Orenstein & Koppel


1876 (Berlin, Germany)


Benno Orenstein and Arthur Koppel


Railway vehicles, construction equipments, escalators

Acquired by

Kone (1987)

Year active

1876 - 1999



Orenstein & Koppel (normally abbreviated to O&K or later O&K Kone) was a major German engineering company which specialize railway vehicles, construction equipment, elevators, and escalators.


Orenstein & Koppel was founded on April 1, 1876 in Berlin by Benno Orenstein and Arthur Koppel. They started making escalators in the 1960s in West Berlin. In 1987, Kone bought the company, and became O&K KONE until 1995 when the remaining shares of the company were completely bought by Kone. A few years later, all of O&K's other divisions were sold to various companies; the railway division was transferred to Bombardier and their construction equipment division was sold to New Holland Construction in 1999.

Notable Orenstein & Koppel escalator models

  • L.U.L.1
  • OK-TRONIC 301
  • Variotronic401
  • RT-K
  • RTV-TE
  • RTV-HD 99-S (public escalator model)
  • TransVario (manufactured under the O&K KONE brand)

Overseas distributors

  • Behn Meyer & Co. (Singapore and Malaysia)[1]

Notable escalator and moving walk installations

The following list also includes O&K KONE escalator installations.


New South Wales

  • The Galleries Victoria, Sydney[2]
  • City Market Haymarket, Sydney
  • MLC Centre, Sydney
  • MetCentre, Sydney
  • Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney
  • Macarthur Square, Sydney[2]
  • Berry Square, North Sydney
  • Galleria DFS, Sydney
  • Target, Bankstown Centro, Sydney
  • Campbelltown Mall, Campbelltown


  • Melbourne Central Shopping Mall, Melbourne, VIC (1991)[2]
  • The Myer Centre, Adelaide, SA
  • Target - CentrePoint Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA
  • Elizabeth Quay Bus Station (formerly Esplanade Busport), Perth, WA (1991)
  • Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore, QLD (1994)
  • Piazza on the Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, QLD


  • Carrefour Market, Brest
  • The Opera, Lyon
  • Palais des congrès (Cannes' Movie Festival center), Cannes


  • Gesundbrunnen Railway Station, Berlin
  • Märkische Str. Station, Dortmund
  • Sophienhof, Kiel


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



  • Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam (1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 1999)
  • Sloterdijk Station, Amsterdam
  • C&A Department Store, Damrak, Amsterdam

Capelle aan den Ijssel

  • Slotlaan Metro Station, Capelle aan den Ijssel (1992)
  • Capelle Centrum Metro Station, Capelle aan den Ijssel (1992)
  • De Terp Metro Station, Capelle aan den Ijssel (1992)

Den Haag

  • HS Station, Den Haag (1997)


  • ONLY, Winkelcentrum Zuidplein, Rotterdam (1979)
  • Blokker, Winkelcentrum Zuidplein, Rotterdam (1980)
  • Bristol/Zeeman, Binnenwegplein, Rotterdam (1985)
  • Houthoff, Weena, Rotterdam (1989)
  • Gebouw Delftse Poort, Weena, Rotterdam (1991)
  • Peek & Cloppenburg, Hoogstraat, Rotterdam (1991)
  • Blaak Station, Rotterdam (1992, 1993)
  • Beurs Metro Station, Rotterdam (1997, 1998)
  • Media Markt, Binnenwegplein, Rotterdam (1998)
  • Leuvehaven Metro Station, Rotterdam (1998)


  • Parkweg Metro Station, Schiedam (2000 (with KONE))
  • Vijfsluizen Metro Station, Schiedam (2000 (with KONE))
  • Schiedam Centrum Metro Station, Schiedam (2001 (with KONE))

Other cities/towns

  • Duivendrecht Station, Duivendrecht
  • Rijswijk Station, Rijswijk (1999)
  • Tussenwater Metro Station, Hoogvliet (1999)
  • Pernis Metro Station, Pernis (2001 (with KONE))
  • Kelfkensbos Parking Deck, Nijmegen
  • Zoetermeer Station, Zoetermeer


  • Citylink Underground Mall (1998)
  • Raffles Hotel (1989)[3]
  • Lucky Chinatown[2]
  • Bukit Merah Central Pedestrian Footbridge
  • Forum The Shopping Mall (1986)



  • 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)
  • 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.


