Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation
Logo Toshiba


February 18, 1967


MS Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia), GFC Elevator Co. Ltd. (Taiwan) and Chevalier (Hong Kong, China and Singapore)

Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (also known as TELC, Japanese: 東芝エレベータ株式会社 Tōshiba erebēta kabushikigaisha) is subsidiary company of Toshiba Corporation which manufactures elevators and escalators.


Toshiba started making elevators in February 18, 1967. In 1977, it became the first elevator manufacturer in Japan to introduce a microcomputer-controlled elevator group control system.

In 1998, Toshiba began marketing Spacel, a machine room less elevator based on the Kone EcoDisc technology as a result of Kone entered the Japanese market by creating a strategic alliance with Toshiba[1]. SPACEL-UNI was the first MRL product launched in Japan.[2][3]

In 2004, Toshiba and Kone was contracted to installs ultra high speed elevators to Taipei 101 tower in Taipei, Taiwan. At the same year, the elevators were awarded by Guinness World Record as the fastest elevators in the world from 2004[4] until 2010, when they were surpassed by Burj Khalifa's Otis elevators.

Notable Toshiba products


CA11 and CA21

Two-speed AC traction elevator produced from 1977 to 1991.


This is an AC feedback control (computerized) traction elevator produced from 1982 to 1987.


DC gearless traction high-rise elevator produced from 1970 to 1990. DCGL consists of: 1st Stage, 2nd Stage, CL10, CL11, CL20, CL30, CL31 and CL40.

Hydraulic elevators

Toshiba also made hydraulic elevators known as Pearl Schmidt, CH10, CH11, CH20 and CH40. They were made from 1975 to 1993.


Main article: Toshiba SPACEL

SPACEL is a machine room less traction elevator model based on the Kone MonoSpace elevators. It was introduced in 1998 for the Japanese domestic market as the result of a strategic alliance between Toshiba and Kone. Nowadays this model is also available for markets outside Japan (known as SPACEL-UNI and SPACEL-III)


Compact machine room traction elevator only sold for markets outside Japan. It consists of two models; the regular ELCOSMO (8-24persons / 60-150m/min) and the ELCOSMO-III (8-26persons / 60-180m/min)


Gearless high speed elevator for high-rise buildings with permanent magnet (PM) synchronous motor.

Ultra high speed elevators

Toshiba also make ultra high speed elevators for high-rise buildings, and possibly faster than NEW ELBRIGHT. An example of their ultra high speed elevator installations is at Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which used to be the fastest elevator in the world from 2004 to 2010.

Double deck elevators

Examples of their double deck elevator installations can be found at Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Kone Test Centre in Tytyri, Lohja, Finland (installed under partnership with Kone)


Type A,B,B1,C,D,E,E1,F,F1,G,G1,H,H1,J,K,K1

These older standard type escalators were produced from 1966 to 1982.


The current standard type escalator sold in Japan and overseas markets.

Elevator fixtures

Main article: Toshiba Elevator Fixtures Guide

Notable installations

Main article: List of notable Toshiba elevator installations

Distributors/sole agents and subsidiaries

Distributors/sole agents

  • Chevalier (Singapore and Hong Kong)
  • GFC Ltd. (Taiwan)
  • MS Elevators Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)
  • MS Elevators Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)
  • New City Technology Trading Service Co. Ltd. (Vietnam)
  • PT. Toshindo Elevator Utama (Indonesia)
  • Shiba Tech Corporation Limited (Bangladesh)
  • Siam Elevators & Escalators Co. Ltd. (Thailand)




  • Before PT. Toshindo Elevator Utama was established in 1998, Toshiba elevators and escalators in Indonesia were distributed by PT. Capitol Mutual Corporation (or CMC)[5].


Logos and nameplates



  1. KONE Corporation Annual Report 1998
  2. Kone - Toshiba alliance
  3. Kone - 2002-2004
  4. Guinness World Record - Fastest lift (elevator)
  5. Plaza Permata, Kompas 3 Desember 1992 - Everyone Sinks Starco (using album) - Flickr

External links

Major elevator companies
DoverExpress LiftFujitecHitachiHyundaiKoneMitsubishiOtisSchindlerSigmaThyssenthyssenkruppToshiba
Full list: List of elevator and escalator companies
See also: Third-party elevator maintenance companies