Schindler Group

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The Schindler Group
TypePublic
Traded asSIXSCHN
OTC Pink: SHLAF
IndustryVertical transportation
GenreCorporate histories
FoundedLucerne, Switzerland (1874)
Founder(s)Robert Schindler and Eduard Villiger
HeadquartersEbikon, Switzerland
Key peopleAlfred N. Schindler (Chairman)
ProductsElevators, Escalators
RevenueCHF 8,187 million (2010), Decrease 1.1% from 2009
Employees43,010 (2010)
ParentSchindler Holding Ltd
WebsiteThe Schindler Group
 
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The Schindler Group
TypePublic
Traded asSIXSCHN
OTC Pink: SHLAF
IndustryVertical transportation
GenreCorporate histories
FoundedLucerne, Switzerland (1874)
Founder(s)Robert Schindler and Eduard Villiger
HeadquartersEbikon, Switzerland
Key peopleAlfred N. Schindler (Chairman)
ProductsElevators, Escalators
RevenueCHF 8,187 million (2010), Decrease 1.1% from 2009
Employees43,010 (2010)
ParentSchindler Holding Ltd
WebsiteThe Schindler Group
Schindler Test Tower in Ebikon, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
Schindler Miconic 10 keypad. This is the version in Hong Kong.

The Schindler Group is a manufacturer of escalators and elevators world wide, founded in Switzerland in 1874. Schindler produces, installs, maintains and modernizes elevators and escalators in many types of buildings including residential, commercial and high-rise buildings. The company is present in more than 140 countries and employs 43,000 persons worldwide.[1] The production facilities are located in Austria, Brazil, China, France, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.[2]

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Company history

The company was founded in Switzerland in 1874, by Robert Schindler and Eduard Villiger who established the collective joint partnership Schindler & Villiger.[3] Shortly thereafter, a mechanical engineering workshop was built on an island in the River Reuss in Lucerne, Switzerland, for the production of lifting equipment and machines of all types.

Schindler founded the first foreign subsidiary in Berlin (Germany) in 1906. Thereafter, the company expanded continuously and mainly throughout Europe. In 1980 Schindler founded the first Western industrial joint venture in the People's Republic of China. With the take over of Atlas in Brazil in 1999 Schindler became a major market player in South America.

Schindler entered the North American elevator market with the purchase of Toledo-based Haughton Elevator Company in 1979 - briefly branding their products as Schindler-Haughton. In 1989, the company dramatically increased its presence in the United States after acquiring the Elevator/Escalator division of Westinghouse Electric, one of the largest producers of elevators and escalators at the time. Currently, Schindler Elevator Corporation, the United States operations of Schindler Group, is based in Morristown, New Jersey.[4]

In February 2007, Schindler, along with competitors Otis Elevator Co., ThyssenKrupp, Kone, and Mitsubishi Elevator Europe were fined by the European Union for a price-fixing cartel. Schindler was fined 144 million euros, or about $189.3 million US dollars.[5]

Subsidiaries in other countries

Destination control systems

Schindler's Miconic 10, the company's name for their proprietary control system, introduced in 1995, was the industry first of an innovative type of control systems now known as hall call destination system. The system features keypads and LED screens instead of hall button stations whereby riders enter their desired floor before entering an elevator car. The system then directs the rider to a specific elevator car while grouping riders traveling to nearby floors together. Schindler claims this minimizes the number of stops, and decreases congestion and travel time—especially during peak traffic periods.[7] The system was continuously further developed and new functions were amended eventually evolving in systems which guarantee highly efficient and energy saving traffic management. Especially in high rise buildings traffic management systems like Miconic 10 and Schindler ID allow building designers to maximize rentable space and transport efficiency. Moreover, access control becomes feasible.

List of accidents and malfunctions

Schindler Award

Since 2003, Schindler has sponsored the "Schindler Award", a biannual prize for the design of inclusive and accessible urban areas. The competition is open to all students in their final year of study on a bachelor’s course or those enrolled on a master’s course at a European university or college of architecture. If 12 or more students from the same school apply to enter the competition, that school qualifies to participate in the schools’ competition. The Schindler Award 2010 attracted almost 1,400 participants and is therefore one of the most recognized and popular architectural competitions for students in Europe. The next competition, the Schindler Award 2012, will be held in Berne, Switzerland and registration will be open from September 2011 on.[dated info]

See also

References

  1. ^ "About Us". Schindler.com. 2010-12-31. http://www.schindler.com/group-index/group-kg-about.htm. Retrieved 2011-04-26.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ [3][dead link]
  5. ^ "Europeans slap $1.3 billion price-fixing fine on 5 elevator makers". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/money/world/2007-02-21-eu-elevators_x.htm. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  6. ^ About the Schindler Lifts in 1974[dead link]
  7. ^ [4][dead link]
  8. ^ a b c d Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. "Report on Elevator Accident at City Heights Takeshiba" "シティハイツ竹芝エレベーター事故調査報告書", Tokyo, 8 September 2009. Retrieved on 1 November 2012.
  9. ^ Livedoor News シンドラー社が記者説明会 Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  10. ^ 張田 吉昭, 畑村 洋太郎"平塚エスカレータ首はさまれ", Retrieved on 1 November 2012.
  11. ^ Publicity and Information Release, University of Tokyo 東京大学柏キャンパス総合研究棟のシンドラー(株)製エレベーター事故の発生について
  12. ^ KDKA-TV (CBS affiliate station) [http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/10/17/escalators-other-malfunctions-causing-problems-with-north-shore-connector/ Escalators, Other Malfunctions Causing Problems With North Shore Connector]

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