Aufzugswerke Schmitt + Sohn, or simply known as Schmitt + Sohn (stylised as S+), is a German elevator manufacturer based in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany. A family-owned company which has been in existence since 1861, it specializes in manufacturing of elevators and their components, as well as providing elevator maintenance, repairs and modernization. Today, the company is run by the sixth generation of the Schmitt family.


Schmittsohnlogo Old

The company's previous logo (German version)

The company was founded in 1861 by Martin Schmitt in Nuremberg, Germany and started out as a construction fitting company. It did not began making elevators until 1885 when the company began constructing its first elevator system, followed by development its own elevator in the very early 1900s. In 1918, the company was renamed to Aufzugewerke M. Schmitt & Sohn. In 1945 just after the end of World War II, the company was succeeded by Gerhart and Karl Schmitt. In 1952, Schmitt + Sohn produced its first escalator. The 1960s marked the company's first international expansion when a branch in Portugal was established in 1963. Schmitt + Sohn began using electronic control systems for elevators in 1971. In 2000, the company launched its own machine room less elevator.

Locations and branches

Schmitt Sohn Logo ENG

The English version logo, used in the company's official English-language website.

Schmitt + Sohn is based in Nuremberg, the second largest city in the state of Bavaria, Germany. Domestically, the company has branches in several cities within Germany such as Berlin, Dresden, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and many more. At one time just before the Fall of Berlin Wall and the German reunification, Schmitt + Sohn established a branch in East Germany.

It also has three branches within Europe, they are Austria, Portugal (established in 1963) and Czech Republic. Both the Austrian and Czech branch were established in 1989.

List of elevator models

Passenger elevators

  • ISI 2040: Machine room less passenger elevator
  • Color Glass: Machine room less passenger elevator with glass finishes
  • CG-X Color Glass: Premium version of Color Glass elevator
  • GP: Panoramic machine room less elevator (GP stands for Glass Panorama)
  • BA: Bed elevator for hospitals and medical centers

Freight elevators

  • LA: Cargo/freight elevator
  • VG: Elevators designed for cargo/goods only
  • UF: Underground cargo elevator for specific use and environment
  • SL: Freight elevator designed for demanding freight transport
  • HL/HLI: Hydraulic freight elevator
  • KGA: Machine room less freight elevators for material transport

Notable installations


  • The Embassy of Austria, Berlin
  • University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen and Nuremberg
  • Nuremberg Airport, Nuremberg
  • art'otel Koln Rheinauhafen, Cologne
  • Brandhorst Museum, Munich
  • Wendelstein Sun Observatory, Munich
  • Rathaus Freiburg, Breisgau
  • Hotel Bergamo, Ludwigsburg
  • Praxishaus Lange Reihe 2, Hamburg


  • Messe Wien (Vienna Trade Fair), Vienna
  • Hollmann Beletage Hotel, Vienna


  • Hospital Particular de Guimarães, Guimarães
  • Plataforma das Artes (Cultural Center), Guimarães

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