A fascinating story...

In its more than 140-year history, Schindler has grown from a local manufacturer of machines into a global elevator and escalator business. On the way, it has shaped the industry, defined best practice as a mobility provider and as an employer, and prospered in a highly competitive global environment. The story begins in a workshop in Lucerne in 1874...

Foundation of Schindler

1874 - 1900

1874: Robert Schindler (pictured) and Eduard Villiger establish the collective joint partnership Schindler & Villiger.

1883: Move to the newly built plant at Sentimattstrasse in Lucerne.

1892: The first electric elevator with belt drive is built.

First subsidiaries outside of Switzerland

1901 - 1920

1901: Robert Schindler sells the company to his nephew Alfred Schindler (pictured).

1906: Schindler & Cie. o.H.G, the first subsidiary outside of Switzerland, is established in Berlin.

1915: Schindler starts production of elevator motors.

1920: The name of the company changes to Kommandit-AG Schindler & Cie., Aufzüge- und Maschinenfabrik mit Giesserei.

New technologies and subsidiaries

1921 - 1940

1925: The company name changes to Kommanditaktiengesellschaft Schindler & Cie., Aufzüge und Maschinenfabrik.

1929: PARS Finanz AG in Hergiswil, Switzerland, is founded.

1936: Schindler installs the first escalator.

1937: Death of Alfred Schindler. His son, Alfred F. Schindler (pictured) takes over management of the company.

Building of new headquarters and technical innovations

1941 - 1960

1945: Schindler Waggon AG, Pratteln, Switzerland, is established.

1952: Schindler launches the Directronic drive.

1957: Transfer to new headquarters in Ebikon (pictured).

1960: Schindler acquires the Schweizerische Wagons- und Aufzügefabrik Schlieren (SWS).

Schindler shares traded on Zurich Stock Exchange and Joint Ventures in Hong Kong and China

1961 - 1980

1965: Launch of Dynatron drive.

1971: Trading in shares of Schindler Holding AG on the main Zurich Stock Exchange begins.

1974: Joint venture with Jardine Matheson & Co. Ltd in Hong Kong.

1980: First industrial joint venture of the People's Republic of China with a western company (pictured). China Schindler Elevator Co. is established in Beijing.

Expansion in China and seperation from the rolling stock business

1981 - 2000

1985:  Alfred N. Schindler, Luc Bonnard and Dr. Uli Sigg are elected executive directors and take over the management of the company.

1990: World's first hall call destination system, Miconic 10 (pictured).

1998: Schindler separates from the rolling stock business.

1998: Schindler takes over the Haushahn Group in Stuttgart, Germany.

1999: Schindler acquires 63.64% of the shares of Elevadores Atlas S.A., Sao Paulo, Brazil.

New factories and focus on Asian markets

2001 - Today

2003: Launch of SchindlerID, a new traffic-management and access-control technology.

2009: Introduction of Transit Management System, the PORT Technology.

2014: Opening of new factories in China (pictured) and India.

2014: Schindler acquires majority in Joint Venture with XJ-Schindler (Xuchang) Elevator Co. Ltd, China.

2017: Silvio Napoli becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors.

2018: Launch of breakthrough Robotics Installation System for Elevators.

Our Logo over the years

The success story of the Schindler logo began in 1910. It originally shows a compass at the bottom and the year the company was founded. Today, the Schindler logo with its name, symbol and colors is built on tradition and reflects our brand values.

Contact us

Schindler Management Ltd.
Zugerstrasse 13
6030 Ebikon
Switzerland
Phone: +41 41 445 31 31