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Lifting The Standard In Elevator Maintenance

The lift maintenance industry has, up until now, worked through a convoluted arrangement of smoke and mirrors.

Building owners have never really known what happens in the mysterious room at the top of the building. In some cases lift service providers won’t even allow them to have a key for the door. Using a combination of convoluted jargon and indefinable interpretations of various vague and obscure bylaws and legislation they convince owners that it is in their best interest’snot to have access to ‘that room’.

Well, we’re here to change all that.

The lift systems are typically the largest mechanical service within any building and are a vital part of the efficient running of the building.

AMPCO views a buildings lift system as an asset which must be managed and maintained properly in order for the building to achieve it maximum potential return.

If you’ve had enough of the deception and now want a transparent agreement with a wholly New Zealand owned company that considers your input a vital to the success of your investment, then call us.

About Ampco

Formed in 2001, Ampco Lift and Electrical Services Ltd is a privately owned New Zealand company which was set up specifically to raise the standard in elevator maintenance. Formed as a result of the frustration at decreasing lift maintenance standards and spiraling lift maintenance costs, the company has spent the last six years thriving in the competitive lift maintenance market. The majority of referrals currently come to Ampco via word of mouth from highly satisfied customers. Ampco Electrical, the foundation partnership for the current company, has also been successfully assisting property owners throughout the greater Wellington region with electrical refurbishment work for many years.

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Our Team

The Ampco team brings more than 80 years of combined experience to the elevator industry and electrical market. Staff are headhunted and handpicked to ensure you receive expert analysis, advice and practical expertise through the extensive experience they have in their respective fields.

Managing Director, Tony Skews, is a registered electrician with more than 25 years experience in both the elevator and electrical industries. He has represented Central region on the national safety committee, and oversaw the implementation of the elevator safety regimes now endorsed by OSH as the accepted standard within New Zealand. Having previously managed more than 25 staff and 800 lifts prior to coming to Ampco, Tony is currently responsible for the company’s day to day and strategic operations, and drives the improvements in lift standards.

Elevator expert, Hank Slobbe, has been nicknamed ‘The Lift Geek’, because he’s more at home in a moving steel box than anywhere else! Specifically headhunted to keep the hassle and expense out of your technical lift maintenance, Hank spent more than 25 years working for the world’s largest manufacturer of vertical transportation systems – and his expertise is legendary. Formerly the field engineer responsible for national training, he’s the man everyone calls for advice and engineering strategies when they can’t figure out their own problems.

Electrician, Nick Joe, will also bring more than 25 years of experience in the electrical and elevator construction and service industries to your company. A skilled people manager, Nick is the organisational and planning expert on the Ampco team.


  • elevator service, maintenance & upgrading
  • reporting on performance and current standard of service
  • selected IQP Inspection and certification services
  • general electrical contracting services
  • building warrant of fitness facilitation services
  • lighting inspections and luminance (LUX) testing
  • troubleshooting and technical elevator services; and
  • other general electrical and consultancy services


Often the first impression people get when entering a building is based upon the appearance, and apparent safety, of the lifts.

The interior appearance of the lifts and the quality of the ride can reassure people that they are in a quality building.

There are many different combinations of materials that can be used in lift interiors.  We use glass, ceramic, vinyl and carpet tiles, melamine/maltica, stainless steel and broadloom carpet amongst other things to gain the desired effect.  We’ve also been utilizing the new LED technology for the interior lighting which saves energy and eliminates the need for separate emergency lights which are usually unsightly and detract from the overall effect.

Here are a few of the lifts we’ve upgraded for our clients. The finished results were well received and have worn very well.

If a lift car interior is well designed and the right materials are used the end result should look good and wear well lasting at least 10-15 years.

Recent Projects

Let’s Keep Your Business Moving

Contact us with the information below 

Quick Phone: 0800 10 38 38
Office: 04 – 384 3953
Fax: 04 – 384 3952
By post:
PO Box 7400
Wellington South
New Zealand