Schindler was founded in 1874 in Lucerne, Switzerland, by precision engineer Robert Schindler. More than 140 years later Schindler now employs more than 57,000 staff worldwide.
Schindler Lifts established itself in Australia in 1981, with a headquarters in Melbourne, before later relocating to Sydney. Schindler equipment can now be found in some of Australia's major landmark buildings and today is one of the largest global suppliers of new escalators, elevators and moving walks.
Schindler Group establishes a subsidiary in Australia with headquarters in Melbourne. David Reilly from Johns Perry Elevators is appointed the first Managing Director. Schindler Australia expands with acquisitions such as, HD McCreedy and Independent Lift Services up until 1984.
The first traction installation of Schindler Miconic B equipment is completed in Sydney.
Schindler purchases Precision Elevators and moves headquarters to Sydney.
The Queensland branch is established.
Schindler purchases 50% of Grant Elevators in Western Australia and starts manufacturing doors and cars under licence.
Schindler Group purchases Devehissar in Sweden thus bringing Deve Australia into the Group.
Schindler purchases Transtair in Adelaide to start the South Australian Branch.
Richard Lauder is recruited from Honeywell as Managing Director following the retirement of David Reilly.
Schindler takes over the premises and portfolio of Deve Australia to start the ACT branch.
Schindler purchases the Australian portfolio of GEC Elevators.
Fernando Xavier takes over as Managing Director and starts the process of integrating Deve Australia.
Product Line Manager Silvia de Ridder is awarded the international Schindler 'Gold Medal' for her work in introducing the Schindler 300P mid rise elevator system to the Australian market. The 300P is the first standardised Group product to incorporate Australian requirements ex factory.
The first 'destination control' elevator system to be installed in Australia by the Schindler Group at 35 Clarence St, NSW.
Schindler's first range of machine room-less elevators are introduced to Australia and the Asia Pacific with the launch of the Schindler 300P MRL - the first product fully designed in Asia Pacific.
Dec 17 Schindler Head Office moves from 52-54 O'Dea Avenue Waterloo to its fresh new facility in Botany.
Schindler Lifts Australia's success continued by securing the two largest New Installation projects of the year. 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane and the City Square Building (now known as Brookfield Place), Perth. These two projects now in use, showcase what Schindler is about. The highest quality and leading installations in the country.
Aug 1: Rob Seakins leaves Schindler Hong Kong, and returns to Schindler Australia to take up the appointment of Managing Director.