Hoist in 2019 - something old,something new

18 January 2019

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Firstly, happy new year, and welcome to 2019. Here at Hoist magazine, our new year’s resolutions are fairly straightforward—we’re planning to continue providing coverage of the industry with unrivalled levels of original content and a global reach, while aiming to build on the foundations of 2018 and carry on making the magazine better as we progress through the new year.

For me personally, my resolutions are the usual combination of eating more healthily, drinking less beer, and exercising more. If we meet at Logimat next month, don’t ask me how any of these goals are going as it’s unlikely that I’ll have any recollection of making these outlandish claims.

Looking ahead to the other 11 monthly issues of Hoist we’ll be publishing this year, I’d like to direct you to our 2019 Media Pack, available to download at www.hoistmagazine.com/mediapack. It contains information about our readership and how to advertise in the magazine, and it also includes a month-by-month list of all the features we’re planning to publish.

Most of these are self-explanatory, but it’s worthwhile highlighting a few of the articles and specifying what the exact focus of the feature will be.

As ever, if one of the features aligns with an arm of your business, or a project you’ve recently been involved with, do get in touch using the contact details overleaf.

Our article on timber handling, coming in the March issue of Hoist, will focus not on the forestry side of the timber industry, but lifting and handling the felled trees, as well as moving chipped wood and processed wood products.

The subsea feature, planned for the April issue, is one I’m particularly looking forward to, having attended the IMCA Lifting & Rigging Seminar in Amsterdam last autumn. The cranes and winches used on boats and rigs come in a variety of models rarely used on land, and the use of synthetic rope—not commonly used in everyday hoisting operations—offers the benefits of buoyancy, and being a lightweight solution in projects where fall lengths are often very long, thereby providing vast weight savings.

Our approach to determining which features to include each year is to cover certain topics every year, where there are sufficient projects and deveopments to warrant it, and to look at other topics every couple of years, in areas where project lead-times are longer.

So, we will look at handling in the power sector and entertainment sector again this year, safe in the knowledge that there will be plenty to talk about. Meanwhile, a feature in July on lifting and handling in the paper and cardboard industry will be the first time we have looked into that sector in depth since I became editor, so there should be lots to find out.