Thyssen Aufzüge GmbH was the vertical transportation division of German steel manufacturer Thyssen AG which made elevators and escalators. The company merged with Krupp in 1999 and became ThyssenKrupp.
Thyssen was founded on September 29, 1891 by August Thyssen and his brother Joseph in Duisburg, Germany.
The company's role in the elevator industry began in 1973 when it acquired Rheinstahl AG, a Hamburg based manufacturing company who also made elevators and escalators. Manufacturing of elevators started in 1976 when Rheinstahl changed name to Thyssen Industrie AG and spits its elevator manufacturing business into Thyssen Aufzüge GmbH.
In the 1980s, Thyssen took over MAN's elevator division and later became Thyssen-MAN in 1984. At the same year they began entering the Spanish markets by acquiring Boettischer Elevadores, which became Thyssen Boettischer in 1985. 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 it would merge with Krupp, and both companies eventually merged in 1999. The merger was completed in 2001, become ThyssenKrupp. At the same year, Thyssen renamed their U.S. elevator and escalator division Dover Elevators from Thyssen Dover to the new ThyssenKrupp name.
|1973||Rheinstahl AG||West Germany|
|1984||MAN Aufzugbau||West Germany||Became Thyssen-MAN for a while.|
|1984||Boetticher Elevadores con Ascensores S.A.||Spain||Became Thyssen Boetticher|
|1986||Northern Elevator Holdings Ltd.||Canada|
|1987||De Reus||Netherlands||Became Thyssen De Reus until 2003.|
|1991||Gimsom & Co. Leichester Ltd.||United Kingdom|
|1993||U.S. Elevator Corp.||United States|
|1998||Tri-County Elevator Co.||United States|
|1999||Dover Elevators||United States||Became Thyssen Dover until 2001.|
|1999||Hammond & Champness Dover (H+C Dover)||United Kingdom|
|1999||Elevadores Sûr||Brazil||Became Thyssen Sûr until 2002.|
|Unknown||Furse Lifts Ltd.||United Kingdom|||
|Unknown||Svenska Hiss AB||Sweden||Some elevators were branded as "Thyssen Svenska Hiss AB" for a while.|
|Unknown||Macosa Elevaćion S.A.||Spain|
- Main article: List of Thyssen elevator fixtures
- Main article: List of notable Thyssen elevator installations
Notable overseas distributors
|Bongear Engineering||Hong Kong, China||1980s-2004|
Bongear Engineering was acquired by ThyssenKrupp in 2004.
Escalators and moving walks branded as Thyssen Boral
|General Electric Company (GEC)|
|British Hong Kong||1980s?-1990s|
Elevators branded as Hanyang-Thyssen
|Isralift Industries Ltd.||Israel||1990s|
|Marryat & Scott Ltd.||United Kingdom|
British Hong Kong
Escalators and moving walks
|PT. Thysindo Griatama||Indonesia||1984-late 1990s|
Now PT Marico Gria.
- The Thyssen logo actually originated from Rheinstahl AG. When Rheinstahl was sold to Thyssen in 1973, Thyssen decided to reintroduce Rheinstahl trademark by reusing the blue "arc". The yellow "RHEINSTAHL" name was replaced with a blue "THYSSEN" name.
- 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, 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.
- When Thyssen absorbed Spanish elevator company Boetticher Elevadores con Ascensores S.A. in 1984, it became Thyssen Boetticher. This was probably Thyssen's first attempt of entering the Spanish elevator markets.
Notes and references
- ↑ Rheinstahl acquired by Thyssen in 1976
- ↑ Thyssen (German)
- ↑ Vom 1865 bis heute - Hamburger Abendblatt (German)
- ↑ Acuerdo entre Boetticher y Navarro y la empresa alemana Thyssen - El Pais (Translation)
- ↑ Fusión oficial de Boetticher Elevadores con Ascensores, SA - El Pais (Translation)
- ↑ Over 125 years of history - Furse - ABB
- ↑ 대전광역시 서구 탄방동 한양산호아파트 한양공영(티센 제휴) 엘리베이터 2차 탑사
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ The company logo - thyssenkrupp (Archived version)
- ↑ 土瓜灣浩明雅苑蒂森克虜伯升降機
|Major elevator and escalator companies|
|Full list of companies||List of elevator and escalator companies|
|Operating||Fujitec • Hitachi • Hyundai • Kone • Mitsubishi Electric (Shanghai Mitsubishi) • Otis (Otis Electric • Sigma) • Schindler • thyssenkrupp • Toshiba|
|Defunct||Dover Elevators • Express Lift • Orenstein & Koppel • Thyssen • Westinghouse|
|Other companies||Third-party elevator maintenance companies|