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1956, 1968 (elevator division)

Succeeded by

LG Group

Year active

1958/1968 - 1995

GoldStar was a South Korean electronics company established in 1956 which also made both elevators and escalators. It's elevator and escalator division was established in 1968, making it the second-oldest elevator manufacturer in South Korea after Dong Yang. It continues to make elevators and escalators until 1995, when it was officially renamed to "Lucky Goldstar" (LG) after Lucky Chemical merged with GoldStar.


GoldStar was established in 1956, and their elevator and escalator division was established in 1968. It began exporting elevators overseas in 1978. In 1985, GoldStar produced a DC controlled elevator and a VVVF elevator was developed two years later. In 1989, an elevator factory and test tower was built in the town of Changwon, Korea, with a height of 114 meters.

In 1994, Lucky Chemical merged with GoldStar and was renamed to Lucky Goldstar (LG) in 1995. During this time all the elevators and escalators were branded as LG. In 1999, Otis had a joint venture with LG Elevators, forming LG-OTIS. Then, Sigma Elevator Company was established in 2001. The LG-OTIS brand lasted until 2005, and it is currently known as Otis Elevator Korea.

GoldStar also had technical partnership with Mitsubishi and Hitachi, and as the result, the design of their elevators were almost identical to Mitsubishi and Hitachi. For example, most GoldStar elevators installed in the 1970s and 1980s used Hitachi fixtures, and some GoldStar elevators installed in the 1990s in South Korea used Mitsubishi's fixtures. Many GoldStar elevators produced from the 1970s to the 1990s had Hitachi's fireman switch and drop keyhole on the landing doors as well.

Notable elevator types/models


A standard relay-controlled geared traction elevator which was made in the 1980s. The bed/hospital elevator version of this model is called DB.


This is a low-rise geared traction elevator with 60 m/min (1 m/s) speed, made during the 1990s. The successor of this model is LGP.


This is a low to mid-rise geared traction elevator with 90 m/min (1.5 m/s) speed. This model was made in the 1990s. The successor of this model is MGP.


This is a high-rise geared (helical gear) traction elevator with 90 to 150 m/min (1.5 to 2.5 m/s) speeds. Manufactured in the 1990s, it was succeeded by the HGP model.


Similar to HVP-II but features a gearless machine and able to serve more than 30 floors. It has speeds of 120 to 360 m/min (2 to 6 m/s). Just like HVP-I, this model was succeeded by the HGP.

Notable installations

Main article: List of notable GoldStar elevator installations

Elevator fixtures

Main article: GoldStar Elevator Fixtures Guide


On September 2010, a 4 years old toddler caught her foot on one of the escalator's edge in Hi Tech Mall, Surabaya, Indonesia. One of her toes got seriously injuried and has to be amputated in the hospital.[1]


  • Their hydraulic elevators was bought from Cow Elevator, a very small Korean elevator company.[2]
  • In almost every 1980s GoldStar elevators with digital indicators, the floor numberings for G and Basement are displayed as "0" and "-" (e.g. -1, -2, ...) respectively, even sometimes on the buttons too.
  • In Indonesia, GoldStar elevators and escalators were distributed and installed by PT. Jaya Kencana from 1983 until 1994. Nowadays they install Sigma elevators and escalators across the country.

See Also

Notes and References

  1. Escalator accident in Surabaya, Indonesia (Indonesian)
  2. Cow Elevator Hydraulic Lift/Elevator at Commercial Levels, King Dao Building, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

External links

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