Elevators & Escalators
Quality in Motion
Mitsubishi Electric Inazawa Works Milestones
Manufacturing
Milestones
The history of Mitsubishi Electric elevator and escalator manufacturing is the story of great 20th century technological innovations.
~1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010~
~1950
1935
Delivered the first elevator and escalator.
1950
Exported an elevator for the first time.
1955
Developed a glass-type escalator.
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 1,000 units.
1957
Developed a fully automated group-control system elevator.
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1960
1960
Began marketing a standardized elevator, the ELEPET.
1963
Delivered a high-speed elevator (210m/min).
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 5,000 units.
1966
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 10,000 units.
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1970
1971
Delivered the first moving walk.
1972
Delivered Japan's first double-deck elevator.
1973
Delivered a jumbo freight elevator (capacity 30 tons).
1974
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 50,000 units.
1975
Began marketing standardized hydraulic elevators.
1977
Delivered the then world's fastest passenger elevators (600m/min).
1978
Began using microcomputer in the elevator system.
1979
Began marketing a standardized computer-controlled elevator, the ELEPET ADVANCE.
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1980
1982
Began marketing Japan's first VVVF inverter-controlled elevator.
Began marketing an all computer-controlled elevator, the ACCEL.
Began marketing inclined elevators.
1983
Began marketing the COMPACT 4 elevator for low-rise apartments.
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 100,000 units.
1984
Began marketing escalators with special steps for wheelchairs.
1985
Delivered the world's first practical spiral escalator.
1988
Delivered the world's first zigzag elevator.
Began marketing a home elevator, the WELL.
Introduced an AI group-control system, the AI-2100.
(AI = Artificial Intelligence)
1989
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 150,000 units.
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1990
1990
Began marketing a standardized passenger elevator, the GRANDEE series.
Began marketing wave-shaped escalators.
1992
Began marketing a special passenger elevator, the ACCEL-AI series.
1993
Delivered the world's fastest passenger elevator (750m/min).
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 200,000 units.
1996
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 250,000 units.
1997
Began marketing the MEL WIDE elevator for low- and medium-rise apartments.
1998
Began marketing a machine-room-less elevator, the ELEPAQ series.
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2000
2000
Began marketing a passenger elevator for low- and medium-rise buildings, the MEL CITY.
Introduced an AI group-control system, the sigmaAI-2200.
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 300,000 units.
2001
Began marketing machine-room-less elevators with thin traction machines, the ELENESSA for overseas and ELEPAQ-i for Japan.
2002
Began marketing custom-type compact machine room passenger elevators, the NexWay for overseas and NEXCUBE for Japan.
2003
Began marketing standardized compact machine room passenger elevators, the NexWay-S Series-IP and -AP for overseas.
Began marketing the J type, inclined moving walk for overseas.
Began marketing a monitoring & control system, the MelEye, for overseas.
2004
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 350,000 units.
2005
Began marketing a standardized passenger elevator, the NexWay-S Series-AW, for overseas.
Began marketing machine-room-less freight elevators for Japan.
Began marketing a standardized machine-room-less passenger elevator, the AXIEZ series, for Japan.
2006
Began marketing an escalator, the Series Z, for Japan.
Began marketing a machine-room-less passenger elevator for USA, the DIAMOND TRAC.
Upgraded the ELENESSA and released as ELENESSA Series-IP and -AP.
2007
Began marketing a custom-type compact machine room passenger elevator with limited specifications, the NEXCUBE Limited, for Japan.
Began marketing an escalator, the Series Z, for overseas.
Began marketing a standardized passenger elevator for China, the MAXIEZ series-CZ.
2008
Began marketing an escalator, the Series Z, for USA.
Began marketing a standardized machine-room-less passenger elevator for China, the MAXIEZ Series-LZ.
2009
Upgraded the NexWay-S Series-IP and -AP and released as Version2 for oversesas.
Combined sales of elevators and escalators reaches 400,000 units.
Upgraded the ELENESSA Series-IP and -AP and released as Version2 for overseas.
2010~
2010
Began marketing a freight elevator, the GFC-L2, for overseas.
Began marketing a standardized passenger elevator, the NEXIEZ-MR, for overseas.
Released the elevator information display.
2011
Began marketing a modernization model of high-speed passenger elevator, NexWay Modernization, for overseas.
Began marketing a standardized machine-room-less passenger elevator, the NEXIEZ-MRL, for overseas.
2012
Began marketing a standardized passenger elevator for Central and South America, the NEXIEZ-GPX.
Developed Japan’s first
standardized elevator.
Developed Japan’s first
double-deck elevator.
Developed the world’s first
spiral escalator.
Developed the world’s
fastest elevator.
Developed the machine-
room-less elevator with the
world’s thinnest traction
machine.

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