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Orenstein & Koppel Rolltreppen GmbH (normally abbreviated to O&K or later O&K Kone) was an escalators and moving walks manufacturing division of Orenstein & Koppel GmbH, a German engineering company which specialized railway vehicles and construction equipment.

History

Orenstein & Koppel was founded on April 1, 1876 in Berlin by Benno Orenstein and Arthur Koppel. The escalator division was established in the 1960s; the escalator manufacturing plant was located in Hattingen, Germany. In 1987, Finnish company Kone bought O&K's escalator division and became O&K KONE until 1995 when the remaining shares of the company were completely bought by Kone.

O&K KONE opened its North American escalator and moving walkway factory in 1991, in Oakland Industrial Park in Newport News, VA, United States. It was closed in 1998 and operations were merged with MontgomeryKONE in Moline, IL.[1]

Notable Orenstein & Koppel escalator models

  • RT-K
  • RTW
  • RTV-TE (also known as TransVario)
  • RT-HDLS
  • RTV-HD 99-S (escalators for public transit facilities)
  • RSK-C (moving walkways?)

Known notable overseas distributors

This section requires expansion.
  • Behn Meyer & Co. (Singapore and Malaysia)[2]

Notable escalator and moving walk installations

This list also includes installations under the O&K KONE brand.

Australia

Queensland

  • Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast (1994)
  • Piazza on the Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast (1980s)
  • Australia Fair Shopping Centre, Gold Coast (1989, replaced by KONE TravelMaster 110 in 2021)
  • The Oasis Shopping Centre, Gold Coast (1987)
  • Niecon Plaza, Gold Coast
  • Toowong Village, Brisbane (1986)
  • Central Railway Station, Brisbane (1982)
  • The Myer Centre, Brisbane (1987)

New South Wales

  • The Galleries Victoria, Sydney[3]
  • City Market Haymarket, Sydney
  • MLC Centre, Sydney
  • MetCentre, Sydney
  • Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney
  • Macarthur Square, Sydney[3]
  • Berry Square, North Sydney
  • Galleria DFS, Sydney
  • Target, Bankstown Centro, Sydney
  • Myer, Westfield Chatswood, Chatswood
  • Campbelltown Mall, Campbelltown
  • Westfield Penrith, Sydney (branded as an O&K KONE)

Other states

  • Melbourne Central Shopping Mall, Melbourne, VIC (1991)[3]
  • The Myer Centre, Adelaide, SA
  • Target - CentrePoint Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA
  • Elizabeth Quay Bus Station (formerly Esplanade Busport), Perth, WA (1991)
  • Westfield Woden, Canberra, ACT

Belgium

  • Brussel-Zuid/Midi Railway Station, Brussels (1993)

Denmark

  • Copenhagen Airport, Denmark (1997 & 1998, branded as an O&K KONE)

France

  • Marne la Vallée-Chessy Railway Station, Paris (1993 & 1998, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Palais des Congrès (Cannes' Movie Festival center), Cannes
  • Carrefour Market, Brest
  • The Opera, Lyon

Germany

Berlin

  • GALERIA, Müllerstraße, Berlin (1977, 1990 & 1999, branded as an O&K KONE in 1999)
  • Peek & Cloppenburg, Tauentzienstraße, Berlin (1994)
  • Gesundbrunnen Railway Station, Berlin

Frankfurt

  • Hauptwache Station, Frankfurt (1987)
  • Peek & Cloppenburg, Zeil, Frankfurt (1988?)
  • Conrad, Zeil, Frankfurt (1993 & 2000 (installed by KONE))
  • Mango, Zeil, Frankfurt (1999, branded as an KONE)
  • Douglas, Zeil, Frankfurt (1999, branded as an KONE)
  • AppelrathCüpper, Zeil, Frankfurt (1999, branded as an KONE)
  • H&M, Zeil, Frankfurt (2000 (installed by KONE))

Keil

  • Cruise Terminal Ostseekai, Kiel (1976 & 1978)
  • Holsten Törn, Kiel

Dortmund

  • Märkische Str. Station, Dortmund

Hong Kong, China

  • Royal Park Hotel, Sha Tin, New Territories
  • Daily House, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  • Bank of America Tower, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island
  • Hop Yick Centre, Yuen Long, New Territories
  • Ap Lei Chau Municipal Services Building, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong Island (maintained by Mitsubishi)

Indonesia

  • GoSkate Building, Surabaya (1979, the first escalator installed in Surabaya)
  • Plaza Andhika, Surabaya (1980s)
  • Pasar Atom, Surabaya (Replaced by 2 OTIS XO-508 Escalators)
  • Superindo Manukan, Surabaya

