Taking place this month, I am confident that LiftEx 2015 in Liverpool will be a triumph and a worthwhile experience for those present.

And no sooner will the dust settle on that particular event, will we be looking to the US and ahead to 2016 for the ongoing success that is Modex.

The supply chain-focused show returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA next April and with it, the latest innovations and inventions across the overhead lifting sector and wider supply chain.

Modex 2016’s goal is clear. To provide attendees with access to the latest manufacturing and supply chain equipment and technologies, of which lifting is a major part.

For some time now, in this writer’s opinion, Modex, and its alternating sister event ProMat, has demonstrated that a strong exhibitor base is important, but a diverse and comprehensive programme of complementary events such as keynotes, seminars, workshops and conferences, ensure longevity in the tradeshow ecosystem.

One such example is its ongoing Modex Supply Chain Conference that brings together "leading experts from the industry" to give attendees the latest information on manufacturing and supply chain trends, technologies and innovations, as well a numerous networking opportunities.

In the first of our previews, we give you the essential facts and figures, as well as key information on how to attend the April 2016 event, while subsequent issues will introduce some of the main products and exhibitors present in Atlanta next year.

In the November issue of Hoist we also discuss that stuttering export-led model and an economic slowdown in China is having a major impact on Asian overhead lifting manufacturers.

Elsewhere, Sally Spencer argues that Radio remote control technology has become an integral part of the material lifting sector while Daniel Searle talks to Penny Hydraulics. Having established its nuclear handling division six years ago, it has since overseen a series of successful projects.

Finally, hoisting and rigging rental firm Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) is looking towards 2016 with a sense of optimism.

The US business is continuing to add to its product portfolio and has carried out a number of high profile projects over the course of 2015. We take a closer look.

Until next time, enjoy the issue.