Hoist UK are Business of the Year 2017

September 28th, 2017

Hoist UK are named Wirral Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Business of the Year (11-49 employees)’ at this year’s Wirral Business Awards.

The Wirral Business Awards are long standing pillar of recognition for the outstanding achievements of businesses on the Wirral and the event applauds the business’s bringing national and international success to the region.

Hoist UK received distinguished recognition in the category of ‘Business of the Year (11 – 49 employees)’ where the judges sought a business who could demonstrate ‘impressive financial figures, signs of sustainability and potential future growth’.

The award category sponsored by McEwan Wallace attracted a high caliber of nominations with the finalists reduced to four outstanding business’s, Paul Jordan, Director of Hoist UK said “we were honored to be amongst the finalists in the Business of the Year (11-49 employees) award category and are delighted to be hailed as this year’s winners”.

Tony Dickson, Director of Hoist UK added “it’s a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the Hoist UK team, and an inspiration to continue growing and developing our business.”

The winners of the Wirral Business Awards were announced on Friday 22nd September at the glittering gala dinner held at Thornton Manor, attended by over 500 of the region’s leading business people.

Speaking of the qualities of the award winners Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce said “This is a night when businesses come together and celebrate success and achievement. The businesses which have reached the final clearly reflect the diversity of our sector, a diversity which has gained Wirral a reputation of excellence and one which not only innovates but supports success.”

Hoist UK are ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified

September 15th, 2017

Hoist UK are ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified

Hoist UK are pleased to announce that we have once again passed rigorous inspection and we have now transitioned to the newest standards for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, becoming ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified, and also renewing our certification for OHSAS 18001:2007.

ISO 9001:2015 is the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS) and is the most widely used QMS standard in the world, providing the basis for effective processes and people so we can deliver quality product and service consistently.

ISO 14001:2015 is the internationally recognised standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in the world. It helps us control our environmental aspects, reduces our environmental impacts and ensures legal compliance. Managing our impact on the environment is a key priority for our business.

OHSAS 18001:2007 certification is an internationally recognised standard for health and safety within organisations and ensures the safety of all people in the workplace, whether they are staff or visitors.

A representative at NQA said “We recognise the hard work and commitment your company has devoted to adopting these standards and gaining certification.”

Hoist UK Director Tony Dickson commented “We’re delighted to have transitioned to the 2015 standards of both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, as well as renewing certification for OHSAS 18001:2007. It demonstrates our dedication to continuous improvement and superior performance in all aspects of our business.”

We are committed to following ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards.

Demonstrating commitment to continual improvement is a key requirement and what we always strive for.

At Hoist UK, we have a set of principles guiding our production quality. This standardised approach ensures we consistently manage our activities so our customers receive quality products that meet their requirements. We provide a product that is fit for the intended purpose and which is delivered without deviation from the quality specification agreed.

We recognise that our activities have an impact on the environment so we work towards the protection, conserving and enhancing of all aspects of the environment over which we have control.

For more information about our quality and environment management systems, please feel free to get in touch by calling 0151 334 7682 or email info@hoistuk.com

Paul Jordan working as a BSI Principle Expert

August 31st, 2017

Hoist UK’s Paul Jordan is working as a BSI Principle Expert on the CEN TC433 Working Group 2 representing the UK in the preparation of the new PrEN 17115 European Standard for Entertainment Technology – Specification for design and manufacture of aluminium and steel trusses. The two-day conference is taking place at German Standards body DIN’s Berlin offices.

Hoist UK appoints new Engineering Manager

August 22nd, 2017

Leading lifting equipment manufacturer and supplier Hoist UK announces the appointment of new Engineering Manager Chris Rodgers with immediate effect.

The Engineering Manager position is newly created and Chris will hold a key role in the continued growth and development of the company whilst working closely with John Ball, General Manager, to grow the business within new and existing markets, as well as assisting with new product development.

In this hands-on, practical role Chris will lead our multi-skilled fabrication, installation and servicing teams with a focus on streamlining operational practices, maintaining a high standard of quality control and liaising with all teams within the business for effective management.

John Ball, General Manager said “Chris brings over 10 years of experience within the lifting industry gained worldwide and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. His industry experience and leadership abilities position him well within the business to contribute to achieving our growth objectives”.

Chris added “Hoist UK are a successful, growing business with an established name within the lifting industry and I’m happy to be a part of a forward thinking, customer focused team. I’m ready for the challenge and I’m looking forward to working with Tony, Paul and John to deliver on their development plans for the business”.

Hoist UK Appoint New General Manager

August 2nd, 2017

Hoist UK announces appointment of new General Manager

Leading lifting equipment manufacturer and supplier Hoist UK announces the appointment of new General Manager John Ball with immediate effect.

