about GIS

We have been developing and producing electric chain hoists for over 55 years. We are now in the 4th product generation. Over the decades, numerous special versions have been realised for the needs of the most diverse market segments such as the entertainment industry or wind power. GIS hoists and crane systems are in use worldwide in hundreds of thousands - stationary or mobile - in buildings or outdoors.
Ivan Muri, Managing Director

Our promise

We have been measuring ourselves against our own standards day after day for over 60 years. It is precisely this recipe that forms the basis for our long-term success. As a Swiss manufacturer of electric chain hoists, we are committed to constant innovation in all areas. This makes us the right partner for demanding customers worldwide.

Our main task is to offer all our stakeholders what they can expect from GIS. This includes especially our end customers, subsidiaries and partners. They trust in our high-quality, long-lasting products and services. Meeting these high demands requires a first-class team. The employees in our core areas of sales, engineering, project planning, purchasing, production, assembly, service and apprentice training with joy, a healthy dose of ambition and above-average commitment on their wide-ranging tasks. In order to achieve or even exceed our ambitious goals, constant investment in simple, good processes that can be continuously be expanded is indispensable. Efficient production/assembly and a modern, environmentally friendly infrastructure are also important requirements for long-term development. Half a million chain hoists have left our production plant in the meantime, and most of the first generation are still in use worldwide. The same applies to the numerous light crane systems, crane systems and vacuum systems planned, installed and maintained by us and our partners. They have been performing reliably for decades in the most various market segments and working environments.

I invite you to test us. Take your time to explore our website and visit our virtual showroom. Should we not be able to meet your expectations with our current serial products, please give us the opportunity to expand our portfolio. You are welcome to tell us the requirements of your load transport task(s), so that we can solve them in your interest.

Light crane system with galvanised profiles for outdoor use
Product portfolio

As a manufacturer of electric chain hoists, crane systems, overhead travelling cranes, slewing jib cranes, vacuum handling systems, we offer a complete market service from project planning to assembly, commissioning and maintenance.


GIS AG was founded in 1957.


We employ around 120 people, including 19 apprentices.


Our products are used wherever lifting solutions are required. Therefore, we can count companies in the manufacturing industry, in agriculture through to the entertainment industry among our customers.


We are a Swiss company with a production and development site in Schötz, Canton of Lucerne.


Distribution is carried out via a dealer network with over 75 qualified partners worldwide and through our subsidiaries.


In 1966, the subsidiary GIS GmbH was founded in Southern Germany. In 2018, the acquisition of the long-term English customer Lift Turn Move (LTM) as second subsidiary took place. In order to focus even more on the American market, a branch office was opened in 2022 at the location of the long-standing partner Rex Companies.


We have been ISO 9001 certified since 1995 with the last re-certification in January 2021.  GIS electric chain hoists and trolleys have both TÜV as well as CSA/US certification, which ensures access to the North American market.

Associations / Networks

Association activities are of great importance to GIS. We are members of the following associations:

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