Author: Michela Barbieri

Sustainability Report 2022

Our approach to sustainable business has become an integral part of our daily commitment to both people and the planet.  As Wendell Berry (an American poet and environmentalist) said: “The earth is the one thing we all have in common”, we must not only celebrate it but make it better for all of us and for future generations.

And today, on World Earth Day, we come with a direct reminder of our commitment to “The Earth”, including people: the release of the new 2022 Sustainability Report.

The document integrates environmental issues with economic and social ones, by allowing to review the progress we have made over the past year: we think it will help us to strengthen the relationship and collaboration with all our stakeholders.

ISO 14001 certification: a new milestone in Vimec’s 360° sustainability project

ISO 14001 certification is a voluntary international regulation, which can be implemented by any type of public or private organisation and which specifies the requirements of an environmental management system.

Obtaining ISO 14001 certification guarantees that Vimec has a Company Management System relating to the quality aspects of the products and services offered, and relating to environmental aspects, which can support the company in managing the health and safety of workers and corporate social responsibility.

The Company Management System has been certified by DNV and does not represent for Vimec a simple formal or promotional fulfilment.

It is a fundamental element of guarantee for the stakeholders (owners, employees, suppliers, customers and collaborators): it is a support tool for investment decisions or technological change, ensuring a systematic and prearranged approach to environmental emergencies.

42 years of history and more than 140,000 installations worldwide

The history of Vimec is a history made of people: the people who have trusted us by choosing our product, the partners who collaborate with us all over the world, and the members of the Vimec team, together with the network of suppliers.

Since April 1980 we have grown as a big family, designing and implementing solutions that improve people’s lives: in 42 years of history, which we celebrate today, we have exceeded 140,000 installations worldwide.

This wonderful birthday makes us proud and puts us in a position to face the challenges of the future, guided by the values we want to express – passion, integrity, commitment – at the service of people and a world without barriers.

Vimec Platforms to Mexico City

Vimec ensures accessibility to Mexico City Underground
Through a joint effort with one of its dealers in Latin America, Vimec will be able to ensure accessibility for disabled people in 4 metro stations which belong to line 12 of Mexico City Underground.

With over twenty million people, Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world and the line 12 one of the most crowded lines of this Central American metropolis.
The installation of Vimec platforms will take place in the first half of 2012.

Vimec Presents the Unique Ecovimec

The ecological and unique traction lift ECOVimec is a great solution for several reason:

· D.M. 42/2006 compliant
· MRL-Machine RoomLess
· Without counterweight
· Load capacity up to 400 kg

· 5 stops, travel 14,6 m
· Automatic sliding doors
· Space saving
· Easy maintenance – accessible from within cabin
· Quick installation

Click here to reach the product details.

A splendid Capri chairlift

We’d like to show you a really great chairlift installation, an extremely satisfied customer and a photo that we share with pride.

The lady who contacted Vimec received a visit by the professional consultant for the free site inspection, and was able to assess the quote alongside all the various incentives available under Italian law.

The support provided in choosing the most suitable solution for this user’s needs and those of her family, combined with the aim to enhance the aesthetic value of her home, led to the decision to install the Capri chairlift.

Our customer congratulated Vimec for our fast response and the excellence of the installed system, which fits seamlessly into the home environment, and she allowed us publish some photos of her home.

S10, the flexible steplift by Vimec

The S10 platform lift ensures ACCESSIBILITY to:

-Private premises (banks, restaurants, shops, offices)

-Public buildings (schools, institutes)

-Homes and residential buildings

S10 is available with three travel distances:
• 1.100 mm
• 1.600 mm
• 2.100 mm

Standard equipment:

• Door, guards and gate posts in painted metal (RAL 7040)
• Hold-to-run controls both on the lift and at the floors
• Emergency stop on lift
• Controls at floor and on lift with removable key
• 24 VDC auxiliary circuit
• Electromechanical locks with removable contact;
Electric locks with EN certification
• Automatic overspeed safety valve
• Manual descent function for use in the event of blackout
• Door can be opened from exterior with key
• Anti-crushing edge guard
• Safety edge-under platform proximity sensors

Vimec will be among the Italian excellences present at Interlift in Augsburg, Germany.

During the world’s main Trade Fair dedicated to lifts and vertical transport in general (INTERLIFT – Augsburg, Germany, from 15 to 18 October 2013), Vimec will be present at the Magnificent Italy stand, with its S10 platform liftand a T09 Roby model mobile stairclimber.