John will manage the business’s sales and marketing teams, contribute to overall business strategy and lead business development activities which include delivery of Hoist UK’s sales, commercial and customer strategies.

With over 25 years in the lifting equipment industry, John is recognised throughout the market and a welcome addition to the growing Hoist UK team. Commenting on the new appointment Paul Jordan, said “having known John professionally for many years I’m delighted to welcome him to the role of General Manager and have every confidence that he will contribute effectively to our growth and development”.

John added “It’s exciting to join a growing business with such a strong established position with the lifting equipment market both in the UK and internationally. I look forward to further expanding Hoist UK’s business and build on the existing strengths of the sales and marketing teams.”

In addition to John’s appointment Hoist UK are also recruiting for an Engineering Manager to oversee our multi-skilled engineering team.


Engineering Manager Opportunity

July 26th, 2017

We have an exciting opportunity for an Engineering Manager to join our team based in Wirral, Merseyside.

Hoist UK are one of the country’s leading lifting equipment and materials handling company and operate throughout the UK.

The Engineering Manager will hold a key role for the growth and development of the company, and will be leading a multi skilled fabrication, installation and servicing team, ensuring adherence to our quality, environmental and health and safety policies, working towards a BS EN 1090 accreditation and assisting the General Manager in the identification of growth of sustainable markets for the products and services supplied by Hoist UK Ltd, the role is a hands-on and practical role.

Key Responsibilities of our Engineering Manager:

  • To lead the engineering personnel through their day to day operations in an efficient, cost effective, safe and environmentally considerate manner ensuring that all aspects of the our operations in house and on site comply with our ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OSHA 18001 status and policies.
  • To lead the engineering team, and to develop and maintain a team based approach to achieving the performance objectives of the business, managing the streamlining of operational practices with a strong emphasis on optimising operational cost.
  • To lead and encourage all members of staff to embrace a positive, active and involved health and safety culture throughout the business.
  • To audit, maintain and develop our existing ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OSHA 18001 accreditation and policies.
  • To work towards a BS EN 1090 accreditation for Hoist UK & Truss UK.
  • To be responsible for quality control for finished products and Installation.
  • To liaise directly with the design and sales departments and be an interface between these and the production and installation departments.
  • To monitor and maintain good housekeeping within the stores/ workshop/ fabrication areas.
  • To plan fabrication and installation works to ensure delivery of products and services within an agreed programme.
  • To produce and adapt suitable Risk Assessment and Method Statements for on site projects.
  • To visit site prior to and during installation offering support and advice to design and installation teams and ensuring that RAMS, environmental, quality and H&S requirements are completed in accordance with company policies and in a safe manner.
  • To ensure that all materials and equipment for manufacture and installation projects is ordered and received in time and within budget.
  • To deliver training and coaching to our engineering staff, nurturing them and helping them develop in their roles.
  • To occasionally be involved physically within the production or installation process as production or scheduling demands.
  • To work with the Directors in the development of new products and services offered through the company.

The key skills that are needed within this role are:

  • IOSH / NEBOSH diploma or equivalent
  • LEEA qualifications / Team card – preferred
  • Experience in managing and auditing ISO9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 – preferred.
  • Electro mechanical background / qualification.
  • Strong knowledge of current and emerging UK and EU regulatory requirements for lifting equipment and lifting operations.
  • Previous experience in management or supervision within an engineering / lifting equipment company.
  • Excellent IT & communication skills.

Candidate must be experienced, tenacious, focused, solution driven and organised with high levels of energy, commitment and sense of urgency required in an ever-changing production environment and not be afraid to get their hands dirty on occasion.

In return the candidate will be rewarded with a salaried permanent position that comes with company vehicle (van), company phone, company laptop and software, workplace pension, company health scheme and inclusion into an annual company sales/productivity bonus scheme.

All applications should be made here.

Three cranes and six Verlinde hoists in the injection mold maintenance workshop at Parker Hannifin

July 10th, 2017

Three cranes and six Verlinde hoists in the injection mold maintenance workshop at Parker Hannifin

PARKER HANNIFIN has a global turnover of 13 billion Dollars and is a world leader in motion and control technologies. The company designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of hydraulic, pneumatic and electromechanical systems and components. The Breton factory in Muzillac, which employs 130 people, is located 25 km from Vannes and specializes in the plastic injection of products from the FSCE division and the automatic assembly of instant fittings. The factory is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO TS, and the injection mold maintenance workshop has been equipped with three EUROPONT rolling cranes, each supporting two VERLINDE hoists.

