Industry: General Industry

Alimak, a leader in vertical access solutions, offers a range of high-capacity elevators designed to meet the most demanding industrial requirements. Alimak’s elevators eliminate the need for a machine room or supportive elevator shaft, leveraging the robust and versatile traction and rack and pinion drive technologies. This innovation ensures that our elevators can be installed in various environments, including internal, external, offshore, and explosive settings. Below, we explore the features and applications of Alimak’s large-capacity elevators.

Alimak SE-H
The Alimak SE-H range of industrial elevators offers reliable, high-capacity vertical access for passengers and freight in demanding environments. Its modular design allows for various car sizes and door options, with a maximum payload of 3,200 kg. The durable design is built for tough industrial use, requiring no shaft due to its rack-and-pinion technology and no machine room, thanks to the compact drive unit on top of the car.

Alimak SE TM
The Alimak SE TM elevators are designed to transport materials weighing up to seven tonnes in safe and hazardous areas. Known for our industry-leading safety features, these elevators offer a variety of large car sizes, ranging from 4.7 metres to 11.9 metres. With a payload capacity of up to 7,000 kg, they are ideal for harsh environments and are available with explosion protection options.

Alimak FM
The Alimak FM range of cargo elevators is designed to automate vessel cargo loading and below-deck storage in tough marine conditions, enhancing safety and reducing handling risks. It can transport up to 12,000 kg and accommodate standard shipping containers up to four metres long. Its flush top deck design allows easy top loading with a crane and offloading with a forklift. The Alimak FM range can be installed inside a vessel’s vertical cargo shaft without a separate machine room. It is DNV-certified for offshore use.

Alimak OS
The Alimak OS range of industrial elevators is engineered for robust performance in harsh offshore conditions. These elevators can transport passengers and freight up to 10,000 kg. The modular design allows customisation for various car sizes and capacities tailored to specific offshore applications. Key features include superior ride comfort, eco-efficiency drive systems, stainless steel components, comprehensive safety features, and explosion-proof options, ensuring efficient and reliable vertical access solutions for offshore platforms and vessels.

Custom Industrial Elevators
Alimak’s industrial elevators, built on rack and pinion technology, are adaptable to almost any height or payload and can be installed on inclined or curved structures. The largest payload capacity to date is 24,000 kg, with the highest elevator reaching 645 metres and the deepest underground application at 700 metres.

Application Examples

Alimak’s elevators have been successfully installed in various challenging environments, demonstrating versatility and reliability. For instance, at the Royal Opera House in London, a 24-tonne elevator on four masts transports a fully loaded truck at a time, ensuring efficient backstage operations. Similarly, the Kuwait Telecom Centre features a platform capable of lifting 12 tonnes to a height of 62 metres, installed outside the building without an elevator shaft, showcasing the flexibility of Alimak’s design.

In South Korea, Korean Airlines uses a 10-tonne elevator to transport jet engines, highlighting the elevator’s capacity to handle oversized and heavy loads with precision. Meanwhile, at the Rönnskär Smelting Plant in Sweden, a 7-tonne elevator ensures the efficient transportation of materials within the plant.

Alimak’s high-capacity elevators are designed to meet the rigorous demands of industrial applications, providing reliable, efficient vertical transportation solutions with enhanced safety. With our proven rack-and-pinion drive technology, our products offer unparalleled performance, ensuring that even the most challenging environments are catered to with precision and reliability.

Contact us today to discover how Alimak’s high-capacity elevators can elevate industrial operations to new heights of efficiency.

The Alimak SE range of passenger and freight elevators is renowned for reliability and durability in industrial settings. These elevators are designed to meet the highest standards and offer an optimal vertical access solution across various industrial applications. Whether tasked with transporting key personnel and tools or handling bulky, heavy material loads, the SE range enhances efficiency and productivity even in the most demanding environments.

A key benefit of the SE range is operational efficiency. With intuitive push-button controls accessible from both the car and landings, navigation becomes effortless. Users can choose between a modern collective control system or a more straightforward single or semi-automatic control system depending on usage frequency and application requirements. The collective control system, capable of supporting up to 64 landings, ensures seamless operation and efficient traffic management. Furthermore, all controls are strategically positioned within the car, with the integrated electrical unit easily accessible for maintenance.

