History

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1812 Alfred Krupp takes over the steel manufacturing plant founded by his father Friedrich and steadily grows it into a world-famous company.

1865 Stahlbau Eggers is founded in Hamburg. “My name is Krupp, and that’s enough.” With this famous statement, Alfred Krupp declines the noble title offered to him by the King of Prussia.

1868 Landgraf und Wimmel, later called F. Kehrhahn, is founded in Hamburg.
At the beginning of the Age of Invention, Robert Forester Mushet develops the first commercial steel alloy.

1876 The company R. Stahl is founded in Stuttgart.
London’s General Post Office features the world’s first paternoster elevator.

1880 Werner von Siemens presents the world’s first electric elevator.

1956 R.Stahl builds the fastest elevator in Europe for the Messeturm (trade fair tower) in Hannover.

1965 In Stuttgart, the companies R.Stahl and Adolf Zaiser merge.

1967 World record: R.Stahl manufactures an elevator for the television tower in Moscow – 540 metres high.

1969 R. Stahl Aufzüge GmbH is founded in Stuttgart and takes over Aufzugsbau Stahl-Zaiser (Stuttgart) and Eggers-Kehrhahn (Hamburg).

1973 A new plant is built in Neuhausen (near Stuttgart) boasting 40,000 m2 of manufacturing and storage space. 1200 employees produce up to 5000 elevators annually. Thyssen’s CEO Hans-Günther Sohl demands a new energy policy – otherwise, he threatens, he will relocate his company abroad.

1976 In the course of internal changes, R. Stahl Aufzüge GmbH renames itself Thyssen Aufzüge GmbH; Rheinstahl AG is now called Thyssen Industrie AG. At the same time, the escalator segment of Eggers-Kehrhahn GmbH (Hamburg) is taken over. A large fire devastates the Neuhausen plant. But a mere two months after the blaze, the training workshop is allowed to reopen and production gradually resumes.

1984 Thyssen purchases the M.A.N. elevator segment. The company’s new name: Thyssen M.A.N.-Aufzüge GmbH. Engineers are singing the praises of the first “thinking elevators”, a new generation of lifts in New York skyscrapers that communicate with a central controller.

1992 TÜV Süd certifies the company to DIN EN ISO 9001.
Thyssen Fahrtreppen installs 16 unique, nearly self-suspended escalators under a 40-metre glass atrium in the London Underwriting Centre.

1998 The manufacturing plants in Neuhausen and Hamburg become autonomous as thyssenkrupp Aufzugswerke GmbH (elevators) and thyssenkrupp Fahrtreppen GmbH (escalators).
thyssenkrupp Aufzüge celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Neuhausen plant.

1999 The company’s comprehensive QM system is certified to the European elevator directive 95/16/EG, appendix IX and XIII, module H. Thyssen AG and Friedrich Krupp AG merge to form thyssenkrupp AG. thyssenkrupp delivers the first moving walks to Russia.

2003 The sales and service organisations become legally autonomous as:

  • thyssenkrupp Aufzüge Nordost GmbH, Berlin
  • thyssenkrupp Aufzüge West GmbH, Frankfurt
  • thyssenkrupp Aufzüge Süd GmbH, Neuhausen (Nähe Stuttgart)

thyssenkrupp Aufzüge presents the revolutionary TWIN® elevator system – the world’s first solution enabling two independent cabins to be operated in a single shaft.

2008 The regional companies thyssenkrupp Aufzüge Nordost GmbH, thyssenkrupp Aufzüge West GmbH and thyssenkrupp Aufzüge Süd GmbH join forces to become thyssenkrupp Aufzüge Deutschland GmbH.
Thanks to the mobility boom, thyssenkrupp supplies 310 systems for airports in India.

2011 TÜV Süd certifies the newly integrated occupational safety management system to BS OHSAS 18001:2007.