This is a list of elevator fixtures that have been used by Sabiem, a defunct elevator manufacturer from Bologna, Italy that has been acquired by Kone in 1985.

1950s to 1960s

Black buttons

Sabied used non-illuminating black buttons from the 1950s to the late 1960s. These buttons were also used in very early Orona elevators (branded as "Orona Sabiem") in the late 1960s[1], due to license agreement with Sabiem[2]. However, some of these buttons were later replaced into illuminating ones in the 1980s by Sabiem, or in the 1990s or 2000s by third-party companies.

Hall stations/floor indicators, hall lanterns and car floor indicators

The analog floor indicators usually have green and often yellowish, red or orange illuminated numbers, and are mostly found above the inside doors.

On some smaller and freight elevators with manual doors, the inside indicators are usually mounted vertically above the button panel. Indicator on hall stations usually have an illuminating "COMING" word which would light up when the call button is pressed.



In the 1970s, Sabiem used round illuminating plastic buttons, but some of these buttons were replaced in the 1990s.

Hall Station and Car Floor Indicator

In the 1970s, Sabiem revised their analog floor indicators, making them black square (resembling mahjong tiles) and lights up in green, but some of them are white and lights up in yellow. These analog indicators are mostly located above the elevator doors. Some of the hall stations often have illuminating "COMING" word which lights up when the call button is pressed, but this has mostly been replaced with an illuminating call button[3]. On some smaller elevators, the outside indicators are usually mounted vertically on the hall stations, similar to those found in Sabiem elevators installed in the 1960s.


Sabiem continued using their 1970s illuminating buttons and indicators with minor changes until around the mid 1980s. Some of the analog indicators now illuminated in yellow orange and the lenses are now white instead of black.

Later, Sabiem started using rounded square illuminating buttons with black frame and electronic floor indicators. They are used in two elevator types; roped hydraulic and traction (mostly bottom-drive).

Some elevators in old Hong Kong public housing blocks and car park buildings (both were built by either Hong Kong Housing Authority or Hong Kong Housing Society) in the early 1980s are using Dewhurst buttons, mostly the US81 series buttons.

1990s (Hong Kong)

In the late 1990s, Shan On Engineering, Sabiem's former distributor in Hong Kong, installed several Kone-based "Sabiem" elevators with Kone Traffic Master System controllers in some public housing blocks. These elevators typically use Dewhurst fixtures like US81 Braille push buttons, UL200 "Hidden Legends" analogue floor indicators and digital segmented indicators.

2000s-2017 (Hong Kong)

During the 2000s and 2010s, Shan On Engineering modernized some of the existing 1960s-1970s Sabiem elevators in Hong Kong with fixtures made by Tung Da Electric from Taiwan[4][5]. These modernizations would always carry the "SABIEM" name on the car stations; this is because Shan On Engineering wanted to preserve the brand even though Sabiem had already ceased operation. This arrangement continued until 2017 when Shan On Engineering was acquired by Kone and became a subsidiary of Kone Hong Kong.

There are also "modern day" Sabiem elevators in Hong Kong which uses Dewhurst buttons (typically the US90-15 and US91-15 series) and even Everbright buttons. However, it was reported that some of these Everbright buttons were replaced with Dewhurst buttons due to durability reasons.

Notes and references

List of elevator fixtures by manufacturers
Main topic Elevator fixtures
Official fixtures by elevator companies Amtech ReliableArmorAtlas (Northern CA)Bennie LiftsBoralDEVEDong YangDoverElevadores AtlasElevators Pty. Ltd.Evans LiftsExpress EvansExpress LiftFiamFujitecGoldStarGuangriHammond & ChampnessHaughtonHaushahnHitachiHyundaiIFEIndoliftJohns & WaygoodKleemannKone (North America) • LGMarryat & ScottMashibaMitsubishi Electric (North America) • MontgomeryMPOronaOtis (North AmericaSouth Korea/Otis Elevator Korea) • PaynePickerings LiftsSabiemSchindler (North America) • SchlierenSeabergShanghai MitsubishiSigmaStaleyStannahThymanThyssenthyssenkrupp (North AmericaKorean fixtures) • ToshibaU.S. ElevatorWestinghouseXizi Otis
Non-proprietary (generic) fixtures by elevator components companies AdamsBuy Elevator Parts Co.C.J. AndersonCEACEHAMDewhurst (ERM) • DMG (MAD) • ELMIEPCOEverbrightGALHissmekanoHong JiangHunterInnovation IndustriesJinlixKindsKronenbergLeadway Elevator ComponentLester ControlsLiSAMico ControlMonarch ControlMonitorPTLSalientSchaëferShanghai STEPSodimasTung DaVega
Unknown fixtures For a list of unidentified fixtures, refer to this page‎‎.
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