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Belfast and Dublin unite for new euro hoist training

With a city skyline dominated by the Samson and Goliath cranes of the legendary Harland and Wolff shipyard, Belfast knows a thing or two about lifting equipment. Headquarters in both Belfast and Dublin made WH Scott the perfect company to host a training masterclass for Irish engineers on Eurochain VR – the latest in flexible hoist technology from Verlinde France.

NI and Eire lifting specialists WH Scott are a great example of the co-operation in business that exists both North and South of the border and on this occasion, engineers from WH Scott Belfast travelled to join their colleagues in Dublin for a day’s training on Verlinde’s Eurochain VR. All left extolling the benefits of the new hoist for the emerging industrial markets in Northern and Southern Ireland.

Eurochain VR is a whole new range of flexible electric chain hoist solutions from Verlinde, capable of lifting loads from 60-5000 kg. This new hoist represents the next generation in flexible lifting technology, being over 25% faster than previous models and striking ergonomic design provides for ease of servicing coupled with robust good looks.

Demand for flexible hoist solutions is on the rise in Ireland and elsewhere and Eurochain VR is the first model to address market demands in terms of speed, power and performance. The new reducer allows for extended operating periods with no compromise on safety.

The training session was delivered by Verlinde training specialist Michael Ghesquiere, with client support provided by Simon Rothechild, Business Development Manager for Verlinde. A full day’s training brought the Dublin and Belfast based specialists up to speed on the latest innovations offered by this new hoist from Verlinde.

Commenting on the training session, Business Development manager for Verlinde, Simon Rothechild, said: "Despite continued concerns over the economy, Ireland continues to prove a strong market for Verlinde, both North and South of the border. If anything, the changing economic climate has gone hand in hand with increased interest in flexible hoists like Eurochain VR, so our Irish distributors will be able to use this product to cater for growing market demand."

"The training day a great success and we hope the first of many," said WH Scott Managing Director Patrick Doyle. "It was a pleasure to welcome both our European guests and colleagues from Belfast to the event and at the same time learn more about this new hoist first hand. It’s another great product from Verlinde and we’re looking forward to putting Eurochain VR through its paces with our customers."

"Eurochain VR is a great piece of kit, which makes demonstrating its capabilities a real pleasure," said Verlinde trainer Michael Ghesquiere at the end of the day’s events. "Irish engineers and distributors are a very knowledgeable audience, so I really had to be on my toes when explaining the ins and outs of new features like our patented ‘5 pocket load wheel.’"

The ‘5 pocket load wheel’ has been developed by Verlinde’s design engineers to give better control of the chain and eliminates the risk of jamming, which can be a problem on comparable hoists. What this innovation means for the end user is not just convenience, but reduced maintenance costs and increased operational safety.

The name of the day’s hosts, WH Scott, remains a byword for quality and service among specialists in lifting services today as it has done for over 125 years. Founded in 1887 a few decades after Harland and Wolff, the company remains the oldest and most respected lifting company in Ireland and with offices in Belfast and Dublin is a symbol of the industrial confidence and cooperation that exists in both cities and their work with Verlinde a great example of the continuing success of European projects despite the economic climate.

Renowned as France’s leading builder and exporter of hoists and lifting equipment, Verlinde has a growing number of distributors across the UK and worldwide ready to talk to you about your requirements.

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