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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 gear 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 Wurzener hoists 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 the international deployment.


Our new subsidiary ChainMaster Bühnentechnik

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 Bühnentechnik GmbH 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.

Traditional summerparty with customers and suppliers

exciting Craig Lees with a great show
Dietrich Hoffmann and Matthias Hühn with two generations of the Lim family - LIFTKET in Singapore since 1986
Technical Manager Mr. Matthias Müller gets an introduction into the specialities of the movecat by Mr. Andrew Abele
LIFTKET - founder Dietrich Hoffmann and Erhard Müller - working in sales for about 40 years with our Norwegian partner
LIFTKET in Denmark - available since the 70ies here the Sylvest brothers in talks with our service team Hans-Peter Jerchel and Michael Freigang
Our polish LIFTKET-friends came to Wurzen as well. Talks with Sales Manager Annekatrin Strunz and the Schumann family (LIFTKET INDIA)
Production Manager René Elbe as a tour guide accross the production halls
The Hühn and Halm families, accompanied by dachshhund Waldi
a great partnership for more than 20 years Zik Tel Aviv
Welcome for the party members in the evening
Wurzen and Hoffmann Fördertechnik GmbH seen out of a Ju52 airplane
Wurzen and Hoffmann Fördertechnik GmbH seen out of a Ju52 airplane
Everything what could move by any power was invited and came ...powered by muscles
... by steam
... by fuel
... and by aviation fuel
Machines have worked here previously - today members of the LIFTKET-family enjoy their party
Mr. Bang talking to Production Manager Mr. René Elbe and Mr. Matthias Hühn
Prof. Peter Kirchberg the historian of Audi AG has excited everyone with his introduction into German industrial history
Unusual Rigging - one of our partners for the entertainment hoist business in the U.K.
Prof. Peter Kirchberg the historian of Audi AG has excited everyone with his introduction into German industrial history
LIFTKET- family members from Norway and Shanghai introduce each other
Our hairdresser family has demonstrated with their two generations what was on in their business during the last 80 years.
LIFTKET in Switzerland - two of our partners came to Wurzen
The Porsche track with total different vehicles
The Porsche track with total different vehicles
The Porsche track with total different vehicles
The Porsche track with total different vehicles
The Porsche track with total different vehicles
The LIFTKET China team listen to our German music
LIFTKET Budapest and Norway in talks with our company lawyer
Cooper & Cooper Pty. Ltd. from Johannesburg, Zik Electromechanica Ltd. from Tel Aviv, a long "family history" everybody is glad to meet again
We have enjoyed the "Salondamen" at many occasion over the last 10 years ...
... starguest Jay Alexander enters their performance.
German - South African dance couple
a great partnership for more than 20 years Zik Electromechanica Ltd. from Tel Aviv, Israel
Three generations of the Schwanke family talking with Mr. Albrecht Möller (sales) - long tradition of LIFTKET in Brazil
This is the final dance of a great customers day 2015
The Halm family, accompanied by dachshund Waldi
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First Robot

Modernisation is a basic aspect – the first robot

new production hall under construction

New office building

The new office building at Dresdener Str.64 also brings together the sales and technical departments.

New property

The new office in the Dresdener Straße 64 (built in 1914) was restored and repaired.

Summerparty 2008

Summerparty with old cars – 60 years of Hoffmann Fördertechnik


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 (accounting offices, sales department, documentation and IT).

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.

New building

New construction of the assembly hall Dresdener Str.67.

2-strand electric chain hoist

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

LIFTKET-Series

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).

Ongoing model maintenance and further development of the series.

“Unilift”

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

“Empor”

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”.

Founding

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

Chain hoist Configurator

Please use our crane configurator in order to receive a quick overview of which types are most suitable for your project.

Please contact us to discuss special-purpose solutions.  

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Contact

LIFTKET Hoffmann GmbH
Dresdener Straße 64–68
04808 Wurzen · Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 342 589 240
Fax: +49 (0) 342 589 2499

VAT-No.: DE 815 708 640