The Magnificent Italy stand arose from a joint initiative between the German trade fair organizer AFAG and the Italian publication Elevatori, with the aim of creating a space dedicated to Italian excellences, with a focus upon the undisputed prestige of several manufacturers in the industry, and flanking it with major brands and flagship products from the Italian market: Ferrari, Ducati, various Fashion Designers (Prada, Armani, Flos), and companies associated with Italy’s Wine & Food culture.

At the Magnificent Italy stand, visitors can admire Italian excellences next to the products of Italian companies like Vimec, and take a break in the tasting area, where samples of Prosecco, genuine Parmesan cheese, pizza, and pasta will be offered on a daily basis.

Vimec at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (Russia) 2014

For the first time in its history Russia will host the Winter Olympic Games, during the month of February 2014. The event will take place in the southern russian resort city of, Sochi on the Black Sea.

For this large-scale event several projects are being implemented with the aim to build a winter paradise. A particular importance inside the planning for the Olympic Games is given to the needs of people with disabilities, by ensuring them accessibility and mobility, through a project to which Vimec will take part.

In the Olympic village and the nearest dedicated areas 350 Vimec installations will ensure accessibility and mobility for people with disabilities. Russian’s dealers support has been essential to gain the contract, and Vimec is going to supply more than 350 stairlifts with platform.

This is an unique opportunities for Vimec to promote its tailored solutions and its own brand, with the opportunity to strengthen trade relations with its partners, not only in Russia but all over the world.

A Venice accessible to everyone: is it even possible?

A grandiose work of art, the city of Venice, has recently found itself embroiled in controversy on the Internet. The complaint of a Venetian girl has ignited a controversy about the inability to get around and live in Venice due to the numerous architectural barriers, thus mobilising the likes of Bernardo Bertolucci, and even Mayor Orsini himself. After recalling the recent interventions carried out to facilitate the mobility of people with disabilities in Venice, the city’s mayor nevertheless declared that no historical city is entirely accessible to the disabled.

And yet the fact that it took the web reporter, armed with crutches and a wheelchair, more than three and a quarter hours to go from the train station to St. Mark’s Square makes you wonder. The thirteen bridges that separate these two points of the city have transformed themselves from splendid attractions into difficult obstacles. How can one admire the architecture of Ponte Calatrava or Ponte della Paglia when they have become unscalable walls for so many people?

Will the world’s most beautiful city, which arose from the fusion of Venetian, Byzantine, and Gothic art, ever be accessible to everyone? We’re not just talking about tourists, but also hundreds of Venetians with disabilities or elderly people with mobility issues. We like to think that one day it will be. The market of overcoming architectural barriers is always ready to offer both vertical and horizontal solutions, and Vimec will certainly do its part to offer solutions made it to measure, thus ensuring the mobility of people with disabilities in complete safety and comfort. The Venetian building code has already changed, and now even permits the installation of outdoor lifts on historic buildings. These will allow people to get out of the house and move about more freely. Finally, with projects like “”Gondolas without barriers””, which will provide people in wheelchairs with direct access to gondolas, the city of canals will gradually become increasingly accessible.

The future looks promising.

https://youtu.be/3qqFtMGtAbw

A new design for Vimec’s S10 platform lift

Ideal for ensuring independence and freedom of movement for people with mobility issues in both public and private buildings, the S10 platform lift is perfect for overcoming height gaps of up to 3 metres.

The S10 platform lift is capable of overcoming height gaps ranging from 1.1m to 2.99m. Useful for people with disabilities confined to wheelchairs, as well as for the entire family.

Suitable for any environment

The S10 platform lift adapts perfectly to the functional and aesthetic requirements of any environment thanks to its meticulous design and various customisation possibilities. The S10 is finished in painted steel (RAL 7040), and can be furnished with a stainless steel structure upon request, complete with charcoal coloured polycarbonate bumpers to protect the edges and the floor gate.

Safe and comfortable

The S10 model is designed to ensure maximum safety for the entire family (both for people who want to bring greater value to their homes, as well as for the elderly and people with disabilities), and features the following safety systems:

  • access bar or gate
  • shaft protection with bellows
  • double bottom with pressure sensitive edges to prevent any possibility of crushing.

Thanks to its soft start/stop system, the motor (equipped with inverter) renders the unit’s functionality particularly smooth.

Reduced installation times

The platform lift comes furnished preassembled, and allows the system to be installed either indoors (inside a shop or office building, to connect two floors) or outdoors (on the façade of a private home or condominium, in order to provide access to a balcony from the ground floor).

In addition to being quick, safe, and easy to use, the S10 does not require any structural interventions.

