Elme | Spreaders for Container Handling Application


ELME Spreader – High class container handling since 1974.

ELME Spreader supports companies worldwide with container handling solutions that make their work easier and more profitable. Over a period of four decades, our customers have attached over 16,000 ELME spreaders to their lift trucks, reach stackers, straddle carriers and cranes. 

Started as a one man activity in 1974, today, ELME Spreader employs 190 highly qualified pe¬ople, who develop, design, produce, market and service over 1,000 spreaders annually. Every single spreader is built at the plant in Älmhult, where all the work is carried out - from design and product development to manufacturing, assembling and testing. This unique approach, resulting in 100% control over the production and final quality of the products, has made ELME Spreader the world’s leading independent spreader manufacturer.

The ELME Spreader product range includes truck spreaders, crane spreaders and spreaders for straddle carriers for the handling of containers, trailers and swop bodies. We also offer a wide range of attachments and special equipment together with our range of approved spare parts – ELME Genuine Parts.

Our customers are located on seven different continents and include both internationally recognized OEM manufacturers as well as end users, who use ELME spreaders as their standard working tool for their equipment.

ELME Crane Spreaders

ELME Spreader offers four different types of crane spreaders for container handling: Ship to shore, RTGs/RMGs, Mobile harbour cranes and Intermodal. All crane spreaders can be customized to meet specific requirements. See the full range of Crane...

ELME Truck Spreaders

ELME truck spreader range includes truck spreaders for lift trucks, reach stackers for ISO container handling and intermodal truck spreaders, allowing the spreader to handle swap bodies, trailers and bottom lift containers. All truck spreaders...

ELME Straddle Carrier Spreaders

ELME Spreaders product range also includes spreaders specifically developed to use on straddle carriers – either single or twin-lift mode.  Learn more about our spreaders for straddle carriers visit our website

ELME Spreader Attachments

ELME Spreaders slave attachments are removable units for the handling of trailers, swap bodies and bottom lift containers. The attachments can be mounted under one of our spreaders or onto the forks of a lift truck.

ELME Special Equipment

ELME Spreader offers a wide range of slave attachments and special equipment for cranes and trucks. The range includes e.g. the “ELME tool changer”, related slave attachments and various spreader models handling a great number of...

ELME Spreader Servicebox

ELME Servicebox facilitates service job and preventive maintenance of the spreader by boxing up selected genuine parts. The box includes all the parts we consider needed to be replaced at service. Purchasing the servicebox directly together with...

ELME Electric Crane Spreader

The all-electric spreader series by ELME Spreader consists of two models for the handling of laden ISO containers with ARMG/RMG/RTG cranes, both with a lifting capacity of up to 40 tonnes. Crane spreader model 8110E handles laden 20-40ft ISO...

ELME Spreader was founded in 1974 by Gösta Karlsson, a mechanical engineer from Ljungby, Småland, who dreamed of running a business of his own. During the same year, the first ELME spreader was delivered to a company in Gothenburg, Sweden. Through hard work, commitment and persistence Mr Karlsson managed to build one of the most renowned companies in the business. At the age of 65, Gösta Karlsson is still very much active in the daily operations and strategic development of the company.

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ELME Company Values

Our philosophy...
…is to be the leading independent spreader manufacturer in the world
…is to have a wide range of spreader models and attachments for
…container and material handling
…is to have customized products within well-defined modules
…is to have a rapid development process to meet specific customer requirements
…is to have an efficient in-house manufacturing
…is to be a long term OEM supplier


ELME Product Values
- Design for durability
- Reliability
- Easy maintenance
- Simplicity
- Consistent high quality
- Most value for money


Crane and Truck Spreaders for Container Handling Applications


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ELME Spreader AB

Post address:
P.O. Box 174
SE-343 22  Älmhult

Visiting address:
Stålgatan 6
SE-343 34 Älmhult

Tel: +46 476 558 00

Email: sales@elme.com
Website: www.elme.com

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