Not to be confused with XJ Siemens.

Siemens & Halske (present day Siemens AG) was a German electrical engineering company founded in 1847. Aside from electrical related products, the company did also make elevators, including the world's first electric elevator. The elevator division was concentrated in Denmark (operating as Dansk Siemens A/S) and was later sold to Otis at some point.


Siemens & Halske was founded by Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske in 1847, the former was credited for developing the world's first electric elevator in 1880. In August 1880, Siemens presented the world's first electric elevator at the Pfalzgau Exhibition in Mannheim, Germany; the elevator could carry up to four persons and could ran at 1.8 meters per second speed for a height of 20 meters.

Siemens also bought JÄRNHS Elektriska AB (merged as Elema-Schönander AB in 1956, was bought in 1959 and became Elema Siemens AB for a while), who made generic elevators in and around Stockholm, as well as other electrical things such as X-Rays.

Very little is known about the history of Siemens's elevator division, other than it got sold to Otis at some point.

Notable installations


  • Copenhagen Central Railway station (1983 and 1986, modernized by ThyssenKrupp)
  • Fridtjof Nansens Plads, Copenhagen (1934)
  • Peter Bangs Vej S-tog station, Copenhagen (1989)
  • DPU Aarhus Universitet, Copenhagen (1940s)
  • Universitetsparken 4, Copenhagen (1992)
  • Erndrupvej 115A, Copenhagen (1961)
  • Griffenfeldsgade 37, Copenhagen (1940, modernized by Kone)
  • Løngangstræde 25, Copenhagen (1955)
  • Rolighedsvej 9-11, Frederiksberg (1951 and 1959)
  • Lauritz Sørensens Vej 3, Frederiksberg (1951)
  • Sønderborg Hospital, Sønderborg (1982)
  • Bahne, Kongens Lyngby (1965)
  • Hotel Comwell Hvide Hus, Aalborg (dumbwaiters only)
  • Aalborghus Gymnasium, Aalborg (1979)
  • Travbanen, Charlottenlund (1955)
  • Vejlegårdsparken 2, Vallensbæk (1969)

Other countries

  • Satanakatu 5, Helsinki, Finland (1913)
  • Iso Heikkiläntie 8, Turku, Finland (1958)
  • Östberga estate, Stockholm, Sweden (1960s)
  • Kungsholmsgatan 15, Stockholm, Sweden (1970s)
  • Holavedsvägen 25, Lidingö, Sweden


  • Dansk Siemens A/S was also a distributor of Eggers-Kehrhahn / Rheinstahl Eggers-Kehrhahn escalators in Denmark. One of the prominent installations can be found at the ILLUM department store in Copenhagen, which were installed in 1967.
  • In Finland, Siemens elevators were distributed and installed by Epilän Konepaja (EKO).

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