Hitachi Elevators and Escalators
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Division of

Hitachi Ltd.
(株式会社 日立製作所) April 13, 2002

Based in

Tokyo, Japan


Hitachi Elevators and Escalators (Japanese: 日立エレベーターエンジニアリング Hitachi erebētaenjiniaringu) is a division belongs to the Japanese company Hitachi Ltd. which manufactures elevators and escalators. In Japan, its elevator division operates under Hitachi Building Systems Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 日立ビルシステムズ Hitachi birushisutemuzu) since 2011.


Hitachi's elevator and escalator division was established in 1924. Hitachi delivered its first elevator in 1932 and escalator in 1937. In 1966, Hitachi expanded their elevator and escalator businesses to Hong Kong, followed by Singapore in 1972.

In 2009, G1 Tower, an elevator test tower in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan was completed. It is currently the tallest elevator testing tower in the world at height of 213 meter.

In 2017, Hitachi acquired UK-based elevator company Temple Lifts Limited as an attempt to enter the European elevator market.[1][2]

Notable products

Current products


  • VFI: Standard MR passenger elevator.
  • VFI-II: Standard MR passenger elevator.
  • H-EM: Standard passenger elevator
  • OUG Series ON-1: Machine room less elevator (up to 32 floors)
  • UAG Series SN-1: Machine room less elevator (up to 24 floors)
  • MCA: MR passenger elevator jointly built by Hitachi Elevator China, Singapore and Japan.
  • F-EL: Freight elevator.
  • SVC/SED: Elevator for private homes.
  • HVF: High speed elevator for high-rise buildings.
  • UVF: Ultra high speed elevator for high-rise buildings.
  • PlusHeart and URBANACE: Standard passenger elevator only sold in Japan.

Escalators and moving walks

  • SX Series: Standard escalator manufactured by Hitachi Elevator China.
  • MX Series
  • TX Series: Escalator, introduced in August 2017.
  • EX Series: Moving walk

Discontinued products


  • Type A Elevator: Standard passenger elevator introduced in 1961.
  • New Type A Elevator: Standard passenger elevator introduced in 1968.
  • BUIL-ACE: Standard passenger elevator introduced in 1970s.
  • BUIL-ACE ASTRO: Introduced in 1978.
  • BUIL-ACE QUALITY 80: Microcomputer control elevator, introduced in 1979.
  • BUIL-ACE QUALITY 80 II: Introduced in 1981. The traction type elevators had been converted to VVVF control since 1985.
  • BUIL-ACE PULIDO: Standard passenger elevator introduced in 1989.
  • BUIL-ACE NewPULIDO: Passenger elevator introduced in 1996.
  • YPVF

Escalators and moving walks

To be added.

G1 Tower

Hitachi G1 Tower

Hitachi G1 testing tower

The G1 Tower is Hitachi's elevator test tower located in Hitachi's Mito Works in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. It was completed in 2010, as part of Hitachi's 100th years anniversary. The tower has 10 floors; 9 floors above ground and a basement floor. It is currently the tallest elevator testing tower in the world with a height of 213 meter.


  • Hitachi Elevator Engineering Co. (Hong Kong) Ltd. (Hong Kong, established in 1966, Macau branch established in 1980)
  • Hitachi Elevator Asia Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, established in 2010, formerly Hitachi Elevator Engineering (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. from 1972 until 2010)
  • Hitachi Elevator (China) Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China, established in 1995, formerly Guangzhou Hitachi Elevator Co., Ltd.)
  • Hitachi Lift India Pvt. Ltd. (India, established in 2008)
  • Hitachi Elevator Philippines Corporation (Philippines, established in 2011)
  • Hitachi Elevator (Myanmar) Co. Ltd. (Myanmar, established in 2015)
  • Hitachi Elevator Vietnam Co. Ltd. (Vietnam, established in 2016)
  • Hitachi Elevator (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. (Cambodia, established in 2016)
  • Hitachi Elevator (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (Thailand, established in 2017)
  • Temple Lifts Limited (United Kingdom, established in 1989, fully acquired by Hitachi in 2017[1][2])

Elevator fixtures

Main article: List of Hitachi elevator fixtures

Notable installation references

Main article: List of notable Hitachi elevator installations

Notable acquisitions

  • 1976 - J&E Hall Canada's elevator division (Canada)[3]
  • 2017 - Temple Lifts Limited (United Kingdom)[2]

