Many of Europe’s major hoist manufacturers attended the CeMat and Messe Hannover show in Germany in late April. Daniel Searle attended the exhibition. The story coming from the Western markets of Europe and North America during recent trade exhibitions was consistently one of steady, cautious positivity. At both Logimat in Stuttgart, Germany and at Modex in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, exhibitors discussed how recent growth has been steady and controlled. What’s more, with the memory of the 2008 economic crash all too fresh in certain industry sectors and geographical regions, many members of the industry are quite happy with this situation, rather than having to navigate the associated risk of a bust that always accompanies a boom. The growth is being driven not just by the gradual recovery of markets following the recession, but also by a focus on continual improvements to the technology available. While the physics of lifting a load may remain the same as it ever was, the latest generation of lifting equipment further improves the efficiency and capability of end users’ operations. At CeMat and Messe Hannover—the two shows were held together for the first time this year—the industr...