SERAPID, the developer and manufacturer of the original Rigid Chain, designs and manufactures telescopic mechanical actuators for the horizontal and vertical movement of heavy loads. At SERAPID, we have been meeting the needs of industrial professionals for 45 years with a combination of manufacturing quality, technical know-how, innovation and creative talent.

We offer a wide range of products and tailor-made solutions for solving complex elevation and load transfer problems. Choosing Rigid Chain Technology means adding significant value to your projects in terms of performance and reliability.

SERAPID serves two principal markets; building and industry.

Innovative and bold solutions

SERAPID has a longstanding commitment to continued innovation in product design as well as providing leadership in the advancement of engineering practices worldwide. This investment in R&D is reflected, not only in our catalogue range, but also in the expertise we bring to finding the best engineering solution to our customer’s projects.

Our history


SERAPID was founded in Dieppe, France. It developed a technology for the movement of heavy loads, Rigid Chain Technology (RCT), offering unequalled precision, compactness and reliability.

From the outset, the company designed products and tailor-made solutions to solve the problems of automotive manufacturers, and then quickly expanded into the nuclear and aerospace markets.


In the 1980s SERAPID expanded its activity throughout Europe and the United States. In parallel to its geographic expansion, SERAPID adapted, innovated and evolved its product for new markets.


In 1996 SERAPID introduced its LinkLift product, specially designed to meet the needs of theatre and performance venues. Today over 1,000 sites all over the world use this technology to move stages and platforms.


In 2009 SERAPID developed the RigiBelt, a non-metallic belt designed for medical applications.


SERAPID relied on its expertise to develop solutions related to problems specific to kinetic architecture, or Building Dynamics. Moving a structural element such as a wall or roof, raising or lowering a truck, car or goods, Building Dynamics (BDS) or Kinetic Architecture opens a field of possibilities for building design.


Change of management

After 30 years at the head of the company, Mr. Saïd LOUNIS has transferred ownership of the SERAPID Group to Emeric LABESSE and Guillaume DAVIES, who serve as President -CEO and Director General - COO, respectively. Their ambition is to continue the development of SERAPID Group in a spirit of continuity, based on the fundamentals that have made SERAPID a success: innovation and excellence of its teams.

<--break->The new owners are associated with the LBO France group of investors as well as to Saïd Lounis, who continues to hold a stake in SERAPID.


Establishment of SERAPID Singapore Pte Ltd



Quality System certification

Certification renewal ISO 9001 - 2015.

Quality is at the heart of SERAPID's concerns. All the elements composing SERAPID products and solutions are designed by our Design Office which has taken out many patents over the past 45 years.<--break->Subcontractors are rigorously selected and regularly inspected. The materials are selected and tested to meet the usage and environmental requirements the finished product is to meet. The production technology used guarantees the best accuracy to the nearest hundredth or millimetre. The rigour used in the design of our products gives an exceptional service life to our systems of up to 45 years.

Each product assembled on our shop floor is unit tested before shipping.

Our two French sites (Londinières and Rouxmesnil-Bouteilles) meet the requirements of ISO 9001 - 2015 standard.

We are proud to count the top names in the automobile, aeronautics, nuclear or scenery management industry amongst our clients. The trust and loyalty of our clients, whatever their sector of activity, confirms the quality and reliability of our products and services every day. 


Product certification

SERAPID is committed to safety and will provide customers the best possible solutions. In this context, the examination type for the vertical chain drive system (as partly completed machine) was renewed in accordance with:

  • Lifts Directive 2014/33/UE and Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • Standards NF EN 81-31:2010, NF EN 81-20:2014, NF EN 81-50:2014, DIN 56950-1:2012-05


SERAPID is a member of several competitiveness clusters around the world:

  • The Entertainment Services and Technology Association is a non-profit trade association for theatrical workers, based in North America, with members around the world. ESTA has increased safety through the development of standards and certifications; educating members and providing business resources to increase profitability.

  • Nucleopolis

    NUCLEOPOLIS Brings together the main players in Normandy (France) in the nuclear market.

  • DIEPPE-MECA-ENERGIES Brings together the main players in industrial subcontracting in the Normandy region (France).

  • AUTOMATION ALLEY is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. USA.

  • VFA was founded in 1987, and represents manufacturers of lifts and components for the German-speaking community. VFA is a crucial contributor to the Interlift international exhibition.

  • ARIA which brings together the main players in automotive industrial subcontracting in the Normandy (France).

  • DTHG Deutsches Theatertechnische Gesellschaft. It was founded in 1907 and is a recognized professional association of the theater and events industry.

  • The Comité Richelieu is the French association of Innovation and Growth Enterprises (EIC). It acts for the promotion of an ecosystem favorable to the micro businesses, SMEs and TWA.


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