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Respect for the environment: a prerequisite for our suppliers

As part of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy, LIFTEUROP places respect for the environment at the heart of its concerns! The company pays special attention to sustainable development.

It all starts with the choice of materials used in the design of the accessories and lifting systems. “Our products are made primarily of steel, a sustainable product!” says buyer Julien Dethier.

Steel, a sustainable product

But if LIFTEUROP itself is attentive to the protection of the environment, the company expects just as much from its suppliers. Since steel is the main material used by the company, it is important that it choose its suppliers carefully! “Our suppliers must have social practices that are consistent with our own. This is very important to us. The ALIPA Group buys responsibly and expects its suppliers to share the same values of respect for the environment and sustainability. All our suppliers must, for example, sign specifications in which they commit to compliance with the European REACH regulations,” explains Julien Dethier. REACH (for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical products) is a European regulation adopted to better protect human health and the environment against the risks associated with chemical substances. Respect for the environment is a value that LIFTEUROP holds dear. It is with this in mind that the company has, amongst other things, adopted a new responsible purchasing policy.

Effective safety management rewarded

Health and safety are an integral part of LIFTEUROP’s CSR approach. For many years, the company has had in place a series of measures for effectively managing workplace health and safety. A policy that improves not only employee working conditions, but also productivity and, above all, product quality!

“We want our staff to work safely. We are implementing measures such as appointing, as required by law, a safety officer. His or her mandate is to provide workplace health and safety information, conduct risk assessments and introduce the measures needed to eradicate potential sources of danger. On a regular basis, we hold various health-oriented training and information sessions (noise, backache, etc.) for our employees),” explained Michèle Detaille, ALIPA Group’s Managing Director.

Two tangible improvements

The first step needed in order to guarantee operator safety in the workshops is to maintain order and cleanliness. “It is very important to us that our workshops are neat. Many of our clients take notice of this while visiting the company. We have also put floor markings in place in order to improve traffic flow, define storage areas, etc. This way, everything has its place and we avoid accidents,” explained Raphaël Bozet, Workshop Foreman.

Anti-wear mats have been placed at all workstations in order to improve working conditions for operators when they have to work for several hours in the same spot. Some machines have also been improved. “For instance our sandblaster! We just installed anti-noise chambers to improve auditory comfort for operators. Just like our TAGMAKER (editor’s note: machine used to make ALITAG nameplates), whose walls we panelled to reduce noise nuisance,” added Raphaël Bozet.

A policy that has been rewarded

LIFTEUROP and safety management
LOGO Sécher & Gesond mat System - LIFTEUROP

LIFTEUROP has been “Sécher & Gesond mat System” certified since 2014, as a result of these provisions. This label has just been renewed in 2019. Issued by the Accident Insurance Association (AAA), this label undergoes partial reassessment every year and total reassessment every three years.

All ALIPA Group companies based in Wiltz are now “Sécher & Gesond mat System” certified: CODIPRO, NO-NAIL BOXES and AllPack Services.

Lifting accessories that contribute to operator safety

In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, employers are legally obliged to take all measures necessary relating to health and safety at work in order to protect their employees. LIFTEUROP offers lifting solutions that ensure the safety of operators and offer protection against musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

LIFTEUROP lifting accessories are designed to facilitate the work of operators. They can work in more comfortable, ergonomic positions that are less traumatic for the back. This can effectively counter MSDs.

Here is a concrete example

For a client involved in the production of hydraulic actuators, LIFTEUROP’s design department engineered a tilt actuator in order to make the operators’ work safer. Previously, after being painted, actuators were manually tilted on a pallet. The handling was complex and dangerous at times, given that the actuator was not secured and could slip during the tilting.

LIFTEUROP: Lifting accessories that contribute to operator safety

Now, the operator secures the actuator clevis so that it can be tilted safely. This tilt actuator, conceived by LIFTEUROP, is equipped with ertalon (polyamide) protections to avoid damaging freshly painted actuators. In addition, the tilt actuator is designed to easily accommodate a forklift or to transport or pick up a pallet.

Handling is therefore safe thanks to a certified product that also helps to prevent MSDs.

CE compliance

Lifting accessories produced by LIFTEUROP are compliant with EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/CE. This Directive covers the design and manufacture of all lifting accessories. LIFTEUROP goes a step further in complying with the Directive, as it meets international standards for which there are even more requirements.

In concrete terms, this means that all lifting accessories are certified. They must carry the CE marking, be delivered with a declaration of compliance and an instruction manual, and the manufacturer must be clearly identified. Working with LIFTEUROP guarantees sound product design, supervised checks and, therefore, safe handling for your operators.

