavy payload needs. All can be customised to meet different mission and environmental conditions. All Griffon Hoverwork hovercraft are designed to meet exacting engineering standards and the larger vessels are often classified to Lloyds Registry standards (or other chosen standards), their process and quality management system is certified to ISO 9001:2000. Griffon Hoverwork continually develop their approach to provide products with even higher standards of robustness, reliability, availability, performance and with improved value for money. To facilitate future oil exploration, GHL is working with the oil industry to develop a new range of much larger craft, able to cross 3m ice obstacles, and operate in some of the world's most adverse environments. Together with developing concepts for rig evacuation, 40 tonne payload transfer of crew and supplies, and 100 tonne+ hover barges for larger item transitions.


  • Following the success of becoming agents for National Express in 2012, Hovertravel have recently become agents for South West Trains offering a convenient one stop travel hub for customers linking the Isle of Wight and Hovertravel to a wide range of destinations.


In these challenging times, the Bland Group continues to drive its businesses through innovation and creative new processes.


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