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October 2018

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September 2018

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Europe awaits with more visits this month
21 September 2018 The summer is coming to a gradual conclusion, and as companies get back up to speed after summer vacations across Europe, I’ll be knocking on a few doors this month to meet businesses and see how their operations work.

August 2018

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July 2018

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June 2018

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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?

May 2018

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April 2018

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March 2018

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Ready for the first industry catchups of 2018
15 March 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.

February 2018

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Will investment forecasts hold steady in 2018?
15 February 2018 We’ve done it—made it through a January that included five Mondays and seemed so inexorable that its apparent length even started to trend on Twitter.

January 2018

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Setting out our plans for the new year
22 January 2018 Firstly, welcome back, for those of you who had a winter break. If you’re back in the office after celebrating Christmas and the New Year then you may well be reading this at your desk while trying to remember your computer password, or the door code, or which company it is you work for. It won’t take long for us all to be back into routine and back up to speed, though, and here at Hoist we’ll be getting straight back into our usual routine of visiting the industry around the world and reporting back.

December 2017

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November 2017

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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.

October 2017

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Getting on the road is the best experience
10 October 2017 As I write this, I have just returned last week from a visit to various companies from our industry in Germany.

September 2017

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Technology helps lifting equipment to keep moving
11 September 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.

August 2017

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Looking ahead to the coming issues of Hoist
14 August 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.

July 2017

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UK market is alive And kicking-you Just need to look
31 July 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.

June 2017

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May 2017

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Steady growth the benchmark in interesting times
29 May 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.

April 2017

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Renting can make life easier and more efficient
25 April 2017 As a recent housebuyer, I’ve become very aware of two things—firstly, the fact that a small flat in the south of England will cost you more than the three-bedroom semi-detached house your friend bought in the north-west, and secondly, there are advantages to both buying and renting a property.

March 2017

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Nuclear shows how specialised hoists can be
21 March 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.