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INDIA & INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY NEWS
 

April 25, 2011

INDIA LIFT MARKET PERSPECTIVE

Otis President Didier Michaud-Daniel was recently interviewed by The Times of India, Mumbai, who asked his opinion on the Indian elevator market and how it is affecting Otis. According to Michaud-Daniel, India is ranked as the second-largest elevator market with an estimated 50,000 new units each year. Otis plans to continue investing in the country.

KONE TO SUPPLY RAILWAY STATIONS

KONE has received an order to supply 178 MonoSpace® elevators and 226 TransitMaster™ escalators to 46 railway stations across China. The stations are on nine lines of China’s national high-speed network connecting cities in eight provinces. KONE is to begin installing the equipment this month. The stations are scheduled to open in 2012.

KINGDOM TOWER

Construction of Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was officially approved in February. The US$17-billion project will have 38 million square feet on 275, floors and it will take 12 minutes to reach the top of the building by elevator. Upon completion, the tower is expected to be twice as high as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKE UPDATE

Christchurch, New Zealand, has had numerous aftershocks since the 6.3-magnitude temblor that struck the center of the city on February 22, leaving 182 dead. Aftershocks of at least 4.0 in magnitude have consistently impeded recovery efforts. However, the city is rebounding, with one example being “Operation Suburb,” which quickly assesses the health and safety of residential buildings.

CTBUH AWARDS DEADLINE

The deadline to submit nominations for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 10th Annual Awards program and be included in the 2011 Awards book is April 29. All nominated buildings must have been completed between January 1, 2010 and October 1, 2011. For more information, contact Steve Henry at e-mail: shenry@ctbuh.org or website: http://awards.ctbuh.org.

KIRIN BAY DEVELOPMENT

Construction on Kirin Bay, a three-phase planned community in Xingtai, China, is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2011. The development will feature eight 26-story high-rise buildings, along with office buildings, apartments, hotels and schools. Completion of all phases of development is planned for April 2015.

April 18, 2011

DELHI AIRPORT CERTIFIED LEED GOLD

Terminal 3 (T3) of Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India, has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold rating for new construction. T3’s highly energy-efficient passenger-transfer systems such as elevators, escalators and moving walks are equipped with radar sensors, while its elevators also utilize permanent-magnet gearless machines.

ETA AWARDED QATAR PROJECT

Electromec Technical Associates (ETA) has been awarded the vertical-transportation package for Doha, Qatar’s Barwa Financial District Project. Comprised of nine office towers and a hotel tower, the development features 123 elevators and 10 escalators in the office towers,  and 21 elevators and four escalators in the hotel block.

GEAR TRANSMISSION EXPO

The 7th China International Gear Transmission and Equipment Expo will be held on August 10-12 in Beijing at the China International Exhibition Center. For more information, contact ZhangLi at phone: (0086) 0-136-4126- 6617, e-mail: bjksexpo2003@126.com or website: www.bjksexpo.com.cn <http://www.bjksexpo.com.cn> .

PACIFIC AREA UPDATE

More than a month after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Japan, aftershocks up to 7.1 on the Richter scale still occur more than 10 times a day. There have been hundreds of aftershocks since the March 11 disaster, which has killed at least 13,127, injured at least 4,793 and orphaned at least 82. Another 14,348 remain missing, and around 150,000 are still living at evacuation centers.

April 11, 2011

PALAIS ROYALE ELEVATORS

KONE India will supply and install elevators in Mumbai’s Palais Royale, expected to be one of the tallest buildings in the country. KONE will provide 10 MiniSpace™ elevators, which will be some of the fastest in India. Palais Royale is a residential building project and is among India’s first pre-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ® Platinum-rated buildings.

THYSSENKRUPP REGIONAL CEO CHANGE

Effective April 1, Ramón Sotomayor succeeded the retiring Javier del Pozo as CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Southern Europe/Africa/Middle East (SEAME) operating unit. With the company for over 20 years, Sotomayor has served as deputy CEO of SEAME and managing director of the Regional Center Spain since November 2009.

SCHINDLER JOINT VENTURE

Schindler is to establish a new joint venture with Chinese elevator company Xuchang Xiji Elevator Co. Ltd. As part of the agreement, Schindler will initially acquire a 46% equity stake in the company, with options to purchase the remaining shares. The joint venture will be named XJ-Schindler (Xuchang) Co. Ltd.

FUJITEC RELOCATES HEADQUARTERS

Effective April 1, Global Business Headquarters of Fujitec Co., Ltd. relocated from Japan to Shanghai. The relocation is expected to accelerate business expansion in Asia and increase the presence of the Fujitec Group in the global market.

GOLD COAST PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

Hyundai Motors Group’s construction arm Amco has teamed with C&F Partners to construct a proposed US$600-million twin-tower development on Australia’s Gold Coast. Approval has been secured and plans are currently being finalized.

ELEVATOR STOP INJURES STUDENTS

On March 25, in China’s Jiangsu Province, the mountain-climbing elevator connecting Wuxi Zoo and Happy Valley amusement park came to an abrupt stop, injuring 61 students aboard. The cause of the accident is under investigation, and the elevator has since been taken out of service.

April 4, 2011

MECCA COMPLEX UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Made up of seven towers, the Abraj Al Bait complex in Mecca is part of the government’s plan to develop the Saudi Arabian city for receiving up to 10 million pilgrims per year. The focal point of the complex is its clock tower, which features an elevator that takes visitors to a viewing balcony beneath its four faces. The complex is scheduled for completion later this year.

EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY

Toshiba Group, working in collaboration with other companies and entities, is making efforts to assist with earthquake recovery in Japan. Toshiba has deployed engineers and formed task forces to maintain the integrity of the northeastern Japanese nuclear power plants and restore power to the affected regions.

YASKAWA PERSONNEL CHANGES

Yaskawa America Inc. recently named Mike Knapek as president and chief operating officer, and promoted Mark Bernicky to vice president of drives. In addition, Masahiro Ogawa has been named as the company’s CEO.

SEISMIC DETECTORS IN JAPAN

Otis avoided having trapped elevator passengers during Japan’s March earthquakes due to its seismic detectors. The elevators are engineered to go to the ground floor, allowing passengers to exit at the first vibration of an earthquake.

March 28, 2011

MITSUBISHI NEWS FROM JAPAN

Mitsubishi Electric Group has announced that its two major business operations in the Tohoku region sustained damage as a result of the 9.0-magnitude Tohoku Pacific Earthquake of March 11, but no significant injuries among employees were reported. The group has also stated that it will donate a total of JPY500 million (US$6.16 million) and set up a matching gift program to aid and support victims affected by the earthquake.

EHC SUPPORTS JAPANESE PARTNERS

The recent devastation in Japan has disrupted EHC Global's partners Hitachi Cable and Tohoku Rubber's ability to supply NT handrails in the country. EHC is working with the partners to develop a solution to resume operations to the Japanese market. The company asks that those trying to procure handrails for Japan to refrain from contacting any other EHC facilities.

CHINESE ELEVATOR INDUSTRY UPDATE

The Shanghai Elevator Trade Association has reported that elevator installations in Changsha, China, were up 16.78% in 2010. Recently, the Hefei Removal and Rebuilding Project purchased 561 elevators, its largest amount to date. The China Elevator Enterprise Development and Innovation Summit Forum was held March 9, where it was noted that the output of elevators manufactured in China increased by 20% in 2010.

SCHINDLER A POTENTIAL ACQUISITION TARGET

Based on Warren Buffett's 2010 shareholder letter, which reveals that he's ready to make some large acquisitions, The Wall Street Journal has assembled a list of possibilities. Among the contenders is Schindler Holding Corp. due to its brand recognition, good financial standings and promising future projects.

IAEC FORUM

The International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC) will hold a 20th Anniversary Education Extravaganza and Forum on May 9-12 at The Westin Hotel in New York City's Time Square. For event information, to view the agenda or to register for the meeting, visit website: www.iaec.org. For questions or registration issues, please contact Gordan J. Ernst at phone: (425) 732-3328 or e-mail: gernst@iaec.org.

SCHINDLER, SOLAR IMPULSE PARTNER

Schindler has announced its partnership with Solar Impulse, a zero-fuel airplane propelled by solar energy. The project is on course to meet its challenge of flying around the world with no fuel in 2014.

March 21, 2011

NEW ADDITIONS TO TAK CONSULTING

Industry veterans T.K. Purushothaman and W.C. Rebello have joined TAK Consulting as quality consultant and project director, respectively. Purushothaman is a professional electrical engineer who specializes in the servicing of elevator and escalators, while Rebello's more than three decades of experience includes work on dumbwaiters, elevators and escalators.

THYSSENKRUPP TO EQUIP BEIJING SKYSCRAPER

ThyssenKrupp Elevator (China) has been selected as the exclusive provider of 51 vertical-transportation units in Beijing's Fortune Plaza Phase II Office Tower. The order includes 40 gearless elevators, three machine-room-less elevators and eight escalators. When complete in 2012, the building will be among the tallest in Beijing.

CTBUH AWARDS NOMINATIONS

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is now accepting nominations for its 10th Annual Tall Building Awards program. The deadline for nominations is April 29. For more information, visit website: http://awards.ctbuh.org.

SCHINDLER, LINC GROUP AGREEMENT

Schindler Elevator recently made a national service agreement with The Linc Group. Over the next five years, Schindler will serve as its vertical-transportation service provider for maintenance, repair and modernization at specific locations.

CHINA SAFETY CODE CONFERENCE

The China Elevator Association will hold the International Elevator Safety Code Conference in Huangshan on May 11-13. The conference is meant to help the Chinese elevator industry better understand the development of global elevator safety codes and the supervisory system for the international elevator product market.

March 15, 2011

HOME TO BE ONE OF ISRAEL'S MOST EXPENSIVE

Billionaire Boris Kuzinez, CEO of RGI International Ltd., is to demolish his seafront Herzliya Pituah, Israel, home and build one of the country's most luxurious houses on the site. Plans have been filed with the Herzliya Local Planning and Building Commission to construct the 1,000-square-meter home that will include an elevator.

TL JONES SUPPLIES DELHI METRO

TL Jones has supplied 185 elevator light curtains and 555 dot-matrix displays to the Delhi Metro in India. The passenger safety and information products are fitted to elevators supplied by KONE and Johnson Lifts.

NEW MAKATI HIGH RISE UNVEILED

Vista Residences has unveiled its sixth and latest development in Makati, Manila, Philippines. A 30-story residential high rise, the building features 409 one-bedroom and studio units, in addition to luxury amenities.

March 7, 2011

GREEN PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Otis has announced the launch of “The Way to Green™,” a global environmental program designed to enhance the company’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability through improved products, services and corporate operations.

SENTOSA MOVING WALKS

ThyssenKrupp Elevator (Singapore) supplied and installed 10 Orinoco outdoor horizontal moving walks at Singapore’s Sentosa Boardwalk. With a travel length of 50 meters, the pedestrian walkway links the Vivocity Shopping Mall to the island of Sentosa.

KABUL ELEVATORS

According to The Economic Times, Kabul, Afghanistan, is an emerging market for the elevator industry. However, no inspection system for the equipment is set up, and many end users are wary of the devices.

CONSTRUCTION FIRM EVACUATES EMPLOYEES

Turkish construction firm TAV Construction recently evacuated 128 of its employees from Libya due to ongoing turmoil within the country. TAV, together with its partners, was awarded Tripoli International Airport project in 2007. The project consists of two terminal buildings with 48 lifts and 26 elevators.

WHEELCHAIR INCIDENT

In China, a caregiver was injured when her patient’s wheelchair rolled down a department-store escalator. The caregiver suffered serious head injuries.

February 28, 2011

MUMBAI'S TRUMP TOWER

Real-estate developer Donald Trump has partnered with Mumbai developer Rohan Lifescapes to develop a 60-story-tall luxury residential building in south Mumbai. Trump is to invest US$500 million in the project, which is expected to launch in March.

MARKET REPORT RELEASED

Research and Markets has released its global elevators and escalators market report, which analyzes the worldwide vertical-transportation market by segments and regions, and profiles many of the industry's key and niche companies. For more information , visit website:
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/product/83c4a6/elevators_and_escalators_global_strategic_b.

ELEVATORS FOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Fujitec Singapore Corp. Ltd. was awarded an order by the Housing Development Board of Singapore to supply around 800 residential elevators for its 20th Term Housing Project and 16th Term Modernization Project.

CHENNAI METRO CONTRACT

India's Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. has selected Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd. and SJEC Corp. for the supply of 122 elevators and 296 escalators to its stations. The contract also includes design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissionin

February 21, 2011

ELEVCON 2012

The Elevcon website (www.elevcon.com) has been updated to provide information on the 19th International Congress on Vertical Transportation Technologies (Elevcon 2012). It will take place on May 22-24, 2012 at the Deauville Beach Resort Congress Center in Miami Beach.

ARCHITECTURE AWARD

ThyssenKrupp Elevator recently announced its 12th Elevator Architecture Award. The competition aims to foster creative designs for a disaster prevention and education center in the city.

KONE SPONSORS WDC

KONE has announced its involvement as one of the main corporate sponsors of World Design Capital (WDC) Helsinki 2012. KONE will present its design philosophy to a wider audience and plans to increase its collaboration with architects and designers from around the world in the year-long event.    

MOSCOW CANCELS PROJECTS

Moscow’s city building commission has decided to terminate eight construction projects within the city. The decision mainly affects high-rise projects that would place a burden on roads, utilities and social infrastructure. Remaining projects are to be reviewed on an individual basis.

TRAFFIC ANALYSIS SESSIONS

U.K.-based Peters Research Ltd. has announced new sessions for ELEVATE®, its elevator traffic analysis program. There will be two London sessions in March and two sessions in September. There will also be two November sessions in Hong Kong and Sydney.

MITSUBISHI ANNIVERSARY

To help celebrate its 90th anniversary, which occurred on February 1, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has unveiled a logo that embodies its aim to become a leading green company across the globe. The logo will be used in the company’s global operations.

February 14, 2011

TAURANGA PROJECT PROPOSED

H & H Construction has plans for a 15-story office, apartment and retail complex in downtown Tauranga, New Zealand. The project would cost up to US$140 million and include a shopping plaza, public square, and walkway to The Strand waterfront. The company plans to begin development as soon as funding becomes available.

PUDURAYA REOPENS

Closed since April 2010 for renovations, Malaysia’s Puduraya bus station was scheduled to reopen February 2. Upgrades to the facility include two escalators leading to the basement where buses are parked, a moving walk leading from a new main entrance to the ground floor, two passenger elevators from the main entrance and four escalators to the second floor.

February 9, 2011

ELEVATOR CHINA LAUNCHES

ElevatorChina.com is a website sponsored by the World Elevator and Escalator Expo Organization Committee to provide a platform for all participants of the global elevator industry. One of the most popular websites for Chinese elevator manufacturers and customers, the site provides news, technical information, statistics on skyscrapers and their elevators, products, companies, trade leads and electronic journals, all pertaining to the vertical-transportation industry. For more information, visit website: www.elevatorchina.com.

KONE TO SUPPLY QATAR TOWER

KONE has been awarded an order to supply 26 elevators and 18 escalators to Doha, Qatar’s new World Trade Center tower. The order includes KONE MiniSpace™ and MonoSpace® elevators, and TravelMaster™ 110 escalators.

GUANGZHOU STEEL TO BECOME ELEVATOR MANUFACTURER

China Business News reported that as of December 31, 2010, Guangzhou Iron and Steel plans an asset swap in Guangzhou Guangri from Guangri Group, and an 8.09% stake purchase in Guangzhou Guangri. Once complete, Guangzhou Guangri will conduct a backdoor listing through Guangzhou Steel, whose major business will be changed from the steel industry to the manufacturing of elevators. Guangzhou Guangri is the parent company of Guangzhou Guangri Elevator Industry and owns 30% equity in Hitachi Elevator.

BUILDER ARRESTED IN ELEVATOR COLLAPSE

Six laborers were killed when a temporary elevator collapsed in a newly-constructed building in Matunga, a suburb of Mumbai. According to authorities, the builder has been arrested in connection with the collapse on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, attempt to culpable homicide and negligence. The Hindustan Times reports that the laborers used the temporary elevator because they were not allowed to use the building’s two passenger elevators.

January 31, 2011

INDIA LAUNCHES CONFORMANCE CHECKER

India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency recently launched the “ECOnirman Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) Conformance Check Tool,” an online web interface that allows architects and engineers to assess how their designs measure up to the country’s ECBC. By providing builders with energy predictions at the start of the design phase, ECOnirman should allow them the flexibility to find the most cost-effective ways to achieve efficiency.

BUILDEX 2011

The 17th international Buildex exhibition will be held from May 12-16, 2011, at Damascus Fairground in Syria. The region’s leading construction exhibition, Buildex serves as a portal for Syrian industrialists working in the field of construction and building materials to enter potential international markets, and also as a gateway for foreign and international companies targeting not only the Syrian market but the regional and Arab markets as well. For more information, visit website: http://www.buildex-exhibition.com/.

STRATA DEBUTS ON ASIAN MARKET

London’s Strata SE1 has made its debut on the Asian market. International property consultants Savills has offered 52 apartments to potential buyers with prices starting at GBP230,000 (US$362,405). The Strata, equipped with elevators by Schindler Lifts, utilizes sustainable design and renewable energy technology, and is the first building in the world with integral wind turbines that produce 50 Mega Watt hours of electricity per year.

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON SHANGHAI CENTER

After 22 months of preparation, construction on China’s Shanghai Center is now underway. The 632 meter (2,073 ft) tall building will have a total of 143 elevators installed. Some of the elevators will undergo a special fire treatment, which will allow emergency personnel to take control of them in the event of an accident. It was recently announced that Mitsubishi Elevator was awarded the contract to supply 54 elevators for Section A of the project.

January 24, 2011

USING STANDARDS GIVES COMPANIES ADVANTAGE

The International Electro technical Commission and its partners International Organization for Standardization and International Telecommunication Union have recently introduced a new electronic newsletter providing examples of how standards can impact the bottom line and stimulate economic growth and innovation. The newsletter will be published three times a year. For more information, visit website: www.worldstandarscooperation.org.