Israel

  • One Ad HaLom Mall, Ashdod
  • Ramat-Aviv Mall, Tel Aviv
  • Kastra Mall & Art Gallery, Haifa

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport - Main Terminal (Car Park and Bus Terminal Building)(1998)[3]
  • MinMax Restaurant - PNB Darby [3]
  • Wisma UOA [3]
  • Menara MaTrade (1996)[3]

Other states

  • Giant Plentong, Johor (1997, 2 of 4 units have been replaced by Schindler 9500AE in 2010s)[3]

Netherlands

Amsterdam

  • The Gallery Salon Studios (formerly Bristol), Bilderdijkstraat, Amsterdam (1988)
  • Peek & Cloppenburg, Dam, Amsterdam (1990)
  • RAI Metro Station, Amsterdam (1990, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Zuid Metro Station, Amsterdam (1990, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam (1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 1999, branded as an O&K KONE & 2003 (installed by KONE))
  • Amstelveenseweg Metro Station, Amsterdam (1995)
  • Henk Sneevlietweg Metro Station, Amsterdam (1995)
  • Heemstedestraat Metro Station, Amsterdam (1995)
  • Sloterdijk Metro Station, Amsterdam (1995, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Lelylaan Metro Station, Amsterdam (1996, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Postjesweg Metro Station, Amsterdam (1996)
  • Jan van Galenstraat Metro Station, Amsterdam (1996, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • De Vlugtlaan Metro Station, Amsterdam (1996)
  • Media Markt, Johan Cruijff Boulevard, Amsterdam (early 2000, branded as an KONE)

Amstelveen

  • Zara, Stadshart, Amstelveen (1988 & 1997)
  • Blokker, Stadshart, Amstelveen (early 1989)

Arnhem

  • Intertoys, Winkelcentrum Kronenburg, Arnhem (1979)
  • H&M, Vijzelstraat, Arnhem (1995)

Capelle aan den Ijssel

  • Slotlaan Metro Station, Capelle aan den Ijssel (1992, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Capelle Centrum Metro Station, Capelle aan den Ijssel (1992, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • De Terp Metro Station, Capelle aan den Ijssel (1992)

Den Haag

  • Rejoes (formerly NEW YORKER), Vlamingstraat, Den Haag (1988)
  • Peek & Cloppenburg, Wagenstraat/Grote Marktstraat, Den Haag (1992)
  • Book Store Paagman, Lange Poten, Den Haag (1992)
  • HS Railway Station, Den Haag (1997)

Dordrecht

  • NEW YORKER, Drievriendenhof, Dordrecht (1991)
  • Blokker, Statenplein, Dordrecht (2001, on the glass only (installed by KONE))

Nijmegen

  • Kelfkensbos Parking Deck, Nijmegen (1998, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Scapino, Marikenstraat, Nijmegen (early 2000, branded as an O&K KONE (installed by KONE))

Rotterdam

  • ONLY (formerly Jack & Jones), Winkelcentrum Zuidplein, Rotterdam (1979)
  • Bristol (formerly)/Zeeman, Binnenwegplein, Rotterdam (1985)
  • Gebouw Delftse Poort, Weena, Rotterdam (1991)
  • Peek & Cloppenburg, Hoogstraat, Rotterdam (1991)
  • Beurs Metro Station, Rotterdam (1997 & 1998, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Media Markt, Binnenwegplein, Rotterdam (1998)
  • Leuvehaven Metro Station, Rotterdam (1998, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Maashaven Metro Station, Rotterdam (2000, on the glass only (installed by KONE))

Rijswijk

  • Winkelcentrum In de Bogaard, Rijswijk (1998 & 1999, branded as an O&K KONE in 1999)
  • Rijswijk Railway Station, Rijswijk (1999, branded as an O&K KONE)

Schiedam

  • Parkweg Metro Station, Schiedam (2000, branded as an O&K KONE (installed by KONE))
  • Vijfsluizen Metro Station, Schiedam (2000, branded as an O&K KONE (installed by KONE))
  • Schiedam Centrum Metro Station, Schiedam (2001, branded as an O&K KONE (installed by KONE))

Other cities/towns

  • SoLow (formerly CoolCat), Promenade, Zoetermeer (1985)
  • Bicycle Storage Zeedijk (formerly Bristol)/JYSK, Zeedijk, Hilversum (late 1989)
  • Winkelcentrum Walburg, Zwijndrecht (1990)
  • Bristol, Winkelcentrum Roselaar, Roosendaal (1994)
  • Amersfoort Central Station, Amersfoort (1997)
  • Arena, Den Bosch (1997)
  • De Bibliotheek Eindhoven, Emmasingel, Eindhoven (1997)
  • Tussenwater Metro Station, Hoogvliet (1999, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Pernis Metro Station, Pernis (2001, branded as an O&K KONE (installed by KONE))

