Dieben, based in The Netherlands, has over 35 years in the hoist and lifting sector (including eight years at crane builder Van Den Berg Bros.) and set up his business in 1998. Clients include; Konecranes, Trekwerk, ELMA, ABUS, EKP Groep and more. 

He has experience as a service engineer, an inspector for hoisting equipment and other industrial machines, as well as hoist installation and technical assistance.

‘We all have to cut back on using resources, when I came into this industry 35 years ago, everything was built so robustly, it would last longer than my lifetime. Nowadays machines are built to last five to 20 years. Everything is made to throw away, that is a challenge. Not only for the lifting industry but in general we have to be more aware of giving things a second lifeline, or design it in a way that the necessity of throwing it away disappears,” he said.

Dieberr also believes that today we are all so caught up in the rat race, doing multiple things at any given time and with the use of technology that we forget to spend time on the details, missing out on specific things that can prolong the lifespan of a piece of equipment we are installing.

“We all need to slow down. What I see happening all around me is that we all seem so caught up by the mantra of growth and speeding up, that we have lost the ability to focus on the details. In life in general, people have more difficulty in connecting with each other and themselves, and in the hoisting industry specifically there is no time to finalise a project appropriately and really take care of the small details that can extend the life cycle of newly installed machinery or a recently refurbished installation.

“We are more capable than ever of doing things in less time, but what is it that makes us lose ourselves in this mantra of not wanting to waste time?”