Devehissar Alvesta AB (formely known as ​DEVES​ & "Bildeve, later Deve-Schindler in the 1990s) was a Swedish hydraulic elevator manufacturer.


Very little is known about the history of Deve. The company was founded in 1923 in Munka-Ljungby, Scania, Sweden as a manufacturer of automobile elevators, and went to make hydraulic elevators in 1944. In last years of existence, the company was based in Alvesta. It was the largest manufacturer of hydraulic-only elevators in Scandinavia. The company was acquired by Schindler in 1990 and became Deve-Schindler before changed name to Schindler Hiss AB in 2000.

After Schindler's acquisition of Deve, parts of its plant in Alvesta were sold to other companies, not only to that known from elevators. One part of Deve's plant became owned by Italian manufacturer of hydraulic elevator components GMV in 1993, and was named GMV Sweden AB. Another part of the plant was bought by Kjell Johansson and became part of his new company, Hydroware, which, like GMV and in past Deve, also manufactures hydraulic elevator components.

Notable distributors

  • Geijer-Hissi (Finland)
  • Hédinn (Iceland)
  • Reber Schindler (Norway, later became Reber-Deve Schindler)
  • VALMET (Finland)

Notable installations


  • Slussen Metro Station, Stockholm
  • Värtahamnen, Silja Line / Tallink Terminal, Stockholm (1974)
  • kv. Verkstäderna, Söderhamn
  • Västberga Allé 28, Stockholm
  • Vällingbyplan 2, Stockholm


  • AMFI Kanebogen Shoppingcenter, Harstad (1979)
  • Havnegaten 7, Holmestrand
  • Rådhusveien 1, Finnsnes
  • Evjenvegen 34, Tromsø
  • Tromsø Langnes (TOS) Airport, Tromsø
  • Vestregata 27-31, Tromsø
  • Storgata 22, 23, 31 and 46, Finnsnes
  • Storgata 135, Porsgrunn
  • Gjøvik Library, Gjøvik


New South Wales

  • 41-43 Goulburn Street, Liverpool, Sydney
  • Liverpool Hospital Health Services Building, Sydney
  • Liverpool Station, Sydney
  • Pennant Hills Station, Sydney (Have been replaced with Liftronic MRL Traction units)
  • Regents Park Station, Sydney
  • The Grace Hotel, Sydney (shuttle elevator from 11th to 12th floor)
  • 160 Pacific Highway, North Sydney
  • Holsworthy Station West Parking deck, Sydney (and many stations & parking decks located at train stations - many of these are set for replacement by Liftronic with their Unitronic FST2 MRL Traction units
  • 56 Kitchener Pde, Bankstown, Sydney
  • Hornsby TAFE (K Block), Sydney
  • WSI TAFE Nepean (Building I and K), Kingswood
  • Neeta City Shopping Centre, Fairfield, Sydney
  • Westfield Warringah Mall, Sydney (replaced by Schindler Eurolift in 2016)
  • Kingsford Smith International Airport Terminal 3 (Qantas Terminal), Sydney


  • Westfield Garden City, Brisbane
  • Westfield Chermside, Brisbane


  • MCG Footbridge, Melbourne
  • Dandenong Railway Station, Melbourne

United Kingdom

  • Times Square Shopping Centre, Sutton
  • Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Other countries

  • Yliopistonkatu, Helsinki, Finland
  • Hótel KEA, Akureyri, Iceland

Cruise ferries

  • M/F Aurora (ferry cruise ship) (1991-1992, branded as Reber-Deve-Schindler)

Elevator fixtures

Main article: List of Deve elevator fixtures


  • Deve elevators in Sweden usually have their serial numbers starting with letter "K". It had two range of numbers depending if it was the Alvesta works (higher numbering) or the Stockholm office (lower numbering) that manufactured and delivered the elevators to customers.
    • Alvesta works covered Southern Sweden and Norway while the Stockholm works covered Central and Northern Sweden and Åland. It is currently unknown which works that delivered elevators to other places and distributors.
  • Deve had never made any traction elevators. They have only made hydraulic elevators, mostly holeless hydraulics with a special designed "Up-side-down" piston with chains.
  • DEVES stands for the first name letter of the founders. When one of the founders left the company in the late 1970s, it was simply renamed to DEVE, with a new logotype in the process.


Notes and references

External links

Other/smaller/historic elevator companies
Full list of companies List of elevator and escalator companies
Operating Alcor ElevatorAnlev ElexAutomobile Rotary Lift Co.Axel LiftsCNIMDAKADaldossDopplerEITAElectraGrupo ExcelsiorGuangriHaushahnHOSTINGIFEIGVInter-UpIsraliftIZAMETKfirKleemannKoppel A.W.LiftmaterialMEIMorris VermaportMPNova ElexOmegaOronaPaynePickerings LiftsPneumatic Vacuum ElevatorsSchmitt + SohnSEC ElevatorsShenyang Brilliant (BLT)SITESSJECStannahTechnosVýtahy OstravaWaupacaXJ ElevatorYungtay
Defunct or fate unknown A&P. StevenAmtech (Amtech ReliableAmtech Elevator Services) • ArmorASEAAsea GrahamAtlas (Northern California)Bennie LiftsBoral ElevatorsCeniaDAN ElevatorDEVEDong YangEggers-KehrhahnElevadores AtlasElevadores SûrElevators Pty. Ltd.Ellis & McDougallEvans LiftsFalconiFIAMFlohrGeneral (CA, older)GiantGoldStarGraham BrothersHammond & ChampnessHaughtonHavemeier & SanderIndoliftJ&E HallJohns & WaygoodK.M. WhiteKončarLG ElevatorMAN AufzugsbauMarryat & ScottMiami ElevatorMillarMontgomeryNippon (Japan, defunct)Northern Elevator LimitedOrenstein & KoppelPayneReliableRheinstahlSabiemSchlierenSeabergSemagSergeSiemensSmith, Major & StevensSTAHLStaleyStarlift VoorburgStiglerThai Lift IndustriesTri-County Elevator Co.TriboroU.S. ElevatorWaygood & Co.ZREMB
Construction elevator companies Alimak HekRECOUSA Hoist
Other companies Third-party elevator maintenance companies
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.