Singapore

  • Citylink Underground Mall (1998)
  • Raffles Hotel (1989)
  • Lucky Chinatown[3]
  • Bukit Merah Central Pedestrian Footbridge
  • Forum The Shopping Mall (1986)

Sweden

Stockholm County

  • Most of the Blue line Tunnelbana stations of Stockholm Metro, including T-Centralen and Fridhemsplan, have O&K escalators. (1975 or 1985)
  • Escalator link between Flemingsberg railway station & Södertörns Högskola/Huddinge Sjukhus. (ca 1987, replaced by KONE in 2019)
  • Nordiska Kompaniet (one of many replacements made in the department store. It has been replaced by KONE since then)
  • Several shops in the city contains of one or another O&K glass escalator. They can be seen in Sergels torg shops, for instance.
  • Kringlän, Södertalje, Sweden (branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Stadium Solna Centrum, Solna, Sweden (branded as an O&K KONE)

Thailand

Bangkok

  • Muangthai Phatra Complex
  • Siripinyo Building
  • Seacon Square (1994)

Other cities

  • Makro Rangsit, Pathumthani
  • Big C Supercenter Rangsit, Pathumthani
  • Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiangmai
  • Chiang Rai International Airport, Chiangrai

United Kingdom

England

  • Westminster Underground Station, London, England (1996, branded as an KONE)
  • London Bridge Underground Station, London, England (1996, branded as an KONE)
  • Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich) DLR Station, London, England
  • Harrod's Knightsbridge, London, England (1998, Egyptian Escalators)
  • H&M, Oxford Steet, London, England (1999, branded as an O&K KONE)
  • Heathrow Airport Terminal 1, London, England
  • Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, London, England (2000, on the glass only (installed by KONE))
  • Waterloo Underground Station, London, England
  • Canary Wharf Underground Station, London, England
  • Natural History Museum, London, England
  • The Mall Wood Green, London, England

Scotland

  • The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Boots - Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Glasgow Airport, Scotland
  • BHS, Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Other cities

  • Castle Mall Shopping Centre, Norwich (1993)
  • Tesco, High Wycombe (elevators, modernized by Stannah Lifts)[4]
  • Tyne and Wear Metro (1980)[5]
  • intu Metrocentre, Tyne and Wear (1986)
  • intu Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • St. James Metro Station, Newcastle
  • Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, Newcastle
  • Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge
  • County Mall Shopping Centre, Crawley
  • Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill
  • Fleet Walk Shopping Centre, Torquay (1997)
  • House of Fraser, Exeter
  • HMV, Exeter
  • Marks & Spencer, Taunton
  • Manchester Airport, Manchester

United States

California

  • Macy's Eastridge Centre, San Jose, CA
  • Redondo Beach Station (LA County Metro Rail), Redondo Beach, CA (1995)

Connecticut

  • Several Dillards stores:
    • Dillards at Chapel Hills Mall, Colorado Springs, CO
    • Dillards The Citadel, Colorado Springs, CO
    • Dillards Park Meadows Mall, Lonetree, CO

Florida

  • Several Dillards stores:
    • Dillards Ladies and Children Pembroke Lakes Mall, Pembroke Pines, FL
    • Dillards Coastland Center, Naples, FL
    • Dillards Seminole Towne Center, Sanford, FL

Georgia

  • Buckhead MARTA Station, Atlanta, GA
  • Dillards North Point Mall, Alpharetta, GA

Kentucky

  • Belk Greenwood Mall, Bowling Green, KY
  • Dillards Women and Children Mall St. Matthews, Louisville, KY

Nevada

  • Sands Regency Convention Center, Reno, NV
  • Circus Circus Midway, Reno, NV
  • Imperial Palace parking garage, Las Vegas, NV
  • Dillards Galleria at Sunset, Henderson, NV
  • Rio, Las Vegas, NV

Texas

  • Several Dillards stores:
    • Dillards Women Lakeline Mall, Cedar Park, TX
    • Dillards Women First Colony Mall, Sugar Land, TX

Other states

  • Newport PATH Station, Jersey City, NJ
  • Hilton Hotel, Portland, OR
  • Nassau Coliesum Uniondale, NY
  • Nauticus, Norfolk, VA
  • Several Dillards stores in the United States:
    • Dillards South Park Mall, Strongsville, OH
    • Dillards Wolfchase Galleria, Memphis, TN