KONE TO PROVIDE ELEVATORS FOR KUWAIT MEDICAL CENTER

KONE has been awarded an order to supply 93 elevators for the Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Hospital in South Surra, Kuwait. The order consists of 25 KONE MonoSpace® and 68 KONE MiniSpace™ elevators.

January 17, 2011

KUWAIT TRADE CENTRE TOWER

Designed by NORR Consultants and local architect Al-Jazera Consultants, the twisting 216-meter Trade Centre Tower is located on the First Ring Road in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The office tower rises from a four level retail mall and features panoramic elevators that provide passengers views of the city. Structurally, the tower is designed around a circular concrete core with perimeter columns arranged in a larger concentric circle. The tower was complete in 2010 after five years of construction.

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION IN YANGON

Construction across Yangon, Myanmar, this year is reportedly set to continue at a rapid rate, with at least eight planned high-rise residential projects, as well as several smaller scale developments. All of these properties are condominium-style residential apartments. The Shine construction company plans to complete five high-rise projects in Kyauktada, Mingalar Taungnyunt, Mayangone and Kamaryut townships in 2011. Shine has 30 ongoing projects, with more new projects being readied for 2012. The Yadana Shwehtun construction company also expects to finish 12 new properties (mostly in the capital’s downtown area in place of old and damaged colonial buildings) by the year's end.

PEC, INTERPLEX TO COLLABORATE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Las Vegas-based Power Efficiency Corp. (PEC) recently announced that it has signed a collaborative agreement with Penang, Malaysia-based Interplex Group. Interplex is a diversified holding company that owns and operates a variety of technical businesses involved in the manufacturing of various products, including MS Elevators, one of the largest manufacturers of and service providers for elevators and escalators in Southeast Asia. The agreement calls for the companies to work together on product development, manufacturing and sales, including introductions to manufacturers and OEMs of elevators, escalators and related components in Asia. The two companies will also collaborate to develop new products utilizing PEC’s patented E-Save Technology®.

GHANA HOSPITAL GETS NEW ELEVATORS

The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, is in the process of getting new elevators. The National Health Insurance Authority set aside a special fund for the project, and installation has already started. The lifts are being installed by CFAO Ghana Ltd. and should be completed by the end of March. Four double-deck elevators in the Maternity Block are expected to be complete by the end of this month. According to the CEO of the hospital, the installations will not disrupt the provision of service to patients and clients.

January 10, 2011

PEC RECEIVES PATENT

Power Efficiency Corp. (PEC) recently announced that it has been granted a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a core algorithm incorporated in its E-Save Technology® platform. The patent encompasses the method, system and apparatus for controlling electric motors and optimizing their energy use. The platform was developed to reduce electric-motor energy consumption by matching the power supplied to the motor with its load. Since most equipment does not operate constantly at its peak potential load, it is common to see a motor operate at less than 40% of the rated load for significant periods. E-Save Technology allows for variation in the load profile and adjusts the amount of energy required to optimize the energy use of the motor, often resulting in energy savings of up to 35%.

HYUNDAI ELEVATOR RISES TO THREE-YEAR HIGH

In December 2010, Hyundai Elevator Co., one of South Korea’s largest elevator manufacturers, rose to its highest level in more than three years in Seoul trading after share purchases by Schindler Holding AG and the Hyundai Group. The purchase spurred speculation that the company could be a takeover target for either company.

KONE RECEIVES ORDER FOR CRUISE LINES

KONE Corp. recently announced that it signed a major contract with German shipyard Meyer Werft GmbH to supply all the elevators and escalators for two Norwegian Cruise Line ships. KONE will design, supply and install 60 custom elevators and four escalators equipped with its KONE MonoSpace® and KONE MiniSpace™ solutions for the ships, which are expected to be delivered in 2013 and 2014. The contract also includes options for the delivery of equipment for two additional identical ships.

GIRL’S FOOT CAUGHT IN ESCALATOR

A 10-year-old girl had her foot stuck for an hour in a Malacca, Malaysia, mall escalator on December 29, 2010. She was taking the escalator to the ground floor with her family when her left foot became wedged between the steps. A passerby triggered the emergency-stop button as the parents tried to free the girl. The fire and rescue department was on the scene shortly and was able to free the girl within an hour.

January 4, 2011

PLANET SKS SKYSCRAPER LAUNCHED

Mangalore will be home to a 4.25-acre, ecologically friendly housing development -- Planet Sks, near Kadri Park. The project was formally launched on December 15 and is scheduled to be complete within 48 months. The 375-foot-tall skyscraper will adhere to the Silver Rating guidelines of the Indian Green Building Council. In addition, masonry will be completely avoided and replaced with Mivan construction technology to achieve construction quality and meet schedule deadlines. The building will also feature five elevators and two lifts for the covered parking area.

TWENTY-SEVEN-STORY HOUSE IN MUMBAI

Construction on Antilia, a 27-story house in South Mumbai, was recently completed. Designed by Chicago-based Perkins & Will, the 173-meter-tall home sits on 4,532 square meters of land on Altamount Road. Designed so no two floors are alike, the house is equipped with nine elevators, a parking space for up to 168 cars, three helipads and an air-traffic control facility. It has been reported that the house is currently worth US$1 billion, making it among the most expensive homes in the world.

HONG KONG ENERGY-EFFICIENCY ORDINANCE

According to a report on www.mondaq.com, Hong Kong is implementing a Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance. The ordinance was written on December 3 and will come into effect on a day to be appointed by the secretary for the environment. The ordinance will cover buildings in both public and private sectors and will require compliance with codes of practice to be promulgated by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department concerning building services installations, which include lift and escalator installations.

MARG JUNCTION PARTNERS WITH SHANGRI-LA

MARG Junction, one of Chennai, India’s largest mixed-use developments (1.83 million square feet) recently partnered with Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to develop a complex located at the IT Corridor of Chennai. MARG Junction also signed a management contract with Riverside Infrastructure (India) Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of MARG, to operate Traders Hotel, Chennai, which is scheduled to open in early 2012. The development will include a one-million-square-foot mall, an office block, a hotel and service apartments. There will also be 24 escalators and two moving walks throughout the complex.

KONE TO SUPPLY HONG KONG METRO EXTENSION

KONE has been awarded an order to supply 37 elevators, 41 escalators and five moving walkways to Hong Kong’s West Island Line (WIL) railway extension. KONE currently maintains 900 elevators and escalators in the existing Mass Transit Railway (MTR) network. The three-kilometer-long railway extension of the existing MTR’s Island line encompasses three underground rail stations on the island. KONE will install the units at the WIL stations from 2012 to 2014.

December 20, 2010

ELEVATOR EXCHANGE LAUNCHES

The recently launched Elevator Exchange (www.elevatorexchange.com) offers the elevator and escalator industry its own site to exchange replacement parts. Founded by elevator-industry veteran Rob Isabelle and marketing veteran James Newell, the website was designed to serve the elevator and escalator parts market exclusively. Posting, browsing and selling are available at no cost. Newell states that the service’s main objective at this time is to build traffic, then eventually generate revenue via job listings, banner ads and possible partnership opportunities.

BANGALORE SKYWALK PROGRESS

DNA reported on December 14 that the Bangalore Metro Rail Corp. Ltd. (BMCRL) of India has blocked MG Road from Brigade Junction to Anil Kumble Circle in order to erect a skywalk. According to a BMCRL official, the skywalk is under construction, but the primary concern is focused on the safety of people and vehicles moving beneath the construction site. Currently, the structure hangs from the Plaza Theater to the metro station across the road. The official also said that there will be elevators on both sides of the Metro station and Plaza Theater, and the area for the equipment is ready for installation.

SCHINDLER TO EQUIP “NEW CAIRO”

Schindler is to supply 506 elevators for new phases of two satellite cities near Cairo. Installation is scheduled to start in early 2011 and be completed in the second half of 2012, and will include elevators from Schindler’s 3300 product range, developed specifically for residential use. Schindler has already installed 548 elevators in Madinaty and El Rehab, which, once complete, will be some of the country’s largest development projects.

ESCALATOR ACCIDENT IN CHINA

On December 14, an escalator in a Shenzhen, China, metro station began to move in reverse, injuring 24 people. One of the passengers stated that the escalator started moving in reverse at a high speed as more than 70 passengers stood on it. Use of the escalator was suspended after the accident, but normal operations resumed once it was repaired. The metro company and escalator manufacturer are investigating the cause of the incident.

SEMATIC LAUNCHES DESIGN SOFTWARE

The Sematic Group, in collaboration with DigiPara GmbH, has launched a web application, Sematic Draw, on its website. Developed by DigiPara GmbH, a German lift-design software leader, the product allows users to choose, design and draw automatic doors and integrate them into project files, thanks to the possibility of saving all the drawings in computer-aided-design-compatible formats. The entire range of Sematic doors is now available for this purpose. Accessing the online design services offered by Sematic Draw only requires registration with the reserved area of the Sematic website. Once the registration is confirmed, users will receive a personal password that will grant access to the program.

ASTALDI TO CONSTRUCT RAILWAY STATIONS

Italian-based construction group Astaldi, was recently confirmed as the preferred bidder to build two major railway stations in Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City, located along the Makkah-Madina High-Speed line in Saudi Arabia. The two stations will feature 58 lifts and 116 escalators. Saudi Railways Organization has commissioned the works, which are scheduled to be underway in the first half of 2011 and are expected to take two years to complete.

December 13, 2010

KONE EQUIPS NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE’S FLAGSHIP

Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest flagship, The Norwegian Epic, features energy-efficient KONE elevators and escalators. KONE supplied and installed a total of 41 units onboard the ship, including 32 elevators, two dumbwaiters, one easy-access platform and six escalators. The elevators are responsible for ensuring the smooth movement of over 4,200 passengers, plus crew and personnel. The project was one of KONE’s largest single contracts for a single ship.

THYSSENKRUPP TO SUPPLY RAILROAD STATIONS IN CHINA

ThyssenKrupp Elevator has recently been awarded its largest order to equip train stations in China with elevators and escalators. The order includes 234 elevators and 637 escalators in 96 stations. The contract is part of a nationwide program to expand the rail network with eight new lines, including links to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Hong Kong.

SEMATIC LIFT DOORS FOR THE NEW LINE OF ISTANBUL UNDERGROUND

With 16 stations, some up to 40 meters deep, 22 kilometers of double track and eight-car trains travelling in both directions every 1.5 minutes, the Kadikoy-Kartal Metro line will cross the Anatolian side of Istanbul (Turkey) which is integrated with Marmaray that connects the European and Asian sides of the city. The new line, which construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, will provide secure and fast transportation across the city, carrying up to 75,000 persons/hour/direction for a total of one million passengers a day, helping to reduce travel times and improving the mobility of the 13 million citizens of the Turkish metropolis. All of the new underground platforms will be easily accessible to everybody thanks to the installation of 71 elevators provided by Schindler Turkey, of which 44 will be equipped with Sematic 2000 B-MF and 27 with Sematic 2000 BC-EL two-panel central opening car and landing lift doors. Intended for installation in complex environments, such as underground stations, where solidity and resistance against all types of strain are indispensable requirements, the Sematic lift doors chosen for this project will guarantee not only unrivalled long-term quality and safety performances, thanks for example to EN 81-58 E120 fire-resistant panels, but also excellent aesthetic properties, including framed glass executions and stainless steel finishes.

NEW ELEVATOR CONTROLS HYDRAULIC CONTROLLER

Elevator Controls has launched its new universal Expresso hydraulic controller. According to Ron Ishimoto, Elevator Controls director of Operations, the product is intended to help the industry restore elevator service faster in buildings served by a single elevator, particularly in critical situations. He noted, "These units accept multiple mainline voltages and have an MOVFR-type universal door interface, in addition to field-configurable personality parameters. This means we can leverage pre-engineering and speed units to production. Controllers can also be equipped with soft start and battery lowering within the one-week shipment window."

SCHINDLER INTRODUCES BIM ON WEBSITE

Schindler Corp. recently enhanced its online tools and now offers access to 3D, real-time building information modeling (BIM) on its website (www.schindler.com) allowing architects and others in building design to access links to create BIM 3D, to-scale elevator and escalator models that can be viewed from any angle, helping identify any issues with interface to the building or other building systems early in the design phase.

December 6, 2010

UT TO RAISE INDIA REVENUES

Louis R. Chenevert, chairman and CEO of United Technologies (UT), plans to raise company revenue in India fivefold by 2015 -- from US$500 million to US$2.5 billion. According to Chenevert, the company is growing 20% a year in India which is expected to be one of the top 10 markets across the globe. UT intends to follow a similar path in India as it did in China, where it achieved a turnover of US$3-billion in 10 years. Otis Elevator, part of UT, is expected to become a US$1-billion entity by 2015. Chenevert stated, “There is so much construction, new airports being built and new buildings coming up, that we see a huge demand for elevators.”

TIANJIN R&F GUANGDONG TOWER TO HAVE 55 UNITS

Goettsch Partners has been commissioned by developer Guangzhou R&F Properties Co., Ltd. to design the Tianjin R&F Guangdong Tower in Tianjin, China. The 294,570-square-meter, mixed-use tower will include a network of 55 elevators. It is to occupy a central parcel in the city’s newly planned business district and rise 439 meters. The complex features 134,900 square meters of Class A office space, a five-star hotel, 55 condominiums and 8,550 square meters of retail. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.

FUJAIRAH MALL TO APPOINT SUBCONTRACTORS

Commodore Contracting Co. began work in August as the main contractor for U.A.E’s Fujairah Mall. Which companies will be selected for lift firm subcontractors is yet to be decided. Having received interest from KONE and Schindler, project consultant ACG plans to announce which lift firms will be awarded subcontracts to work on the 134,000-square-meter project within the next few weeks. The AED425-million (US$115.8-million) complex will feature one of the first shopping malls in the emirate and include a 22-storey hotel. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2012.

JAMRAT BRIDGE READY FOR PILGRIMS

The fifth and final floor of the Jamrat Bridge in Jeddah was recently completed. Pilgrims can reach the top floor of the SAR4.2-billion (US$1.12-billion) structure with the help of escalators. The 950-meter-long, 80-meter-wide bridge can handle 300,000 pilgrims an hour. The bridge has 11 entrances and 12 exits, in addition to a helipad at the top. Its foundations are strong enough to hold 12 floors, with a capacity for five million pilgrims if the need arises. It was engineered so that crowds of pilgrims approaching from one road cannot encounter pilgrims coming from another. To further avoid crowding, those entering a floor will have to follow a one-way route.

HONG KONG AUTHORIZES SUBWAY RENOVATIONS

Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway Tsim Sha Tsui Station has received authorization from the government’s chief executive in council to perform renovations to the northern subway and entrance. Plans include the construction of an underground pedestrian subway and the modification of the station’s Entrance A1, which will include the installation of new escalators and a lift. Once the project is complete, congestion at station Entrances A1 and B should be greatly reduced.

December 1, 2010

ETA MELCO HOLDS SEMINAR

ETA Melco Elevator Co., LLC held a seminar on October 27 in the Al Andalous Hall at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Farwaniya, Kuwait. The event covered various aspects of vertical-transportation systems, including the green and eco-friendly aspects of elevators and escalators. In addition, the company introduced a new product line, which included its Nexiez elevator series. The seminar was well attended by architects, consultants, promoters, developers, building owners and government agencies.

OTIS LAUNCHES NEW ERP SYSTEM

Otis has deployed its new manufacturing-process automation system Infor ERP LN which enables the company to streamline processes in production, purchasing and sales, as well as warehousing and financial management. According to a Market Wire report, Infor ERP LN went live in July 2010 and enables each planning and dispatching executive to generate the documentation for an average of 1,500 orders per day. Once the data is sent to the system, it processes orders automatically accounts for required materials, workforce and new products and posts transactions to all involved accounts.

BANGALORE METRO WORK UPDATE

Bangalore Metro Rail Corp., Ltd. has been working on the Plaza concourse in Bangalore, India, since April, when the company acquired the site of the former Plaza Theatre. The 1,534-square-meter concourse will include elevators and accessibility designs. It is part of a six-station project by the metro, which expects to finish a depot in Byappanahalli by March 2011. Metro authorities stated that structural work would be complete by the end of November.

November 15, 2010

LASERMOTIVE SETS MILESTONES IN POWER BEAMING

Laser power beaming R&D company Laser Motive recently announced information on the technical records it set during a laser-powered helicopter flight. According to the company, the flight was the longest laser-powered flight on record, the longest hovering flight duration for an untethered electric vehicle, the most endurance for any vertical-take-off-and-landing aircraft in its weight class and the longest beamed-energy-powered flight. The flight included repeated fully automatic acquisition of an unmanned aerial vehicle by a laser tracking system, in-flight battery recharging and automatic position hold in beam, with the laser tracking system controlling the position of the vehicle. Laser Motive won the 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration-sponsored Power Beaming Competition, which is geared toward the advancement of the space elevator concept.

FOUR-YEAR-OLD DIES AFTER FALLING INTO PIT

According to Emirates 24|7, a four-year-old Saudi Arabian boy was killed after falling into an unguarded lift pit on October 25. The incident occurred in a Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and shopping mall. According to a police spokesman, investigations have shown that the child had fallen into the pit through an opening next to the lift.

November 8, 2010

DUBAI METRO LINE TRIAL RUN

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, and Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai crown prince, attended the trial run for the city’s Metro Green Line on October 12. Each station along the line will include elevators and escalators. The Green Line is set to be completed in August 2011 and be able to transport 22,000 passengers an hour. It has 18 stations, including 12 elevated and six underground. Some 7.9 kilometers of its 23-kilometer total length is underground. The Green Line is expected to be extended by 20 kilometers (from Al Jaddaf to Dubai Academic City) through International City. Once extended, its length will total 43 kilometers.

KARACHI OFFICIALS DEBATE CONSTRUCTION OF 22-STORY BUILDING

The Express Tribune reported in September, that Karachi, Pakistan, officials are debating the construction of a 22-story building near two local schools. A report by an environmental impact assessment says the building will help improve traffic congestion in the area, because the first seven floors will be set aside for parking.

