About us

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. The trust we’ve earned has made ELME Spreader the world’s leading independent spreader manufacturer.

Celebrating 40 years in the business

ELME Spreader was founded in 1974 by Gösta Karlsson, a mechanical engineer from Ljungby, Småland, who dreamed of running a business of his own. Through hard work, commitment and persistence he’s 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.

Manufacturing spreaders to a global market

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.

100% made in Sweden

Every single ELME spreader is built at our plant in Älmhult. All the work is carried out here ­– from design and product development to manufacturing and testing. Only a few sub-contractors are used in the assembling of our products. A unique approach. The reason is simple. It lets us have 100% control over the production and the final quality of our products.

Optimized production

From manual welding and other demanding hands-on operations to controlled machine centres and fully automated processes – the production at our plant in Älmhult is optimised to deliver top performance spreaders. All made possible by our dedicated and highly experienced staff of technicians, engineers and support personnel.

Instant customer support

ELME Spreader is all about providing our customers with top-class spreaders and a carefree ownership. That’s why instant support is just a phone call or email away. Want more information about one of our products? Have a general inquiry? Need to order a spare part?

Call our customer support today and they’ll help you out right away.