Other countries

  • Karum AVM, Gaziosmanpaşa, Ankara, Turkey (branded as O&K KONE, because of the building have KONE M-Series lifts)
  • Place des Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada (branded as O&K Labadie)
  • Fountain Centre, Belfast, Ireland
  • Carlson Dept. Store, Mikkeli, Finland
  • K-Citymarket, Savonlinna, Finland
  • Farmers Plaza, Araneta City, Quezon City, Philippines (Maintained by KONE)
  • Capital on the Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 57 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Los Leones Metro Station, Providencia, Santiago de Chile
  • Smolensky Passage Shopping Center, Moscow, Russia
  • Mall Azzurro, Naples, Italy
  • COIN department store, Catania, Sicily, Italy (1991, branded as an O&K FIAM)
  • Miyagi Sant Juan Bautista Museum, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan (1995)
  • Baixa-Chiado Station (Lisbon Metro), Lisbon, Portugal (1998)
  • Entrecampos Train Station, Portugal, Spain (branded as an O&K KONE)

Cruise ships and cruiseferries

  • Mein Schiff Herz (1996, formerly MV Mercury and Celebrity Mercury)

Former installations

Below here is a list of both O&K and O&K KONE escalators which are no longer exist.

Netherlands

  • Blokker, Winkelcentrum Zuidplein, Rotterdam (1980-2021, Blokker replaced into Hema and escalator modernized into the ThyssenKrupp since 2021)
  • C&A Department Store, Damrak, Amsterdam, Netherlands (modernized into the ThyssenKrupp since 2015)
  • Houthoff, Weena, Rotterdam (late 1989-2021)
  • Duivendrecht Railway Station, Duivendrecht (1992-2022, modernized into the KONE since 2022)
  • Blaak Railway Station, Rotterdam (1992 & 1993-2023, modernized into the KONE since 2023)
  • Zoetermeer Railway Station, Zoetermeer (modernized into the ThyssenKrupp since 2016)
  • Leiden Central Station, Leiden (1994-2022, modernized into the KONE since 2022)
  • Big Bazar (formerly Piet Kerkhof), Winkelcentrum Alexandrium, Rotterdam (1995-2018, Big Bazar replaced into Decathlon and escalator modernized into the ThyssenKrupp since 2018)
  • Wijtman Sport 2000 XL, Statenplaats, Dordrecht (1995-2022, shop closed since 2022)

Other countries

  • Kai Tak International Airport, Kowloon, Hong Kong[6] (closed in 1998, building demolished in 2004)
  • Cheung Sha Wan Plaza, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong (modernized into the KONE EcoMod 2 since 2019[7])
  • Kings Shopping Center, Bandung, Indonesia (19??-2014, building destroyed by fire)[8]
  • Pasar Atum Mall, Surabaya, Indonesia (1986-2017, replaced into Otis XO-508 units)
  • Pantip Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand (1984-2017, replaced into Schindler 9300 AE units)
  • Phuket International Airport, Phuket, Thailand
  • Robinson's Galleria Mall, Ortigas Center, Quezon City, Philippines[9]

Trivia

  • Orenstein & Koppel had a partnership with the UK-based Keighley Lifts to made few elevators in the United Kingdom. Their elevators were branded as "Keighley O&K". One of their installations was found in Tesco in High Wycombe, but they have been modernized by Stannah Lifts.
  • According to "hkelev.com", some of their escalators handrails are wider than other companies[10].
  • In Australia, O&K escalators were distributed by Elevators Pty. Ltd. (EPL KONE) and some of their late 1980s escalators often have the "O&K EPL-KONE" brand.
  • In Italy, a few O&K escalators from very late 1980s and 1990s were branded as "O&K FIAM". Both of these companies were owned by KONE.

Gallery

Escalators and moving walks

Landing plates/covers

Manufacturer's data plaques

Notes and references

  1. ESCALATOR FIRM CLOSING DOORS - Daily Press (Archived)
  2. The seasoned escalator... - BUSINESS TIMES, 25 August 1978, Page 2 (NewspaperSG)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 O&K KONE escalators.
  4. Elevators installed by O&K under the Keighley Lifts brand.
  5. Currently in process of being replaced by KONE MonoSpace and Schindler Escalators.
  6. Hong Kong before 1997, Hong Kong's kai Tak Legendary Airport - YouTube
  7. 長沙灣廣場其中一條往商場一樓的自動梯剛剛完成了通力 EcoMod™ 自動梯優化改造工程。你能夠感受到新和舊的分別嗎😎? (Facebook page: KONE Hong Kong)
  8. Shopping mall rebuilt and reopened in 2020. It has Schindler 5500 elevators and Schindler 9300 AE escalators.
  9. Formerly and have been replaced with Shanghai Mitsubishi escalators.
  10. List of lifts and escalators companies and its original maintenance companies (hkelev.com)

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