Jun 06 2020

Alimak industrial elevators enhance productivity across a range of industries

Since the introduction of the first rack and pinion elevator more than 70 years ago, Alimak has pioneered the vertical access industry delivering far-reaching access solutions designed to meet the specific needs of a range of industries.

Alimak industrial elevators are built on tried and tested rack and pinion technology to ensure the safe and prompt transportation of passengers and materials in even the most challenging environments. 

Deployed on thousands of sites around the world, Alimak industrial elevators enhance the productivity and efficiency of daily operations in a number of industrial facilities:

Bridges and Tunnels

Bridges and tunnels often require flexible vertical access solutions capable of operating in restricted spaces to transport passengers and tools practically and efficiently. An Alimak industrial elevator provides an ideal solution to create access to bridge pylons and underground tunnels for service and maintenance. Without the need for a machine room or shaft, the Alimak industrial elevator operates in tight spaces and has the capability to adapt to the curves and inclines of a bridge’s architecture. Typical applications include bridge pylons, road, rail and metro tunnel shafts.

Cement Plants

Designed to operate at peak performance in challenging environments, Alimak industrial elevators provide efficient vertical access in dusty, humid and hot conditions common in cement plants using a rack and pinion elevator design. Typical applications include silos, filter chambers, wet scrubbers, mills, preheaters and stack calciners.

Chemical Plants

Created with the continuous and often erratic flow of chemical plant operations in mind, Alimak industrial elevators are the ideal vertical access solution. The robust design of the Alimak industrial elevator allows it to withstand tough conditions such as abrasive atmospheres. Many models are also equipped with in-car fans, auto-alarms and sensors designed to preserve the safety of operators. 

Food and Beverage Plants

Food and beverage plants require a vertical access solution capable of operating in tight indoor spaces to enable maximum productivity. Alimak industrial elevators are a vital tool in providing access for the transportation of goods and materials around food and beverage plants, and facilitating fast servicing and maintenance on essential manufacturing equipment. Food and beverage plants can enjoy higher levels of safety as forklift use and the risk of injury from manual handling are reduced. 

Grain Facilities

Alimak provides a range of elevators including small 2-3 person and 25+ person capacity elevators to meet the specific needs of the various parts of a grain facility. An Alimak industrial elevator can also be utilised to transport tools and materials in all weather conditions or installed inside to provide step-on, step-off access where needed. Alimak elevators can also be safely lowered to the ground in the event of a power outage. Alimak elevators can be found in grain handling and loading facilities around the world.

Metal and Steel Industries

Quick access to the essential parts of a steel mill for servicing and maintenance is vital in reducing equipment downtime in an industry where continual operations are necessary for productivity. Alimak works with leading manufacturers and engineering, procurement and construction entities to create high-performing technical vertical access solutions designed to facilitate optimal productivity in metal and steel industries.


Put to use in a range of applications at mines, smelters, processing plants and concentrators, an industrial elevator can safely and efficiently transport the tools, materials and goods necessary for daily mining operations while creating access around sites for servicing and maintenance. An Alimak industrial elevator increases the safety of both underground and aboveground operations by providing prompt emergency access and removing the need for workers to climb stairs. 

Oil and Gas industry

With models of both traction and rack and pinion elevators available, Alimak is able to meet the needs of any application within the oil and gas industry both upstream and downstream. Often found on semi-submersible rigs, drillships, swamp barges, oil refineries and gas processing plants, Alimak industrial and marine elevators withstand heat, strong winds, abrasive and humid environments to provide access and keep operations going. Alimak has also introduced the pioneering explosion proof elevator for those working in volatile oil and gas facility environments. 

Ports and Shipyards

Alimak elevators increase productivity, enhance efficiency, and foster safe environments on ports and shipyards by transporting passengers to the top of a crane in just two minutes, removing the need for workers to climb ladders for maintenance and inspections. Studies have even shown that Alimak elevators can reduce crane downtime and maintenance by 25%. Alimak crane elevators are ideal for applications such as ship to shore cranes, ship unloaders, goliath cranes, silos, dry docks and rail-mounted gantry cranes.


Engineered to operate at peak performance for long periods of time, Alimak industrial elevators are ideal for power plant applications, renowned for their durability and return on investment. Often found in gas-fired, coal-fired, and nuclear facilities, Alimak elevators transport passengers and materials while reducing operating costs.

Pulp and Paper

Where large loading capacities are required for pulp and paper plant operations, Alimak industrial elevators provide the ideal solution for the vertical transportation of passengers, goods and materials. With payloads ranging from 300 – 7000kg, Alimak elevators can be installed permanently on digesters, valves, bleach towers, motors, thermometers and digesters. 


The range of warehouse lifts available from Alimak is ideal for operation in restricted spaces to transport passengers and goods to various levels of a site. The self-supporting design of the warehouse lift eliminates the need for a machine room and shaft reducing the costs and restrictions associated with installation, allowing warehouse staff to get the most from their Alimak lift. 

Get in touch with the Alimak team for a quotation or to learn more about how your industrial facility could enjoy enhanced productivity with an Alimak industrial elevator.