MELBOURNE TRAIN STATION TO GET UPGRADES

Footscray Station in Melbourne, Australia, is transforming into one of the city’s busiest and most modern stations, according to a recent report in the Maribyrnong Leader. According to Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, the station will have new escalators connecting to all platforms, escalators from the main entrance on Irving Street to a footbridge, a lift, two new platforms and tracks and an extended footbridge. The Regional Rail Link is using AUD4.3 billion (US$4.2 billion) to deliver extra services on the Werribee, Sydenham, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo lines, all of which run through Footscray Station.

KONE DEDICATED TO PEOPLE FLOW FOR 100 YEARS

KONE celebrated its 100th year on October 27. In Conjunction with its anniversary, KONE organized People Flow Day on the same date. The event took place in more than 20 countries with more than 600 KONE employees participating by meeting building users and observing typical usage. By gathering this information, elevator and escalator solutions should improve. Today, KONE has approximately 33,000 employees and operations worldwide and is considered one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry.

YOUNG GIRL DIES IN BANGALORE LIFT

According to The Times of India, a three-year-old girl died on October 24 in a Bangalore apartment-building lift. After becoming stuck between the doors of the unit due to a power interruption, she tried to free herself but was unable. She was in the unit for around 20 minutes.

October 25, 2010

NAIF SOUQ OPENS IN DUBAI

The newly reconstructed Naif Souq in Dubai held its official opening on October 20. The shopping area is larger than its predecessor and includes two elevators and two escalators. There are 218 shops in the complex, which is located near the ancient Naif Fort. The 60,000-square-foot-market is one of the oldest in Dubai and had to be rebuilt after an April 2008 fire.

THYSSENKRUPP RECEIVES MUMBAI, PUNE PROJECTS

ThyssenKrupp Elevator (India) Mumbai Zone announced in August that it was awarded three orders from construction group K. Raheja Constructions. The company will supply and install five gearless elevators and two geared elevators for residential buildings Raheja Interface and Raheja Heights in Mumbai, and Raheja Gardens in Pune, India. In June, ThyseenKrupp received a larger order from Vijay Associates (Wadhwa Developers). The order includes 32 gearless elevators, all of which will be installed in two residential projects, Palm Beach Residency in Nerul, Navi Mumbai and Viceroy Park in Dahisar, Mumabi.

SCHINDLER INDIA CONTRACTS

Schindler India recently announced two major contracts. In the first, the company is to provide and install elevators for 40 stations serving Phase 1 of the Bangalore City metro. The new line is scheduled for completion by September 2012 and will be equipped with 127 elevators. Schindler’s elevators will be produced in China and are energy efficient. The other project includes the installation of 28 high-speed elevators for a commercial development in South Mumbai. The company is the sole supplier of elevators for the complex, which is to rise in Central Mumbai’s emerging Central Business District. The development will include a large central landscaped plaza, food courts, a clubhouse and recreation areas.

HITACHI INTEGRATES REGIONAL ELEVATOR OPERATIONS

Hitachi, Ltd. has announced that Hitachi Elevator Engineering (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. has been renamed Hitachi Elevator Asia Pte. Ltd. (HEA) and began operations as a regional headquarters for the Hitachi Group’s elevator and escalator business in Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East (dubbed the “Asian Belt Zone”) on October 1. HEA will oversee all regional operations and endeavor to raise business efficiency through locally led operations, as well as strengthen the system for quickly responding to market trends and customer needs in each country and region. Based on reports that the demand for new elevators and escalators in the zone is expected to rise by 20% (from 54,000 units in fiscal year 2009 to 65,000 units in fiscal year 2012), HEA will formulate a business strategy for the new region as a whole.

SAUDI ARAMCO TO HOST SAFETY EVENT

Saudi Aramco, a major oil company, will host a safety event on December 4-5 at its DOC Building in Al Khobari, Saudi Arabia. The conference will examine the relationship the oil industry has with safety, policy and mechanisms it employs and what heavy lift manufacturers must do to meet their guidelines. The conference will also give attendees the opportunity to learn how Saudi Aramco operates. For more information, contact Pat Latchem at phone: (971) 4-470-9148 or e-mial: pat@cpidubai.com, or visit website: www.cpilive.net/events/aramco.

TEJUOSHO OWNERS TO RECEIVE FUNDS

According to a recent report in the Vanguard, the prospective owners of the new Tejuosho Shopping Complex in Nigeria are set to receive a mortgage facility from a consortium of financial institutions. Under the plan, a prospective buyer is expected to make a down payment of 30% and spread the remaining balance over five years. The new shopping complex will include elevators for shoppers and cargo, a multilevel parking garage, banking, restaurants, eateries, a police station and a fire station, among other things. It is expected to be complete in May 2011.

KONE RECEIVES CONTRACT FOR SAUDI ARABIAN TOWER

KONE has recently been awarded a contract to supply elevators for the Al Khobar Gate Tower in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The tower is said to be among the highest in the city, standing 135 meters high. The contract includes six MiniSpace™ elevators and one MonoSpace® elevator. All elevators will be equipped with KONE’s energy-efficient EcoDisc® hoisting machines. KONE will also provide its Polaris® destination-control system, which optimizes passenger flow.

LESA GENERAL MEETING, CHRISTMAS DINNER ANNOUNCED

The Lift Engineering Society of Australia (LESA) (New South Wales Division) recently announced that it will hold a general meeting on October 20 on the first floor of the North Sydney Rugby League Club on Abbott Street in Cammeray, Sydney. The speaker will be Scott King of PR King & Sons Pty. Ltd. Inclined Lifts, and dinner will be held at Bistro after the meeting. LESA’s New South Wales Division is also holding its Annual Christmas Dinner on November 5 on level one of the Oriental Restaurant in the North Sydney Leagues Club. For more information or to RSVP, contact LESA at P.O. Box 620, Willoughby, NSW 2068, or contact Tim Hinitt at phone: 0414-326-015 or e-mail: thinitt@bigpond.net.au.

VASAI LIFT STALLS, DROPS A FLOOR

According to the Mumbai Mirror, a 28-year-old woman and her three-year-old son were entrapped in a lift that later fell one floor on October 12. The incident occurred in an apartment complex in Vasai, a historical village in Mumbai. After the lift fell, the woman’s husband and a building watchman were able to open the wooden door and iron gate of the lift to rescue the passengers. Various complaints have been filed, while the incident remains under investigation

October 18, 2010

OTIS INDIA NAMES NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

In July, Otis India named Laurent Bruyère managing director. Laurent began his career in 1985 with Otis France and, in 2006, became managing director of Otis Switzerland. He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from École d’ingénieur de L’Innovation de L’Energie et des Technologies Avancées (ESME-Sudria) in Paris.

PEOPLE TRAPPED IN MUMBAI MALL ELEVATOR

According to a report from mumbaimirror.com, 17 people were trapped in an elevator in a Mumbai mall for more than five hours in August. The lift stalled between the first floor and the ground floor. Mall officials tried to open the door, but the space between the elevator and the first floor was too small for passengers to crawl through. Mall management and lift technicians tried to free the passengers for two hours but eventually called the lift manufacturing company. However, it was also unable to free the passengers due to the safety mechanism of the lift, which could not be unlocked. Ultimately, the fire department had to use a forklift to lift the cabin up one floor, allowing enough space for the passengers to be rescued. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the elevator stalling was not determined as of press time.

IN MEMORIAM: KASHMIRA BHARUCHA

Kashmira “Kash” Bharucha passed away on October 4. She was one of the first employees to join Schindler India when it set up its operations in 1998. Despite struggling with a severe illness, she attended work until August. Kash was often referred to by colleagues as “The Pillar of Schindler India” and was recognized as Employee of the Year in 2006. She is survived by her husband Sam and two sons Darayus and Cherag.

SANSEI YUSOKI SWOT ANALYSIS

Sansei Yusoki Co., Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, manufactures elevators and escalators, among other types of building equipment. Companiesandmarkets.com recently released a detailed company analysis profile that includes a business description of the company’s operations and strategies, a detailed analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), company history, major products and services and key competitors, among other company-related information. This profile is available for purchase. For more information, or to review the Sansei Yusoki analysis, visit website: www.companiesandmarkets.com/r.ashx?id=5L8M1T6LV334198&prk=d3afb3b5b66255dd9e7802b3171d6b73.

October 11, 2010

OTIS INDIA AWARDED CONTRACT IN MUMBAI

Otis India has been awarded a contract to supply and install equipment in the 75-meter-high Capital office building in Mumbai. The installation of the equipment will start in February 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by mid 2011. The equipment includes 20 Gen2® elevators with ReGen™ drives, including 16 units equipped with Compass™ destination-management systems, in addition to six escalators. The Compass system delivers personalized elevator service to help improve lobby traffic flow, while integrating a security interfacing for elevator dispatching. The elevator’s regenerative drives recapture electrical energy that would otherwise be wasted and returns it to the building’s power grid for reuse.

STATE PLANS TO OUTSOURCE ELEVATOR INSPECTIONS

The Maharashtra government announced in September that it plans to partially outsource its lift inspection work. As of September 27, Gujarat was the only state to have outsourced the work, according to a report from Times of India. A committee headed by the chief electrical engineer, energy department, was appointed by the state to suggest measures to improve a lift inspector’s work. The panel that submitted a report recommended that the consultants have at least five years of experience. The government had 61 posts of junior engineers, around 35 of which were filled. However, according to an official, even when all of the positions are filled, the staff will not be large enough to efficiently complete the job.

SEVEN PEOPLE TRAPPED IN ELEVATOR

According to Times of India, seven people were recently trapped in an elevator in an elevated pedestrian walkway in Pragati Maidan, India on September 26. The people were said to have been stuck for 45 minutes. Information about the cause of the entrapment and the way the people were released was not available at press time.

MAN FALLS TO HIS DEATH IN LIFT ACCIDENT

The Times of India reported in September that a security guard from Thane, India, fell eight stories to his death after an attempt to jump out of a stuck elevator in a residential tower. According to residents of the building, the man was stuck in the elevator between the eighth and ninth floors before he fell more than 70 feet. A resident added that the man did not press the alarm button inside the lift but instead opened the doors himself and jumped. Fire officials did not know the cause of the elevator’s malfunction but said that it may have developed a mechanical problem. The lift is said to have safety plans in place to reduce this type of malfunction. This is the second incident in Thane in which a passenger died jumping to a lower floor from a stuck elevator.

NAVI MUMBAI ELEVATOR ACCIDENT LEAVES FOUR DEAD

According to Times of India, four construction workers died on September 25 when the makeshift elevator they were riding stopped functioning and plummeted to the ground. The elevator was located at a construction site in Navi Mumbai. The cause of the malfunction was not yet determined at press time.

October 4, 2010

KONE TO DELIVER ELEVATORS FOR NIGERIAN FPSO

In August, KONE announced it was delivering a personnel elevator and a cargo elevator for a large floating, production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) in Nigeria. The FPSO was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2011. It will measure 320 meters in long, 61 meters wide and 32 meters deep and weigh approximately 114,000 tons. It will be located in the Usan field, which is 750 meters underwater southeast of Bonny Island. The marine elevators were specifically designed to withstand severe weather conditions and the platform’s dynamic movements. In addition, international elevator safety issues adapted to shipboard installation, regarding overspeed governor, brakes, counterweight, as well as headroom height and pit depth, have been taken into account.

KONE CHANGES TO EXECUTIVE BOARD, ORGANIZATION

KONE recently announced that it will establish a new Customer Experience unit to support its development into an even more customer-focused company. In addition, effective November 1, several appointments will take place. Among the changes include the appointment of Juho Malmberg to executive vice president for the Customer Experience unit. Kati Hagros has been appointed senior vice president, Development and CIO. Pekka Kemppainen has been appointed to executive vice president, Service Business. Noud Veeger has been appointed executive vice president, Asia-Pacific. Ari Lehtoranta has been appointed executive vice president, Central and North Europe. Tarek Elnagger has been appointed senior vice president, Major Projects Business.

GREEN OFFICE TOWER PROGRESSES IN TEL AVIV

The first phase of a green office building in Tel Aviv is nearing completion. The unnamed 20-story tower is being constructed by brothers Ronen and Alon Azouri and uses recycled, sustainable and domestic building materials and ecological maintenance procedures for low impact on the environment. The project is located on Hamasger Street. The building is scheduled to open in March 2011, but it is expected that its first tenants will start moving in as early as January. The first seven floors have already been sold. Some of the green features include water recycling that is expected to save up to 13,000 liters per day. In addition, the use of insulated glass will allow up to 62% natural light into the building, while keeping out at least 25% of the sun’s heat. Solar panels will be placed on the roof, and the possibility of using wind turbines is being considered. Among other green features are a continuous filtered fresh air system and online-monitored climate control, a condensed recycled cardboard material from Germany for exterior coatings and parquet floors of certified wood from sustainable forests.

YUANDA GROUP EXPANDING ITS BRAND

New Elevator Weekly reported that the Yaunda Group is still aiming to sell its elevators to every corner of the world. In 2003, the group started from scratch by constructing a self-brand elevator enterprise Brilliant Elevator. The group also set up 29 branch companies in China. By 2006, Brilliant Elevator was exporting to Australia and became one of the first elevator enterprises to enter that market. Toward the end of 2008, Yaunda Group started to break out with new technology and successfully landed a contract for the 2012 London Olympic Games. In addition, Brilliant Elevator landed a subway project to install 38 elevators and two escalators in Shenyang (China) Line 1. The group has some of the fastest elevator speeds in the industry and offers third-generation machine-room-less products, with 23 self-core technologies, which are capable of saving up to 40% in energy consumption in comparison to traction elevators.

CE NET ELEVATOR SIGNS CONTRACT WITH CHONGQING SHUANGFU

On August 30, New Elevator Weekly announced that CE Net Elevator Co. of Germany signed a contract with Chongqing Shuangfu New Area of China. The signing ceremony took place in a Shaungfu administration office building. The project includes a 120-meter-high elevator test tower, which is expected to be complete in one year. The tower is planned to manufacture 1,000 elevators within the first year and eventually reach 5,000 elevators in the second and third years. It is expected that 70% of the manufactured products will be sold in China, with the remaining sold internationally.

CHINGTU ELEVATOR SUPPLIES EQUIPMENT FOR PROJECTS

In June, Chingtu Elevator supplied elevators for two projects in China. The company installed 45 elevators in the Peninsula Garden project located in Heshan. In addition, Chingtu was awarded a contract in July to supply 100 elevators in the Guangzhou province. The elevators offer convenient installation and its core is equipped with a variable-voltage, variable-frequency electronic system. The computer technology and feedback control system enable them to fulfill efficient and energy-saving demands. The machine-room-less design can also save building space.

FATAL MUMBAI ELEVATOR INCIDENT

According to DNA India, a 40-year-old man died after falling into an elevator shaft from the sixth floor of a building in Lower Parel, Mumbai, on September 12. He reportedly fell through an open lift door. The incident remains under investigation

September 14, 2010

CAMBODIA UNVEILS PLANS FOR WORLD’S SECOND TALLEST BUILDING

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen recently announced plans to build a 555-meter-tall tower on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island. If built today, the structure would be the world’s second tallest building, replacing Taipei 101 on the list. Touch Samnang, project manager and architect of Overseas Cambodia Investment Corp., said that the company is preparing for construction and has an architectural proposal in place. Samnang also mentioned that the company is looking for a construction company to build the tower, highlighting Korean firms’ expertise. The tower is expected to house commercial areas such as shopping, exhibition centers, residential space and an observation area. Managing Principal of Thornton Tomasetti Dennis Poon, who led the structural engineering team for the design of Taipei 101, said that designing such a tower could take one year, with construction taking four.

SCHINDLER TO EQUIP CHINESE RAIL STATION EXPANSION

China's Ministry of Railways has awarded a contract to Schindler for 353 escalators to be installed in stations as part of a railway expansion project across much of the country. The project involves eight regional railway companies. The installations are for 17 stations stretching from Changchun in the far north to Guangzhou on China's south coast. Installation is scheduled to begin in September and be completed by May 2011.

HITACHI JOINS UNION IN HELPING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

According to New Elevator Weekly, Hitachi Elevator and Guangdong Labor Union is awarding grants totaling CNY424,000 (US$62,317) to assist 169 college students needing financial assistance. Hitachi provided CNY150,000 (US$22,046) toward the grants, while the union contributed CNY274,000 (US$40,271). Yi Lihua, deputy president of the union, and Li Zhen Quan of Hitachi were on hand at a special ceremony on August 19 to announce the grants, along with some 300 workers and their children. In addition, the union arranged for a lecture to increase the awareness of employment opportunities for university students.

ELEVEN DIE IN CHINESE ELEVATOR FALL

According to Island Crisis, eleven people were killed in the early morning of August 16 when an elevator at a hospital construction site in Meihekou City in northeast China “plunged to the ground.” The elevator reportedly fell from the sixth floor, and none of the victims responded to medical treatment. The incident is under investigation.

September 7, 2010

HYUNDAI ELEVATOR RECEIVES ENERGY CERTIFICATES

Hyundai Elevator Co. Ltd. announced on August 9 that it received the “A” class energy efficiency certificate of VDI 4707 certified by the German institute TÜV. The energy-efficiency class was introduced by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and is classified in seven grades, from A to G. Class A represents the least consumption of energy after evaluating service hours, energy consumption during operation and average travel distance. Hyundai explained that the acquisition of the certificate is derived from its regenerative inverter LOWATT, which can increase efficiency up to 77.5% by returning its regenerated energy during elevator operation to a building’s lighting and climate-control system. Hyundai’s LOWATT was also awarded the New Excellent Technology certificate from the Ministry of Science & Technology by removing its electrolytic condenser, thus reducing its size and extending its lifespan.

OTIS LAUNCHES SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN CHINA

On August 28, Otis Elevator launched its “Safety Together Forever, Service Close Forever” national exhibition in Tianjin, China. Elevator News Weekly reported that the elevator caravan will advocate elevator safety by exhibiting elevators and offer interactive activities. The national exhibition is to visit 38 cities in one year. Officials with Otis noted that more than half of all elevator accidents are related to passenger error, such as using a passenger elevator to move freight, jumping when riding on an elevator or escalator or incorrectly using buttons.