Vimec and its dealers: teamwork makes all the difference!

There are 84 days left until the start of the 2014 Olympics and Para Olympics in Sochi, and the preparation work for the participating athletes and around the Olympic village is intensifying.

As previously reported, Vimec is also engaged in this process, as it is reinforcing its commitment to ensuring accessibility and freedom of movement throughout Sochi with the installation of 370 Vimec systems.

In order to share our experience in the field with our partners, we are developing a dedicated website aimed at reinforcing our partnerships with our dealers around the world.

The project is currently in progress, and the website’s publication will be announced in the near future.

Vimec’s relationships with its dealers are based on a successful teamwork model, which the company intends to reinforce by encouraging the exchange of information and experiences.

Vimec 4dealers

After having pre-announced its publication last week, Vimec is now happy to invite you to visit the website dedicated to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

The website, which can be viewed at olympics.vimec.biz, was created in honour of the Olympics, but is also intended to be a starting point for developing and reinforcing the company’s relationships with its dealers worldwide.

Why 4Dealers?

Because our partners are the driving force behind our success. Ours is a teamwork that has endured for more than 30 years, and must be preserved, reinforced, and expanded. To move forward together, overcoming every barrier and obstacle: this is our goal.

Why @Sochi?

Because Sochi 2014 is the gold metal around the neck of the team made up of Vimec and its dealers. At the Olympic Village, accessibility will be ensured by over 370 Vimec installations.

Visit olympics.vimec.biz

The range of Vimec homelifts has been enriched with new featuresarch

A Vimec homelift gives greater value to the living environment, and for solutions in particularly narrow spaces, three-leaf telescopic doors are now available.

This possibility allows the Vimec homelift to be used with maximum ease, with a greater door span for improved accessibility, all without compromising the available space in the hallways or rooms.

Among the various customisation possibilities available for Vimec homelifts, the three-leaf door ensures a more prestigious and cutting-edge system for the home.

Furthermore, Vimec home lifts are always made to measure in order to guarantee maximum safety for the entire family (both for people in search of greater comfort, as well as for the elderly and people with disabilities), not to mention reliabilitycomfort and elegance, all in perfect harmony with the colours and finishes of the home itself.

Vimec has sales consultants in every Italian province, who are always available to recommend the ideal solutions to meet your home mobility needs.

Vimec’s solutions for guaranteeing accessibility in public places

Guaranteeing the accessibility of public places for people with limited mobility is essential for promoting “tourism accessible to everyone.”

Vimec is committed to offering custom solutions for improving the accessibility of public places, like hotels, restaurants, agritourism structures, and more. Platform stairliftplatform lifts, and mobile stair climbers are all systems suitable for ensuring freedom of access to any type of public building.

Vimec’s solutions are capable of perfectly meeting the aesthetic requirements of the staircase, as well as the surrounding environment. This is evidenced by Vimec’s thousands of installations in various public locales throughout Italy.

Visit the gallery to see some of the Vimec installations found in various public buildings.

Our homelifts: perfect for every requirement

Vimec offers a wide range of homelifts perfect for every type of home renovation or remodelling project.

Thanks to the custom-designed support structure, they can even be installed in the absence of masonry shafts, and on any type of building, and bring added value to the home with a customised, reliable, and extremely convenient solution.

Thanks to their high levels of customisationreliability and comfort, our lifts bring added value to the home by facilitating the mobility not only of those with mobility problems, but anyone who accesses the areas that can normally only be reached via flights of stairs.

The support structures for Vimec’s homelifts are made to last over time; they’re sturdy and robust, have no exterior welds, and are made from round hollow section in order to ensure an aesthetic appearance that looks like an integral part of the original structure and goes well with any kind of building.

Every structure designed, manufactured, and installed boasts special characteristics:

  • wide range of finishes
  • excellent resistance to weathering
  • compact size
  • suitable for both indoor and outdoor installation.

Visit the gallery to discover all the details of our homelifts.

100,000 Vimec solutions worldwide

This year Vimec has overcome 100,000 units, all of them designedmanufactured and installed worldwide.
The goal, pinpointed in 1982, to ensure accessibility to buildings and mobility for people by tailor-made solutions, represents a challenge and, at the same time, a commitment to confirm the growth of the company.

Thanks to the wide range of customized products, Vimec is a service company that focuses on customer’s needs and requests by offering:

• In Italy, a 360° full support to the customer (engaging the consultants in technical, legal, financial aspects) by choosing the most suitable solution.
• All around the world, dedicated services to more than 300 dealers

From March 2014 you can visit the Vimec’s Showroom at Luzzara (RE), Italy, take a look on the video.

