Hiab UK’s engineering & product manager Alastair Evans has been appointed as the new chairman of the loader crane association ALLMI – (Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers & Importers). As he was the only candidate to put his name forward, his appointment did not require an election.
The move follows the retirement of the current chairman Alan Johnson, as managing director of Palfinger UK. The association will though retain his services on a consultancy basis.
Alastair Evans is a long standing member of ALLMI’s Technical Committee and has helped Keith Silvester represent ALLMI and the loader crane industry on the European Standards Committee - TC 147/WG 18, he has also served as an ALLMI director since 2016. He has spent his entire career with Hiab, having joined the business in a technical and product management role in 1988.
Alan Johnson has worked with ALLMI since its inception and served on numerous working groups and committees during that time. He has served two terms as chairman - 2003 to 2006 and 2020 to 2024, he was also the ALLMI technical director from 2009 to 2016, leaving to join HMF UK, before being recruited by TH White/Palfinger UK as developments project manager in 2017, moving to general manager and before taking over as managing director in 2019.
Johnson began his loader crane career as an area manager with HMF UK in 1993, he was promoted four years later to national sales, then marketing manager, and finally to managing director. In 2004 after six years in the role, he left HMF to establish a new company, SJB CraneCo, as a major shareholder and managing director. In 2009 as the economic crisis took hold, he stood down from his day to day role with the business and joined ALLMI as technical director. He returned to HMF UK in 2016 as sales director, before moving to T H White the following year.
ALLMI chief executive Tom Wakefield said: “On behalf of the ALLMI board and wider membership, I would like to take this opportunity to express our immense gratitude to Alan for his hard work, commitment and dedication, and for the significant benefits this has brought to ALLMI and the lorry loader industry over the years. I am sure you will agree that ALLMI has a huge amount to thank him for and we look forward to a continued relationship.”
There are also four positions open on the ALLMI board of directors, and as five people have been nominated or put their names forward there will be an election. The five are:
Andrew Hall of Mac’s Truck Sales Andy Woodward of Palfinger UK Ben James of Avon Crane & Commercial Repairs Ian Roberts of Massey Truck Engineering Richard Short of Penny Hydraulics