PRASARANA PLANS LRT STATION IMPROVEMENTS

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd. (Prasarana) has announced plans to upgrade three light-rail-transit (LRT) stations in Malaysia, plus the construction of a six-level parking facility at the Gombak LRT station. The Masjid Jamek, Hang Tuah and Titiwangsa stations will receive accessibility improvements, including elevators, chairlifts, escalators and ramps. The entire project is budgeted for MYR51 million (US$16.2 million). Construction began earlier this year and is expected to be completed next year.

CARLO GAVAZZI PLANTS CERTIFIED

All of Carlo Gavazzi's manufacturing facilities have recently been certified to ISO 14001:2004, a global standard for establishing and maintaining an effective environmental management system (EMS). The certified facilities include those in Italy, Lithuania, Malta and Asia. As the certification requires a commitment to continuous improvement within the EMS framework, all of the factories within Carlo Gavazzi's Automation Components Business Unit are implementing measurable programs to manage and reduce their impact on the environment.

BOY LOSES HAND IN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT

The Times of India recently reported that a 14-year-old boy lost his hand attempting to open the grille door of an elevator in a Mankhurd, India, building. According to the report, the boy reached through the door with a badminton racquet in an attempt to punch the door-open button on the stalled elevator, but instead pushed the button for the fifth floor, causing the elevator to rise with his hand trapped in the door. The incident occurred in an apartment building in which the boy and his family had recently relocated when their home in Sewri, India, was lost to a road-widening project. The incident is being investigated.
 
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SOUTH AFRICAN AIRPORT ESCALATOR INCIDENTS

According to The Mercury, three escalator incidents have recently occurred in a Durban, South Africa, airport. In one, a two-year-old boy’s finger was injured and described as “almost severed” after he slipped near the end of the unit’s travel. This incident is under investigation.

August 30, 2010

TOUCH-ENABLED LANDING-CALL STATION

TL Jones Asia Pacific has released the L1 Landing Call Station module, the latest addition to its CommanderTM Suite of touch-enabled elevator control products. The module uses touch-screen technology and has a static display that can be customized with color, branding and arrow styles. Able to be either flush or surface-mounted, the product can be retrofitted into modernization projects. The L1 is constructed with toughened glass and features dual illumination.

GHANA HOSPITAL TO RECEIVE UPGRADES:

Plans for the enhancement of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, include GHS2.4 million (US$1.7 million) for the replacement of 13 elevators. Other funding will go toward the establishment of a reproductive health center, cell biology laboratory, and reconstructive plastic surgery and burns center. Ghana Minister for Health Dr. Benjamin Kunbour stated that the government has made the health of its citizens a priority.

JAKARTA MAN DEAD IN ELEVATOR SHAFT

According to the Jakarta Globe, a 35-year-old man was found dead in the basement of a South Jakarta, Indonesia, office building on August 22. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, though the source reports that the victim was “crushed by an elevator.”

August 23, 2010

LODHA PLANS THREE-TOWER PROJECT NEAR MUMBAI

According to DNA India, the Lodha Group has announced plans to develop a high-rise residential complex in Goregoan (East), a suburb of Mumbai. The complex will consist of three towers, one with 63 floors and two with 43 floors. The towers are expected to offer a total of more than 300 residential units, each with two or three bedrooms, a hall and kitchen.

LODHA HIGH-RISE PROJECT ON HOLD

Construction on Lodha Developer's proposed 117-floor residential tower in Mumbai is being delayed because it has not been approved by a state high-rise committee. The five-year term of the committee members expired on July 27, and the state has not appointed new members. According to the Hindustan Times, the state government is not rushing the appointments due to problems that surfaced with one of the former committee members after his appointment. Located in the Lower Parel section of Mumbai, the tower is scheduled to open in 2014.

MECCA TOWER FEATURES LARGE CLOCK FACES

A tower under construction in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, includes clocks on four sides with faces that measure 46 meters across and are located some 400 meters above ground level. Elevators will carry visitors to a balcony just below the clocks that will offer views of Mecca's Grand Mosque and other sights. The clock tower, which is expected to be at least 590 meters tall when completed next year, is one of seven towers in the Abraj Al-Bait complex. The other six towers will be between 42 and 48 stories. Together, the seven towers will offer 3,000 hotel rooms and apartments, conference halls, shopping and other amenities.

KESI PLANS LIFT SAFETY EXPO

As part of its recognition of the 100th anniversary of the first elevator installation in Korea, the Korean Elevator Safety Institute (KESI) has announced plans for Korea Lift Safety Expo 2010, to be held on December 15-18. The expo will be held at Hall C, Coex in Seoul. The organizers expect more than 20,000 students and representatives from industry organizations, universities and lift companies to participate. For more information, contact KESI at 352-5 Yang-jae 2-dong, Seoul, Korea, 137-898; phone: (82) 2-3497-7443; fax: (82) 2-3497-7419; or website: www.kesi.or.kr.

FERRARI WORLD INCLUDES TL JONES PHONE SYSTEMS

TL Jones recently supplied emergency elevator telephone systems to the Ferrari World theme park on Yas island in Abu Dhabi. The Memcom telephone systems were installed on Otis elevators throughout the complex. The project was managed by Laith Hasen, general manager of TL Jones U.A.E. Ferrari World was developed by Aldar Properties. The Ferrari-themed amusement park is located adjacent to the Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Ferrari World attractions and experiences include Formula Rossa, a 240-kph roller coaster that completes its circuit in less than five seconds. In addition to amusement rides, the park is home to numerous interactive, shopping and dining experiences.

FRASERS PROPERTY GAINS APPROVAL FOR SYDNEY PROJECT

Frasers Property has gained approval for the first stages of its massive Central Park building project at Broadway in Sydney, Australia. In addition, two residential towers designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel have been approved. A commercial campus designed by Foster + Partners on the corner of Broadway and Abercrombie Street has also been approved. The entire project will take up 5.8 hectares on the site of the old Carlton United Brewery, which is opposite University of Technology Sydney. The site will include tri-generation electricity, making its own power rather than drawing from the grid. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of this year and be complete in mid 2013.

JAKARTA FIRE LEAVES TWO DEAD IN ELEVATORS

The Jakarta Post recently reported that firefighters found two people dead inside a Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, office building on August 6. The victims, 27 and 50 years old, respectively, were found in separate elevators and died of suffocation after being trapped during a fire that “gutted the tower.” Ahmad Lamping operation chief of Central Jakarta’s fire brigade, stated that the building’s electricity system failed as the fire escalated, which caused the elevators to stop operating.

August 16, 2010

THYSSENKRUPP SUPPLIES NEW DELHI AIRPORT

ThyssenKrupp Elevator (Asia/Pacific) recently announced that it provided 260 units to the Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Terminal 3 in New Delhi. The ThyssenKrupp order included 77 elevators, 34, escalators, 92 moving walks and 57 passenger boarding bridges. Among the moving walks is one of the longest in Asia at 118 meters. The terminal, which opened in July, is expected to handle 34 million passengers annually.

THAILAND LIFT FALLS

According to Pattaya People, on July 26, a Pattaya, Thailand, hotel lift fell to the fourth from the 18th floor before momentarily stopping and continuing its descent to the ground. Passengers were injured in the fall. The incident remains under investigation.

HCM CITY REGULATES BUILDING HEIGHT

Viet Nam News reported in July that Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City, Vietnam, plans to crack down on construction companies that violate the city’s height regulations on buildings in District 1. The criteria for the height of buildings vary according to location, street, population and distance to historic structures, among other factors. In order to protect the landscape and ease traffic congestions, HCM City’s People’s Council recently passed a regulation that requires city agencies to regulate the number of high-rise construction projects in inner-city District 1.

TOSHIBA ANNOUNCES FIRST FINANCIAL RESULTS

On July 29, Toshiba Corp. announced its consolidated results for the first quarter of its current fiscal year. The company reported net sales of JPY1.47 trillion (US$17 billion) and operating income of JPY29.5 billion (US$341.4 million). Both were increases over the same period last year. Toshiba's Social Infrastructure segment (which includes elevators and escalators) reported lower sales and operation income for the quarter.

ITC CONSIDERED HIGHEST BUILDING IN BEIJING

The International Trade Center (ITC) will be considered the tallest building in Beijing when it opens this month. Reaching 74 stories, the building is equipped with 52 elevators. Among the elevators, four are among the fastest in China, taking only 33 seconds to travel from the first floor to the top. A manager from the construction company that worked on the building said the elevators were designed to be ergonomic. The elevators are also designed to stop at the nearest floor to allow passengers to exit, in case of earthquakes and strong winds. In addition, the building is equipped with five asylum floors, which allow people to find shelter from fire for up to three hours. In order to make sure the ITC had enough support, its foundation was placed 23 meters underground, the equivalent of an eight-story building.

FACILITY RELOCATION AND EXPANSION PLANNED BY KONE

KONE has announced plans to relocate and expand its manufacturing unit and R&D center in China in the Kunshan New & Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone. The industrial park is located close to the Suzhou-Shanghai Expressway, which allows improved connections to suppliers and customers. It is expected to open in 2012. The current R&D center will be expanded and a new high-rise test tower will be built on the site.

August 9, 2010

IN MEMORIAM: ALISTER PINTO

Trevor Rodericks recently reported that his colleague Alister Pinto died on July 25 in New York. He was a retired industrial engineer who earned his degree from Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute. He worked with Ex-cello before joining Otis India, where he worked for 27 years. As an industrial engineer, Pinto's area of expertise was the production line, but he also designed field-friendly tools. He moved to the U.S. after he retired. He is survived by his wife Doris, children and grandchildren.

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC REVISES 2011 FORECAST

Thanks to growth in its Industrial Automation Systems segment and increased demand in Asia, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced on April 30 that it had revised its 2011 fiscal year consolidated earnings forecast. It now expects net sales for the 12-month period ending on March 31, 2011, to be JPY3.53 trillion (US$40.91 billion), while operating income is expected to be JPY160 billion (US$1.85 billion), and income before income taxes to be JPY145 billion (US$1.62 billion). These revisions reflect increases of 1.4%, 14.3% and 31.8%, respectively. All three figures are also greater than the actual results Mitsubishi Electric reported in these categories in its 2010 fiscal year.

THYSSENKRUPP INSTALLS TWIN ELEVATORS IN HOSPITAL

ThyssenKrupp Elevator announced in July that it will install two of its TWIN elevators (systems with two cabs running independently in the same shaft) and one conventional elevator at Ajou University Hospital in Suwon, South Korea. The installation is a part of a modernization project. After the replacement of three traditional single elevators that have reached their capacity limits, five cabs will be available, allowing more passengers to be transported in the same amount of space. In addition, a destination control system will shorten passenger wait times. Ajou University Hospital is one of the largest in the country. Each TWIN cab has its own counterweight and separate safety and drive equipment, but both cabs use the same guide rails and shaft doors.

KONE MONOSPACE RECEIVES VDI 4707 RATING

KONE recently announced it had received the A-class energy rating from the VDI 4707 classification rating for its MonoSpace® elevators. In making the announcement, the company noted that the "A-class rating is the best rating that can be given under the VDI 4707 classification standard." KONE customers will be able to order elevators meeting the VDI 4707 classification beginning in the fourth quarter of 2010. The VDI guideline is a code of practice that was established by the Association of German Engineers (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure) and is used mainly in Europe but also in other countries.

JAKARTA BUILDING DEVELOPMENT SHIFTS

Property consultants at PT Procon Indah reported in July that developers are moving southward to construct new office buildings in Jakarta, Indonesia, in search of more affordable land prices and a specific image. The company’s data as of the second quarter of 2010 showed that South Jakarta had almost 20% of all high-rise offices in the city. Over the last five years, the demand for office space in South Jakarta has increased by 29%, while the same demand in other parts of Jakarta increased by 15%. Procon Indah’s research and consulting head Utami Prastiana said, “South Jakarta has a prime neighborhood image. It is surrounded by established prime residential and commercial developments.” Prastiana also added that as many as 90% of companies in South Jakarta preferred to buy office space instead of rent.

August 2, 2010

DELHI METRO PREPARES FOR HEAVY TRAFFIC

Delhi Metro has plans to install more escalators at Rajiv Chowk and Chandni Chowk metro stations in Delhi. At the former, four additional escalators have been commissioned, while at the latter, two new escalators from ground to concourse level are planned. Separate entry and exit gates will be erected for better passenger flow into the Chandni Chowk. This station also acts as an integrating point for the Old Delhi Railway Station of Indian Railways. Additionally, Chawri Bazar Metro Station will receive a high-capacity lift on the Hauz Qazi side of the station. The work has been prompted by expectations of additional traffic for the Commonwealth Games, to take place in October 3-14 in Delhi.

SHANGHAI MITSUBISHI BUILDING NEW ESCALATOR PLANT

Work has begun on a new escalator manufacturing facility in the Minhang Development Zone in China. The Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Co., Ltd., plant will cover an area of 53,000 square meters. Construction is expected to be completed in September 2011. It was designed to produce up to 5,000 escalator and moving-walk units annually.

TEHRAN INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION EXHIBITION PLANNED

The 10th Tehran International Construction Exhibition will be held August 3-6 at the Tehran International Fair in Iran. Domestic and foreign construction-industry companies will be exhibiting, as will research and scientific centers and government organizations. Donya-ye Asansor, the Iranian elevator-industry trade publication, also plans to be present. For more information, contact the organizers at phone: 91-21 22662488 or e-mail: info@iranconfair.ir.

VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION ASIA

An event designed to bring key industry-related stakeholders in Asia together under one roof has been scheduled for November 29-30 in Hong Kong. Vertical Transportation Asia will offer an opportunity for participants to discuss engineering challenges and best practices, including safety requirements, energy efficiency, code standardization, the use of lifts for evacuations and other topics. For more information, contact the event organizers at website: www.verticaltransportationasia.com.

INSPARISK ACQUIRES AND RE-LAUNCHES FORUM

Insparisk, LLC announced on July 9 that it acquired and re-launched authorizedinspector.com, an industry forum dedicated to nationally accredited inspectors. The upgraded site will incorporate additional professionals such as QEIs and façade inspectors. Insparisk President Stephen Kleva, stated, “We are pleased to expand our web portfolio by providing a site dedicated to the open exchange of information for the inspection industry. With no professional or geographic boundaries limiting participation, we anticipate the site will be a tremendous resource for seasoned veterans, as well as those interested in entering the field.”

LASERMOTIVE LAUNCHES LASER-POWER-BEAMING VIDEO

LaserMotive, the Seattle-based winner of the 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration-sponsored Space Elevator Games, recently released a video on laser-power beaming, the wireless transfer of energy from one location to another. The new video highlights a variety of uses and demonstrations of the technology, including a fully functional field-demonstrated laser-power-beaming system. For more information, visit LaserMotive at website: www.lasermotive.com.

July 26, 2010

THYSSENKRUPP UNITS IN DELHI AIRPORT

ThyssenKrupp Elevator (Asia/Pacific) recently announced that the company has provided 204 units to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (Delhi International Airport) in Delhi, India. The work was done in the new Terminal 3, which can now handle 34 million passengers annually and is considered one of the largest passenger terminals in the world. The vertical-transportation installed by the company consists of 69 elevators, 37 escalators and 98 moving walks. The longest walkway is 118 meters.

FIRST STAGE OF CENTRAL PARK PROJECT APPROVED

Sydney Central recently reported that the first stage of a two-tower residential project in Sydney has been approved. The two towers of Frasers Property's Central Park project are expected to reach heights of 116 meters and 64.5 meters, respectively, and sit atop a five-level retail podium. Ateliers Jean Nouvel designed the towers. Construction is expected to begin late this year and be completed in 2013.

KONE RECEIVES ORDER FOR EQUIPMENT IN CHONGQING

Chongqing Shui On Tiandi Property Development has ordered 31 elevators and six escalators from KONE to be installed in the 220-meter-tall Hualongqiao B11 in Chongqing, China. KONE will deliver 25 KONE MiniSpace™ elevators, six KONE MonoSpace® elevators and six KONE TravelMaster® escalators for the high rise, which was designed by the Chongqing Architectural Design Institute. It is scheduled to open at the end of 2012.

July 19, 2010

MADURAI AIRPORT TERMINAL TO OPEN

The Airports Authority of India is expected to open a new terminal building at the Madurai Airport soon. With an area of 17,000 m2, the space has six escalators and six lifts, with separate enclosures for immigration and customs. Seven flights will be able to be accommodated during peak times. Three “aero bridges” (two of which are to become operational this year) will take passengers directly to flights. International connectivity for the airport is also expected in 2010.

COMPANY SUPPLIES ELEVATOR SAFETY SYSTEM

Memco will install its Elite elevator safety systems in 74 elevators at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India. The system features two independent detection systems. The first is a light curtain of infrared beams that criss cross the elevator’s car doors; the second is a 3D proximity detection system in the landing zone. Any person or large object breaking the light curtain or detected within the 3D zone will trigger a system that automatically reopens the elevator doors. The Elite features the latest software and can be fitted to almost any new or existing elevator. The system will be installed in the airport’s new Terminal 3, which is expected to add a passenger capacity of 33 million people annually.

CENTRE 66 TO FEATURE KONE EQUIPMENT

KONE recently announced it had won an order to supply 42 elevators and 56 escalators for the first phase of the Centre 66 development project in Wuxi, China, which is being developed by Hang Lung Properties Ltd. The order includes 22 KONE MonoSpace® elevators, 20 KONE MiniSpace™ elevators and 56 KONE TravelMaster® escalators. The development consists of a 250-meter-tall office tower and a shopping mall in the central business district of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The complex was designed by Aedas Ltd. and is scheduled to open in 2014.

July 12, 2010

BENGALURU'S MANTRI MALL WINS AWARD

Mantri Square in Bengaluru, one of the largest malls in India, recently received the Images Shopping Centre 2010 Award as the "most admired shopping centre launch of the year" in the southern region of India. Johnson Lifts supplied the 17 elevators, 26 escalators and four inclined walks as the vertical transportation in the mall. Developed by  Mantri Development, the retail mall was designed by Bentel Associates of South Africa.

