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Cranes & Access

Professional Lorry Loader Training
The Resources Group
Cargotec
ALLMI’s 40th Anniversary!

1978 saw the launch of the Navstar Global Positioning System (GPS); the first crossing of the Atlantic by a manned, helium filled balloon; Britain’s first £500,000 footballer; and chart dominance by the Bee Gees!  The very same year witnessed the formation of the UK’s only trade association dedicated exclusively to the lorry loader industry.

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ALLMI'S 40th Anniversary Logo

From humble beginnings, a small yet passionate and dedicated group of manufacturers / importers, allied with the Health & Safety Executive, founded an organisation with the sole aim of raising safety standards in all parts of the lorry loader industry.  The Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers & Importers (ALLMI) quickly set to work and by 1982 had published its first Code of Practice, providing a benchmark for installation, testing and safe use of the equipment.  From there, ALLMI went from strength to strength, making significant progress throughout the 80s and 90s, and establishing itself as the leading authority on all lorry loader related issues.

Further landmarks were reached in 2001, with the birth of the ALLMI training scheme in its current form, a move which had a far-reaching impact on the standard of operating practices; and 2006, which saw the Association open its membership to fleet owners, creating a voice for the entire UK lorry loader industry.     

Since then, ALLMI has continued to evolve in line with industry needs, launching a series of new courses to complement its operator programme, thereby providing comprehensive training for all lifting team roles, as well as engineers and managers; and publishing an impressive array of guidance documents covering all aspects of lorry loader activity.

Today, the Association continues to focus on the setting of standards, not only in the core of the lorry loader industry, but also by working with a host of allied sectors to ensure that working practices are ever-improving throughout all areas of application and use.

Atlas Cranes was one of the companies involved in compiling the first ever ALLMI Code of Practice and is still a member to this day.  Managing Director, Jim Smith, comments “We’re very proud to be a part of ALLMI’s history and to have been involved with the Association during its many developments over the last 40 years.  The lorry loader industry is almost unrecognisable to that which provided the backdrop for the first Code of Practice all those years ago, but one of the keys to ALLMI’s success is that it has always kept in tune with changing needs and requirements, and led the way when it comes to best practice and safety.”     

Cormach importer, Ernest Doe, is another current member that was part of the Association during its very early days.  The company’s Branch & Sales Manager, John McLoone, comments “In what was a relatively young industry at the time, it was so important to have a body like ALLMI in place, facilitating the coming together of expert stakeholders and providing impartial advice and representation on many crucial issues.  This requirement, however, hasn’t changed and ALLMI’s role is more relevant today than it’s ever been, which is why our company proudly continues to be a part of it.”

ALLMI Chairman, Mark Rigby, comments “We’re delighted to have reached this milestone with our industry presence being stronger than ever.  We would like to publicly thank our members for their support and involvement over the years; ALLMI’s longevity, evolution and success is a testament to their attitudes and commitment, and a genuine desire to see standards continually raised.”

He adds “We look forward to holding a special event later in the year, which will see us celebrate ALLMI’s 40th Anniversary, as well as promoting our commitment to continued progress for the betterment of all involved in the lorry loader industry.”    

Should you wish to know more about ALLMI, whether in relation to membership, training, or any other industry activities or projects, then please contact us.