The SE range prioritises safety, drawing upon Alimak’s quality engineering legacy as an industry benchmark. Should the elevator exceed the rated speed, the progressive safety device springs into action by gravity, ensuring a smooth stop and mitigating potential risks. Additionally, the elevator is equipped with an overload-sensing device, providing additional protection for passengers and cargo.

Furthermore, the SE range features a remote monitoring system, offering unparalleled visibility and control. This innovative system empowers users to monitor elevator performance in real-time via mobile networks, the Internet, or local networks. Instant fault tracing capabilities enable swift corrective action, minimising downtime and optimising operational efficiency.

Key Features:

  • A robust and durable design ensures longevity and reliability in challenging conditions.
  • Eliminating the need for a machine room and shaft maximises usable space and simplifies installation.
  • Payload capacities of up to 2,000 kg accommodate various transportation requirements.
  • Various car sizes and capacities within the standard range provide flexibility to meet specific needs.
  • Virtually unlimited lifting heights ensure accessibility across various industrial settings.
  • Flexible car door solutions adapt seamlessly to different applications and environments.

In addition to its impressive operational efficiency, reliability, and safety features, the Alimak SE range stands out as an environmentally conscious choice for industrial vertical access solutions. Manufactured in Sweden, the elevators utilise 100% renewable energy during production, contributing to a low CO2 impact. The incorporation of highly efficient electric motors not only ensures low energy operating consumption but also extends the lifetime of the elevators, significantly minimising their overall CO2 footprint. Alimak’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the foresight demonstrated through the manufacturing process of the SE range. By opting for elevators that are not only optimised for industrial productivity but also designed with a focus on environmental impact, users can align their operations with a more sustainable future.

The Alimak SE range represents an ideal offering in industrial vertical access solutions, providing unparalleled efficiency, reliability, and enhanced safety. With its user-friendly operation, advanced remote monitoring capabilities, and unwavering commitment to safety, the Alimak SE range of elevators can elevate industrial operations to new heights.

Contact us to learn more about the SE range or visit our product page.

In 2023, Alimak celebrates its 75th year as a global leader and pioneer in the design and manufacture of vertical access solutions for industrial and construction industries where Alimak is known for its dedication to product quality and engineering innovation.

To understand Alimak’s history, we need to go back to its beginnings. Our story begins with Mr. Alvar Lindmark, the visionary founder, who began his journey in the construction industry in 1944, mixing mortar by hand on a Stockholm construction site. His laborious work led to a ground breaking idea. With a bold leap of faith, he invested in a used engine and repurposed some old plumbing components, spending only SEK 500 financed on credit. The result was an ingenious automatic mortar mixer that exceeded expectations and earned Alvar a coveted patent. This invention was called ‘Limak’ and made a significant impact in the market.

Two years later, Alvar decided to part ways with his creation due to a yearning for his northern roots. In 1946, he successfully sold the patent to the well-established building machinery manufacturer Tornborg & Lundberg for SEK 7,500. With this capital, he returned to Skellefteå, where he embarked on his next transformative venture – developing an engine-driven bending machine for reinforced iron, traditionally done manually. His innovative product streamlined the labour-intensive and time-consuming processes at construction sites.

With unwavering determination and a wealth of experience, Alvar Lindmark laid the foundation of his engineering company on March 15, 1948. This historic moment marked the birth of Alvar N. Lindmark Aktiebolag and set the stage for the journey that would eventually lead to the creation of Alimak. In this pivotal moment, we find the embodiment of innovation, a commitment to quality, and an unwavering pursuit of excellence.

Today, as we proudly celebrate our 75th anniversary, we reflect upon our past, which serves as a testament to the visionary leadership, determination, and pioneering spirit of our founder, Alvar Lindmark. Today, Alimak stands tall, relentlessly shaping the future of vertical access solutions with innovative technology and an unwavering commitment to diverse industries.

Having delivered thousands of vertical access solutions worldwide, our range of work platforms, construction hoists, and industrial elevators are used in a wide array of applications across many major industries. From construction sites, shipping ports to warehouses, resource-rich mines, bridges and tunnels, power plants that drive nations forward, and offshore installations such as oil rigs and maritime vessels, Alimak’s presence is felt across the globe, serving as an essential cornerstone of vertical access.

