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September 2021


Antipodean effect
08 September 2021 Axel Johnson International’s Lifting Solutions business has ventured out of Europe for the first time acquiring five lifting companies in Australia. Jenny Eagle speaks to LEEA about the news as well as its announcement to set up a Regional Council for Australia & New Zealand.

One rail to rule them all
08 September 2021 A gantry crane can pick up and set down anywhere within a certain area. A monorail is more limited. It can work only along a line. But for many plants and factories, linear transport is exactly what they need. Julian Champkin investigates the monorail.

Heavy duties
08 September 2021 As demand for heavy lifting grows, manufacturers advise that success is all in the planning. Keren Fallwell reports

Quay solutions
08 September 2021 The 13 new cranes installed at the Port of Liverpool this year will help to drive efficiency and future-proof the port’s operations. Keren Fallwell reports.

The Tiger’s Prowess
08 September 2021 Tiger Lifting UK celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and thanks to its success has moved into larger premises to cope with a rise in demand.

Three times a charm
08 September 2021 Franklin Offshore Europe is celebrating after attempting a Guinness World Records hattrick supplying the World’s largest diameter and lifting capacity grommet slings

August 2021


It’s a steel!
10 August 2021 Demand for lifting gear in the U.S has bounced back from the pandemic. Suppliers are doing their best to satisfy it, but with one or two small issues in their way. Julian Champkin reports.

The big switch
10 August 2021 The world is connected. Digital system talks to digital system universally. Algorithms interpret data and churn out decisions. At the boundary of the net of worldwide interconnectivity laptops, tablets and smartphones interact with real people, who it seems are now becoming rather an old-fashioned concept as far as doing things or deciding things are concerned. Julian Champkin investigates.

Blown away
10 August 2021 The majority of growth outside of Europe in the offshore wind market will come from China and Taiwan, with contributions from the US becoming sizeable from 2024 when the first utility-scale offshore project begins. Jenny Eagle takes a closer look at this industry sector.

No stopping us now
10 August 2021 Pintsch Bubenzer takes its foot off the brakes as it accelerates its business empire.

Everest Reaches New Heights
10 August 2021 Sir Robert McAlpine trialing Verton Technologies ‘World’s first’ remote-control load orientation at luxury London hotel project.

July 2021


Wizard lifts in OZ
13 July 2021 Imports, labour shortages, long distances – the hoist industry in Australia and New Zealand is surviving all of these and the pandemic as well. Julian Champkin reports.

Suction control
13 July 2021 With the advent of ‘cobots’, automated technology is becoming more advanced than ever before. Jenny Eagle gets to grips with the latest vacuum and manual handling equipment in manufacturing.

Pulp Faction
13 July 2021 The paper and cardstock industry continues to see growth and challenges. While some mills are upgrading production capacity or investing in ergonomics, others are shutting down. Mike Straus looks at the factors driving industry trends.

Irugasa on a par with advanced motion control systems
13 July 2021 From its beginnings as the UK arm of IKUSI, a Spanish-based radio control manufacturer, which was then integrated into Danfoss group in 2018, Irugasa Power Solutions has been providing remote control expertise to the UK market for over 25 years.

Hydro Power
13 July 2021 International engineering firm Stantec has hired Ace Industries, which partnered with IMS, to upgrade the hoists on Duke Energy hydropower towers on Jocassee Lake dam in South Carolina, in the US.

June 2021


A work in process
17 June 2021 The process crane is now digitally embedded in its task. Julian Champkin reports.

Out of Africa
17 June 2021 Africa has no shortage of natural resources and minerals and with AfCFTA it has become the largest free trade area in the world, but the threat of political uprisings means it is far from stable. Jenny Eagle investigates

Entertainment needs a lift
17 June 2021 The pandemic has brought almost all public entertainment to a stop. But the makers of hoisting and lifting equipment are standing by to help bring shows to a reality as soon as they can resume. Julian Champkin reports.

If you don’t have a safe plant to work in, you can’t roll out that vision of safety to others
17 June 2021 This month, Hoist shines the spotlight on The Crosby Group. and speaks to Wim Fabricius, who has taken over from Jason Colwell, as the managing director for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. Fabricius has been with the company for more than six years, most recently as vice president, commercial for EMEA and will now be responsible for leading the business in this region as Colwell moves back to the United States after nearly a decade in Europe.