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Partnership for Unique Group and Britlift
03 April, 2020 Unique Group, a leading integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider, has entered into a new partnership with lifting and spreader beam designer and manufacturer Britlift.
  • Sustainable shipping launched by Reid
    UK-based Reid Lifting has developed a more environmentally-friendly method of packaging its davits and gantries for shipping both within its domestic market, and overseas.
  • New backer for SCX Special Projects
    Sheffield, UK-based crane and engineering specialist SCX Special Projects has been acquired and invested in by Elysian Capital II LP, in conjunction with management.
  • Award for Konecranes UK
    Konecranes UK has been awarded the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Award for health and safety.


Vote of confidence
17 February, 2020 Despite economic challenges in Central Europe exacerbated by Brexit and US-led protectionist policies, hoist suppliers remain bullish about future sales in the region. Tom Woerndl reports.
  • Brake time
    Variable frequency drive technology and specialised systems are helping to optimise the performance and versatility of today’s crane and hoist brakes. Daniel Searle reports.
  • Process driven
    Heavy-duty, high capacity process cranes are being engineered to offer greater levels of safety and operational flexibility, reports Tom Woerndl.
  • Platinum service
    Condra has responded to increasing demand in the mining sector for automated lifting and handling with its first fully-automated crane, delivered to a platinum mine.
  • Scaling the heights
    Monitoring loads is key for operator safety and the long-term health of lifting equipment. Daniel Searle and Julian Champkin report.


Navigating the challenges of subsea lifting
30 March, 2020 It’s hard to imagine how difficult it must be to work in offshore conditions. Sure, you could start by looking out of the window, if you’ve lived in the UK during the last six months—we’re already up to the letter ‘D’ in the alphabet of named storms so far in 2020, and Ciara and Dennis have brought some pretty spectacularly bad weather with them in recent weeks—but, joking aside, that isn’t really a patch on the harshness of the conditions found on offshore wind farms, rigs, and so on.
  • After the uncertainty: more uncertainty
    Britain, as you may have heard, has had its fair share of political upheaval and public votes in the last few years. Three general elections, one advisory referendum on whether to leave the EU or not, and a lot of debate, both amongst the public and the politicians.
  • Virtually the same as training on a real crane
    If you were at this year’s LiftEx show last month, held in Milton Keynes in the UK, you may have seen me waving my arms in front of me, apparently unable to see and possibly lost in the delusions of a fantasy world.