Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation
Logo Toshiba


February 18, 1967


MS Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia), GFC Elevator Co. Ltd. (Taiwan) and Chevalier (Hong Kong, China and Singapore)

Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (also known as TELC, Japanese: 東芝エレベータ株式会社 Tōshiba erebēta kabushikigaisha) is subsidiary company of Toshiba Corporation (KONE Corporation also being a stakeholder as well) which manufactures elevators and escalators.


Toshiba started making elevators in February 18, 1967. In 1977, it became the first elevator manufacturer in Japan to introduce a microcomputer-controlled elevator group control system.

In 1998, Toshiba began marketing Spacel, a machine room less elevator based on the Kone EcoDisc technology as a result of Kone entered the Japanese market by creating a strategic alliance with Toshiba[1]. SPACEL-UNI was the first MRL product launched in Japan.[2][3]

In 2004, Toshiba and Kone was contracted to installs ultra high speed elevators to Taipei 101 tower in Taipei, Taiwan. At the same year, the elevators were awarded by Guinness World Record as the fastest elevators in the world from 2004[4] until 2016, when they were surpassed by Shanghai Tower's Mitsubishi elevators.

Notable elevator and escalator products

Elevators (current)


Main article: Toshiba SPACEL

SPACEL is a machine room less traction elevator model based on the Kone MonoSpace elevators. It was introduced in 1998 for the Japanese domestic market as the result of a strategic alliance between Toshiba and Kone. Nowadays this model is also available for markets outside Japan, which is sold under the names SPACEL-UNI and SPACEL-III. Equipped with the much smaller gearless traction motor.


Compact machine room traction elevator only sold for markets outside Japan. It consist of two models; the regular ELCOSMO (8-24persons / 60-150m/min) and the ELCOSMO-III (8-26persons / 60-180m/min)


Gearless high speed elevator for high-rise buildings with permanent magnet (PM) synchronous motor.

Ultra high speed elevators

Toshiba also make ultra high speed elevators for high-rise buildings, and possibly faster than NEW ELBRIGHT. An example of their ultra high speed elevator installations is at Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which used to be the fastest elevator in the world from 2004 to 2010.

Double deck elevators

Examples of their double deck elevator installations can be found at Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Kone Test Centre in Tytyri, Lohja, Finland (installed under partnership with Kone)

Elevators (discontinued)

CA11 and CA21

Two-speed AC traction elevator produced from 1977 to 1991.


This is an AC feedback control (computerized) traction elevator produced from 1982 to 1987.


DC gearless traction high-rise elevator produced from 1970 to 1990. DCGL consists of: 1st Stage, 2nd Stage, CL10, CL11, CL20, CL30, CL31 and CL40.

Hydraulic elevators

Toshiba also made hydraulic elevators known as Pearl Schmidt, CH10, CH11, CH20 and CH40. They were made from 1975 to 1993.


Type A,B,B1,C,D,E,E1,F,F1,G,G1,H,H1,J,K,K1

These older standard type escalators were produced from 1966 to 1982.


Current standard type escalator for commercial applications sold in Japan and overseas markets.

Elevator fixtures

Main article: Toshiba Elevator Fixtures Guide

Notable installations

Main article: List of notable Toshiba elevator installations

Notable distributors, subsidiaries and joint ventures



Company name Country Remark

• Chevalier (Hong Kong) Ltd.
• Chevalier (Macau) Ltd.
• Chevalier Pte. Ltd.

Hong Kong, China
Macau, China
Since 1972 until 2009
Dhaher Al Muhairi Company UAE Since 1999
GFC Ltd. Taiwan Since 1973
Khazar Lift Service LLC Azerbaijan
MS Elevators Engineering Sdn. Bhd.
• MS Elevators Sdn. Bhd.
New City Technology Trading Service Co. Ltd. Vietnam
PT. Toshindo Elevator Utama Indonesia Since 1998
Shiba Tech Corporation Limited Bangladesh
Siam Elevators & Escalators Co. Ltd. Thailand
Technical Trading Co. L.L.C Oman


  • PT. Capitol Mutual Corporation (CMC) (Indonesia, 1980s?-1998)


Joint ventures


  • To be added


Logos and nameplates



  1. KONE Corporation Annual Report 1998
  2. Kone - Toshiba alliance
  3. Kone - 2002-2004
  4. Guinness World Record - Fastest lift (elevator) (archived version in 2015)

See also

External links

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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