WTC TOWER SET FOR 2012 COMPLETION

Doha’s West Bay area is getting a new 50-story tower. Currently underway, the development is scheduled to be ready in summer 2012. The project includes office space, parking arrangements, and a spherical building with an auditorium, an exhibition hall and additional office space. Dubbed the World Trade Centre (WTC), the building will join a global network of more than 300 other WTCs. The joint contract between project owner Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance Co. and main contractor Arabtec Construction Co. was announced in June.  Once complete, the tower is expected to be among the tallest in Qatar.

MERO CITY CONSTRUCTION STARTED

Royal Orchid Developers started the construction of Mero City apartments on June 14. The development is located in Hattiban, Nepal, and will consist of five residential towers. Each tower will have two automatic elevators with 24-hour power backup. Royal Orchid also signed contracts with all apartment buyers in June. The project has received all necessary approvals from the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction. The towers will also be equipped with firefighting systems and earthquake-resistant frame structures. A completion date for the project has yet to be released.

COMPANY ANNOUNCES CONTINENTAL ACQUISITION

SearchMedia Holdings Ltd. has completed its acquisition of China’s Zhejiang Continental Advertising Co., Ltd. in a combination cash and stock transaction. SearchMedia is a multi-platform media company and one of the largest operators of integrated in-elevator advertising networks in China. SearchMedia currently operates a network of elevator advertisement panels consisting of approximately 125,000 frames in 50 cities in China. Continental is also an advertising company, with more than 10 years of operating history.

NEW AIRPORT TERMINAL IN MOZAMBIQUE

The new terminal at Maputo International Airport in Mozambique was close to completion in June with only minor things left to complete. Contractors started the work in April 2009. The new terminal has escalators and elevators, including some deigned for mobility-impaired passengers. The terminal is expected to serve 400 passengers an hour, compared to the previous 150 in the old building. Once the international terminal is complete, the domestic terminal construction will start and is expected to take 14 months to complete.

HIGH-RISE BUILDING BAN IN HANOI MAY BE REMOVED

A ban on new high-rise construction is being reconsidered by officials in Hanoi, Vietnam. According to VietNamNet, The Ha Noi People's Committee has sent a proposal to Vietnam's prime minister to allow "Multistoried construction projects that satisfy the city's planning and social and technical infrastructure standards." However, the proposal includes a provision that new buildings in the central city not unduly increase the area's population density. The prime minister halted high-rise construction in many parts of the city in December 2009 to preserve their historical and cultural integrity.

REDEVELOPMENT PLAN UNVEILED

Mitsubishi Estate Co. unveiled the outline of its urban- renewal project in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district in June. The development will be located where a former golf driving range was. Among the new development plans for the 3.7- hectare plot are a 20-story office building and a 32-story luxury residential building. The company anticipates strong demand because of the location’s proximity to a subway station and the lack of large office buildings and condominiums in the area. The office building will occupy about 70% of the total area and is expected to be complete in April 2012.

July 6, 2010

IMPROVEMENTS FOR METRO STATIONS

Five new Gurgaon-Qutab Minar metro stations in Delhi have had double escalators for entry and exit installed. In addition, 25 lifts and 31 escalators have been installed in the nine stations on the corridor, excluding Chhattarpur Metro Station. According to a chief project manager of one of the metro lines, these types of equipment are not available in other metro stations in the area. The stations have also installed automatic fare collection machines to prevent commuters from walking in improper directions.

SEMATIC LIFT DOORS FOR SHANGHAI WORLD EXPO

The World Expo in Shanghai, China, is going to be the biggest in the World history. During the six months during which the Expo will be open it is expected to draw about 70 million visitors. One of its main attractions is the Italian Pavilion which offers a rich display of Italy’s excellence in different sectors, contributing to an improvement of the quality of urban areas ranging from engineering, urban development and architectural design up to technological innovation, infrastructures as well as urban and vertical mobility. The Pavilion features 7 elevators and 2 escalators, which allow the visitors to admire comfortably the exhibiting spaces situated on different levels. Thanks to its high quality performance products, Sematic Group has been chosen by Tecno to supply, for all the elevators installed in the Pavilion, its multipurpose car & landing 2000 B-AP lift doors, which are specifically designed for the Asian Pacific market, and feature central opening, hairline finishes, full glass or steel panels. Along with other universally recognized design objects and products “Made in Italy”, such as for example Ferrari’s cars or Dolce&Gabbana’s clothes, Sematic Lift Doors shine at Shanghai Expo as an excellent example of innovation, originality and attention to details.

WORLD CUP STADIUMS IN SOUTH AFRICA

KONE has provided 33 elevators inside four of the stadiums hosting this year’s Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in South Africa. The elevators were installed in Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium, Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, as well as in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium and Soccer City Stadium. A total of 27 games will be played in all four buildings, and the final match of the tournament will be played in the Soccer City Stadium. All the elevators are under KONE’s maintenance and include full-time standby crews at all venues during the FIFA World Cup, which concludes on July 11.

SHANGHAI COMPLEX ELEVATOR ORDER

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced on June 21 that it had received an order to supply 127 elevators and escalators to the Shanghai JingAn Kerry Centre. The order includes 42 high-speed elevators capable of reaching speeds up to 480 mpm, 37 low-speed elevators and 48 escalators. Seventy-two of the elevators will feature an energy-saving power-regenerative function, which allows the elevators to efficiently reuse energy generated from operation. This is the second consecutive order Mitsubishi Electric has received for elevators and escalators from Kerry Properties Ltd. The complex will include two towers with officers, commercial facilities and a Shangri-La Hotel.

NEW ACCESS TO PREMISES STANDARDS PROPOSED

In its latest newsletter, the Lift Engineering Society of Australia reported on the new Disability (Access to Premises -- Buildings) Standards 2010, which are expected to lead to changes in the level of access required in new buildings and existing buildings undergoing renovation. The new standards will be implemented on May 1, 2011. In a joint effort, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Australian Building Code Board (ABCB) will offer Premises Standards Awareness Seminars throughout August and September. Michael Small of AHRC and Kevin Newhouse from ABCB will be seminar presenters. For more information on these seminars or to register, visit website: www.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/buildings/ps_registration.htm.

HONG KONG UNIVERSITY EXPANSION

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported on the expansion of the University of Hong Kong. The new construction is needed to house additional students and staff as a result of a decision by the Territory of Hong Kong to make its undergraduate degrees four-year programs rather than three years. Due to space limitations, the school most hollow out the side of a mountain to accommodate new building space. High-speed elevators will rise 90 meters from new subway stops to access University Street, which is being developed to connect the two halves of the new campus.

191 ELEVATORS FOR CHINESE RESIDENTIAL PROJECT

China-based assembler and manufacturer of elevators and escalators Symax Lift (Holding) Co. Ltd. recently entered into a contract with Wuxi Tai Hu Jia Yuan Property Development Co. Ltd. to manufacture and install 191 elevators for a government-funded residential development project. Symax will also provide repair and maintenance services for three years after installation of the CNY33.83-million (US$4.99-million) project is finished. Delivery and installation have been scheduled to commence in July, and completion is slated for this year.

June 28, 2010

MUMBAI HIGH-RISE CONSTRUCTION

In June, the Lodha Group, a Mumbai, India-based real-estate developer, announced its plans for a 442-meter-tall residential tower in Srinivas Mills. According to a spokesperson for Lodha, the World One tower will be one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, reaching 117 stories. The group purchased the Srinivas Mills area in 1995; however, construction has been stalled due to labor claims and court disputes. The project has not been approved, but the municipal corporation’s high-rise committee has allowed Lodha 40-story construction permission. In addition, the Lodha Group is planning two 80-story towers. The World One project is expected to be complete within five years, of the beginning of construction, based off a calculation of past construction experience.

WORLD CUP STADIUMS IN SOUTH AFRICA

KONE has provided 33 elevators inside four of the stadiums hosting this year’s Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in South Africa. The elevators were installed in Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium, Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, as well as in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium and Soccer City Stadium. A total of 27 games will be played in all four buildings, and the final match of the tournament will be played in the Soccer City Stadium. All the elevators are under KONE’s maintenance and include full-time standby crews at all venues during the FIFA World Cup, which concludes on July 11.

GROUP ANNOUNCES DEMOLITION PLANS

Finbar Group Ltd., a property development company, plans to demolish the old ABC building on Terrace Road in Perth, Australia, in order to develop three new high-rise buildings. The first stage of the construction is comprised of a 23-story building that will include apartments, a penthouse and a sub-penthouse. The second stage will include a 21-story building with 42 half-floor apartments, a penthouse and a sub-penthouse. The 1.3-hectare site is the last of the large-scale development sites on Terrace Road. Finbar said the third and fourth stages of the development will include a 29-story tower on Adelaide Terrace and the refurbishment of heritage building, but will release further details at a later date.

RAIL STATION TO UPGRADE EQUIPMENT

The state budget for Queensland, Australia, was delivered on June 8, and it determined that about one-third of its rail stations would receive upgrades to lifts and escalators. The budget is also expected to fund the extension of certain railways.

June 21, 2010

WOMAN DIES IN VIETNAM ELEVATOR ACCIDENT

A woman died on June 2 as a result of injuries she sustained from being trapped between a lift and the floor. Vietnam News reported that the woman and another passenger were in the open-door elevator when it started going up and down without stopping. The other passenger was able to jump to safety as the elevator passed a floor level. The cause is being associated with an unstable power supply. Police are investigating the incident.

GAUTRAIN BEGINS AIRPORT SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Gautrain rail line connecting O.R. Tambo International Airport and Sandton, South Africa, began operating on June 8. There is a total of 39 elevators and 49 escalators in the 10 stations on the complete route, which links Hatfield in Pretoria to Johannesburg Park Station and Sandton to the airport. The Bombela Concession Co. operates the Gautrain.

THYSSENKRUPP SUPPLIES EQUIPMENT FOR GAUTRAIN

The 25 escalators and 12 elevators in the five recently opened stations of South Africa's new Gautrain high-speed rail system were supplied and installed by ThyssenKrupp Elevator. The company has also been awarded a contract to supply 24 escalators and 27 elevators in five additional stations planned for the system. The first section of the rail line connects the O.R. Tambo International Airport and Sandton. Once completed, the Gautrain transportation system will cover about 80 kilometers.

June 14, 2010

MUMBAI RESTRICTS HIGH-RISE CONSTRUCTION

According to Express India, the technical committee for high-rise buildings in Mumbai will no longer consider proposals to build high rises on plots smaller than 1,000 square meters. The seven-member committee has forwarded its draft guidelines to the Mumbai municipal commissioner. The guidelines define a high rise as any building above 70 meters in height. As of April 19, that committee had received 218 building proposals, of which 155 were cleared

ITEC CENTER IN INDIA

KONE announced on June 2 that it had inaugurated its new Indian Technology and Engineering Center (ITEC) in the suburb of Ambattur, about 20 kilometers from Chennai, India. ITEC will serve as a testing and research hub to support the company’s latest technology and developments for the elevator and escalator industry. The new center allowed KONE to bring all of its Indian R&D engineering units to one location. ITEC is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certified and uses renewable energy and a built-in rainwater harvesting system. The building is equipped with 36 of KONE’s MonoSpace® elevators and two TravelMaster escalators.

SIX PASSENGERS TRAPPED IN LIFT

The Times of India reported on May 30 that six people were trapped in a Mumbai lift. The incident occurred in the afternoon of May 29. The lift stopped on the third floor of the building and started moving down, but stopped before reaching the second floor. The passengers were stuck in the elevator for 45 minutes, then the lift started to move down, and the doors opened.

SKYSCRAPER PROJECT TO BEGIN IN DUBAI

Damac Properties announced in early May that it had awarded Arabtec Construction, LLC, its Damac Heights project to be located at the Dubai Marina. Work was scheduled to begin shortly after the contract was signed around the end of April. The 420-meter-tall skyscraper is set to include 85 floors and provide around 600 residential units. It will be the second tallest project by Damac Properties. Damac Heights was formerly named Ocean Heights 2 and is within walking distance of Damac’s other Ocean Heights property, which is scheduled to open later this year.

COMPANY’S ROLE IN WORLD EXPO 2010

KONE will play a role at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, which opened May 1 and is scheduled to run until October. It is expected that more than 70 million visitors from around the globe will attend the expo. KONE is a national partner for the Finland Pavilion and will also provide vertical-transportation solutions for 21 flagship pavilions. The company maintains more than 500 elevators and escalators that are being used in the expo. Specifically for the Finland pavilion, KONE provided a custom elevator, which contributes to the building’s high-tech look and feel. Combining technology and design, the elevator will serve both as an exhibition object, as well as a mode of vertical transportation. Overall, KONE supplied 59 elevators and 34 escalators for 21 different pavilions.

HIGH-RISE TOWER APPROVED FOR BRISBANE

The 236-meter-tall Infinity Tower has been approved in Brisbane and is expected to include 73 floors. The tower will be located at Northern Herschel Street and will accommodate 414 apartments, 10,000 square meters of office space and 10 levels of basement parking, according to skyscrapernews.com. The design is slender, with the southern face of the building to appear like an elongated semi-circular tube. The other side of the tower will appear like half a hexagon. As of press time in May construction start and completion dates were not yet released.
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June 7, 2010

KUNMING UNIVERSITY CITY PROJECT

According to China New Elevator Weekly, Shanghai Yungtay Elevator has signed an agreement to provide 114 elevators for a residential development in Kunming University City in Yunnan, China. Yunna Real Estate Co. is developing the project.

SHOPPING CENTER TO GET ELEVATORS AND ESCALATORS

Centro Comercial de Viana, a new shopping center in Luanda, Angola has been under construction, since August 2009. The center will include two escalators that will connect seven floors. This portion of the project is scheduled to be inaugurated in November. The second phase of the project was expected to start in about three months. This phase will include six elevators and four escalators. At least 1,600 people are expected to visit the shopping center per day once it opens.

JOINT VENTURE TO PROVIDE EQUIPMENT FOR CHINA HOTEL

Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Co. Ltd., a joint-venture company of Mitsubishi Electric Corp. in Shanghai, announced in May that it was awarded a contract by Dalian Wanda Group Corp. Ltd., one of China’s leading property developers, to provide 50 elevators and escalators to the Dalian Wanda Center, a twin-towered property to be built in Dalian’s Donggang District. The center will have a north tower and a south tower. The former, with 36 floors above ground, will incorporate two hotels (the Conrad Wanda Hotel and the Hilton Wanda hotel) in its upper and lower floors. The latter, with 44 floors above ground, will provide office space. The project is scheduled to be complete in June 2011.

LIFTASIA 2010

The International Elevator & Escalator Technology Exhibition & Conference Liftasia 2010 will be held on June 15-18 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Malaysia. Green lift and escalator technology will be the main focus of the event. Mitsubishi, Ryoden Sdn. Bhd. and Eita Elevator will update attendees on the latest green technology for the industry. For more information, or to register for the event, visit website: www.isfexpo.org/registration.html.  

ISO REPORTS ELEVATOR USE COULD SAVE LIVES IN EMERGENCIES

A technical report recently released by an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee finds that elevators may be the best escape options in an emergency. ISO Technical Committee 25743 also provided a chart to help identify risks. In particular, the findings may be a benefit to those unable to use stairways or find them difficult to use, such as the elderly, physically handicapped, pregnant women and small children. For more information, visit the ISO website at www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1325.

May 17, 2010

U.A.E. PAYMENT PLAN TO ENSURE TOWER COMPLETION

According to zawya.com, R Holding and Real Estate Investment Corp. of Ajman, the U.A.E., announced in April that a new construction-linked payment schedule had been launched. The plan is intended to ensure the 2011 completion of the Paradise Lakes Towers project. The plan will include payment installments that will be made based on construction progress, which will be monitored by the Ajman Real Estate Regulatory Agency. The tower is located near the Dubai Airport and includes four high-speed elevators and a 15,274-square-foot entertainment zone.

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR 2010

On April 30, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced its consolidated and non-consolidated financial results for its 2010 fiscal year, which ended March 31. Net sales for both consolidated and non-consolidated results fell 9% when compared to the previous year. Consolidated results included a 33% decrease in operating income, but an increase in income before income taxes of 46% when compared to last year. In its non-consolidated results, Mitsubishi Electric reported a 48% increase in ordinary profit when compared to 2009. Its building systems business experienced decreases in both orders and sales from the previous fiscal year, primarily due to decreases in the global demand for elevators and escalators, as well as postponements and cancellations in large-scale projects.

FUJITEC TO EQUIP BEIJING SUBWAY

Huasheng Fujitec Elevator Co., Ltd., and Shanghai Huasheng Fujitec Escalator Co., Ltd. have jointly received an order for 264 escalators to be supplied and installed in the Beijing Subway, which is currently under construction. The two companies are subsidiaries of Fujitec Co., Ltd. Combined with an order of 108 escalators Fujitec has already delivered to the metro system, the company will have 372 escalators in 47 stations when the Beijing Subway opens in September 2013.

LIFT ASIA 2010 SET FOR JUNE ON MALAYSIA

The first LiftAsia is scheduled for June 15-18 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia. Billed as an international elevator and escalator technology exhibition and conference, LiftAsia 2010 is designed to bring manufacturers and suppliers in contact with specifiers and users of industry equipment. Its theme is "Innovative Technologies for Designs & Efficiency." A regional conference focusing on "Green Innovations in Building Transportation Systems" will be held in conjunction with LiftAsia on June 17. For more information on LiftAsia, contact Michelle at phone: (603) 40454993 or e-mail: mha@ambexpo.com or visit website: www.liftasia.org.

May 7, 2010

AGENCY TO OVERSEE INSPECTIONS

Top News recently reported that the Minister of Public Safety in Saskatchewan, Canada, Yogi Huyghebaert, announced in April that a stand-alone agency to oversee the inspection and licensing services for elevators, and other equipment would benefit the area by effectively clearing a backlog. A bill was put forward by the minister in order to establish a “delegated administrative organization,” known as the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan. Once the bill is passed, the programs and services which are provided by the ministry’s licensing and inspection branch would shift over to a new authority, which would be governed by a board of directors consisting of government officials and members of the industry.

