Founded in 1972 in Londinieres, France, Serapid specializes in the horizontal and vertical transfer of loads. The company’s expertise lies in those applications with heavy loads and long stroke requirements, limited space and the need for accuracy and repeatability. Their technology also works in harsh environments.
The Serapid Rigid Chain Technology, a chain consisting of interlocking links working like a rigid bar, has been applied to a wide variety of industries. Their systems are easily installed and require very little maintenance.
Right from the beginning, Serapid provided load transfer for the nuclear, steel and automotive industries. Their solutions include lifts and push/pull systems used for nuclear waste transfer, car lifts and pallet pushing systems. Gradually they adapted their standard component production to specific machines for integration in Quick Die Change systems.
Serapid’s experience in industry and manufacturing set the stage for their debut in the theatre. In 1996 they developed and supplied the first stage wagon system on board a cruise ship. Three years later in 1999, they developed the LinkLift lifting column and won the Product of the Year award for the LinkLift 100 at the LDI Theatre Show. In 2003 Serapid developed the LinkLift 80 and took Best of Show at the Showtec Exhibition in Berlin.
In 2008, the world got a glimpse of Serapid lifts in action during the 2008 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing. Serapid provided 62 lift columns cover an area of 11,625 ft².
Serapid now employs 87 people worldwide, with headquarters in Sterling Heights, Michigan (Greater Detroit). Offices across the world include Londinieres and Rouxmesnil in France, Bad Mergentheim in Germany and Bury-St-Edmunds in the United Kingdom. Serapid has agents in Italy, China, Korea, Spain, Australia and Brazil.