LiftEx 2023 brings the lifting industry to Liverpool

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LiftEx 2023, sponsored by CoreRFID, attracted the crowds to the Exhibition Centre located among the vibrant docks on the banks of the Mersey in Liverpool on 21-22nd November. 

Over 1000 visitors across two days came to see the lifting products and services from more than 80 global exhibitors. This included all the latest lifting products including hoists, mobile and overhead cranes, steel chains, wire rope, winches, shackles, web slings, rigging, spreader beams, height safety and load monitoring equipment, IT solutions and more. It was clear to see from the busy aisles that this was a popular event.

It was great to see the industry getting together and spending time with each other, sharing ideas and talking about business. LEEA welcomed many visitors to its stand – the first thing they saw as they walked through the entrance. Representatives from the Regional Council for Australia and New Zealand also had a stand where they discussed their ongoing work in that region along, including the successful first LiftEx in Sydney last May. 

The LiftEx Accredited Training Scheme Seminar, which took place on Day 1 provided a series of lifting training sessions and presentations delivered by the LEEA Accredited Training Scheme (ATS) members. They proved to be very popular with all the sessions well attended.

The seminar kicked off with a look at Deterioration of Crane Ropes from Tensology, which  covered factors causing wire rope deterioration and the modes of deterioration of crane ropes as well as the key points of wire rope discard. Load Weight Estimation from Mentor Training detailed how to use mathematical equations to calculate a load’s volume and the material weight in kg per metre cubed. In Centre – Onsite – Online from GGR Group discussed the range of courses offered as part of its e-learning approach. Wire Rope Socketing was demonstrated by Certex (UK). The final presentation of the day was on Sling Mode Factors, which saw Elevation Training and Development, run through mode factor calculations, different types of working load limits, and sling angles and lengths.

It was not all work across the two days. On the eve of LiftEx opening its doors, LEEA hosted a pre-event social at Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool FC, handing out scarfs in LEEA’s colours. Liverpool legends such as Bruce Grobbelaar joined the great networking event, making it a night to remember. As was, of course, the 5th Annual LEEA Awards – the lifting industry's party of the year with comedian, presenter, actor and singer, Jason Manford as special guest.

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