Elevadores Atlas S.A.


1918 (Cambuci, São Paulo, Brazil)

Acquired by

Schindler (1999)

Succeeded by

Atlas Schindler



Atlas Elevadores S.A. (also known as Elevadores Atlas and later Atlas Schindler) was an elevator company based in São Paulo, Brazil. They made residential, commerical and freight elevators as well as escalators. It was a subsidiary of the Villares Steel group.


The company was established in 1918 in the neighbourhood of Cambuci, São Paulo, and started as a small workshop for elevator installation and maintenance, as Pirie, Villares & Cia.. In 1935, the brand "Atlas" was created. Around the mid to late 1930's Luiz Dumont Villares, after visiting Westinghouse's factory in Pennsylvania in his honeymoon, establishes a technology sharing agreement between the American and Brazilian brands. In the late 1940's Atlas brings the first escalators to Brazil. The company remained independent until 1999 when Schindler acquires 63.64% of the shares of Atlas Lifts. Later, Schindler was establshed in Brazil as "Elevadores Atlas Schindler S.A." (or simply "Atlas Schindler"). They still are the national leader in vertical transportation and manufacturing. They were also responsible for developing the Schindler NeoLift and other elevator models sold by Schindler in South and Central Americas.

Notable installations

  • Centro Comercial Central, Macau, People's Republic of China
  • Almost all of the public/goverment-owned buildings in Brasilia. Installed circa 1957-1962. Most have been modernized by Atlas Schindler or other brands.
  • Shopping Pátio Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil, 1989 (modernized by Schindler in 2016)
  • Shopping Pátio Higienópolis, São Paulo, Brazil (1999) (modernized in the mid 2000s)
  • Countless metro stations in São Paulo (various models, dates and equipment, most were modernized by other companies)
  • Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brazil
  • FIESP Tower, São Paulo, SP (Modernized with PORT)
  • MASP Museum, São Paulo, SP
  • Edificio Italia, São Paulo, 1965 (modernized with 5500 in 2017), also includes the completely original Circolo Italiano Elevators.


SLOW Atlas Traction Elevator @Centro Comercial Central, Macau

SLOW Atlas Traction Elevator @Centro Comercial Central, Macau

An elevator installed by Atlas in Centro Comercial Central, Macau, PRC (video: vief86mo).

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