History

ThyssenKrupp Access Solutions has various historical roots. Each of them has been a front-runner in its respective national market. Today, the know-how and the entrepreneurial spirit of these companies are bundled in ThyssenKrupp Access Solutions, forming one globally competitive company with the background of ThyssenKrupp group with 200 years of expertise.

 

1811
The beginning of ThyssenKrupp AG: On November 20, 1811, Friedrich Krupp (and two partners) found a factory for the manufacture of English cast steel and products made from this steel.

1865
The success story of the German company ThyssenKrupp Treppenlifte (today: ThyssenKrupp Encasa) starts here.

1891
1891 August Thyssen and his brother Joseph own all shares in the coal mine Gewerkschaft Deutscher Kaiser. On December 17, 1891 the first steel is tapped at the new Gewerkschaft Deutscher Kaiser steelworks in Hamborn, Germany.

1947
ThyssenKrupp Access Corp. begins as American Stair-Glide in 1947 in the basement of a Kansas City entrepreneur's home who developed the Stair-Glide® chairlift.

1953
Foundation of dutch company "de Reus". Four years later, the company produces its first chairlift.

1976
ThyssenKrupp Monolift AS establishes in Norway. The company starts here as part of a private company importing lifts for disabled.

1979
Ceteco estabilishes in Pisa, Italy. At the beginning of the success story of Ceteco, the company specializes on platformlifts and chairlifts.

1988
Business Unit ThyssenKrupp Elevator reinforces its market position in the Netherlands and enhances its production range and sales program (elevators for disabled persons).

1989
Access Industries Inc. starts business in the United Kingdom.

1991
From the beginning Lift Able Limited is specialist for straight chairlifts in the United Kingdom.

1994
ThyssenKrupp Accesibilidad (today: ThyssenKrupp Encasa S.L.) starts the Spanish business with introducing accessibility knowledge and products through architects and launch on private markets for chairlifts.

1996
Ceteco becomes important manufacturer of platform lifts and home elevators in Italy. Also the new platform lifts with and without metallic shaft are designed to overcome barriers in residential and public enviroments, indoor and outdoor.

1999
ThyssenKrupp Access Corp. (USA) is positioning as a world-wide leader in accessibility lifting products.

1999
On March 17, 1999, ThyssenKrupp AG in Germany is entered in the Commercial Register after the merger of Thyssen Stahl AG and Krupp Stahl AG.

2000
Dutch company Thyssen de Reus starts the success story of curved chairlift "Flow".

2003
Thyssen de Reus splits up into three specialized companies: ThyssenKrupp Monoliften (sales office accessibility products, today: ThyssenKrupp Encasa BV), ThyssenKrupp Accessibility (manufacturing of chairlifts) and ThyssenKrupp Liften (sales office elevator and escalator products).

2005
ThyssenKrupp Access Corp. opens twelve retail locations across the United States.

2005
From 1995 ThyssenKrupp Monolift AS (today: ThyssenKrupp Monoloft AS) is part of ThyssenKrupp Aufzüge Norge AS – and before that part of a private owned company which started to import lifts for disabled in 1976. Now it is a major player in the Norwegian market.

2005
Ceteco becomes ThyssenKrupp Ceteco (today: ThyssenKrupp Encasa S.r.l.) and is appointed Competence Centre for Platform Lifts in Italy. ORION and GULLIVER are already best-selling product.

2006
ThyssenKrupp Acessibilidades, Lda. (today: ThyssenKrupp Encasa S.A.) strengthens our presence on Accessibity market in Portugal.

2006
ThyssenKrupp Accessibility BV (Netherlands) introduces Flow2 chairlift, which is one of the most appreciated curved chairlifts today.

2007
ThyssenKrupp Access China, Ltd. starts manufacturing and Sales business of Home Elevators in China and Asia Pacific.

2008
Lift Able (United Kingdom) becomes part of ThyssenKrupp Access Group. Today ThyssenKrupp Encasa Ltd. is a professional partner for local authorities and provides especially straight chairlifts.

2008
ThyssenKrupp Access Corp. (USA) acquires National Wheel-O-Vator Company of Roanoke, Illinois. Combining the forces of both companies gives builders and consumers more choices to meet their accessibility and home elevation needs.

2011
ThyssenKrupp Access introduces the state-of-the art Home Elevator series HE 6 and HE 7 in Europe, contributing to a new feeling of comfort and lifestyle at home. These Home elevators are a benchmark in the Home Elevator industry due to their high class materials, individual styles and soft drive technology.

2011
ThyssenKrupp Access introduces the revolutionary StairWalker. The worldwide unique technical tool assists persons walking up and down the stairs. ThyssenKrupp Access is the first and only company so far to take on the challenge of researching and developing such technical stair walking assistance keeping people fit and independent.

2012
ThyssenKrupp Access changes its name to ThyssenKrupp Access Solutions due to the enhanced product portfolio which now comprises passenger boarding bridges, chairlifts, StairWalker, Home Elevators and service lifts for wind turbines.