  • Muangthai Phatra Complex, Bangkok
  • Siripinyo Building, Bangkok
  • Seacon Square, Bangkok (1994)
  • Makro Rangsit, Pathumthani
  • Big C Supercenter Rangsit, Pathumthani
  • Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiangmai
  • Chiang Rai International Airport, Chiangrai

United Kingdom

  • Castle Mall Shopping Centre, Norwich (1993)
  • Harrod's Knightsbridge, London (1998, Egyptian Escalators)
  • Natural History Museum, London
  • The Mall Wood Green, London
  • Canary Wharf Underground Station, London
  • Waterloo Underground Station, London
  • Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich) DLR Station, London
  • Heathrow Airport Terminal 1, London
  • 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
  • Triangle Building, Manchester

United States

  • Buckhead MARTA Station, Atlanta, GA
  • Newport PATH Station, Jersey City, NJ
  • Hilton Hotel, Portland, OR
  • Sands Regency Convention Center, Reno, NV
  • Circus Circus Midway, Reno, NV
  • Imperial Palace parking garage, Las Vegas, NV
  • Dillards Women and Children Mall St. Matthews, Louisville, KY
  • Belk Greenwood Mall, Bowling Green, KY
  • Dillards South Park Mall, Strongsville, OH
  • Dillards North Point Mall, Alpharetta, GA
  • Dillards Ladies and Children Pembroke Lakes Mall, Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Dillards Westfield Brandon, Brandon, FL
  • Dillards Seminole Towne Center, Sanford, FL
  • Dillards at Chapel Hills Mall, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Dillards The Citadel, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Macy's Eastridge Centre, San Jose, CA
  • Dillards Women Lakeline Mall, Cedar Park, TX
  • Dillards Women First Colony Mall, Sugar Land, TX
  • Dillards Galleria at Sunset, Henderson, NV
  • Nassau Coliesum Uniondale, NY
  • Nauticus, Norfolk, VA

Other countries

  • The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Boots - Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Glasgow Airport, Scotland
  • BHS, Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Fountain Centre, Belfast, Ireland
  • Carlson Dept. Store, Mikkeli, Finland
  • K-Citymarket, Savonlinna, Finland
  • Mall Azzurro, Naples, Italy
  • Robinson's Galleria Mall, Ortigas Center, Quezon City, Philippines[6]
  • Farmers Plaza, Araneta Center, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (car park and bus terminal building), Malaysia (1998)[2]
  • MinMax Restaurant - PNB Darby, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • GoSkate Building, Surabaya, Indonesia (1979)[7]
  • 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
  • Cheung Sha Wan Plaza, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong
  • Royal Park Hotel, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
  • Daily House, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  • Bank of America Tower, Admiralty, Hong Kong
  • Hop Yick Centre, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
  • Mein Schiff Herz (cruise ship), Malta[8] (1997)
  • COIN department store, Catania, Sicily, Italy (1991, branded as O&K FIAM)

Former installations

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

  • Kai Tak International Airport, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China[9] (closed in 1998, building demolished in 2004)
  • Kings Shopping Center, Bandung, Indonesia (building destroyed by fire in 2014)
  • 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)


  • 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 located in Tesco in High Wycombe, but they have been modernized by Stannah Lifts.
  • According to "", 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 were often branded as "O&K EPL-KONE".


Notes and references

  1. The seasoned escalator... - BUSINESS TIMES, 25 August 1978, Page 2 (NewspaperSG)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 O&K Kone escalators.
  3. Hydraulic elevator in the hotel was installed by Kone.
  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. Formerly and have been replaced with Shanghai Mitsubishi escalators.
  7. The first escalator installed in Surabaya, Indonesia.
  8. Based on the ship's current port of registry, in Valletta, Malta.
  9. Hong Kong before 1997, Hong Kong's kai Tak Legendary Airport - YouTube
  10. List of lifts and escalators companies and its original maintenance companies (

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