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Time to speak to the UK industry first-hand
27 December, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

From off-the-peg to personal: the demands of retail
21 June, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Spread the word in a few minutes
22 February, 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
24 January, 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.