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History of LIFTKET Hoffmann GmbH

Much has changed since the company was founded in 1948. However, one thing has always remained the same: The quality of LIFTKET products – Made in Germany.

The company founder and genius Dietrich Hoffmann set the standard for electric chain hoists used worldwide today for three generations. The horizontal arrangement of motor and gearbox as well as the patented safety brake / clutch system are just two examples. The spirit of innovation, the highest standards and attention to detail have been the hallmarks of hoists from Wurzen for over 70 years. Following this philosophy, the needs of our customers and partners are still the focus of our thoughts and actions today. This shapes and designs LIFTKET products and makes them the best on the market. Several hundred thousand LIFTKET electric chain hoists prove this impressively in their international deployment.


Jack Richard will take over responsibility for our North American stage technology business as CEO of LIFTKET Entertainment Inc. Repositioning in India - Saeesh Nevrekar takes over responsibility for the LIFTKET business in India as Managing Director of our Indian subsidiary LIFTKET India Pvt.Ltd in Pune.

Our new subsidiary CHAINMASTER

We are expanding our team of application specialists for you: I am pleased to inform you that LIFTKET has acquired 100 percent of the shares in CHAINMASTER as of August 1, 2018. We have been working closely and very successfully with CHAINMASTER for over 20 years. Together we have grown to market leadership in our specific fields. We now want to continue on this path to success.

New CEO Jürgen Dlugi

After 25 years of full commitment Mr. Matthias Hühn has handed over his activities to Mr. Jürgen Dlugi. Mr. Dlugi is an insider of the lifting industry and both gentlemen connect a deep friendship for more than 20 years. Since 01st of September 2016 Mr. Dlugi is leading our LIFTKET team now in the 3rd generation, whereby Mr. and Mrs. Hühn continue to be present in advisory roles in the background. We can therefore look forward into a strong and successful LIFTKET future.

First Robot

Modernisation is a basic aspect – the first robot

new production hall under construction

New production hall

A new production hall is built at Dresdener Str. 66.

New headquarters of the management

The new headquarters of the management is occupied

Electric chain hoist up to 25 tons

First double fall electric chain hoist on the market with a load capacity of 25 t

STAR Liftket

Gradual introduction of the STAR LIFTKET series.

2-fall electric chain hoist

First double fall electric chain hoist with 5 tons later 6.3 tons on the market.


Market launch of the LIFTKET series, the first electric chain hoist on the world market with a horizontal arrangement of motor and gear to achieve a minimum overall height and a slip clutch as overload protection which is not in the power flow (even if the slip clutch is completely worn out, the brake can safely hold the load).


Market launch of the Unilift – the first electric chain hoist from Wurzen with export success.


The first electric chain hoist “EMPOR”

First electric chain hoist

Production of the first electric chain hoist and relocation to the present company location in Dresdener Strasse 68, Wurzen.

 First exhibition stand

Exhibition stand at the Leipziger Messe, presentation of machines and plants for agriculture. The picture shows Dietrich Hoffmann presenting the “Kleereiber”.


Foundation of the company by Dietrich Hoffmann in Wurzen. The picture shows the first staff.

LIFTKETs History in pictures

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