The molding workshop.
The molding workshop is at the heart of the production of the Muzillac site. Twenty-two injection molding machines from Engel, Fanuc and Ferromatik are supplied by a rolling crane equipped with a 3-ton VERLINDE EUROCHAIN ​​VR Vario chain hoist for mold changing operations. These presses are used for the molding of connectors for small air pipes and fittings for air networks in industrial buildings. For the automotive industry, five presses are dedicated to the production of fittings for the fuel distribution systems that Parker Autolive integrates into its manufacture. Mickael Le Pon, production manager of the injection unit: “We carry out between 300 and 350 changes of parts series per month, Which involves as many changes of injection molds. In order for this molding workshop to run at full speed, it is first and foremost essential that the molds are in perfect condition and that their handling can only be carried out with the rolling crane, Reliability. 

Maintenance of molds, a determining factor in production.
Mickael Lepon: “If our business is complex, we must understand that it revolves essentially around the two basic equipments that are plastic injection molding machines and molds. To guarantee volume and quality of production in line with our objectives, it is imperative to ensure regular inspection and maintenance of the molds, as they are the major part of guaranteeing the productivity and quality of our products. ”

A specific workshop for mold maintenance.
The 500 m² workshop dedicated to the maintenance of molds includes three square work stations of 10 m sides. After a certain number of cycles of use, the mold is dismantled, cleaned by ultrasound and the toolmaker can be made to redo spindles by electro erosion or to replace any defective parts.

Installation of cranes and hoists VERLINDE EUROCHAIN ​​VR.
Prior to the installation of the EUROPONT traveling cranes, a single girder served the three work stations. Like the handling of metal molds weighing between 50 and 1500 kg and requiring multiple precautions, toolmakers frequently had down time, waiting for the availability of the stem. It was therefore decided to make each station autonomous, with its own crane equipped with two VERLINDE hoists of 1.6 T payload. The three EUROPONT bridges move on the same metal structure and in order to avoid accidental collisions, end-of-travel sensors guarantee the safety of the movements. With this new organization, which makes each workstation stand alone, The productivity of the mold maintenance workshop increased by 25%. Since the molds are in two parts of different sizes and weights, each bridge has been equipped with two VERLINDE EUROCHAIN ​​VR Vario hoists to facilitate their safe handling. 

The VERLINDE EUROCHAIN ​​VR Vario hoists that have been retained are equipped with two-speed motors for lifting and a variable speed motor for transverse displacement. Thus, the load is perfectly controlled in its two axes of displacement, without swinging effect. The daisy-chain power supply is conventional and the control boxes are cable-wired. This solution has been preferred to wireless remote controls for safety.

VERLINDE, a partner History of PARKER HANNIFIN Muzillac.
Mickael Lepon: “We have very old relationships of trust with the company SERE Maintenance and therefore, naturally, we turned to them for the reorganization of our mold maintenance workshop. They delivered and installed the bridges and hoists and together we received the equipment and tested the resistance of the metal structure. Our experience with different Verlinde equipment has convinced us to set up EUROCHAIN ​​VR Vario hoists, whose reliability meets our requirements with a very high cost / quality ratio. Added to this is the geographical proximity of SERE Maintenance and the preventive maintenance service they provide. In the medium / long term, We plan to install a second crane in the molding workshop, another Verlinde hoist will find its place there. 

SERE Maintenance, led by Ludovic Mathis is a partner of Verlinde, and a member of its network of EUROPONT overhead crane manufacturers for more than forty years. Fifteen people are involved in the various activities of the company: lifting, which accounts for 80% of turnover, as well as the cathodic protection of metals, mainly for water, gas and air networks in industry . A variety of customer services are also offered, such as the maintenance of lifting and handling equipment.


General Manager Opportunity

June 15th, 2017

Hoist UK is a leading supplier and manufacturer of lifting equipment based on the Wirral Peninsular, Merseyside and are currently seeking an experienced Sales / General Manager to be based in our Wirral offices.

The ideal candidate must have previous experience within the crane / lifting equipment industry and will be LEEA (or equivalent) trained, be fully conversant with LOLER and PUWER regulations and must hold a current full, clean UK driving license, CSCS card an advantage but not essential.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to effectively communicate at all levels with both colleagues and customers. Will work directly for the Directors of the company and will be responsible for the overall management of and coordination of the company.

Your duties will include managing the sales and marketing team, preparation of technical quotations using our CRM system, assisting the digital marketeer in developing new business, working closely with and delegating to the design, production and installation teams and overseeing the same to ensure growth, meet production and installation deadlines and ensure consistent quality across the board whilst keeping to strict budgetary requirements.

