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Below-the-Hook joint venture to target oil, gas and heavy lift sectors

A new joint venture has been formed to address growing pressure on those responsible for the application of lifting equipment to spread resources whilst constantly improving safety and efficiency, a trend fuelled by ongoing cost-cuts in the oil and gas sector.

Modulift, a supplier of spreader beams, lifting beams and other below-the-hook equipment, has combined with engineering consultancy and inspection specialist, IMES (Inspection Monitoring Engineering Solutions), to form Lift Management Services (LMS).

With many oil and gas firms, already under intense pressure, experiencing further disruption to their supply chain due to problems associated with suppliers, LMS will provide a full below-the-hook service for companies looking for management of their lifting project from start to finish.

"The Lift Management Services partnership reflects the growing demand for a comprehensive, consultative, in-depth service," said Sarah Spivey, managing director, Modulift. "As lifting projects grow in scale and ambition, so does the need for a careful and complete planning and execution process below-the-hook, and that's where we believe this joint venture comes into its own.”

Customers in the oil and gas market are standout beneficiaries of the inauguration of LMS but the business will address equally pressured end users, contractors and consultancy firms across the world, particularly where applications require spreader beams, lifting beams or lifting frames to be designed, supplied and used as part of a project.

Both companies boast a wealth of experience and a global portfolio of high profile success stories. Modulift will design and supply the lifting equipment, combined with the engineering consultancy and inspection expertise of IMES, as the joint venture presents economic advantages and a solution to skills shortages that are increasingly prevalent in the current climate.

LMS offers customers a team of highly trained lifting engineers, project consultants, rigging planners and onsite support, complemented by fully-certified and approved products, all of which have excelled in demanding applications presented by the construction, oil and gas, power generation and utilities industries, and more.

Rod Buchan, executive chairman, IMES, said: “This new market offering is all about safety and efficiency. It incorporates all the relevant risk assessment and traceability elements, while also complying with all regulatory and legislative requirements.”

Spivey concluded: “We're delighted to be working with IMES in a venture that underlines the reputation both companies have built over many years for offering the very best products and services, typified by innovation and a forward thinking approach to the application of below-the-hook lifting equipment.”
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