Almac Srl is founded in 2013 by Pietro Agosto Del Forte and Andrea Artoni with the aim of bringing to life what was then just an idea: the development, production and distribution of a new innovative range of self-propelled tracked aerial platforms. Backed by the experience of its founders, the birth of Almac brings with it a wave of innovation and diversification in the otherwise consolidated aerial platform industry.
The first models
From its offices in Gualtieri (RE), after developing thefirst aerial platform prototype, the company releases its first crawler scissor lift models. Beginning with the BIBI410/510 with four- and five-metre working heights and equipped with extendable undercarriage, right through to the lateral levelling system able to overcome minor working slopes on 6-metre machines.
The new seat
Following steady growth in the national, but above all international market, the company transfers to its new head offices in Viadana in the “bassa” province of Mantua. The new facility occupying about 250 square metres is far better equipped to meet demands for space and the increasingly industrialised production of Almac tracked aerial platforms.
The Almac team develops the innovative BI-LEVELLING system, offering a solution to the problem of steep lateral and longitudinal slopes. An international patent is immediately requested. The system is installed on the 6-metre machine, thus giving birth to the BIBI 630-BL aerial platform.
Almac launches the 8-metre model. Equipped with a BI-LEVELLING undercarriage able to overcome 20° longitudinal slopes and 15° lateral slopes with the automatic levelling system, the BIBI 850-BL crawler scissor lift is released, generating strong interest in the machinery hire market and among professional users.
In June 2015 Almac starts selling its crawler scissor lifts in Australia. Specifically, on that date the first four machines are delivered to the southern hemisphere.
The Bibi crawler scissor lifts win over America. The first machines en route to the North American marketare shipped from the Viadana facilities.
New model 850 HE
Presentation of the BIBI 850-HE model, a model capable of operating up to 8 meters in height, equipped with 4 independent stabilizers and a very compact structure perfect for passage and use in very tight spaces
Almac receives its first order for crawler scissor lifts in the South American market. This period marks the arrival of the first BIBI 850-BL aerial platforms for works at height, destined for the Chilean market.
Almac participates for the first time in the largest international trade fair for the construction and machinery industry, BAUMA in Munich. An incredible opportunity to promote its machines for works at height all throughout the world and create awareness about the Almac brand. The fair is a success with over 300 visitors from more than 60 different countries. On occasion of this event, Almac introduces the new 70 series with the BIBI 870-BL and BIBI 870-BL EVO crawler scissor lift models featuring a new 1.2 m extendable and foldable basket and powered by a Kubota 2 cylinder engine with dynamic and automatic levelling system, alongside the BIBI 870-BL Hybrid and BIBI Bi-Energy models, the first to be equipped with long-life Lithium battery packs.
Conexpo - Las Vegas
Almac takes part for the first time at CONEXPO SHOW in Las Vegas. This exhibition will mark another important step in Almac’s development. Worldwide Premiere at the American show is the new BIBI 1090-BL EVO, latest engineering creation of Almac who propose a new 10m working height crawler scissor lift, equipped with additional evolutions in the levelling features asthe levelling at height in full safety “PRO-ACTIVE”, and further improvement in engines and general performances.The new 10m model immediately becomes the most appreciated product by customers in Maintenance, Construction and Rental sectors.
Apex Show - Amsterdam
The growing request and interest from new worldwide market as Asia and South America leads Almac to enlarge its product range of crawler scissor lift. At the Apex Show of Amsterdam, the most importantEuropean exhibitions for Access Equipment, the new 12 and 14m stabilized lifts are presented. BIBI 1270-HE LIGHT, BIBI 1270-HE, BIBI 1470-HE, are designed for outdoor applications but with the typical stabilized dimensions of indoor platforms so compact, functional and unique in their kind. Subsequent exhibitions in France, Germany and Italy allows Almac to increasingly expand its presence in the world, reaching partnerships in 28 countries and more than 30 distributors worldwide.
Launch of the JT and ML lines
2018 is a year of great successes for AlmaCrawler, which takes a further step towards worldwide consolidation. In fact, the company activates a commercial branch in Australia aimed at guaranteeing not only on-the-ground assistance to its partners and direct customers in Australia, New Zealand and all of East Asia, but also a warehouse dedicated to the storage of machines and spare parts. In the same year, the company introduced its first telescopic boom platform, the JIBBI 1250 EVO, to its product range. AlmaCrawler’s flagship, it is the only self-propelled bi-leveling platform with a telescopic boom on the market, which, thanks to dynamic and proactive levelling, guarantees total machine operation up to slopes of 22°, even on uneven ground. Also in 2018, the company is launching the Multi-Loader range, tracked carriers equipped with bi-leveling technology, capable of handling different types of loads up to 2500 kg in weight.
JIBBI 1250 EVO is the product of the year
International exhibitions and awards have marked this year full of numerous achievements and a springboard for the years to come. In fact, AlmaCrawler has taken part in several exhibitions such as Bauma in Germany, Vertikal Days in Great Britain and GIS in Italy and has met with great success from the most qualified international operators in terms of innovation, technology and cutting edge products in the AWP sector. In fact, the JIBBI 1250 EVO was voted product of the year in two prestigious competitions, the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) and the Italian Access Platform Awards (ITALPLATFORM).
Launch of the JIBBI 1670 EVO and My Almac
At AlmaCrawler the year opens with the inauguration of the new company headquarters, occupying an area of approximately 4500 metres. Thanks to a team of over 50 people and a consolidated network of partners, the company now distributes its products in over 30 countries. In 2020, in order to meet the changing needs of its customers due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which has changed personal and working habits all over the world, AlmaCrawler in conjunction with the launch of its new product, JIBBI 1670 EVO, Self-propelled Telescopic Crawler Aerial Platform, which represents the evolution of the JT line, has decided to promote ALMAC AT HOME. This new app has been specifically designed to offer not only the opportunity to view the machine in detail as a whole but above all to carry out a real test drive by physically driving the aerial platform, in real time, and from anywhere in the world.