From contractor to global player

SCHAEFER GmbH is an established international company with six branches in Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada and China, retaining proximity to national markets and their individual requirements. Our internationally oriented customer service approach is exemplified by the fact that 19 languages are spoken at SCHAEFER. A dynamic network of reliable global trading partners ensures unbeatable product availability and swift service delivery. SCHAEFER supplies products to 120 countries worldwide. As a market leader, nothing is more important to us than guaranteeing unbeatable product quality. We deploy specialized in-house development teams for individual elements to deliver products that are flawless in every way. SCHAEFER products make use of forward-looking technology and exceptional design, offering an enticing and intelligent user interface, an appealing look and feel and durability to last for many years.

We supply a diverse product portfolio, comprising all components involved in operation and visualization at modern elevator installations. From a varied range of fixtures, buttons and indicating elements via bus systems through to cabin lighting – all from a single source. Whether it is a customized product or one from our standard range, you can expect top quality at all times. Continuous investment in the latest machinery is a key part of our corporate philosophy. When it comes to modern machinery, nobody offers a wider range; all of which ensures that our ideas are flawlessly put into practice.

Over 55 years of professional experience

Pioneering spirit, creativity and optimism – our story begins close to today’s location of the company. As the company founder Mr. Wolfgang Schäfer, an engineer, made his first money with salary contracts. A short while later, his first own developments followed: switching devices, controlling and operating units for the elevator industry. And with the LT 18 “the grandfather” of our push button families was created. This meant the beginning of a product line that would be the foundation for our company’s success.

Further innovations followed with fixture systems and components, all diverse but one-of-a-kind – supplemented by sophisticated access control solutions, CANopen applications and Elevator Info Systems, elevator monitoring and building guidance systems.
Today, SCHAEFER is operating world-wide, established as a global player and a leader in technology. We understand global openness, consistency, innovative strength and flexibility as a vital way of thinking and acting: this is our potential for the future.


world map with SCHAEFER subsidiaries

Vancouver, Canada

Barcelona, Spain

Milan, Italy

Sigmaringen, Germany

Erfurt, Germany

Shanghai, China

Memberships / Associations

CECA: Canadian Elevator Contractors Association


NAEC: National Association of Elevator Contractors




CiA: CAN in Automation (CiA) e. V.


ELA: European Lift Association, QSEE Meeting

VDI: VDI Society Building and Construction Technology, Technical Committee elevator technology

ANACAM: Associazone Nazionale Imprese di Construzione e Manutenzione Ascensori

AECAE: Asociación de Empresas de Componentes para ascensores


VFA: VFA-Interlift e.V. – Association for Lift Technology

Senate of the German economy

Friends of the University Albstadt Sigmaringen