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Australasia is part of Otis’ South Asia Pacific (SAPA) Region, which also encompasses Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Australasia itself is divided into four geographic regions: Central Region (New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory), Northern Region (Queensland, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea), Southern/Western Region (Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia) and New Zealand (also incorporates Fiji).
Otis At A Glance
PeopleApproximately 1200-1300 employees across the entire Australasia region
RevenueUS $11.8 billion in 2007, of which 81 percent was generated outside the United States
Install BaseOtis Australasia installs, maintains and modernises elevators, escalators and moving walkways
Service Base1.6 million elevators and escalators serviced worldwide
Manufacturing Major manufacturing facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia
Engineering and Test CentresEngineering facilities in China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain and the United States
  • Elisha Graves Otis founds the company in Yonkers, New York, US in 1853 after he invents a safety mechanism for a lifting platform
  • The first all-electric elevator in Australia was a goods lift installed at the Sydney General Post Office in 1899 by Edge and Edge – Sydney agents for Otis Elevator Company
  • The first Australia-based connection was established in 1902, when Otis acquired R Waygood & Company of London, England. Otis assigned Waygood-Otis the responsibility for business within the British Empire – including Australia
  • The first electric elevators in Auckland, New Zealand were Otis installed models in 1908… one passenger unit and one freight unit
  • In January 1920, Waygood-Otis (Aust) Pty Ltd was formed
  • Otis began manufacturing in Australia in Rosebery, Sydney in 1923
  • Some 72 units were sold in the first year of manufacturing operation, including the first gearless machines for Culwulla Chambers, Sydney. They were, at the time, the fastest elevators in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • In 1926, David Jones chose Waygood-Otis equipment for its new department store in Elizabeth Street, Sydney. The contract for 28 elevators included a bank of 12 gearless machines – then the largest group of gearless machines in the British Empire
  • The Rosebery plant was vacated in 1957 and Otis operations moved to Bankstown, Sydney
  • Otis installed the first passenger elevator in the Northern Territory at the Nurses’ Quarters,Royal Darwin Hospital, in 1967
  • Otis acquired Boral Building Technologies of Australia in 1995
  • In 1997, Otis won a $US12m contract to supply and install 37 elevators and escalators for a combined office building/hotel project in Martin Place, Sydney
    • The Gen2™ elevator – a machine-room less design featuring Otis’ revolutionary flexible steel-coated belts – was released in Australasia in 2001
    • Some 28 Gen2 elevators were sold for the Auburn Central residential/retail development, Sydney in 2003
    • The first Australasian installation of Gen2 systems with glass cars was in Adelaide, South Australia in 2003
    • In 2004 Otis won contracts in Australia totalling more than $US25m to supply and install 33 elevators in the KENS commercial office tower in Sydney, plus 26 elevators and escalators in the Brisbane Square Office Tower, Brisbane.
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