History

Alimak Group was founded in Skellefteå, Sweden 1948 by engineer and technical inventor Alvar Lindmark (1917-1975). Lindmark´s first invention was the mortar mixer. In March 15th, 1948 Lindmark founded his own business, Ingenjörsfirman Alvar N. Lindmark Aktiebolag, that later was renamed to Alimak in 1954. From its inception, Alimak’s business focused on the manufacture and development of industrial elevators, construction hoists and work platforms. The company introduced the first steel construction passenger hoist in 1953 and the first rack-and-pinion mast climbing work platform in 1956.

In 1962, Alimak revolutionized the approach to rack-and-pinion vertical access solutions by introducing the first rack-and-pinion-driven construction hoist.

Between 1968 and 2001, Alimak expanded its geographic footprint and its business operations by enhancing its product and service offerings, growing its customer base across a number of end markets and engaging in a series of strategic acquisitions.

In 1973, Alimak delivered its first rack-and-pinion elevator for the offshore industry.

In 2001, Alimak merged its operations with the Dutch company Hek, which has been producing industrial elevators, construction hoists and work platforms since 1961.

In 2006, Alimak established production operations in China and, to strengthen its U.S. presence, acquired Champion Elevators, a Texas-based rack-and-pinion elevator company.

In 2007, the Group was acquired by Triton. From the beginning of 2008, the Group increased its strategic focus on the BRIC markets, opening sales offices in India and Brazil between 2008 and 2011.

In addition, between 2010 and 2012, the Group engaged in a manufacturing footprint optimization program, consolidating its manufacturing and focusing its manufacturing and supply base to two locations in Skellefteå, Sweden, and Changshu, China.

In May 2014, the Group broadened its technology offering through the acquisition of Heis-Tek, a Norway-based specialized traction elevator company that offers its products and services predominantly for oil and gas offshore applications in the North Sea.

Alimak Group AB was listed on Nasdaq Stockholm in June 2015.

30 January 2017, Alimak acquired Avanti Wind Systems, a market leader in vertical access solutions for wind power industry.

28 February 2017, the Group acquired Facade Access Group, market leader in permanently installed building maintenance solutions.

Through the acquisitions Alimak extends its product range and gains 10 production sites. The turnover and the amount of employees doubled in size and Alimak established a stronger and broader customer
offering with global coverage.