CERTEX UK are LEEA Award Winners

Congratulations to our incredible team at Certex UK for their outstanding achievements at the LEEA Awards 2023!

Their first win was the prestigious 'Innovation (Product) Award' for the groundbreaking Ropewatcher product. This award celebrates innovation and problem-solving, and we're thrilled to bring cutting-edge solutions to our customers.

The judges said: "This innovation is industry changing as it allows constant monitoring, flagging alarms in case of any defects developing. With this product installed, the user has complete peace of mind at all times that their ropes are safe to use and free from defects."… "My 100 marks go to CERTEX for this innovative and comprehensive monitoring system".

Since the ceremony, we had the opportunity to speak with Bruno Vusini, Manager at AMC Instruments. Bruno says, "The Ropewatcher device, developed by AMC Instruments which is part of Axel Johnson's Lifting Solution Group, makes it possible to greatly increase the safety of hoist and cranes lifting equipment." 

In addition, CERTEX UK was honoured with the 'Sustainable Award' for our r-PET products, recognizing CERTEX's commitment to environmentally conscious offerings in the lifting industry.

CERTEX UK are LEEA Award Winners 2023


Hugo Gerrets, Business Development Director at Powertex, says "We are thrilled to have won the LEEA Sustainable Award for our Powertex textile lifting slings and lashing straps made entirely of recycled plastic (r-PET). This award highlights our commitment to a more sustainable future.  

It serves as a testament to our efforts to develop more sustainable products. The LEEA Award is not just an achievement but also an inspiration for us to continue working towards a more sustainable offering for our customers."

The judges said: “Fantastic to see Powertex has introduced a sling that can be made from recycled material and still meet standards. Hopefully we will see more of these across the industry”… “Clear reduction in waste by reusing fibres to make new slings”… “Powertex is using recycled materials to produce webbing and round slings, and achieving a reduction in carbon footprint.”

We also extend a special mention to Ricci Varley, CERTEX UK's Training and Compliance Engineer, for securing the runner-up position in the 'Best Trainer' category. He has demonstrated immense dedication in his practice, and we are excited to stand alongside him in his future endeavours. 

From CERTEX Lifting Australia, we congratulate all of the nominees and winners! 


Axel Johnson International is a global industrial group of more than 170 companies in 30 countries. We drive business development and growth through a long-term approach to ownership in strategically selected niche markets, primarily technical components and solutions for industrial processes. Axel Johnson International is organised into six business groups: Driveline Solutions, Fluid Handling Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Lifting Solutions, Power Transmission Solutions and Transport Solutions. Axel Johnson International is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Axel Johnson International is part of the Swedish family-owned corporate group Axel Johnson.