Get in touch with Alimak’s product experts for information on our range of vertical access solutions.

Following the successful introduction in Asia, Alimak is proud to launch a new Industrial elevator range, built on Alimak’s tried and trusted rack and pinion technology. The all-new ALIMAK SL-H is a passenger and freight elevator, suitable for tough operating environments including cement plants, power stations, ports, shipyards, steelworks, mines, manufacturing, storage and logistics facilities.

The new ALIMAK SL-H Industrial Elevator range is available in three sizes and offers payload capacities from 1,000kg to 3,000kg.

Built on the simple, but ingenious rack and pinion principle, the elevator has its drive mounted on top of the car. This technology enables the elevator car to climb up and down the mast at a controlled speed, without the need for a shaft or machine room.

Constructed from aluminium and hot-dipped galvanized steel, the robust design minimises downtime and operating costs, whilst withstanding extreme operational and environmental challenges. 

Optimised for comfort, the drive unit provides smooth acceleration and deceleration, offering accurate levelling at landings irrespective of load.

Alimak SL-H elevators are push-button operated from the car and landings, via a modern collective touch screen control system, which can be adjusted to your preferences based upon frequency of use, application and number of landings.

A unique dual solution is also available, featuring two independent elevator cars operating on a single guide mast column, reducing material costs, installation work and on-site space, whilst improving traffic movement and doubling productivity.

The Alimak SL-H range incorporates all the safety features that have made Alimak elevators a benchmark for the industrial elevator industry worldwide.

With a superior global support network, which expands to over 100 countries, Alimak Service offers a complete range of service and support solutions, tailored to manage the total lifecycle of your Alimak equipment.

The Alimak SL-H is available to order from today.  View the range for more information.

Alimak offers a range of permanent and temporary high-quality elevators, construction hoists and work platforms built on rack and pinion and traction technologies.

Delving into Alimak’s history, an excellent track record of the development of innovative equipment for the construction industry is evident. Alimak’s founder, Alvar Lindmark, created his first product in 1944 whilst working as a mortar mixer in Stockholm, Sweden. Lindmark soon patented the invention and launched it on the market by employing a used engine and some old plumbing parts.

In 1946, Lindmark sold his patent to the building-machinery manufacturer, Tornborg & Lundberg. He used the profits from this to go on to develop an engine-driven bending machine for reinforced iron, another product which saw commercial success, increasing efficiency on construction sites again.

After success with these endeavours, Lindmark set his sights on developing industrial elevators, construction hoists and work platforms. In 1948, he launched his own business under the Swedish name Ingenjörsfirman Alvar N. Lindmark Aktiebolag. By 1953, the company introduced the first steel construction passenger hoist to the market, followed by the first rack-and-pinion, mast climbing work platform in 1956.

Since then, the Alimak brand has developed an excellent reputation for its R&D innovations and high quality product development, expanding its geographic footprint and business operations by delivering over 23,000 vertical access solutions. Alimak products service the world’s major industries, servicing construction and industrial sites including ports, warehouses, mines, bridges, tunnels, power plants, and even offshore applications such as oil rigs and ships.

Alimak Group, the leaders in vertical access have further expanded in recent years, acquiring the additional brands of Avanti Wind Systems and facade access providers, Manntech and CoxGomyl. Such acquisitions have truly cemented the company as a global industry leader of vertical access solutions.

Despite such growth, Alimak’s core values have remained true throughout its 70-year history, with innovation, safety, and durability at the forefront of product development.

Get in touch with Alimak’s product experts for information on the range of vertical access solutions available and a quotation to meet the needs of your project.

Alimak Group Sweden has been awarded with a gold rating by renowned EcoVadis for the business’s sustainability work. The company is ranked in the top 2% of companies in the manufacture of general-purpose machinery industry.

EcoVadis provides the leading solution for monitoring sustainability in global supply chains. It provides sustainability score cards for how companies are performing in in four areas: Environment, labor and human rights, ethics as well as sustainable procurement. The gold rating means that Alimak scored highly in all assessment areas.

