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ELKA-Torantriebe is a German manufacturer of high-quality barrier systems and gate openers located in Tönning at the North Sea.

Over 40 years of experience, personal customer service, professional order processing and adherence to delivery dates make ELKA a reliable partner. "Partner with competence" - this is the philosophy of the management and the employees.

Factory 2

All components, for which precise milling work is required, are manufactured in Factory 2. The work is done in a computer-controlled machining center. In the future, we will use the capacities gained to manufacture new products and to future-proof our range.

High quality and security

Comfortable operation

Tested and certified products

Promptness and reliability




At the beginning of the year a mole crept into our company and almost stole secrets from the development department. Fortunately, James was able to expose and apprehend the spy!

After processing the events, a film was produced - using the reconstructed information and footage from the surveillance cameras - that revealed the course of events and shows James chasing the mole across the company.

Enjoy watching the movie!

About ELKA!
For over 40 years, barriers and gate opener systems have been the focus of our work. Our development department analyses constantly new market requirements and develop new products. In close cooperation with the quality management, the production department manufactures our first-class barriers and gate openers systems.

We stand for cohesion, we think long-term and we are proud of our team, particularly of some employees, who have been working for ELKA for over 20 years. Benefit from this experience and have a look behind the scenes. ELKA your reliable partner.


ELKA products provide safety and mobility in more than 80 countries worldwide. 
You will find them among others:
  • at various universities in the USA
  • at hotels and airports in Hawaii
  • at toll stations in Thailand, Colombia and Shanghai
  • at border crossings in Mexico and Singapore
  • at national and international airports like Munich, Manchester, Angola and Hong Kong
  • parking systems and industrial solutions in Scandinavia, Russia, Japan, Portugal, Israel, Nigeria and Mongolia
  • on the EXPO site in Hannover
  • at the Olympic Stadium in Istanbul
  • in the port of Dubai and Hamburg
  • at football stadiums in Portugal
  • at various refineries in Saudi Arabia
Production in Germany
We attach great importance to the use of high-quality components and an optimal assembly process. Our modern production processes are regularly monitored and optimized. Each product undergoes a comprehensive final inspection and functional test after assembly. Only successfully tested, they leave the production. This is how we meet our high quality standards.
In-house development
The development of our extensive range of products takes place from the initial idea to series production at the Tönning site. Customer wishes are taken into account as well as environmental and market requirements. 

ELKA products stand for durability, high quality and easy operation. With the help of our 1,000 sqm test area, every product is extensively tested for quality, safety and reliability.
It all started with a garage door opener
The history of ELKA began in 1979 in Kating, when the then 28-year-old Hans-Friedrich Eller founded a company to sell a garage door opener with toothed rack technology, which had previously been developed by his father.

Production started in the cellar of the parental home. By 1985, a nationwide network of resellers had been established, which carried out sales to end customers, assembly and service.

In 1988 the cellar became too small for the 6 employees and ELKA moved into a 400 sqm hall of a former crab factory near the harbour in Tönning. An extension of the product range with slide gate openers, swing gate openers and barriers was well received by the customers. First international business relations with customers in Denmark and the Netherlands were concluded.
In March 1992 ELKA moved with 12 employees into the newly built 800 sqm company building in the Dithmarscher Street in Tönning. In the following years the company was expanded step by step.

Today, the company premises comprise a 5,000 sqm production and office building. 89 employees develop, produce and distribute ELKA products in more than 80 different countries worldwide.

ELKA barrier systems and gate openers ensure safety and mobility in over 80 countries worldwide

We reserve the right to make technical alterations without prior notice.