Positive developments regarding turnover and staff for the company’s 110th anniversary
On 1 October 2007, HIRO LIFT celebrated its birthday. The entrepreneurs Hillenkötter and Ronsieck founded the company back in 1897 – 110 years ago.
Transmission shafts were manufactured more than 100 years ago in the production hall at No.6 Meller Strasse, which is still the company headquarters today. Platform, passenger and goods lifts soon followed. Today the range of products includes stair lifts, Lifts for the disabled, and machine-room-less conventional passenger lifts for use in private, public and business premises.
HIRO LIFT is known to a wide public mainly due to its stair lifts. The company expects that an innovative new product, marketed under the name of HIRO Prestige, will generate further growth: the machine-room-less passenger lift for private detached and semi-detached houses. In addition to the Prestige premium brand, the company offers various models of other passenger lifts, which are tailored to the specific structural requirements of private houses.
Produced in Germany – distributed worldwide
Just about 40 percent of all lift systems manufactured in Bielefeld are sold abroad. The company has never succumbed to the temptations of cheaper production abroad, however.
In the mean time, more than 180 employees – and counting - are now developing and producing special lifts of all types in Bielefeld at the company’s only production works. Between 1990 and 2006, the sale of new systems has increased from 438 to 2669 units per year. This means that an increase in turnover of more than 10 percent per year has been the norm over the last fifteen years. The total turnover reached 26.5 million Euros in 2006, and this year it will exceed 28 million Euro. HIRO LIFT installs around 50 lifts each week throughout Germany. On top of this comes the service and maintenance business for about 13,500 customers.
Standing on a healthy business footing, the management is certain that there will be many more anniversaries to celebrate.