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Steady growth is the responsible way forward
15 November, 2017
You may remember that when last month’s comment was written, I’d just returned from a week in the west of Germany, visiting various manufacturers and designers of hoists and other lifting gear.
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Getting on the road is the best experience
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 As I write this, I have just returned last week from a visit to various companies from our industry in Germany.
Technology helps lifting equipment to keep moving
Monday, September 11, 2017 When you compare the bare bones of modern overhead lifting equipment to similar kit from decades ago, there are pretty clear similarities and indeed some aspects that haven’t changed much at all.
Looking ahead to the coming issues of Hoist
Monday, August 14, 2017 It’s that time of year when, for many of you reading, work takes a back-seat and we can enjoy a well-earned break over the summer period. Here in the UK we don’t have a traditional widespread shutdown in quite the same manner as in some other countries, but nevertheless I will be spending a week in early August down in Cornwall. Planned activities include watching the boats rolling in to the bay and then watching them roll out again, and risking ejection from the region by publicly layering jam and cream on my scones in the order traditionally preferred by the neighbouring county of Devon.
UK market is alive And kicking-you Just need to look
Monday, July 31, 2017 Irecently visited the UK city of Sheffield—famous for steel, the Human League, Def Leppard, two generations of musical Cockers, and Olympian Jessica Ennis.
Steady growth the benchmark in interesting times
Monday, May 29, 2017 Iwas in Chicago last month, for the ProMat exhibition. It was my first time in the city, and certainly for the first half of the week its soubriquet of The Windy City proved accurate, with the path around the edge of Lake Michigan being temporarily closed due to large waves charging in—one person I spoke to claimed there would be 22ft waves, although from what I saw this may have been width rather than height.
Nuclear shows how specialised hoists can be
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Of all the sectors than employ hoists and overhead lifting equipment – and they are very many and varied – the nuclear power sector must be one of the most exacting in terms of the requirements demanded of the handling and transport kit used.
Spread the word in a few minutes
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Over the last few weeks, I’ve been contacting suppliers in the overhead lifting industry who are planning to exhibit at the forthcoming ProMat show, which will take place in Chicago over the first week of April.
Goodbye and hello
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 After almost a year of editing Hoist directly, I’ll now be returning to my main role as group editor of our two lifting titles, Hoist, and our construction cranes magazine Cranes Today.
Lifting in the internet of things
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 In this month’s issue, we have a series of articles looking at drives, controls, and sensors. Two of these articles look in depth at how cranes can make use of ‘smart’ and connected technologies.

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