Alimak Hek Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Alimak Hek is proud to be celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2018. 

The company was founded, in Sweden, on March 15th 1948 by engineer and technical inventor Mr. Alvar Lindmark (1917-1975).

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 Hek’s 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 Pop travelled in an Alimak hoist when he addressed 600,000 people in Caracas in 1996!

Alimak Hek'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 degrees 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 Hek'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 ALazon River in Brazil, near the Equator.

While still based in Sweden, Alimak Hek is represented on six continents and has factories in Changsu, China as well as Skelleftea, Sweden where it all began.

For more information, please contact Andreas Magnusson at +46-(0)910-870-00 or

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