“We are very pleased by this rating as it confirms that our many years of hard work to increase sustainability in all aspects of our business, has been acknowledged. This would not have been possible without all the fantastic colleagues who for years have been working diligently to improve and implement sustainability in our operation,” says Patrik Sundqvist, Managing Director, Alimak Group Sweden AB.

Examples of success factors in the EcoVadis assessment are the company’s use of renewable energy, product lifecycle analysis, good working conditions, implementation of Code of Conduct, waste sorting, fossil free heating, and the reduction of CO2 emissions in the last years.

The EcoVadis methodology is based on international sustainability standards (Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact, ISO 26000), and supervised by a scientific committee of sustainability and supply chain experts, to ensure reliable third-party sustainability assessments. 

The transport of crucial personnel is often an essential requirement within industrial settings, from power and chemical plants to warehouses and shipyards. Ongoing maintenance throughout daily operations is a constant priority to ensure optimal productivity levels and, more importantly, the highest possible standards of safety in a potentially hazardous environment. Periods of shutdown also call for the reliable and efficient transport of specialist team members and equipment for key inspection and monitoring tasks.

Alimak is renowned the world over as the innovator of hard-wearing technology in vertical access solutions designed to deal with the demands of harsh environments. Alimak’s TR range of elevators is built on traction technology to withstand the challenging conditions of industrial locations. This elevator presents an attractive option where the transport of passengers is a high use priority.

Traction-based elevator technology is often preferred for superior ride comfort and minimal noise during operation. Traction elevators are commonly found in everyday commercial and residential settings. The Alimak TR range of products goes well beyond the build quality and durability of standard traction elevators to deliver these benefits combined with the rugged capability necessary for use in the varying industrial settings.

The TR range is constructed primarily from stainless steel or painted steel with strengthened aluminium flooring and surface coating to guard against corrosion, contributing to the highly robust design and durability. Where required, doors can also be fire rated as an option.

The design of the TR range also allows for the flexibility required in industrial applications. The expert Alimak team routinely configure vertical access solutions from the TR range to meet the specific needs of each installation with a wide range of car sizes, capacities and door configurations to draw from. The space available in operations is often a challenging factor. The TR range can be deployed with the option of machine roomless function or the machine room located on top of the elevator itself. In addition, larger car sizes for efficient transport can be combined with standard shaft sizes and tailored designs which intelligently utilise the space available.

The Alimak TR range brings smooth operation and comfort to a rugged design suitable for many industry applications, with speeds of up to 90 m/minute and capacity up to 5,000kg, contributing to improved productivity.

Learn more about the Alimak TR Range or contact us to get more information or a quotation.

Alimak’s range of products from construction hoists to industrial elevators, are a worthy investment renowned for robust and high-quality manufacturing. Upon selection of the ideal product for your specific site needs, Alimak’s sales team can discuss a range of various finance options designed to provide flexibility when investing in Alimak products.


Alimak offers rental options for Alimak construction products in various countries, including France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia. For other locations, Alimak also has a range of third-party leasing partners.

The option of renting equipment best suits customers requiring a configurable product for temporary use, such as on a construction site, as most rental options cover the base range of products.

Export Finance

Alimak can assist with Export Finance, a cash flow solution that can help customers to pay for the product after shipment through a funding advance from a Financier. Alimak can support this process by offering discounted Bills of Exchange or Promissory Notes. Alimak can also strengthen this process by utilising guarantees issued by EKN, the Swedish Export Credit Agency, on purchases using Export Finance. 

Trade Finance

Another finance option is that of Trade Finance, which makes international commerce easier and reduces the risk to the customer. Trade Finance may more specifically refer to Insurances and Letters of Credit. The latter is the most accessible and straightforward financing product Alimak offers, ideal for reducing risk as payment will only be required when the product is received instead of before shipping. Furthermore, to assist with financing, the Letter of Credit can contain an embedded amortisation plan in which the customer will receive longer payment terms.

The offering of various finance solutions presents excellent benefits for Alimak customers. The options available aim to simplify the purchasing process with no requirement for seeking third-party financing, simple documentation, and the opportunity for tailoring to their individual needs and recourses. 

Get in touch with our sales team to discuss the finance option that’s right for your project.

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.