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April 2021


Sway control
23 April 2021 Anti-sway technology is one of the most sought after safety upgrades in crane modernization projects today as well as integrated digital control for Industry 4.0. Jenny Eagle investigates.

South of the border
23 April 2021 Latin America is large and diverse. As Julian Champkin discovers, its market for lifting gear is recovering from the pandemic.

In and out of the water
23 April 2021 Subsea lifting looks set for a busy summer. Julian Champkin looks at developments.

March 2021


Getting to grips
31 March 2021 Demand for speed & safety in critical lifting equipment is on the rise and while some projects have been put on hold due to coronavirus, the renewables sector is growing. Jenny Eagle investigates

Southern Comfort
31 March 2021 The market for hoists and factory cranes in Southern Europe is by no means as dire as some, in light of the pandemic, might have been led to believe. Julian Champkin finds optimism amongst its peers.

Gone fission
31 March 2021 The nuclear sector is seeing steady activity in maintenance and decommissioning projects, as conflict between public sentiment and energy needs make nuclear power a “necessary evil”. Mike Straus reports.

February 2021


From Russia with Love
17 February 2021 Despite the Covid-19 pandemic the industry is continuing to make investments, building new plants, upgrading existing cranes, seeing a rise in electric car sales and foreign companies expanding in Russia

Raising a storm
17 February 2021 2020 was a year like no other. The pandemic and the prospect of Brexit between them made it a year to remember, though perhaps not for the right reasons. Julian Champkin looks at how the UK lifting market weathered the storm and how it is looking forward to 2021.

January 2021


Weigh it up
25 January 2021 Load monitoring can be split into two main areas: overload protection and remote monitoring. Almost every crane will be fitted with one, if not both, systems which can be used to enhance safety and productivity. Simon Hastelow reports.

Crouching Tiger Rises
25 January 2021 Asia is an economy in expansion. Julian Champkin investigates the lifting market there.

Rope swing
25 January 2021 Synthetic rope from DSM’s HMPE fibre Dyneema has been produced for many years, and is now making the move into various specialised applications in the hoist industry. Daniel Searle reports.

December 2020


Push The Right Buttons
23 December 2020 Even though the standard pendant control is still found attached to many industrial hoists, remote controls have become ubiquitous in almost every sector. Simon Hastelow reports.

Can you dig it?
23 December 2020 The mining industry relies on highly-specialised lifting equipment for maximum efficiency and minimal downtime. Daniel Searle spoke to some of the leading manufacturers in the sector.

Swift recovery
23 December 2020 All eyes have been on the USA; its pandemic response and its election have disrupted business and made forecasting and planning more than problematic. How has the market for lifting gear coped? And will 2021 be easier? Julian Champkin reports.

What a treat
23 December 2020 A modern waste processing plant in Spain ordered cranes and hoists from compatriot manufacturer Jaso.

November 2020


Working in a vacuum
24 November 2020 Julian Champkin finds that vacuum lifting is proving useful in tackling social distancing needs, in the online retail industry and beyond.

Test of metal
24 November 2020 In the metals handling sector the three key words that crop up again and again are safety, monitoring and automation. Simon Hastelow reports.

Virtual Meet-up
24 November 2020 The inaugural Overhead Crane and Hoist Innovation Conference, rganised by Hoist magazine, took place in early October. Daniel Searle reports

Hot topic
24 November 2020 Enerpac SyncHoist lifting systems are being used at the world’s largest fusion experiment, in Southern France.

Work lift balance
23 November 2020 The “work smarter not harder” mantra seems to have pervaded all areas of industry. Fortunately the opportunities for the use of workstation cranes is also becoming wider with a greater choice of structural materials, lifting capacities and installation options all helping to open up the workplace to new solutions. Simon Hastelow reports.