CITY RENOVATIONS TO INCLUDE ELEVATORS

Cambridge, Canada, has plans to renovate and upgrade various parts of the city with a CAD21.6 million to-do list. Among the renovations will be elevators. The locations of the equipment were not released as of April. Additional upgrades will include energy-efficient renovations of seven of the city’s arenas and other public places which are currently underway. The city expects the renovations will have an overall energy savings of between 15-20%. According to chief administrative officer Jim King, the city has plans to save for additional energy-efficient funds for the future.

KONE'S SHARE CAPITAL INCREASES

As of April 15, a total of 353,940 new KONE class B shares have been subscribed with 2005C option rights. The corresponding EUR88,485 (US$113,507) increase in KONE Corp.’s share capital was entered into the Finnish Trade Register on May 3, and trading of the new shares began on May 4. According to a statement from KONE, "The shares acquired shall first qualify for dividend payment for the financial year during which the subscription has taken place. Other rights related to the shares shall commence on the date when the increase in the share capital is entered into the Trade Register." KONE 2005C option rights were listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. as of April 1, 2008. The subscription period for the KONE 2005C option rights expired on April 30, 2010.
 
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May 3, 2010

SIX YEAR OLD DIES IN INDIAN LIFT ACCIDENT

The Times of India reported on April 18 that a six-year-old girl died as a result of injuries she sustained when she became trapped between the door and gate of an elevator that began to move. The incident occurred in a Dharavi residential building in Mumbai. Family members stated they saw her attempt to enter the lift, but it began to descend. When the elevator returned, she was trapped and died before fire-brigade personnel could free her. The police registered a case of accidental death but are investigating the possibility of negligence on the part of those who operate and/or maintain the equipment.

CORPORATION RECEIVES ORDERS TO SUPPLY EQUIPMENT

KONE Corp. recently received an order to supply 38 elevators, 22 escalators and six moving walks for the five towers of Raffles City Chendgu, a new landmark building in Sichuan Province, China. The order includes 19 MiniSpace™ elevators, 12 MonoSpace™ elevators, six double-deck elevators, one TranSys™ freight elevator, 22 TravelMaster™ escalators and six moving walks. Together, these travel solutions will provide energy-efficient people flow in the building complex. The building was designed by Steven Holl Architects of New York, and will include offices, a shopping mall, a hotel and apartments. The project is expected to be complete in 2011.

HCM CITY BUILDING TO OPEN IN OCTOBER

Vietnam News recently reported, that construction of 56 of 68 proposed stories of the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City, Vietnam, were complete. The building will be one of the tallest in the country and is scheduled to open in October. According to Vu Quang Hoi, chairman of the Binh Minh Import Export Production and Trade Co. (Bitexco), the building is the first in the country to be equipped with double-deck elevators running at speeds up to 7 mps. The lotus-shaped tower will provide 38,000 square meters of grade-A office space and 8,000 square meters of retail space. The architect is Carlos Zapata of the U.S., and the main contractor in construction is Hyundai of South Korea.

COLFAX NAMES NEW SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Colfax Corp. of Germany announced in April that it promoted Arne Forslund to its newly created position of senior vice president Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. This position also names Forslund as CEO of Allweiler AG. He will also be responsible for the company’s global marine strategy. Prior to this promotion, he was managing director of Colfax subsidiary Imo AB in Sweden. Forslund joined Colfax in 2009. Prior to joining Colfax, he was president and CEO of NOTE AB, based in Sweden. He has also worked with Telefex Morse (as operations director for Europe) and Danaher Corp.

RECORD NUMBER OF HIGH RISES IN JAPAN

According to Nikkei Inc., there was a record number of high rises built in Japan in 2009. Roughly 35,000 units in buildings with 20 or more stories were completed last year. However, construction is expected to slow down this year, according to figures released by the Real Estate Economic Institute on April 7. The institute predicts an overall 17% drop across Japan, but greater Tokyo area construction is still expected to rise, despite the 9% decline it saw last year.

NOTICE OF REVISED BUSINESS FORECASTS

Toshiba Corp. announced in April that it had made revisions to its business forecast for fiscal year 2009, ending March 31, 2010. Reasons for the revision include the consolidated forecast due to an upward revision of profits in the Digital Products, Electronic Devices and Home Appliances segments, which are now expected to surpass the estimate issued on January 29. Accordingly, income (loss) from continuing operations, before income taxes and non-controlling interests, and the next loss attributable to shareholders of the company have also been revised upward.

April 26, 2010

SIX YEAR OLD DIES IN INDIAN LIFT ACCIDENT

The Times of India reported on April 18 that a six-year-old girl died as a result of injuries she sustained when she became trapped between the door and gate of an elevator that began to move. The incident occurred in a Dharavi residential building in Mumbai. Family members stated they saw her attempt to enter the lift, but it began to descend. When the elevator returned, she was trapped and died before fire-brigade personnel could free her. The police registered a case of accidental death but are investigating the possibility of negligence on the part of those who operate and/or maintain the equipment.

MAN DIES AFTER FALL FROM ELEVATOR

On March 23, a 36-year-old elevator repairman fell to his death while performing maintenance on an elevator in a Qalandiya bakery in Jerusalem. This is the second death of an elevator repair person in Jerusalem since the beginning of the year. On January 15, a 41-year-old Ramallah man died from injuries he sustained when an elevator collapsed on top of him in a residential building.

CHINA AIRPORT TO GET ELEVATORS AND MOVING WALKS

KONE Corp. was recently awarded a contract to supply elevators and moving walks for Kunming, China’s new international airport. The order will include 90 machine-room-less elevators, 82 of which are MonoSpace™ and eight of which areTranSys™ freight elevators, and 16 moving. The airport will be complete and in operation in 2011. KONE’s People Flow™ solutions will help move passengers and cargo.

CHINA RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION KICKS OFF

The groundbreaking ceremony for what will be one of Xiamen, China’s, tallest residential buildings was held on April 11. The Hubin Shoufu is expected to be 160 meters tall and will be built beside the Hubian Reservoir. The complex will include 13 high-rise residential buildings, nine low-rise residential buildings and several commercial buildings. The tallest building will be at least 58 stories. The first phase of the project is expected to be complete in the second half of 2011.

MAN FALLS FROM HONG KONG ESCALATOR, DIES

According to M&C, a 29-year-old tourist died as a result of injuries he received after falling over the side of an escalator in Hong Kong. From South Asia, the man had reportedly been drinking alcohol prior to leaning on the handrail of the escalator, subsequently losing his balance. The 12-meter fall occurred on April 5.

April 19, 2010

NEW MASTER PLAN FOR MANGALORE

The Mangalore (India) Urban Development Authority (MUDA) recently unveiled its new master plan for city development. P.G. Ramesh, commissioner of MUDA, said that the majority of the 30,600 hectares available in the Mangalore local planning area has been earmarked for the total urbanization process. Of this, 11,317.59 hectares (46.66%) has been set aside for residential purposes. Due to recently made government regulations, the master plan will consider buildings exceeding 18 meters tall to be high-rise buildings. MUDA predicts that the master plan will be implemented within two years.

JOHNSON LIFTS RECEIVES AWARD

Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd. of Chennai has been awarded the IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality -- Performance Excellence Trophy in the Manufacturing Category for 2009. The award was received by V.M. Thomas, joint managing director of Johnson Lifts, on March 19, from Dr. Ashok S. Ganguly, Padma Vibushan, Member of Parliament and Rajya Sabha. The event was held at Y.B. Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai. The IMC-RBNQA Trust also honored Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director at Reliance Industries Ltd., by presenting him with the IMC Juran Quality Medal for 2009. The winners had been announced by a panel of judges chaired by Deepak Parekh, chairman of HDFC Ltd. The IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj Quality Award is aligned to the internationally renowned Malcolm Baldrige criteria for business excellence. The award was instituted in 1996 by the IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award Trust in order to give recognition to business excellence in organizations.

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR CTBUH AWARD SUBMISSIONS

The submission deadline for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s ninth annual awards program is approaching. Deadline for receipt of nominations is April 30, at which time the CTBUH Awards Committee will deliberate and choose the winners in the council’s five Tall Building Award categories. As nominated projects, submitted buildings will be profiled in the Annual Awards Book. All nominated buildings must have been completed between January 1, 2009, and October 1, 2010, as stipulated in the awards criteria. The awards ceremony and dinner will take place in Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall in Chicago on October 21. For more information, contact Steve Henry at e-mail: shenry@ctbuh.org or visit website: http://awards.ctbuh.org.

April 12, 2010

CITY TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has recently completed the installation of modern elevators at some pedestrian bridges in the main traffic detour areas on Al Salam Street. Elevators were installed on three of the pedestrian bridges, the first near Le Meridian hotel, the second on Road No. 10 between Hamdan Street and Mina Road, and the third near Abu Dhabi mall. The municipality of Abu Dhabi City opened a U-turn access at Mina Road. The right lane that links Mina Road with Corniche Road has also been opened to help facilitate traffic in areas affected by construction.

PROPOSED HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS

Dhaka City Corp. in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has proposed a project to construct 45 15-story buildings at Mohammadpur. After completion, the project will provide permanent housing for 38,667 families. The proposed project plans to build the high rises on 15 acres of land at the Town Hall area and Geneva Camp was discussed at a meeting on March 3. Dana Media, the organization that made the architectural design of the project, presented various aspects of the project during the same meeting. The project is expected to be complete within four years once construction has started.

ELEVATOR TO CLIMB MOUNTAIN

The Da Nang, Vietnam, municipal People’s Committee has approved a VND10-billion (US$524,109) elevator system for the Thuy Son mountain in Ngu Hanh Son, Vietnam. The 43-meter-high system will have two cabins with glass frames in the front and a zinc-plated steel bridge connecting the top of the elevator to the front yard of the Xa Loi Tower in Linh Ung Temple. The Ngu Hanh Son area receives about 100,000 visitors each year.

ELEXPO ESTABLISHING WORLDWIDE NETWORK

China Elevators and Accessories Expo 2011 (ELEXPO), which is scheduled for March 23-25, 2011, at the Suzhou International Expo Center in China, is establishing relationships with communication firms in other countries with respect to overseas expansion. It recently reached a cooperative agreement with Room 13 Exhibition Co. in the U.K., which covers networks, media and other resources. In addition, it is working with the organizers of elevator exhibitions in Poland, Russia, Germany, India and other countries. The ELEXPO committee has also set up mutual business partnerships with Elevator U in the U.S., the Lift and Escalator Industry Association in the U.K., the Poland Elevator Association, the Russian Elevator Association, the German Elevator Association, the Singapore Elevator and Escalator Installation and Manufacturers Association, and the New Zealand Elevator Advisory Industry Association.

April 5, 2010

INDUSTRY EQUIPMENT IN HYDERABAD OVERPASSES

Escalators and/or lifts are to be added to pedestrian overpasses in Hyderabad, India. Such work has already commenced at the LV Prasad Eye Hospital on Road No. 2, Banjara Hills; Rasoolpura; and Dilsukhnagar near Hanuman Temple. Future equipment installations are to take place at the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet; St. Anns School, Secunderabad; RS Brothers at Ameerpet; and at the Khairatabad junction. Private advertising companies, to which the overpasses are leased, are reportedly constructing and installing the equipment. Operation and maintenance will also be handled by them for six to 20 years.

DELHI STADIUM STATION TO GET ESCALATORS

Delhi Metro Rail Corp. is renovating its Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium station in preparation of the Commonwealth Games 2010’s opening and closing ceremonies at the stadium. Part of the project is the installation of four escalators that will connect the concourse with the stadium. This would help the station cater to 4,000 passengers per minute in peak times. It has been designed to accommodate a total traffic flow of 80,000 persons per hour, with a platform area of 1800 m2. The Delhi Metro will provide connectivity to 10 out of 11 venues of the Commonwealth Games, to be held on October 3-14.

MUMBAI WOMAN DIES AFTER FALLING DOWN HOISTWAY

According to The Times of India, a 50-year-old woman died on March 23 as a result of injuries she received after falling down an elevator shaft in a Borivli, Mumbai building. Though recently serviced, the elevator did not have its car at the third-floor landing when the woman attempted to enter. It was two floors above, and as a result, the woman fell 35 feet down the empty shaft. The police registered the case as an accident, but it remains under investigation.

TOSHIBA ELEVATOR TAKES STOCK IN THE MIDDLE EAST

At a press conference in Dubai on March 27, Shunichi Kimura, global president and CEO of Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp., Japan, outlined the company's plans to double its turnover in the Persion Gulf/India region in less than five years. The increase is expected to be driven by strategic expansion in the area facilitated by the U.A.E.’s “strong signs of recovery, as reflected in new contracts won by Toshiba Elevator,” reported Eye of Dubai. Talks with a partner in Oman for launching operations there are also in their final stages. Additionally, Toshiba Elevators plans to open offices in Saudi Arabia and Qatar with local partners.

PORT MORESBY BUILDING BOOM

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, is reportedly undergoing a building and construction boom. First, Waigani Vision City in the Waigani suburb will incorporate a three-story mall, 12-story hotel, office blocks, a convention center and apartments. A high-rise hotel and residential apartments are also in the works for Douglas Street, adjacent to the Crown Plaza Hotel. The Ela Beach Hotel in Touaguba Hill is undergoing expansion with the construction of an extra 42 premier suites, while the hill that overlooks Ela Beach is being excavated for buildings to be erected on it. Waigani Vision City is expected to be opened this year.

MAN FALLS SEVEN STORIES IN DHAKA

The Daily Star recently reported that a 70-year-old man died after falling seven stories in a shopping complex elevator shaft in Dhaka, Bangladesh. According to the report, witnesses said the man entered the hoistway through open landing doors, but the elevator car was at a higher floor in the building. The man was from Zaflong of Sythet. The March 15 incident is under investigation.

OTIS HONG KONG RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

For the fifth consecutive year, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) recognized Otis Elevator Co. (H.K.) Ltd. with its Caring Company Award. The Caring Company recognition program, introduced by HKCSS in 2002, aims to build a caring community by cultivating corporate citizenship and promoting strategic partnerships among business, public and nonprofit organizations. To be recognized, companies must meet three criteria: Caring for the Community, Caring for Employees and Caring for the Environment.

March 29, 2010

DELHI TO GET FOBS WITH LIFTS

The Delhi, India government recently proposed a plan to equip nodal roads with five foot-over bridges (FOBs) in order to reduce the number of accidents that occur due to jaywalking, and to manage traffic. The new bridges will have lifts attached to them. A senior official with Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System said that the first FOB with a lift will be at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, and the other at Mathura Road. The hospital bridge will have lifts on both sides in addition to escalators and should be complete in August, and the Mathura Road FOB will be complete in April, this one will also have escalators and lifts on both sides. The Mother Teresa Crescent (near Africa Avenue) bridge will have escalators on both sides and is expected to be ready for use by July. The BRT corridor will receive its first FOB, which is expected to be in operation by April. The FOB at Ambedkar Nagar will be ready for use by May.

SOFIA WORKER INJURED IN HOISTWAY FALL

Focus Information Agency recently reported that a construction worker suffered injuries requiring medical treatment when he fell down an empty elevator hoistway in Sofia, Bulgaria. The 36-year-old man was taken to a hospital after the March 13 fall. The incident is being investigated.

ISRAEL UNVEILS DEVELOPMENT PLANS

In February, the Tel Aviv, Israel, municipality released information on T.A./5000, a plan to revamp the town center and provide more accommodations for the growing city. Among the plans is a recommendation to replace current four-story apartment buildings with buildings up to 10 stories tall along Tel Aviv’s main roads. The idea is to take the population upward by constructing tall buildings. Tel Aviv plans to nearly double the accommodation units for the city by 2025.

COMPANY TO SUPPLY EFFICIENT CONTROLLERS FOR RESORTS

Power Efficiency Corp. (PEC) has received an order to supply and install its three-phase motor-efficiency controllers for three resort properties owned by Sands China Ltd. in Macau, China. The three properties are The Venetian Macao, Sands Macao and The Four Seasons Hotel Macao. The controllers will feature PEC’s E-Save Technology®. PEC Chairman and CEO Steve Strasser noted, “This is our first major project in Asia, which is our largest vertical- transportation market. China, for instance, represents close to half of global escalator sales. In addition, China’s vertical transportation and industrial equipment buyers are sharpening their focus on energy savings, which we believe will increase demand for our motor-efficiency controllers. This project will greatly increase awareness of our products in China and other parts of Asia.”

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC REVISES FORECAST

On March 23, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced that it had revised its earnings forecast for the fiscal year ending on March 31.  According to the announcement, Japan continues to experience low capital expenditures and building construction, but the global market, mainly in Asia, is exceeding previous expectations with increasing demand in those areas. Under these conditions, Mitsubishi Electric expects sales in the Industrial Automation Systems and the Electronic Devices segments to increase from the company's forecast announced on February 2. Both operation income and income before income taxes are expected to increase from the previous forecast due to a growth trend in sales over the original plan, as well as a decrease in fixed costs and efforts in enhancing the company’s cost reduction activities. Net income attributable to Mitsubishi Electric has been revised to become profitable.

March 22, 2010

KONE TO INSTALL NEW SYSTEMS IN INDIA

KONE Corp. currently has a presence in the Asia-Pacific market, and it continues to grow annually. Given the demand for newer technology, KONE is planning to install destination-controlled software systems to optimize traffic and waiting time. The product will first be introduced in Mumbai with an initial cost 20% higher than that of normal installations, according to KONE President and CEO Matti Alahuhta.

TWO INJURED FROM LIFT FALL IN INDIA

In January, a recently installed elevator fell in Surat, India, injuring two people. Four passengers entered the elevator, and as it reached the second floor, the doors opened and the lift collapsed into the hollow space below the ground floor. This is the second incident involving this particular lift since its installation in December 2009. Prior to the lift falling, two passengers were trapped for 4 hours when it became stuck.

SOUTH KOREAN PROJECT CONSTRUCTION STARTED

Groundwork has started on a residential project in Incheon, South Korea. The four-tower Lake Park has been designed by Heerim Architects and will feature buildings up to 190 meters high with 58 stories. The development, which will be set in an urban park, will have the four towers set along a single axis, with the height of each building increasing several floors as they step up toward the nearby river, giving the impression of a marginal increase in height. The project is being built by Posco E&C with the involvement of Hyundai Construction as a joint venture between developers HeungHwa Industry and the Korean Land-Housing Corp. The project is expected to be complete in 2013.

