|Società Anonimo Bolognese Industrie Elettromeccaniche|
1921 (Bologna, Italy)
Sabiem (Società Anonimo Bolognese Industrie Elettromeccaniche) was one of major elevator manufacturers that was based in Bologna, Italy and existed from the early 1920s until the mid 1980s. The company also produced escalators.
The history of Sabiem can be traced back to November 1918 when the company was established as Officine Elettromeccaniche Bolognesi (OEB), a company specialized in mechanical and manufacturing equipment. In 1921, the company changed name to Società Anonimo Bolognese Industrie Elettromeccaniche (SABIEM) but it did not began manufacturing elevators until 1929. During that time, Sabiem made 23 different types of machines for various applications like pasta-making machines, cigarette packaging machines, servomotors and more. In 1929, Sabiem started focusing on making elevators and moved to its new factory in Vira Emilia, in the district of Santa Viola.
In order to make elevators with advanced technologies and patents, Sabiem made agreements with several major elevator manufacturers such as Otis, Westinghouse, Stigler, and Siemens. This resulted the company becaming a major elevator manufacturer in Italy. In the 1930s, Sabiem opened branches in some South American countries.
After World War II, the company continued making elevators with innovative technologies and partnerships to grew itself as a major elevator manufacturer for foreign markets. They expanded their businesses by opening branches in Mexico, Venezuela, South Africa, and also Hong Kong. Sabiem remained an independent company until 1985 when Kone took over it as a mean of entering the Italian market.
Sabiem exported their elevators to various countries through branches and also agents/third-party distributors. They were distributed in Mexico, Venezuela (where it was an important market), Cuba, South Africa, Israel, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and even Taiwan.
In Hong Kong, Sabiem elevators were distributed by Shan On Engineering Co. Ltd. from the 1960s until around 1980s. They are mostly found in old private apartment, commercial and even industrial buildings. Some elevators are also found in old public housing blocks estates in the 1970s to 1980s. After Kone bought Sabiem, Shan On installed some Kone elevators for public housing estates under Sabiem's name. Nowadays, Shan On Engineering still maintains some of the existing Sabiem elevators throughout Hong Kong, including modernizing some of the old ones, until December 8, 2017, which has been taken over by Kone in Hong Kong, China. Sabiem elevators were also distributed and installed by a smaller, less known agent called Gilman & Co. Ltd., which have been taken over by Shan On Engineering.
Sabiem elevators were introduced to Malaysia and Singapore in 1960. They were distributed by Paterson, Simons & Co. Ltd., who also supplied Marryat & Scott elevators in the region. Sabiem elevators in Singapore were also supplied by Haven Automation, which was acquired by Kone in the mid 1980s.
In South Korea, Sabiem elevators were distributed and installed by Neungsoo Commercial Co.
- Main article: Sabiem Elevator Fixtures Guide
Notable past distributors
- Gillman & Co. Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1960's - 1973)
- Haven Automation (Singapore, 1970's? - 1980's)
- Herouth (Israel)
- Paterson, Simons & Co., Ltd. (Singapore and Malaysia, 1960's)
- Shan On Engineering Co. Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1973  - 2017)
- The headquarters of Sabiem was located in Bologna, in the same area of Borgo Panigale where the Ducati (a famous motorbike brand) factory is located.
- Most Sabiem elevators installed in the 1950s-1970s had their interior cab and doors made of extruded anodised anti-corodal aluminum. Some other elevators, however, were finished with painted steels or wood-based surfaces.
Shan On Engineering Co. Ltd.
Notes and references
- ↑ 香港通力電梯在上星期已經收購了本地的升降機承辦商長安工程，並將業務及員工撥歸通力旗下。 (Facebook page: hkelev.com)
- ↑ SABIEM LIFTS NOW SOLD IN MALAYA, The Straits Times, 11 November 1960, Page 10
- ↑ Newspaper Article - Kone hopes to raise market share for industrial elevators, BUSINESS TIMES, 11 April 1985, Page 2
- ↑ 서울특별시 중구 소공동 대협물산 사비엠엘리베이터 (리모델링:화신엘리베이터) (With Eco Hillstate)
- ↑ 長安工程有限公司-機構詳情- 香港長者服務一站通
- Opificio Golinelli ex SABIEM Bologna -Archaeologia Industriale (Italian)
- La Sabiem - Cronologia di Bologna 1921 - Biblioteca Salaborsa (Italian)
- Shan On Engineering Co. Ltd. official website (sole agent of Sabiem in Hong Kong, China)