To complete the above duties you should;

  • Possess and apply intellect, judgement, and management skills to achieve required results.
  • Must provide effective management of subordinates to achieve desired results. Attributes necessary to meet this need may include communications, motivation, team building, employee involvement, diplomacy, delegating, etc. skills as well as confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Must possess thorough and relevant product knowledge and have experience in the crane and lifting equipment industry.
  • Ability to handle responsibilities with effective interpersonal skills and to effectively interface with others inside and outside the company.
  • Be able to coordinate the execution of engineering and manufacturing schedules based on sales requirements and production capacity.
  • Review and approve all technical quotations and work closely with production to ensure delivery of high quality products and services.
  • Control quality, cost of production, warehousing, receiving and shipping of raw materials through appropriate subordinates.
  • Participate in and assist in the development of long-range plans for the growth and security of the company.
  • Review and approve recommendations and requests of subordinates in matters of personnel and safety.
  • Have direct contact with customers on quotations, technical, production or service matters.
  • Apply intellect, creativity, adaptability, judgement, and management skills to achieve required results.
  • Ensure duties and company projects are accomplished in an efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Support peers and management with internal and external projects.
  • Adhere to company policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Hours will be 8:30am to 5:00pm 5 days per week Monday to Friday (40 hour working week on an annual salary); Flexibility in working hours will be essential to the successful implementation of this role.

This is a permanent position (following a trial period) and salary is negotiable dependent upon experience and skills.

This position is an immediate requirement; applications are invited from qualified individuals by email to jobs@hoistuk.com, including CV, with copies of any relevant certificates, a covering letter, a statement of availability, salary expectations and references. All references will be taken up and incomplete applications will not be considered.

General Manager Louise Dickson Pursues New Opportunities

June 6th, 2017

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that the Directors of Hoist UK announce Louise Dickson, General Manager, is leaving the business effective 30th June 2017 to pursue new opportunities closer to her south of England home.

Louise relocated to Surrey in 2016 after accepting a marriage proposal from her fiancé and has been dividing her time between her office at home and Hoist UK’s office in Wirral. As Louise’s wedding date approaches we understand that her travelling schedule is inevitably having an impact but although we’re saddened by Louise’s decision we are nonetheless supportive.

Louise joined Hoist UK in the business’s early years and her 9-year tenure has seen her progress through the business from an administrator, to holding sales and marketing positions and progressing to her position as General Manager working underneath Director’s Paul Jordan and Tony Dickson. Louise has played a pivotal role in the development and success of the business and while the team at Hoist UK will miss Louise, we wish her the very best in her next role and thank her for her 9 years of dedicated service which saw many accomplishments including:

  • Overseeing the businesses expansion and move from their Bromborough office to new premises in Moreton, Wirral’s Tarran Way Industrial Estate in 2015.
  • Developing and managing the Hoist UK Sales and Marketing teams to continue the businesses successful growth.
  • Achieving 5 LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.
  • Trained to NQA standards, Louise has been the businesses ISO auditor helping the business to achieve ISO 9001:2015 accreditation status.
  • SMSTS trained and CITB Site Safety Plus certified.

“It is with great sadness that I have decided to leave Hoist UK, and it is not a decision that has been made with ease. However, living in the south and working in the north has put a lot of pressure on me, and I’m extremely grateful for Paul and Tony’s understanding and for supporting my decision,’ comments Louise. “Paul and Tony have been a pleasure to work for over the past 9 years, and I wish them the best of luck and a successful future with the interesting and exciting projects at Hoist UK.”

We will now begin our search to recruit a new General Manager, we’re looking for a knowledgeable individual with strong industry experience to oversee both our sales and marketing teams, full details of the role are available here.

Again, we cannot thank Louise enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given to all at Hoist UK and she will be greatly missed by the team, directors and clients alike. We look forward to following the success of her career and hope for the opportunity to work with Louise again in the future as she embarks on her new position within the entertainment sector.

Project Partnership

June 2nd, 2017

We offer technically correct products, which are fit for purpose. Our vast knowledge and experience gained working with the industrial and entertainment sectors is what makes Hoist UK the chosen partner for delivering lifting solutions to customers, architects and contractors across the UK and internationally.

We use the latest 3D solid modelling software to design, manufacture and install robust lifting systems for any purpose, whether it’s a chandelier hoist needed for a lighting feature, a lifting system in a veterinary facility or an overhead lifting and handling solution for a manufacturing cell, we’ll provide a solution that specifically meets the projects requirements for safety, purpose and ease of use.

We believe that working together from the early stages of the planning process will contribute to the success of your project. Using BIM capable software we model the lifting / handling system in a 3D virtual environment to prove the suitability of the planned lifting solution and provide you with the drawings, models and the technical specifications you require to build the lifting solution into your plans at the earliest opportunity helping to control costs and reducing time from inception to project completion.

As a full service provider and proud British manufacturing company we offer a variety of services that can include; design, manufacture, supply, installation, examination, testing, commissioning and training,  We will can also offer advice and look at future pre-planned maintenance activities and inspections required by law on the equipment, once it has been put into service to give your client peace of mind, support and continuity from a market leading lifting and handling equipment specialist.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

To discuss your project with one of our design team please email us at projects@hoistuk.com or call 0151 334 7682.


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