CTBUH RATIFIES STATUS OF BURJ KHALIFA

After receiving and reviewing detailed drawings of the recently completed Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has confirmed the tower's official height at 828 meters. Building owner Emaar Properties submitted the drawings after the tower's official opening on January 4. CTBUH ratified the status of the Burj Khalifa as the "World's Tallest Building" on March 11. CTBUH noted the tower had become the 16th building to hold that status. The Burj Khalifa is 15 times taller than the Home Insurance Building, which was completed in Chicago in 1885 and is considered the first "World's Tallest Building" titleholder by CTBUH.

TOKYO SKY TREE TOWER REACHES 300 METERS

Construction on the Sky Tree broadcasting tower located in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward reached 300 meters in February. Once it is completed, it will be one of the world’s tallest towers, standing at 634 meters. People can now see the tower from other surrounding districts. The planned height is said to be derived from the name of the former Musashi Province, which includes Tokyo, Saitama and part of Kanagawa prefectures today. When written with Kanji numerals, 634 is pronounced “musashi.”

HITACHI NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

Hitachi, Ltd., has announced that effective April 1, Hiroaki Nakanishi will become the company's representative executive officer and president. He is currently executive vice president and holds other positions within Hitachi. He succeeds Takashi Kawamura as president. The change is in accordance with a resolution passed by a meeting of the board of directors. Nakanishi was also proposed as a candidate for director, with his approval expected at the company's ordinary general meeting of shareholders in June.

HIGH RISE PLANNED FOR FUJIAN PROVINCE IN CHINA

The Xiamen Evening News recently reported that a 262-meter-tall building will be part of the second phase of the Xinglin Bay Business Operations Centre in Xiamen, China. According to the report, the planned high rise will be one of the tallest in Fujian Province. In addition, the project is expected to include two 150-meter-tall office buildings. The first phase of the project is already under construction and includes 12 high-rise buildings. The whole project is expected to be completed in five years.

March 15, 2010

MAN DIES FROM INDIAN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT

A 25-year-old man died as a result of an elevator accident in Udaipur, India on February 23. According to a report from 24dunia.com, the man was trying to see when the elevator

FATAL FALL IN MUMBAI HOTEL

A 61-year-old man died from injuries sustained when he fell into the hoistway of a hotel in Mumbai. A resident of Bhopal, India, the man was in the city to assist a friend with an injury. According to The Times of India, he opened the door to the elevator on the third floor and stepped through the opening, but the elevator car was at ground level. The police are investigating the incident.

OUB TOWER 2 CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES

Construction of the Overseas Union Bank Centre (OUB) Tower 2 in Singapore is progressing and should be complete in 2011. The original OUB Tower was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and stands 280 meters high. The OUB Tower 2 is expected to reach 205 meters and will be designed by Paul Tange, Kenzo’s son. The whole complex will be renamed One Raffles Place and provide office space. The two towers will be close to each other. The new tower will meet environmental criteria, being Green Mark certified.

SIXTY-ELEVATOR ORDER IN BISHKEK

Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, is soon to have at least 60 new elevators installed, according to Bishkekgorlift chief Azat Beknazar. The municipal enterprise paid approximately US$825,000 for the new Mogilevliftmash elevators, to be manufactured in Belarus. The units will be placed in condominium houses and make up a part of Bishkekgorlift’s 735 elevators.

NEW REPORT ON CHINA ELEVATOR INDUSTRY

In February, www.168report.com issued its "2009 China Elevator Industry Report," which included that the country's "output of elevators continued to rise . . . in 2009." For the year, China produced 262,000 units, an increase of 5% when compared to production in 2008. However, the report noted that the current economic crisis was having an effect, including the declining new-construction market. The complete report is available by purchase from the website.

KOREA LIFT COLLEGE OPENS

On March 1, the Korea Lift College began its first semester of operation with 220 new students. Located in Songjong-Ri Geochang-Eup Kyungnam, South Korea, the school offers five two-year courses, including Lift Safety Management, Lift Electrical Design, Lift Mechanical Design, Lift Mechatronics and Lift Maintenance Engineering. Sung-Il Lee is president of the college.

March 8, 2010

INDIAN RAILWAY STATION UNDERGOES CONSTRUCTION

According to The Times of India, the Hubli railway station is undergoing additions and improvements including escalators. In addition, there will be separate and wide exit and entry points. The new building will be on an 8,000-square-meter area with parking facilities. The number of platforms will be increased from four to six once the new building is in place.

ELEVATORS TO BE INSTALLED IN HISTORICAL RENOVATION

Desheng Mico Co. was awarded a contract to install 57 elevators for the Shikumen project, also dubbed “Jianyeli” in Shanghai.  Shikumen is an architectural style in Shanghai. Jianyeli was built in the 1930s and is one of Shanghai’s largest projects to undergo this type of reconstruction. Installation started in early 2009 and is expected to be complete by the end of this year. The historical structure called for specific technology. Desheng Mico used technology for its warship traction elevators to meet the specific structural demands.

March 1, 2010

BANGALORE PLANS SKYWALKS WITH ESCALATORS

The Deccan Herald recently reported that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) plans to install skywalks with escalators at 12 intersections in Bangalore, India. The pedestrian bridges are expected to reduce jaywalking across busy streets. The escalators will be built on a design, build, operate and transfer basis. BBMP will award 20-year contracts for the operation of the skywalks.

CHINA ELEVATOR INDUSTRY REPORT RELEASED

ResearchInChina.com recently announced the release of a new report -- China Elevator Industry Report, 2009. The report analyzes the development course, market trends, imports, exports, key enterprises and future trends of the elevator industry in China. The details of the report can be found at website: www.researchinchina.com/Htmls/Report/2010/5827.html.

SCHINDLER ACQUIRES SAUDI ELEVATOR

Schindler recently announced that it had acquired 100% of the shares of Saudi Elevator Corp. Ltd. The agreement was, however, still subject to the approval of the Saudi Arabian authorities. Schindler remarked of the deal, “The acquisition strengthens the position of the Schindler Group in the Gulf region’s largest market.”

February 22, 2010

ELEVATORS TO TRAVEL 28 STORIES IN 32 SECONDS

According to Mid-day.com, the Municipal Corp. of Delhi (MCD) is expecting to receive some of the fastest elevators in India for its 112-meter-tall building. The civic body (which is presently housed in Chandi Chowk) will move to a new location in Central Delhi. The move date was not scheduled as of press time. The MCD purchased 43 elevators for the project. Fourteen of the 43 elevators will be among the first of their kind in the country and move at speeds up to 3.5 mps. The lifts will also have a capacity of 20 passengers. An additional 14 elevators will move at speeds up to 2.5 mps and also have a 20-passenger lift capacity. The remaining 15 elevators will travel at a speed up to 1.5 mps.

NINE INJURED IN DHAKA ELEVATOR CRASH

According to The Himalayan Times, nine athletes were involved in a Dhaka, Bangladesh, “elevator crash” on January 29. Three players were injured and hospitalized following the incident, while those remaining only sustained “minor injuries.” It is undetermined what sent the unit into a freefall. The athletes are members of Nepal’s judo and weightlifting team.

BURJ KHALIFA CLOSES AFTER ELEVATOR ENTRAPMENT

According to The Canadian Press, the recently opened Burj Khalifa in Dubai was closed after 15 elevator passengers were trapped inside a unit near the 124th floor on February 6. Rescuers freed the passengers after 45 minutes and led them to a freight elevator that took them to the ground floor. The tower had been open a little over a month when the incident occurred. While the incident is still under investigation, electrical problems have been implicated.

WORLD ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR EXPO IN CHINA

Organizers of the World Elevator & Escalator Expo 2010, to take place in Langfang, China, on April 21-24, have announced that it will be larger than ever, being spread over 50,000 m2 and hosting 650 exhibitors. Exhibitors include major multinational and local system and component suppliers. More than 35,000 professionals are expected to visit the exhibition. The ISO/TC178 plenary and working group meetings, as well as a CEN/TC10 meeting for harmonizing world standards, will also be held during the expo. For more information, contact Mr. Mazhentao at phone: (86) 316-6078325, fax: (86) 316-6078903 or e-mail: expo@cea-net.org, or visit website: www.elevator-expo.com.

65-STORY COMPLEX IN VIETNAM

According to Skyscrapercity.com, the Lotte Group of South Korea has started the 65-story Hanoi City Complex in Hanoi, Vietnam. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on October 22, 2009 and the project expected to be complete in 2013. The 267-meter high building will rest on 14,000 square meters and include luxury residences, office space and a shopping center.

FUTURE PROJECT AWARDS 2010 WINNERS

Architecture and Design announced that the eighth-annual Future Project Awards 2010 awards competition has named a total of eight category winners, with 16 additional projects awarded a “highly commended prize.” Winners come from Austria, Denmark, Japan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the U.K. The “One New Change,” currently under construction close to St. Paul’s Cathedral in the London, was named both the overall and mixed-use winner. The winner in the office-building category was the 23-story Günesli Tower, to be located in Bagcilar, Istanbul. The Mina El Hosn’ housing project, planned to rise 142 meters high in Beirut, Lebanon, won the residential category. The winner of the sustainability category was the Town Town Office Tower in Vienna, the design of which is intended to create an “energy-active system” with low-energy-consumption, environmental-control and energy-harvesting systems.

SHANGHAI ESCALATOR FALL

According to the Shanghai Daily, a woman lost consciousness after falling off an escalator in a Shanghai department store on February 7. The “serious tumble” was reportedly a result from her missing a step on the escalator. The woman regained consciousness after police officers came to her aid. She was then sent to a hospital.

February 15, 2010

CHOICE MARINA WITH GREEN TECHNOLOGY UNDERWAY

New York-based architecture and interior-design firm CetraRuddy announced on February 2 that it had broken ground on Choice Marina, a high-rise residential resort condominium property in Cochin, a port city in the South Indian state of Kerala. Dubbed Choice Marina, the waterfront project is being developed by the Indian company Choice Group. With 138,000 sq. ft. of total area, the 13-story complex consists of two towers connected by core and service areas. Private elevators are included in the luxury amenities, and the building has been designed for maximum energy efficiency and sustainability. To respond to the tropical climate, the towers are sited and oriented to reduce solar-heat gain and minimize the impact of monsoons. Each tower will bear an array of fixed and operable exterior screening and sun-shading devices to enhance the performance of the curtain wall and further improve energy efficiency. Occupancy is slated for July 2011.

EXPOSITION DATE CHANGES

Lift Expo Gr lift trade fair rescheduled its expo and will now be held on April 23-25 at the Peristeri Exhibition Center in Athens. For more details on Lift Expo Gr, visit website: www.liftexpo.gr. In addition, the HellasLift exhibition dates have also been rescheduled and will be held on April 15-18 at the Elliniko Exhibition Centre, also in Athens. For more information on HellasLift, visit website: www.hellaslift.gr.

NEW OTIS PLANT IN CHINA

Otis is establishing a new factory in Chongqing, China. The company is hoping to capitalize on economic growth in the region. “We want to be closer to our customers and market,” Otis President Didier Michaud-Daniel told China Daily after announcing the plans for the manufacturing facility, its fourth in China. Industry research firm Freedonia Group recently reported that per-capita elevator use in China remains less than 10% of that in western Europe, illustrating its potential as a growing market.

SEMATIC GROUP SUPPLIED AUTOMATIC LIFT DOORS FOR SHANGHAI WINTER GARDEN

Sematic Group has recently supplied its 2000 B central-opening car and landing doors (1100 x 2800 mm) for the inclined lifts of the Winter Garden, built in the modern Gaoyang International Cruise Terminal of Shanghai, China. The Winter Garden, which will host exhibitions and artistic performances, is part of the architectural renovation and development project of the areas along the Huangpu River that has reshaped the Chinese metropolis for the World Expo 2010, which will start next May. Gaoyang International Cruise terminal is the first facility of its kind in the world to be placed underground; naturally insulated, passively cooled, and covered by an extensive at-grade park, it’s an evidence of China’s emerging green awareness.

February 8, 2010

GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE FINES TO HIGH RISES

According to The Nation, the Punjab government recently announced that it had plans to regulate 160 illegal high-rise plazas in Lahore, Pakistan, by issuing fines. This is a major shift in the demolition operation that was launched by the directives of CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif following the Supreme Court’s orders. The fines are proposed to replace the demolition plans. Sources privy to development revealed that the Lahore Development Authority had constituted a committee to regularize the illegal plazas and plans to take stock of the infringements in their construction, in addition to providing recommendations on the imposing fines.

YOUNGTAY ELEVATORS FOR CHINESE PROJECTS

China Elevator recently reported on the participation of Youngtay Elevator in two large projects in China. According to the report, Youngtay Co. supplied and installed 115 elevators of various kinds and sizes for Baolong International Community and Town Plaza in Qingdao, China. In addition, China Elevator reported that Shanghai Youngtay had received an order to supply and install 93 elevators for the Lake-shining Housing Estate in Jinjiang, China. The units include machine-room-less elevators and high-rise passenger elevators.

FUJITEC TO SUPPLY SHANGHAI PENINSULA HOTEL

According to China Elevator, Fujitec Elevator Co. is supplying elevators and escalators for the new Shanghai Bund Peninsula Hotel in Shanghai. The ninth hotel of the Peninsula Hotels Group, the Shanghai edition is being equipped with two sets of escalators and 25 high-speed elevators, four of which are machine-room-less units driven by Fujitec's Talon drive system.

February 4, 2010

ELEVATED WALKWAY IN KOWLOON BAY

On January 15, the government in Hong Kong announced plans for an elevated walkway that will connect the Kowloon Bay Industrial Area and Telford Gardens to the Mass Transit Railway Kowloon Bay Station. The government is seeking bids for the construction of the 550-meter-long covered walkway and associated works. The project is expected to include elevators, escalators and stairways.

HITACHI TO SUPPLY WUHAN METRO PROJECT

China Elevator recently reported that Hitachi Elevator (China) Co. Ltd. received a contract for the first phase of the Wuhan Metro Line 2 project in Hubei province, China. According to the report, the contract calls for Hitachi to provide 121 escalators for the project, with installation to commence later this year and be completed in 2012. Phase one of the new metro line is planned to extend 27.98 kilometers.

January 25, 2010

DMRC HOW-TO-RIDE-ESCALATORS WEBSITE

According to mid-day.com, the Delhi Metro Rail Corp. (DMRC) has proposed to revamp its website. Some of the proposed website features include animated videos and audio tools to guide passengers how to ride an escalator, teach the correct way of boarding and embarking, lessons about metro security and interactive maps of the entire rail network. It will also feature a calendar of the DMRC and its running schedule. According to a DMRC spokesman, the metro’s staff will be trained for one month by the website developing agency.

20-STORY MANGALORE RESIDENTIAL HIGH RISE

According to daijiworld.com, the port city of Mangalore, India, will soon be home to Siliconia, a 20-story residential apartment in Kuttar Junction. The Siliconia is to cover 2.75 acres of land and include 400 apartments. Other features include four automatic elevators with an eight-passenger capacity and two service elevators.

PLANNED CITY IN PALESTINE

Gulf News recently reported on a proposed city under development in Palestine. Called Rawabi, the city is designed to include high-rise residential buildings, a commercial district, green parks and other infrastructure to accommodate up to 40,000 residents. The development will offer 23 neighborhoods on its 6.3 million square meters. Rawabi, which means "hills" in Arabic, will be located 9 kilometers from Ramallah, the temporary seat of the Palestinian government.

DEVELOPMENTS PLANNED IN THE PHILIPPINES

According to philstar.com, SM Prime Holdings has signed a memorandum of agreement with the City of Cebu, the Philippines, to develop projects in the city. The developer has acquired 30 hectares at South Road Properties to build several projects at the site and also plans a shopping mall in the northern part of the city. SM Prime Holdings President Hans SY announced that the South Road project would include a large mall, hotels, high-rise condominiums, a convention center and other facilities.

MANILA CONSTRUCTION INCENTIVES MAY BE REMOVED

The Manila Bulletin recently reported that the Board of Investments in the Philippines plans to remove housing project incentives in the 2010 Investment Priorities Plan. According to the report, for vertical construction were particularly targeted after several high-end developments in Metro Manila received incentives. The board extended the incentives to build housing projects last year in response to the continued worldwide economic situation.

HIGH-RISE CONSTRUCTION IN KASHMIR

Asian News International recently reported that construction work on high-rise buildings is “in full swing” in the Pahalgam region of Jammu and Kashmir in India. This is purportedly flying in the face of a five-year ban that authorities have imposed on construction in the area. Many commercial and residential projects remain in development.

INDIAN GOVERNMENT APPROVES 22-STORY HOSPITAL

According to dnaindia.com, the Ahmedabad, India, state government has approved the development of a 22-story specialty hospital near Thaltej. The urban development department also approved the project to be in an R2 zone. In the future, it may get converted to an R1 zone, which suggests that high-rise construction can be expected in the region. Once the hospital is complete, it will be the second-tallest building in the city, next to the Patang hotel on the city’s western side.

THE BURJ TOWER – BURJ KHALIFA OPENS IN DUBAI

On January 6, about 400 journalists and media professionals from around the world were invited to ride Otis elevators as part of the official opening of Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai). The official inauguration of the tower took place that evening, and the building was open to the public. Upon completion, the tower reached a height of 828 meters, 319 meters taller than Taipei 101, the previous tallest building in the world. Developed by Emaar Properties, Burj Khalifa has more than 160 stories. The Dubai landmark was renamed to honor U.A.E. President Khalifa Bin Zayed.

HANOI CONSTRUCTION STARTED

According to VietNamNet Bridge, construction recently started on a US$660-million project in the Ha Dong district in southern Hanoi, Vietnam. The Cleve complex will have 15 high-rise buildings on nearly 66,000 square meters. Park Chun Sun, president of the South Korean company Inpyung, said Cleve is considered a landmark project that will meet standards of the Southeast Asia market. According to CityScape Intelligence, phase one of the project is expected to be complete in 2012, with the entire project being completed in 2017.

