John Williams, operations manager for LEEA (right), presents the Innovation Award for Best Applicati

John Williams, operations manager for LEEA (right), presents the Innovation Award for Best Application to Paul Jordan of Hoist UK, at LiftEx 2013

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has awarded Van Beest and Hoist UK with Best Product and Best Application prizes at the LEEA Innovation Awards held at LiftEx 2013, Bolton USN Arena, UK, in November.

Van Beest, producer of high tensile shackles, was awarded the Best Product prize for its Green Pin ROV shackles, which are designed for use with remote operated vehicles (ROVs) in sub-sea environments. Hoist UK, a manufacturer, distributor and supplier of lifting and handling equipment, was awarded Best Application for its Oblik modular lightweight load bearing structure.

John Williams, operations manager at LEEA, said, "This is only the second year of the Innovation Awards but we attracted a wide range of very impressive entries, ranging from lift planning software and RFID tags to ingenious modular lifting systems. However, the judges ultimately agreed that Van Beest and Hoist UK had demonstrated the most compelling evidence of innovative thinking to address demanding lifting applications."

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