Last week the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) welcomed the industry to Liftex, their exhibition which is held in London every third year. The numbers aren’t final yet but it looks like the show grew some 22% over the numbers in 2000.
The weekend before the show kicked off, Teresa and I were invited to join our good friend John Curzon of Formula Systems for a couple of days on his boat. Even though we experiences typical English weather, it was way fun and gave us a chance to see a part of England that is somewhat off the beaten tourist path. John was a fabulous host. It was great to share the time with him and his friends.
Teresa was accompanied by Mark Boeulhower, the President of NAEC. Because I travel in the company of heavy hitters like the President and Executive Director of NAEC, I often get invited to join in the VIP events at gatherings, and this was no exception. We were the guests of the LEIA contingent one night for a very enjoyable dinner. The food and the company were superb and we are in debt to Terry Potter and his very hospitable staff for a great night out.
International Lift Equipment is the GAL and Hollister Whitney representative in the UK, and I had a great chance to catch up with Peter, Nancy, and Janet Lycett, as well as all of the rest of the key players from ILE. As is always the case, they had a very impressive booth which prominently displayed the GAL & HW products. This crew is the best, and it’s always fun to watch them work the booth and to work together on opportunities. Because of ILE, the UK is a very bright spot for GAL.
The usual cast of international players attended. Our representatives from Germany – (Philip Molineus of Henning) and Poland – (Peter Ackerman of Lifts and More) were on hand and we were able to bring each other up to speed on opportunities and problems in their part of the world. Also caught up with old friends from far flung places – Eduard Amigo, John Trett, Greg Bladon, David Mann, John and Pat Gale, Peter Collins, Warren Jenctner, Achim Hutter and Rudolph Grob. Liftex pulled them all together.
One other side note and bright spot. Teresa and I, along with Mark, were guests of John Curzon at the Royal Albert Hall where we were treated to an Eric Clapton concert. It’s hard to describe how special that night was. Erick Clapton? At the Royal Albert Hall? Are you kidding me? Who is luckier that we are? We love you John.
Liftex will be held again in 2016. I encourage you to come and get to see and know what happening in the UK Lift industry.