Everything you need to know about lifting accessory legislation

In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, employers are legally obliged to take all measures necessary relating to health and safety at work in order to protect their employees. LIFTEUROP offers lifting solutions that comply with regulations and that ensure the safety of operators.

Lifting accessories produced by LIFTEUROP are compliant with EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/CE. This Directive covers the design and manufacture of all lifting accessories. LIFTEUROP goes a step further in complying with the Directive, as it meets international standards for which there are even more requirements.

LIFTEUROP, legislation, CE marking

In concrete terms, this means that all lifting accessories are certified. They must carry the CE marking, be delivered with a declaration of compliance and an instruction manual, and the manufacturer must be clearly identified. The European regulation does not require a third party to affix the CE marking. It is a self-certification that is entirely the manufacturer’s responsibility. It is therefore very important to choose a quality lifting accessory supplier.

Compulsory checks for enhanced safety

The legislation requires that each user check their lifting accessories regularly.

The legislation also requires that each user check their lifting accessories regularly. The interval between checks may vary depending on the country. In France and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a check must be carried out at least once a year. LIFTEUROP has developed a mobile application that facilitates these periodic checks: ALITRACER. The user is offered a global view of his or her fleet of lifting equipment and the safety of operators is enhanced.

Available on both iOS and Android platforms, the application is neutral, meaning it is available regardless of lifting accessory brand or supplier. It is also a valuable tool for any equipment that needs to be checked periodically: bridge cranes, extinguishers, ladders, etc. In addition, ALITRACER is used by accredited inspection bodies.

Working with LIFTEUROP guarantees sound product design, supervised checks and, therefore, safe handling for your operators.

The importance of good customer service and quality products

Consumerism is constantly changing with the times. These days, when customers contact a company, they have already visited its website and know what they want. So your level of quality, service and advice needs to really stand out. LIFTEUROP, the Luxembourg-based manufacturer of lifting equipment and accessories, attaches considerable importance, as a socially responsible company, to the quality of service and products that it offers its customers.

The importance of good customer service and quality products for LIFTEUROP

LIFTEUROP wants to give its customers the best advice in order to guarantee the utmost safety for users, in strict accordance with the standards in force. To meet the very specific demands of its customers, the company has its own internal research department to satisfy its customers’ specifications.

European origin

In addition to offering tailored service through its internal research department, LIFTEUROP, with its brand STAS, designs and manufactures lifting equipment and accessories of European origin that combine quality and aesthetics. Being based in Wiltz (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg), LIFTEUROP was able to obtain the “Made In Luxembourg” label. This label promotes Luxembourg’s industrial expertise and guarantees the origin of products and services to its customers.

LIFTEUROP has also had ISO 9001 certification since 2004. A pledge of a system of continuous improvement and evidence of management’s motivation and commitment, this standard defines the requirements for the implementation of a quality- management system. LIFTEUROP strives to continually improve customer satisfaction and deliver consistent, compliant and high-quality products and services.

LIFTEUROP possède le label "Made in Luxembourg"

Thus, the company takes care of its customers, and they show their appreciation in return. “Our sales are constantly on the rise!” says Michèle Detaille, ALIPA Group’s Managing Director. Which just goes to show that implementing good customer service is now one of the elements fundamental to a company’s development and prosperity.

The TAGTOOL on video

LIFTEUROP is pleased to present to you a video of one of its latest products: the TAGTOOL.

This is the latest innovation produced at LIFTEUROP: the crimping tool, the TAGTOOL. In its range of lifting accessories, LIFTEUROP offers the ALITAG identification plate. It allows you to display the slings’ mechanical constraints and to identify the material. It consists of an aluminium plate and a galvanised or stainless steel crimped cable at one end.

TAGTOOL: Pour sertir facilement les plaques d’identification ALITAG

For crimping at the other end, the TAGTOOL is ideal. This crimping tool has several advantages:

  • It is easy to use,
  • It is easy to transport,
  • There is no risk of injury to the operator,
  • The aesthetic finish is better: no risk of damaging paint or worse, the RFID (radio frequency identification) chip
  • It is standard, regardless of the ALITAG model.

Discover the TAGTOOL on video!

TAGTOOL is therefore the ideal tool for safely crimping ALITAG force plates anywhere. Don’t wait any longer!

LIFTEUROP designs a specific lifting beam

For a company that is active in the aviation sector, the design department has designed this specific stainless steel lifting beam. The customer has to lift aviation parts.

