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Archive of features from the global hoist industry

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October 2021


Italy lifts itself up
29 October 2021 Italy’s engineering has a global reputation, and the country has many manufacturers of hoists and cranes. But the pandemic hit there hard and early. How have its hoist makers fared since then? Julian Champkin investigates and highlights recent projects.

Nerves of steel
27 October 2021 With the ongoing pressure on US President Joe Biden to lift steel tariffs and news that Sweden’s SSAB has produced the ‘world’s first fossil-free’ steel, Jenny Eagle looks at the latest projects in the metal distribution sector.

Bigger, broader, better
25 October 2021 The pandemic has revealed a global shipping industry that is stretched to and sometimes beyond the limit. Julian Champkin investigates the response of ports and docks and finds that size does matter.

Ship Ahoy!
20 October 2021 Cimolai supplies one of the world’s largest Mobile Boat Hoists to Derecktor Shipyards in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Fly me to the moon
20 October 2021 ACECO works with NASA on its Artemis II space programme to send the first woman to the Moon.

September 2021


Antipodean effect
08 September 2021 Axel Johnson International’s Lifting Solutions business has ventured out of Europe for the first time acquiring five lifting companies in Australia. Jenny Eagle speaks to LEEA about the news as well as its announcement to set up a Regional Council for Australia & New Zealand.

One rail to rule them all
08 September 2021 A gantry crane can pick up and set down anywhere within a certain area. A monorail is more limited. It can work only along a line. But for many plants and factories, linear transport is exactly what they need. Julian Champkin investigates the monorail.

Heavy duties
08 September 2021 As demand for heavy lifting grows, manufacturers advise that success is all in the planning. Keren Fallwell reports

Quay solutions
08 September 2021 The 13 new cranes installed at the Port of Liverpool this year will help to drive efficiency and future-proof the port’s operations. Keren Fallwell reports.

The Tiger’s Prowess
08 September 2021 Tiger Lifting UK celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and thanks to its success has moved into larger premises to cope with a rise in demand.

Three times a charm
08 September 2021 Franklin Offshore Europe is celebrating after attempting a Guinness World Records hattrick supplying the World’s largest diameter and lifting capacity grommet slings

August 2021


It’s a steel!
10 August 2021 Demand for lifting gear in the U.S has bounced back from the pandemic. Suppliers are doing their best to satisfy it, but with one or two small issues in their way. Julian Champkin reports.

The big switch
10 August 2021 The world is connected. Digital system talks to digital system universally. Algorithms interpret data and churn out decisions. At the boundary of the net of worldwide interconnectivity laptops, tablets and smartphones interact with real people, who it seems are now becoming rather an old-fashioned concept as far as doing things or deciding things are concerned. Julian Champkin investigates.

Blown away
10 August 2021 The majority of growth outside of Europe in the offshore wind market will come from China and Taiwan, with contributions from the US becoming sizeable from 2024 when the first utility-scale offshore project begins. Jenny Eagle takes a closer look at this industry sector.

No stopping us now
10 August 2021 Pintsch Bubenzer takes its foot off the brakes as it accelerates its business empire.

Everest Reaches New Heights
10 August 2021 Sir Robert McAlpine trialing Verton Technologies ‘World’s first’ remote-control load orientation at luxury London hotel project.

July 2021


Wizard lifts in OZ
13 July 2021 Imports, labour shortages, long distances – the hoist industry in Australia and New Zealand is surviving all of these and the pandemic as well. Julian Champkin reports.

Suction control
13 July 2021 With the advent of ‘cobots’, automated technology is becoming more advanced than ever before. Jenny Eagle gets to grips with the latest vacuum and manual handling equipment in manufacturing.

Pulp Faction
13 July 2021 The paper and cardstock industry continues to see growth and challenges. While some mills are upgrading production capacity or investing in ergonomics, others are shutting down. Mike Straus looks at the factors driving industry trends.

Irugasa on a par with advanced motion control systems
13 July 2021 From its beginnings as the UK arm of IKUSI, a Spanish-based radio control manufacturer, which was then integrated into Danfoss group in 2018, Irugasa Power Solutions has been providing remote control expertise to the UK market for over 25 years.