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Planning ahead to ensure success for 2019
As we approach the turn of the year, it’s a necessity for any business to be planing ahead for 2019—and it’s no different for a trade magazine such as Hoist.
Autumn: a time of mists and mellow features lists
The year is flashing by, and as we enter the height of autumn, the season brings a variety of things.
Italian tour sheds light on political changes
I recently returned from a week-long tour of Milan and Bergamo in northern Italy, visiting four of the companies in our sector based in the area and discussing their businesses, and the current landscape in Italy in terms of industry and politics. The political situation, as you’ll be aware, is slightly unusual in that the most recent general election, which took place earlier this year, was won by the Five Star party, a populist movement fronted by a former comedian.
Europe awaits with more visits this month
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.
Brexit uncertainty putting a freeze on business
It’s with an apologetic caveat that I introduce the topic for this month’s editor’s comment as Brexit, as I’m aware that I’ve discussed the subject more than once recently. If you live outside the UK and find coverage of Brexit any combination of dull, prolonged, alarming or baffling—I can assure you that from here in Britain, it’s much, much worse. One thing I have learnt from talking to people in our industry is that there are always going to be ups and downs; companies tend to make hay—or more specifically, money—when the going is good, and when there’s a dip, businesses accept this and get through it as best they can.
Reminding ourselves of best practices
As every crane operator goes through their career, they naturally accrue more experience and wisdom relating to how best to operate equipment, how to solve certain problems and issues, and how to best maintain equipment and consumables.
Twenty years and still going strong: Hoist celebrates
What was happening in the world in the early summer of 1998?
Around the world in fifty days and three trade shows
Regular readers of my monthly comment will have noticed a theme emerging in recent issues—specifically, the various trade shows that I’ve been attending.
Trade exhibitions are kick-starting the year
Last month I travelled to Stuttgart for the Logimat show; this month I’ll be firstly at Modex in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and towards the end of the month I’ll be heading back to Germany to attend CeMat in Hannover.
Ready for the first industry catchups of 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.
Will investment forecasts hold steady in 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.
Setting out our plans for the new year
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.
Steady growth is the responsible way forward
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.
Getting on the road is the best experience
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
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
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
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
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.