SCHAEFER Company History

A German Leader in Technology

Elevator Components & Fixtures Since 1964

Company founder Wolfgang Schäfer began more than 50 years ago with a pioneering spirit, a wealth of ideas and plenty of optimism. He turned his ideas into a long standing and ongoing success story with a bright future. Switchgear, controlling devices and control units for the elevator industry soon followed initial orders, quickly establishing themselves on the market. The LT 18 series, the forefather of all our push buttons, turned out to be the foundation for all further components in our product families.

Today SCHAEFER offers a complete range and variety of components and accessories: display elements, modern and stylish COP systems, lift information and access control, as well as CANopen technologies for today’s elevator construction. As a multinational corporation and leader in state-of-the-art technology, our strongest potential for our future and the success of our clients lies in an ongoing developmental process, continuous reflection and a strategic operating process.

Schaefer Company History

FACTS & FIGURES

2018

shop4lifts.com

Start of the SCHAEFER Webshop shop4lifts.com

2016

SCHAEFER Erfurt

Another subsidiary was opened in Erfurt in July 2016. The new facility in Eastern Germany serves as innovation centre and logistics hub for the new SCHAEFER online shop.

2015

5 SUBSIDIARIES & 250 EMPLOYEES WORLD-WIDE

2013

Completion of the production hall extension in Sigmaringen.

2012

FOUNDING OF SCHAEFER ELEVATOR COMPONENTS INC., VANCOUVER (CANADA)

Solutions for lift car illumination and multimedia applications/touch operation in lifts are added to the range of products

2011

EXPORT SHARE REACHES 50%; EMPLOYS 220 PEOPLE

The company employs 220 people; its export share reaches 50%.

2009

Opening of the production and distribution centre in Abrera (Barcelona/Spain)

2005

Werner Köpff retires after 24 successful years, 16 of which he headed the company. Michael Gubisch takes over managing the company. Part of the company´s new international orientation is changing the name from Ing. Wolfgang Schäfer GmbH to SCHAEFER GmbH.

2004

NEW SALES PARTNERSHIPS FORGED

New sales partnerships are forged with Poland, Russia, India, North America, China and Scandinavia.

2002

MBA, Dipl.-Ing. Michael Gubisch joins the company. New global orientation, international concepts and product offensives.

2001

140 employees, over 10 nationalities. Bus systems like CANopen, access control as well as Lift Info Systems (monitoring) complete the well diversified product portfolio

1999

DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 CERTIFICATION

1995

LAUNCH ORDER PROCESSING SOFTWARE

Launch of the order processing software “WS-TAB”

1992

BARRIER-FREE SOLUTIONS

are placed on the market

1983

THE INDIVIDUAL ENTERPRISE BECOMES LTD.

19 employees bring a new generation of pushbuttons on to the market

1980

DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST MODULAR FIXTURES

1969

NEW GENERATION OF PUSHBUTTONS

19 employees bring a new generation of pushbuttons on to the market

1964

WOLFGANG SCHÄFER FOUNDS THE COMPANY

Product launch of the first luminous pushbutton LT 18