About Us

LabVac and Angus Willis

My experience in the field of vacuum engineering, and in particular the laboratory disciplines of chemistry and life science, charts a progression during which I have formed, developed and sold two companies and built well respected brands. I have worked in sales, marketing, service and new product development, both as an employee and as owner and managing director.

Vacuum and Industrial Products (Creative Group)

I began working in the field of vacuum engineering in 1992, with V&IP, an official agent for BOC Edwards. This provided my formal training at the Edwards School of Vacuum in Crawley.

Ultimate Vacuum Ltd.

I formed UVL in 1996, introducing product lines imported from Europe, most notably Saskia Hochvakuum of Ilmenau, Germany, and their brand name Ilmvac.

Ilmvac (UK) Ltd.

In 1999 Saskia changed it's name to Ilmvac with a view to better exploit export markets. I formed the first export company in the UK in this year. This led to the expansion of sales to OEM and dealer channels, making Ilmvac a recognized brand in laboratory products, as well as the manufacturing power behind Fisherbrand and VWR private label vacuum pump ranges.

Gardner Denver Inc.

Following a decade of rapid growth and now comprising the German and UK operations, plus companies in China and USA, Ilmvac was sold to Gardner Denver Inc. in 2010. As a $2 billion public corporation, GDI required me to develop an additional skill set, working in the global management team for the newly formed Welch-Ilmvac. I spent three years with Gardner Denver, consolidating the marketing of both lines into the major laboratories and dealers in Europe.

Laboratory Vacuum Services Ltd.

LabVac represents a return to my core activities, bringing together the unique experience I have gained through the stages of my career to date. At the core of LabVac lies my own desire to provide excellent service, backed by first rate application and product knowledge, to the mutual benefit of the customer and the company. Openness and honesty are the basis of my business practices, and my own desire to continue learning through experience make LabVac the obvious choice for me.

LabVac has grown and developed, remaining focused on Chemistry and Life Science laboratories in the University and Pharma sectors.

2017 Expansion

In 2017 LabVac relocated to new 300 square metre facility to enable further expansion of the business. We also add additional vehicles which ensure we can safely transport pumps for service.


Online Purchases

We accept major credit cards.

All our invoices contain a 'Pay Online' button which takes you to a secure site for credit card payments.


Our standard courier rate for a single pack/carton up to 20Kg is £18.00

Return packing and shipping for serviced pumps up to 30Kg will be charged at £35. Shipping the pump to us remains the responsibility of the customer, at their own cost, and is not included in the charge applied.

Other consignment types advised prior to shipping.

Returns and Refunds

You have 14 days to return any unwanted items, which must be complete, unused and in the condition they were delivered. Upon receipt we will contact you with a full refund of the original charges for goods, services and shiping, but will not undertake payment for return shipping or any damages.


All prices shown exclude VAT which will be added at the prevailing rate.

VAT No.             GB 156 4548 89

Company Reg              8362042

D-U-N-S Number.  21-920-1517

Angus Willis,
Apr 30, 2015, 1:10 AM