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INTRODUCTION | FOREWORD


REFLECTING ON A DECADE


BY IAN MATHESON


to mortgage-backed securities had begun to realise that many of their investments were worthless; the major stock market indexes were seeing their values drop, and central banks in the USA and Europe were injecting extra cash into their financial systems.


W As the global economy teetered, columnists blamed


companies' predatory lending practices, which doled out cash to people and businesses that could not afford it and did not understand the terms of their loans. Whilst the impact was yet to be seen in the project cargo logistics sector, individuals more risk averse in nature might have considered it not such a great time to launch a new


hen the first edition of Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International (HLPFI) appeared late in 2007, banks worldwide with money committed


magazine for a highly specialist and niche sector of the international freight transportation industry. Not Peter Edwards. Armed with no media kit, nor draft


publication, and nothing more than a vague notion of what was planned, he headed off to the 2007 Breakbulk Europe event in Antwerp and returned with enough advertising commitments to enable us to launch our first edition. “Matheson, we need an editor, a website and 10,000 words


of copy within a month, please,” were his memorable words on returning to the office. And so the HLPFI journey began. Now, with this special anniversary publication, we


celebrate ten years in business and offer our reflections on some of the key events during a turbulent decade in the heavy lift and project forwarding sector. Te past three months have been tough for the main


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