LIFTEUROP conçoit un palonnier spécifique en inox

The parts are moved using textile slings as a “noose”. A horizontal sling is provided to maintain a consistent centre distance. The slings are equipped with a protective covering as, during handling, they come into contact with threads present on the part.

A diagram of the part to be lifted is laser-engraved on this lifting beam to facilitate the work of the operators. The centre of gravity of the part is not in the middle. By using the lifting beam as shown on the diagram, the weight is properly distributed and the part can be lifted with complete stability.

The lifting beam is in stainless steel to avoid paint fragments being lodged in the product as it is very expensive to clean these parts.

A new catalogue on the way

LIFTEUROP is pleased to announce that a new catalogue is on the way! Our company, our business and our expertise are changing. And so we want to give you a better overall picture of all the products and services offered by our company.

Not 1, not 2 but 3 catalogues!

After much thought about LIFTEUROP’s strategic position, we have decided to break down what we offer into 3 catalogues:

  • Catalogue for distributors: this catalogue will present LIFTEUROP’s flagship products which set us apart from the competition.
  • Catalogue for end-users: LIFTEUROP is also a quality service to respond to our customers’ special requests. A considerable portion will be dedicated to presenting the design office and its achievements. The catalogue will also give an overview of all the products offered by our company.
  • General digital catalogue: only available online, this catalogue will cover all the technical data for our entire range of lifting equipment and accessories.

Be patient and stay tuned for the new version of our catalogue, out very soon!

 

LIFTEUROP: A new purchasing policy that includes CSR!

Economic and social changes are causing many companies to integrate CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) into their practices. LIFTEUROP, the Luxembourg-based manufacturer of lifting equipment and accessories, has embraced this approach since 2011. But the company expects the same from its suppliers! At the start of 2019, LIFTEUROP is unveiling its new purchasing policy—a responsible purchasing policy.

LIFTEUROP designs and develops slings, lifting beams, clamps and other high-quality lifting accessories that ensure the protection of property and people. That is why it is important to choose the right suppliers. “First and foremost, we work with permanent suppliers! These are long-term collaborations. But our suppliers must have social practices that are consistent with our own. The ALIPA Group buys responsibly and expects that its suppliers share the same values of respect for the environment and sustainability,” states Julien Dethier, buyer.

A CSR approach involves integrating the three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. In the eyes of society, the environment is very important. Julien Dethier confirms: “All of our suppliers must meet a specification, in which they must demonstrate that they comply with REACH, a European regulation adopted to better protect human and environmental health against risks associated with chemical substances.

LIFTEUROP : Une nouvelle politique d’achat qui inclut la RSE

As a consequence, LIFTEUROP can claim to be a socially responsible company. The CSR approach is going to be increasingly important in business relationships. Today, a company using a CSR approach has a better chance of securing a contract than an ordinary company.

A success for the first edition of the ALIPA Lifting Day

The ALIPA Group’s Lifting Division organised the first edition of the ALIPA Lifting Day. Intended exclusively for its customers, the purpose of this day of training is to introduce the regulatory requirements that apply to lifting and securing loads. The first edition was very successful in achieving the maximum number of participants!

The use of lifting devices and accessories is governed by specific regulations involving equipment choices, checks, conditions of use, and maintenance as well as staff training.

Une réussite pour la première édition du ALIPA Lifting Day

CODIPRO and LIFTEUROP are experts in the lifting industry. These companies wanted to share their knowledge: “When using lifting accessories, standards need to be met. Whether it is the operator, the safety advisor or the sales representative, it is important for each person in the company knows the rules in force relating to lifting. Raising awareness of how to properly use lifting accessories means getting involved in improving safety in the various industries!” says Christophe Losange, Lifting Department Manager.

Luxcontrol’s involvement and practical exercise

The day started with a presentation by Technical Manager Gaëtan Lambert on the regulatory requirements pertaining to lifting. Participants then (re)learned about the lifting solutions provided by CODIPRO and LIFTEUROP with Technical Representative Ferry Plattes. After touring the workshops and enjoying a well-deserved lunch, Luxcontrol explained the legal requirements in place when it comes to workplace safety in the industrial sector.

Une réussite pour la première édition du ALIPA Lifting Day

The afternoon concluded with a practical exercise! A truck and loads were provided to the participants so that they could practice securing the loads.

Satisfied participants

After this activity-filled day, participants received a diploma and a small gift. Philippe Schwindling, Safety Coordinator at Contern SA was pleased with how things went on this day: “It went really well. We were able to address various issues through several workshops. A day like this one, also provides an opportunity to discuss the best lifting and securing practices with the other companies in attendance.