Ready for the first industry catchups of 2018

15 March 2018

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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.

Aside from the satisfaction of buying a perfectly good box of chocolates for about 50p after the supermarkets have reduced their unsold Valentine’s stock, it’s also the time of year for business to be done in the lifting industry.

In the next two months the industry will have the opportunity to showcase its latest innovations and offerings at Logimat in Stuttgart, Germany in mid- March, followed by Modex in Atlanta, USA in early April and Cemat/Messe Hannover in Hannover, Germany at the end of April.

I’ll be attending all of them — so firstly, if you have products or other developments that you would like to talk about in the magazine, please do get in touch and I’ll endeavour to visit you at your company’s stand, whether it be in Germany or on the other side of the Atlantic.

I will be aiming to speak to as many of you as possible at the shows, not only to hear about new and improved products, but also to get an idea of how the markets of the USA and central Europe are performing.

An additional bonus offered by many of today’s trade shows are the conferences and seminars that run concurrently to the exhibitions.

One such conference that has caught my attention is being organised by the MHI and will take place at Modex, and will focus specifically on the issue of safety in the overhead lifting sector.

Safety is, of course, a crucial concern for the whole industry, and keeping up to date with the latest regulatory requirements is important.

There’s also the matter of new technology designed to improve safety, whether that be physical kit such as fall-arrest systems, or digital technology such as proximity sensors and access controls.

I’ll be reporting back on some of the key points from that conference, and I’ll be aiming to call in on some of the other industry-specific talks taking place at the other trade shows too.

While I’m opening the airwaves to you all to flag up your latest news, project reports and product developments, I’d also like to highlight our upcoming features, in case any of the topics relate to the work your company has been doing recently, and you would like to share details.

You can download the full Hoist Media Pack through our website, as a PDF found at, but if you’re a manufacturer or user of slings, we’ll be looking at them in our May issue — and we’ll also be looking at applications of overhead lifting equipment in the heavy manufacturing sector.

For the June issue, we’ll be looking at the entertainment sector, and also anti-sway technology — do let us know your latest news.