Chair stairlift for straight staircases

You’ll never have any more problems overcoming a straight flight of stairs inside or outside your home.

The Ischia model chair stairlift provides for ease and freedom of movement between the various floors of the home; in fact, this model is designed to overcome a straight flight of stairs, and can be quickly and easily installed.

Three characteristics render our Ischia model chair stairlift entirely unique:

  1. Rapid availability after the order: in fact, straight staircases to not require any particular interventions, which would extend the delivery and installation times.
  2. Collapsible guide rail: the chair stairlift’s guide rail can be modified so that the last extremity of the guide rail itself is able to be collapsed, thus further reducing its encumbrance while the chair is not in use, and allowing any doors that may be in the vicinity of the staircase to be closed, for example.
  3. Sliding guide rail: the chair’s guide rail slides on a track, the length of which is decided based on the requirements and the available space.

The Ischia chair stairlift is also equipped with all the comforts and accessories necessary to ensure maximum safety and ease of use on the part of the user:

  • the joystick on the armrest renders the chair stairlift particularly easy to use;
  • the practical floor call remote control allows the chair to be called to the desired floor in the case of multiple users;
  • the lever for rotating the seat allows the user to exit the chair quickly and easily upon reaching the destination floor;
  • the height of the armrests and the seat can be adjusted based on the user’s needs;
  • the Ischia model chair stairlift does not require any structural interventions for installation;
  • an outdoor version is also available, which is made from particularly weather-resistant materials.

Accessible condominiums, with the V65 and V64 platform stairlifts

Accessibility at condominiums is often difficult due to the presence of staircases or the absence of lifts in order to allow people with disabilities to reach the building’s various apartments.

It is often necessary to overcome several outdoor steps in order to reach the entry, and people with disabilities are often unable to do this independently and without considerable difficulty. In some cases, the structure of the condominium itself precludes the possibility of installing a lift in order to reach the various floors of the building.

Vimec’s platform stairlift’s are specially designed to resolve every type of accessibility problem in all kinds of condominiums, whether for accessing the building’s entrance or overcoming the flights of stairs between the various floors.

The two different models available are designed to be installed on various types of staircases: the V64 is suitable for straight staircases, while the V65 is equipped with a curved guide rail.

Both models have characteristics and features that make them perfect for any type of installation:

  • they can be installed both indoors and outdoors, and in the latter case they come complete with a weatherproof tarp;
  • their compact size and various wall or step anchoring possibilities render them suitable for any type of environment, without diminishing its style or elegance;
  • they come with removable keys in order to ensure that they will only be used by authorised individuals in possession of an activation key, thus minimising the risk of damage due to vandalism or improper use;
  • the built-in panel makes the stairlift simple and practical to use: no training is required, and it can even be used by guests with no need for the owner’s assistance.

Vimec homelifts: comfort and accessibility in various environments

Vimec offers a wide range of homelifts, which represent ideal solutions for all kinds of remodelling or renovation projects, whether for private homescondominiums or public places.

All Vimec’s homelift models have characteristics and features capable of meeting any type of requirement:

  • Versatility: they can be installed either indoors or outdoors, even in the absence of a masonry shaft; thanks to the custom-designed support structure. Installation is fast, and does not require any structural interventions.
  • Comfort: they’re quiet and discreet, and can be used safely and conveniently thanks to their advanced technical features.
  • Flexibility: for installations in particularly tight spaces, solutions with telescopic cabin doors and floor doors are available: safe, lightweight, and quiet.
  • Exclusivity: exclusive design and functionality, thanks to the use of custom and personalised solutions that allow the lift to be installed in perfect harmony with its environment.

The EcoVimec and Easy Move homelifts are perfect combinations of technology and design.

The EcoVimec model is an electricenvironmentally-friendly, and high-tech homelift that offers innovative solutions for the entire market. Thanks to its reduced energy consumption and wide range of customisation possibilities, customers can create truly exclusive and customised solutions. View the product datasheet.

The Easy Move model is a durable hydraulic lift that’s quick to install and guarantees maximum safety. View the product datasheet.

Both solutions boast over fifty thousand installations worldwide in various environments, like universities, city halls, swimming pools, theatres, undergrounds, and private homes.

Vimec has consultants in every Italian province to provide suggestions and indications regarding the technical and fiscal aspects of our products.

Visit the gallery to discover all the characteristics of our homelifts and their various installation possibilities.

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