Overseas distributors

Current distributors

Company name Country Remark
Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Co. Lebanon
Ahmadiah International Elevator Co. W.L.L. Kuwait
Al-Futtaim Engineering L.L.C. UAE
E. Zaum Ltd. Israel
Gulf Elevators & Escalator Co. Ltd. Saudi Arabia
Huu Nghi Engineering Corporation Vietnam
Kuwait Jordanian Co. Jordan
Lanka Elevator Engineering (Pvt) Ltd. Sri Lanka
Petrobuild International Elevators Co. W.L.L. Qatar
PT. Sarang Teknik Utama Indonesia Indonesia Since 1964?
Thang Uy Trading Co. Ltd. Vietnam
Universal Engineering Services L.L.C. Oman

Former distributors

Company name Country Remark
Marubeni Corporation Singapore 1960s-1972
Siam Motors Co., Ltd. Thailand 1974-1992[4]
Yungtay Engineering Taiwan 1966-19??


Elevator downfall accident in Jakarta

On November 16th, 2007, a 1980s Hitachi elevator in Ratu Plaza office Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia plummeted down due to broken hoisting ropes. Four people were injured as the result of the accident[5]. After the accident, the elevator was replaced into a Mitsubishi Elenessa machine room less elevator[6].


  • Guangzhou Guangri Elevator Industries Co. Ltd. from in Guangzhou, China is a subsidiary of Hitachi. The company was established in 1996 under joint investment with Hitachi, and most of their elevators were made under Hitachi's technology.
  • Taiwan-based Yungtay Engineering has partnership with Hitachi ever since it started out in 1966 as a distributor of Hitachi elevators in Taiwan. As the result, some modern Yungtay elevators uses Hitachi's elevator fixtures, and some older Yungtay elevators are actually rebranded Hitachi elevators which are branded as Yungtay-Hitachi. Since 2018, Hitachi is planning to acquire Yungtay.
  • GoldStar, a South Korean electronics manufacturer, made elevators under technical cooperation with Hitachi, and because of this, the elevator design look very identical to Hitachi. These elevators were manufactured at GoldStar's Juan elevator factory in South Korea.
  • Hitachi escalators were also sold in the United States, Canada, and Australia, but they have been discontinued possibly due to safety reason.
    • An example in the United States can be found in the Starks Building in Louisville, KY.
    • Few examples in Australia are found in 24-32 Hughes St in Cabramatta and Spotlight Campbelltown, Sydney.
  • J&E Hall's Canadian elevator and escalator division was acquired by Hitachi in 1976, and some Hitachi escalators in Canada are branded as J&E Hall-Hitachi.[7]
  • In Southeast Asia, Hitachi has manufacturing plants located in Singapore and Thailand:
    • In Singapore, it is located in Jurong East.
    • In Thailand, it is located in Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate Phase 9, Chonburi.
  • Hitachi is the third Japanese elevator company to enter the European elevator market after Fujitec and Mitsubishi.


Logos and nameplates


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hitachi Enters the Lift Market in Europe with acquisition of UK-based Temple Lifts (PDF) - Hitachi Ltd.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Temple Lifts Ltd announces investment by Hitachi Ltd - Temple Lifts Limited
  3. Hitachi - BUSINESS TIMES, 9 November 1976, Page 5 - (NewspaperSG)
  4. Siam Motors split its elevator division to Siam Elevator Co. Ltd. in 1988. In 1992, "Siam-Hitachi Elevator Co., Ltd." (SHE) and "Bangkok-Hitachi Elevator Service Co., Ltd." (BHESCO) was established under joint venture between Siam Elevator Co. Ltd. and Machinery and Equipment Co., Ltd. and Hitachi (Japan) Limited. Both SHE and BHESCO merged in 2010 into Siam-Hitachi Elevator Co., Ltd. Siam-Hitachi Elevator still exists but separated from Hitachi Elevator Thailand which was established in 2017.
  5. Elevator downfall accident in Jakarta (Indonesian)
  6. Mitsubishi MRL Elevator at Ratu Plaza Office Tower, Jakarta (B1-G)

External links

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