It was soon after this, in 1962, that the development of the very first rack and pinion driven construction hoist would undoubtedly change the construction industry forever. Alvar Lindmark was fascinated by the biblical story of Jacob's ladder, which stretched right up to the kingdom of heaven. With this idea in mind, he sought the technical solution for building lifts closest to this vision. By letting the basket climb a towed mast, he created a simple, flexible and cost-effective lift.
During these 70 years, Alimak construction hoists, work platforms and transport platforms have been used on many notable applications around the world, such as Turning Torso in Sweden, Statue of Liberty and Cape Canaveral in USA, CN Tower in Canada, The Shard in London, Abraj Al-Bait Towers in Makkah and Eiffel Tower in Paris. Even the Pope travelled in an Alimak hoist when he addressed 600,000 people in Caracas in 1996!
Alimak’s industrial range of elevators are also installed in many diverse and interesting structures. These include the Parliament House flag pole in Australia, where two rack and pinion elevators have remained in operation for over 25 years and Halley Survey Base in Antarctica, where an Alimak freight elevator withstands temperatures of -50°C. There are even five special elevators installed in the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, the CERN Large Hadron Collider.
However, Alimak’s achievements do not end there. Thousands of explosion-proof elevators have been installed on offshore and onshore applications all over the world. Access problems to the Channel Tunnel were solved with the help of three Alimak hoists, there are close to 3,000 Alimak elevators in use at port cranes in almost 100 countries throughout the world, 37 elevators installed at the Nesher Ramla cement plant in Israel and two elevators provide access to transmission towers along the Amazon River in Brazil, near the Equator.
While still based in Sweden, Alimak is today represented on six continents and has factories in Changshu, China as well as Skellefteå, Sweden where it all began.
The company will mark this milestone year with a celebratory event for staff and family, to be held in Skellefteå.
Alimak is the global market leader and pioneer in designing, developing, manufacturing and servicing industrial rack and pinion vertical access solutions. The company provides high quality rack and pinion and traction elevators, hoists and platforms primarily for the industrial and construction sectors. Alimak has a well-established global sales, services and distribution platform across more than 90 countries with strong market presence. The company has a large global installed base of over 23,000 units which provides unique know-how of all industrial application areas. Alimak was founded in 1948 and employs over 1,200 people across the world. Alimak is part of Alimak Group which is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.