Thyssen AG was a German steel manufacturer that also manufactures elevators and escalators. The company merged with Krupp in 1999 to form ThyssenKrupp.


Thyssen was founded on September 29, 1891 by August Thyssen and his brother Joseph in Duisburg, Germany. In 1973, Thyssen acquired Rheinstahl[1], a German manufacturing company. Later in 1976, Rheinstahl AG was renamed to Thyssen Industrie AG and Thyssen Aufzüge (elevator division). They also took over MAN's elevator division in the 1980s, and later became Thyssen-MAN in 1984. Thyssen joined with several elevator companies such as Otis, Schindler, Kone, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Johns & Waygood (later Johns Perry Lifts and then Boral Elevators) and Toshiba.

In 1995, Thyssen announced that Krupp will be merged, and both companies merged in 1999. The merger between both companies were completed in 2001 and thus the name become ThyssenKrupp. At the same year, Thyssen renamed their US elevator and escalator division Dover Elevators from Thyssen Dover to the new ThyssenKrupp name.

Notable acquisitions

Notable installations

Main article: List of notable Thyssen elevator installations

Notable overseas distributors

Company/distributor name Country Remarks
Bongear Engineering Hong Kong, China 1980s-2004[3]
Boral Elevators Australia 1980s?-1990s
Escalators and moving walks,
branded as Thyssen Boral
General Electric Company (GEC)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China 1980s?-1990s
Few escalators
Hanyang South Korea 1990s
Elevators branded
as Hanyang-Thyssen[4]
Isralift Industries Ltd. Israel 1990s
Marryat & Scott Ltd. United Kingdom
Hong Kong, China
Escalators and moving walks
PT. Thysindo Griatama
(now PT. Marico Gria)
Indonesia 1984-late 1990s[5]


  • When Thyssen acquires Dover in 1999, it was known as Thyssen Dover in the United States, but their products were branded as Dover until 2001, when it was simply known as ThyssenKrupp.
  • Even after the merger, the Thyssen name was still used in elevators installed in some countries in the early 2000s, and some of them would often carries the ThyssenKrupp logo. In Hong Kong, the name was used until around 2004[6], while in United Kingdom, the name ended in 2003 when it changed name into ThyssenKrupp Elevators (UK) Ltd.
  • Elevators modernized by Thyssen can be found in the United States, though they are very rare to find. It is unconfirmed if elevators installed by Thyssen can be found in the United States. However, Thyssen escalators can be found in the United States, though they are very rare to find.


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Notes and references

  1. Rheinstahl acquired by Thyssen in 1976
  2. Over 125 years of history - Furse - ABB
  3. Bongear Engineering was acquired by ThyssenKrupp in 2004.
  4. 대전광역시 서구 탄방동 한양산호아파트 한양공영(티센 제휴) 엘리베이터 2차 탑사
  5. PT. Marico Gria, still exist today as a distributor of MP and China-made Sepac elevators in Indonesia, although it also maintains a few of the remaining Thyssen elevators in Indonesia.
  6. 土瓜灣浩明雅苑蒂森克虜伯升降機
Major elevator companies
DoverExpress LiftFujitecHitachiHyundaiKoneMitsubishi ElectricOtisSchindlerSigmaThyssenthyssenkruppToshiba
Full list: List of elevator and escalator companies
See also: Third-party elevator maintenance companies
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