History

An idea about a lift in 1947 laid the foundation of the Cibes Lift Group.
Today the company is one of the world’s leading (and fastest growing) manufacturers of low speed lifts.

The Cibes Lift Group, headquartered in Gävle Sweden, has roots that go back to 1947, when a civil engineer named Bertil Svedberg (Civil engineer Bertil Svedberg = Cibes), started manufacturing freight lifts. Production numbers were small, about 30 lifts a year, so during the 1960s focus turned to simple lifts for home modifications for people with disabilities. The developments intensified during the 70's, when Cibes also started manufacturing screw-driven lifts. This screw technology, without hydraulics, has since become one of Cibes’ most important features and a significant factor for our success. Screw-driven low speed lifts are easy to customize and install without any major renovations. In addition, Cibes lifts are easy to use and remain reliable over time.

 

A Group develops

In the 80's focus intensified on lifts for people with disabilities and a model using shaft walls, the A-Lift, became a market success. Turnover remained modest and in the mid 80's amounted to SEK 8.5 million. The number of low speed lifts sold increased sharply in Sweden towards the end of the 80's due to social reforms and new legislation that came into force with the aim of simplifying the integration of people with disabilities into society. 

Around this time Cibes began to export lifts to Finland and Norway, the 90's were marked by continued intensive product development and the launch of new models. Despite the recession that blighted the 90's, Cibes strengthened its market position and in 1997 the first exports to countries outside Scandinavia were achieved. The production where situated in Järbo, Sweden.

During Cibes’ expansion period, its product program has consisted of three brands and product applications; Cibes Lift, Kalea Lifts and NTD Lifts, all customized lift solutions in the form of platform lifts, cabin lifts and stair lifts for commercial, public and private locations.

 

Acquisitions and new companies

Between 2005 and 2009, Cibes acquired several companies and turnover rose sharply. In 2003/2004 turnover was about SEK 100 million but was up to approximately SEK 390 million by 2008/2009.

Export sales expanded to new countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Exports to Europe grew strong as subsidiaries were established in the Netherlands (Aesyliften) and the UK (Axess4All). Cibes’ market position as a leading international developer and manufacturer of low speed lifts was continuously strengthened through additional acquisitions and the establishment of new subsidiaries and sales offices around the world. In 2012 the production moved to Gävle, Sweden, in world class facilities ready for substantial growth.

 

Accessibility for everyone, everywhere

The Cibes Lift market position as a leading international developer and manufacturer of low speed lifts is enhanced through more acquisitions and the establishment of new subsidiaries and sales offices around the world. Between 2013 and 2015, subsidiaries were started up in Finland 2013, Hong Kong 2015, Norway 2014, Shanghai 2015 (image to the left), Spain 2015 and France 2015.

The Cibes Lift vision "Accessibility for everyone, everywhere" leads to new market successes, the continued development of its range of models and stronger growth. In 2015, sales amount to more than SEK 500 million and the Group employed more than 250 people in nine countries.