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Twenty years and still going strong: Hoist celebrates
14 June, 2018
What was happening in the world in the early summer of 1998?
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Ready for the first industry catchups of 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018 The evenings are still dark, the weather is still cold and wet, and the shops don’t know whether to stock Valentine’s Day cards, ready-mix pancake batter, or Easter eggs. It must be springtime.
Steady growth is the responsible way forward
Wednesday, November 15, 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.
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.
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.
Staying afloat on the North Sea?
Monday, November 14, 2016 This month, I’ll be attending LiftEx, the Lifting Equipment Engineers’ Assocation’s (LEEA) UK trade show. Unlike bigger rivals, the event is tightly focussed on overhead lifting. While often busy for its size, it is on a scale that makes it possible to get around quickly and speak to all of the exhibitors in a day or two.
Grasping the opportunity
Thursday, February 26, 2015 Six months, let alone six years, is a long time in business but looking at the automotive industry, car and other vehicle production has significantly picked up since the depths of the 2008 financial crisis and with it, so has the need for lifting equipment.
One step forward
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 As the year begins to draw to a close, publishers have long since finalised their editorial agendas for the forthcoming 12 months.
Finding the right balance
Friday, August 08, 2014 The material-handling sector is a fast-moving, innovative industry. Customers are always on the look out for new technology, applications and services that will enable them to carry out their important roles more efficiently and effectively than before.
Global gathering
Thursday, June 12, 2014 "I estimate that orders worth more than ten billion Euros were initiated here - a new CeMAT record," explains Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe in charge of CeMAT.
Turning the tides?
Thursday, June 12, 2014 The performance of the economy in Western Europe, it can be argued, has been something of a "mixed bag" in recent months. While certain countries falter, the UK and Germany are among those leading the way with this latest economic recovery.
Recognising the stars of the show
Friday, April 11, 2014 Having recently returned from the US, it came as no surprise to read that more than 23,000 attendees descended on Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center last month for Modex 2014.
Showtime for 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 With Conexpo, Modex and CeMAT all taking place over the next three months, it is clear that the 2014 tradeshow calendar has started with a bang. If you’ve picked up a copy of Hoist in recent months, there is a strong chance that you’ve seen of our regular show previews or reviews.
Embracing the changing landscape
Thursday, February 13, 2014 Eastern Europe has long represented an exciting opportunity for companies operating in the material-handling sector. As we discuss in this issue, it’s a region that encompasses a diverse number of cultures, laws, and languages but agreeing on a definitive list of countries that make up this part of the world is often open to debate.
The need to move with the times?
Friday, January 31, 2014 Welcome to this year’s final issue of Hoist. It has been 12 months characterised by innovation, developments, acquisitions and growth. Rather fittingly, all of these factors were perfectly encapsulated at November’s LiftEx exhibition, which took place at Bolton’s USN Arena in the UK.
Place a spotlight on the future
Thursday, October 10, 2013 Having spent a siginificant part of my time in journalism writing about the machinery used in the print and packaging process, it hasn’t taken long to notice some of the similarities between that world and the factory crane sector.
Showcasing the game changers
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 When Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey Firestone was asked what quality an entrepreneur should value above all others, he paused for a while. After several seconds he smiled and offered this simple but effective response.
Charting a course to healthier profits
Friday, May 10, 2013 If there is indeed a tide in the affairs of men, then port operators appear determined to take this tide at the flood and, should fortune smile, chart their course to a healthier profit margin. In this month’s issue of Hoist we cast a nautical gaze at the rise of Maersk's new Triple E, Super Post-Panamax, container vessel.
Have a giant in every port
Friday, March 22, 2013 There was a wealth of activity in the dockside market last month, and since the start of the year. The opportunities in this market for the hoist manufactures is only set to grow as more ports join the list of those undergoing upgrades and expansions. The arrival of the giant dockside cranes at London’s newest port, London Gateway, is a clear signal for what is to come.
Material handling matters to Europe
Friday, February 15, 2013 For the last four years, much of European industry has been in the doldrums, stifled first by the global financial crisis, and then, for many economies, by problems with sovereign debt. While the politics of austerity followed by many more successful nations over recent years may balance national accounts in the short term, it is unclear whether they have helped or, through compounding a stagnant investment environment, hindered business development. Our industry though, despite a mood of pessimism in some quarters, shows signs of bouncing back well from the crisis. In the latest Eurostat figures on material handling as a whole, collected by the European manufacturer's association, the FEM, thereare signs that, up to 2011, the industry was rebounding well.

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