THIRD ANNUAL ULTRA HIGH-RISE BUILDING SUMMIT

The Third-Annual-Ultra-High-Rise Building Summit 2010 will be held March 23-24 in Shanghai. The event is being organized by JFPS Group and the East China Architecture Design Institute. The summit will focus on safe and sustainable aspects of building ultra-high-rise buildings.

PRE-EXPO FORUM ON VERTICAL DENSITY

Vertical Density: the Public Dimension 2010 will be held on January 21-22 as a “pre-expo forum” to World Expo 2010 Shanghai China, scheduled for May 1-October 31. This international conference is described as “a dialogue on creating, enhancing and celebrating public space” and will feature speakers from New York, Shanghai and Hong Kong who will discuss topics based on the vertical density of their respective cities. The event is organized by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China Executive Committee. For more information or to register, visit website: www.hk-ny.com.

January 11, 2009

TL JONES TO DISPLAY PRODUCTS AT BOMBAY EXHIBITION CENTRE

TL Jones India will be display the company’s new Commander ™ range of products at the Elevator Expo, to be held on February 3-5, 2010 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. The new products are car-operating panels and digital lobby directories that use graphics and interactivity, combined with touch-screen technology to provide an enhanced ride for elevator passengers. The products are fully programmable and customizable. Other products at the TL Jones stand (Hall 1, Stall D5) will be Evolution ™ LCD displays, Microscan® and Panachrome light curtains, and varied accessory products.

KONE ORDER FOR BEIJING SUBWAY LINES

KONE recently won an order to supply elevators and escalators for Beijing’s subway system. The order includes 140 TransitMaster™ escalators for line 6, which is under construction, and 32 MonoSpace® elevators for the extended line 8. Line 6 is expected to be complete in 2014, and line 8 is expected to be in operation by 2012. KONE also employed its People Flow™ solutions to improve passenger travel.

NER TO GET ESCALATORS

According to the Press Trust of India, The North Eastern Railway (NER) recently announced in Gorakhpur, India, that several of its stations will get upgrades to include escalators, among other amenities. Additional efforts are to make the Gorakhpur station platform one of the longest in Asia.

HITACHI ANNOUNCES CHENNAI ORDER

M/s Olympia Infratech Pvt. Ltd. has given Hitachi Lift India  an order of 30 elevators to be installed in Olympia Opaline a multiple-tower residential project in Chennai, India. The elevators will be provided from Hitachi’s manufacturing facilities in Singapore and China. Hitachi Lift India plans to start delivery of material in the second quarter of 2010. With this order, Hitachi Lift India plans to move forward with its efforts to enhance its presence in the Indian market.

CHINA ELEVATOR STUDY

The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm has conducted a study on the increase of elevator installations in China. The elevator and escalator market is expected to increase at an annual rate of 10.9%, reaching CNY111 billion (US$16 billion) in 2013. The study also looks at other industry trends, such as product sales, which is expected to account for 72% of the elevator and escalator market in 2013. The increase in installations will also increase revenues generated by maintenance and repair services. To purchase this and other Freedonia Group reports, visit website: www.elevatorbooks.com/Products/CategoryCenter/92/industry-statistics.aspx .

ENERGY-EFFICIENT HIGH RISE CONTRACT

KONE recently won an order to supply elevators and escalators for Leatop Plaza in Guangzhou, China. The order includes five MonoSpace® and 28 MiniSpace™ elevators and two TravelMaster escalators. The 303-meter building will be the highest building KONE will have supplied in China. The building will use an automatic sun-shade tracking system, elevator energy feedback technology and energy-efficient LED lighting, among other ecologically efficient technologies.

January 4, 2009

GIRL DIES AFTER FALLING DOWN ESCALATOR

According to Daily News & Analysis, on December 29, 2009 a one-and-a-half-year-old girl died as a result of falling down an escalator in a Malad, India, mall. The girl was holding her grandfather’s hand when he tripped, causing her to lose balance. The incident has been recorded as an accident.

ELEVATORS IN MUMBAI SKYWALKS PROPOSED

According to The Times of India, Mumbai plans to install elevators in 23 of its skywalks and pedestrian overpasses if the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has an increase in financial support. The city is not opposed to having advertisements on the structures in order to earn revenue for the city’s metropolitan administration.

ABU DHABI GATE TOWERS ELEVATORS AND ESCALATORS

KONE recently won an order to supply 41 elevators and four escalators for four Gate Towers in Abu Dhabi. The company will provide 11 KONE MonoSpace® Special platforms, 27 MiniSpace™, three TranSys™ freight elevators, and four TravelMaster™ escalators. The Gate Towers are part of the Gate District in the Shams Abu Dhabi development. The development includes three 65-story towers and one 22-story building. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2012.

PERSIAN GULF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

According to npr.org, Turkmenistan is currently planning to construct a US$5- billion resort complex on the Caspian Sea. Dubbed Avaza, the project will include high-rise hotels, conference centers (on a manmade island) and vertical transportation. In addition, Kazakhstan is building Aktau-City, which is estimated to cost US$38 billion. The development already houses Caspian State University of Technology and Engineering, which opened earlier this year. Both projects are also expected to be complete during 2020.

14-TOWER SUNRISE CITY PROJECT

According to Vietnam Real Estate Market News, Nova Real Estate Joint Stock Co., a subsidiary of Novaland Real Estate Investment Group plans to carry out construction on the Sunrise City Complex in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The project will include 14 towers and be built on a site of 5.2 hectares on Nguyen Huu Tho Street, Tan Hung Ward, District 7. Completion is expected sometime in 2012.

MITSUBISHI TO REPURCHASE OWN SHARES

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. of Tokyo recently announced that it plans to repurchase its own shares based on the company’s articles of incorporation pursuant to Article 459, Paragraph 1 of the Japanese Companies Act. In addition, Mitsubishi Electric also agreed on a share exchange with SPC Electronics Corp., which will make SPC Electronics a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric, effective April 1, 2010. Mitsubishi Electric’s share repurchase will facilitate its delivery of shares to SPC Electronics stockholders through the share exchange.

December 21, 2009

ELITE RESIDENCE TOWER IN DUBAI

KONE recently won an order to supply elevators for the Elite Residence Tower in Dubai. The tower measures 381 meters and will include 12 elevators: three KONE MonoSpace® Special platforms and nine MiniSpace™ elevators that reach speeds of up to 6 mps. During construction, KONE will arrive onsite early in order to provide transportation for goods and crews with its JumpLift solution, which includes a temporary machine room that is moved up as the construction work progresses. Construction on the tower is expected to be completed in September 2011.

80-STORY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

According to DNAindia.com, DB Realty is constructing one of India’s tallest residential buildings at Jacob Circle in Mahalaxmi. The project will include two 80-story residential buildings and have 12 elevators with four that will open directly into the apartments. The first 18 stories are reserved for car parking and other amenities. Workers have already started construction of the foundation and steel columns.

HIGH-RISE PROJECT IN DUBAI

According to the Middle East Economic Digest, three contractors recently started preparing bids for a contract to build a 78-story building on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The contractors include Dubai’s Al Habtoor Enterprises, Lebanon’s Arabian Construction Co. and Dubai’s Arabtec Construction. Tasameem Real Estate invited the contractors to estimate the total cost of the project in October. The contractors will work together to select subcontractors and suppliers for the project. The 78-story tower will contain offices, a five-star hotel, apartments and a penthouse.

SUBSIDIARY PROVIDES ELEVATORS FOR PUBLIC-HOUSING ESTATES

Otis Elevator Co. recently reported that its subsidiary Sigma Elevator Singapore has been awarded two contracts from the Singapore Housing and Development Board (HDB). Sigma will supply and install 1,300 elevators in public-housing estates. The contracts were part of the HDB’s elevator upgrading program to replace existing elevators and improve accessibility throughout the buildings. In addition to supplying and installing the elevators, both contracts include maintenance contracts for the units. Sigma was also awarded a contract to install 654 elevators in 2005 for the HDB upgrading plan.

ELEVATOR SAFETY EDUCATION

Hitachi Elevator Co. Ltd. recently launched a series of educational elevator safety meetings in conjunction with infrastructure company Wanke Electrical Co. Ltd among others. The series includes activities such as surveys, quizzes, interactive games and prize giving. The most recent safety event was in Xi’an, China, where Hitachi Elevator worked on major projects.

ELEVATOR TECHNOLOGY ACHEIVEMENTS

Joint research by Giant KONE Elevator Co. ,Ltd. and Zhejiang University on traction elevator technology has recently achieved results, which are being applied to the growing demand of high-speed elevator products. September 30 marked the first check of the joint research. Leaders from the Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province and Huzhou were among some of the experts to critique the research. The research project started in early 2006 in conjunction with other colleges and universities to determine the status and development trend of the traction home elevator in terms of design, manufacturing and installation difficulties. The research achievement has improved the quality of high-speed elevators from KONE.

LARGEST HIGH-RISE APARTMENT BUILDINGS FOR TOURIST STRIP

According to the China View, the Gold Coast council planning committee announced on December 8 that development had been approved for the largest apartment complex on the tourist strip Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The City Plan Partners (CPP) project will cover nearly 11,500 square meters and include 55 and 40-story towers, housing 715 combined apartments. Carl Lee, head of CPP, said “The project will provide hundreds of much-needed jobs for the Gold Coast’s lifeblood construction industry, with further employment created through contractors and consultants over the next few years.”

CTBUH WORLD CONFERENCE 2010

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) will host a World Conference on February 3-5, 2010 at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Centre in Mumbai. There will be more than 60 global speakers, who will cover various sustainability topics concerning the "vertical age," and more than 700 people from across the globe are expected to attend the event. For more information, visit website: www.ctbuh2010-india.com.

BRUGG WIRE ROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Brugg Wire Rope Middle East FZCO recently held the official opening of its Jebel Ali Distribution operation at the Le Meridian Hotel in Dubai. The launch was attended by representatives from the elevator and platform industries, and included a presentation on the range of products and services the new facility will offer, followed by a buffet lunch and prize drawing.

LAST PHASE OF MALAYSIAN DEVELOPMENT

According to Business Times, property developer IGB Corp. Bhd. is planning the last phase of development at Mid Valley City (MVC), in Malaysia, which will feature two high-rise office towers. Group Managing Director Robert Tan Chung Meng said that IGB is waiting for approval and hopes to start construction in early 2010. The two towers will be built similar to the 35-story The Gardens North and South Office Towers and offer 600,000 square feet of commercial space.

December 7, 2009

BANGALORE METRO BEHIND SCHEDULE

According to Express News Service, the underground section of Phase 1 of the Namma Metro Rail in Bangalore, India is behind schedule by about three months. Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corp. Ltd. N. Sivasailam noted, "However, the delay of three months in starting the underground section work would be made up, and the entire Phase 1 project would be completed by July-September 2012." Sivasailam also mentioned a recent contract for 176 escalators to be installed in metros.

ABU DHABI'S CAPITAL GATE TOPS OUT

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently reported that builders have topped out the central core of the Capital Gate high rise in Abu Dhabi. Architects RMJM designed the 160-meter-tall tower, which leans 18°. Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Co. is developing the project. It is located in the city's Capital Center development.

FRENCH CONSTRUCTION COMPANY WINS QATAR DEAL

According to Reuters, French construction company Bouygues was recently awarded a US$1.31-billion construction contract in Qatar. Barwa Real Estate Co. awarded the contract, and Bouygues will work with Qatari companies Midmac Contracting Co. and Aljabar Engineering LLC on the project. It is expected to include high-rise buildings, a hotel, a shopping mall, a conference center and a mosque. On November 16, Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co., an international specialist in sustainable development, announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Bouygues.

FOUR INJURED IN MECCA ELEVATOR

On November 24, Arab News reported that four people were injured in an elevator incident in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Three victims were treated at the location, while the fourth required treatment at a hospital. Foul play has been ruled out as the cause, according to authorities, who also stated that the episode occurred due to a technical fault in the four-floor apartment building.

CTBUH CHANGES HEIGHT CRITERIA

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) recently announced that it has changed its height criteria in response to recent developments with several tall buildings. The new criteria will be worded, "Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to..." The CTBUH Height Committee determined that height can no longer be measured from the sidewalk outside the main entrance. In addition, the Height Committee elected to discard its previous "Height to Roof" category. Antony Wood executive director of CTBUH, added: "The roof category just doesn't make sense anymore. In the ear of the flat-topped modernist tower, a clearly defined roof would usually be identified, but in today's tall-building world -- which is increasingly adopting elaborate forms, spires, parapets and other features at the top of the building - it is becoming difficult to determine a 'roof' at all, even less so to measure it."

REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN PHILIPPINES

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, real-estate developer Ortigas & Co. has started a redevelopment program to increase the value of its central business district. The program includes four large-scale projects with a total of PHP100 billion (US$2.1 billion) of investments. The first project has already started and is expected to include five residential towers in Bagumbayan, Quezon City. Ortigas COO Rex C. Drillon II said that his company will start the redevelopment of Greenhills Commercial Center next year, transforming the shopping complex. The complex will also include a three-level underground parking facility that will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 vehicles. The final project in the plan will be located in front of the Asian Development Bank compound in Ortigas Center. Drillon added, "On this property will rise one of the tallest buildings in the country."

November 23, 2009

KOREAN SAFETY INSTITUTE SIGNS MOU

According to Elevator & Parking Systems, the Korean Elevator Safety Institute recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. in order to market Korean elevators more effectively overseas. Both parties will share information on elevator safety testing and certifications. In addition, they will exchange information on elevator technologies and standards.

OCEAN PARK REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Anlev recently announced that it has received a contract by Ocean Park of Hong Kong. The project includes the design, manufacture and supply of equipment for Entry Plaza, Aqua City and Grand Aquarium of the Ocean Park Redevelopment Project. Anlev will supply 13 machine-room-less elevators and nine public-service escalators. Project completion is scheduled for April 2010.

THYSSENKRUPP FISCAL REPORT

According to ThyssenKrupp AG, the 2008/2009 fiscal year was one of the most difficult in its history. However, the elevator segment continued to show positive performance. Although order intake decreased by 9% compared to the prior year, sales and earnings improved significantly. Sales increased by 8% and profits increased by 29%, despite restructuring expense and impairment charges. Lower volumes in the escalator segment necessitated restructuring at the Hamburg, Germany, escalator plant. Overall, the elevator sector had to absorb restructuring expense and impairment charges of EUR34 million (US$51 million). Elevator technology also continued to have high earnings contributions due to order backlog, and stable modernization and maintenance business.

NASA PAYS SPACE ELEVATOR WINNER US$900,000

On November 4, the second-place winner of the 2009 Space Elevator Games Climber/Power-Beaming Competition saw Team LaserMotive win a US$900,000 prize from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Centennial Challenges program. Team LaserMotive was the only team to have its climber exceed the required benchmark of 2 mps to climb the 1-km-long competition tether. The team climber used a high-power laser array to shine infrared light onto high-efficiency solar cells that converted the light into electric power that drove a motor. It performed the achievement four times at nearly 4 mps, more than twice the record climber speed of 1.8 mps in 2007. While a US$2-million prize was offered for a team exceeding the benchmark of 5 mps, that feat was not accomplished this year. However, the US$1.1 million left in the prize pool will carry over to be the pot for the next such competition, which will likely be held in 2010.

November 16, 2009

SEMATIC GROUP ANNOUNCES JOINT VENTURE

During Interlift 2009, Sematic Group announced an agreement to form a joint venture with Revathi Enterprises to provide components for elevators to the Indian market and surrounding countries. The joint venture will be named Sematic RE Pvt. Ltd. and will sell and manufacture Sematic doors and cabins. The manufacturing plant where Sematic products and Revathi Enterprises components will be produced and distributed will be in the Mumbai industrial area. The new company will be presented at the Mumbai 2010 Elevator Expo, which is scheduled for February 3-5, 2010.

MALL TO RECEIVE NEW ELEVATORS AND ESCALATORS

According to The Times of India, New Delhi's Palika Bazar shopping center will receive a makeover to include new elevators and escalators. Four escalators will be installed, in addition to four capsule elevators and ramps. The spiral staircases at Gates 4 and 5 will be converted into straight-flight staircases and two ramps will be added at gates 2 and 7. The upgrades are expected to make the mall more accessible for people with disabilities.

LINKED HYBRID WINS CTBUH HONOR

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named the Linked Hybrid building in Beijing as its "Best Tall Building Overall" for 2009. The honor came during the organization's annual award dinner, held October 22 in Chicago. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the winning project was chosen from among four regional winners announced earlier in the year. The four 2009 regional winners were Manitoba Hydro Place for Americas, Linked Hybrid for Asia and Australasia, The Broadgate Tower for Europe, and Tornado Tower for Middle East and Africa. The CTBUH Awards Committee was chaired by Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

EXPANSION AGREEMENT IN HUIZHOU, CHINA

Cree, Inc. recently signed an agreement to purchase a 592,000-square-foot facility in Huizhou, China. The facility will be Cree's first chip production facility outside of North America and is also targeted to house future-components- manufacturing expansion. Cree also announced that Huizhou is joining the Cree LED City® program to promote energy-efficient LED lighting.

November 9, 2009

WORK COMMENCES ON TOPMOST FLOOR OF DIFC TOWERS

DAMAC Properties recently announced that work on its Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) twin-tower project Park Towers has reached the final floor. According to AME Info, The 46-floor-tall pair of towers has already undergone all the necessary work on main concrete structural elements. The mixed-use buildings have been rising at a rate of one floor every five days courtesy of contractor Shapoorji Pallonji. The final touches on the towers are expected to come in 2010.

SECOND-TALLEST BUILDING TO BE IN SOUTH KOREA

According to Greenpacks.org, the Lotte Super Tower 123 will be the second- tallest building in the world once it is completed in 2014. The building will be built by Lotte Construction (a subsidiary of the Lotte Group) and house the company headquarters of Lotte Group. The builders are aiming for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification. The structure will include public- transportation connectors, retail and residential space, offices, a hotel, an observation deck, and other public areas.

CHONGQING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM PASSES REVIEW

According to xindianti.com, a Chongqing elevator-operation management system recently passed a national acceptance review. The National Elevator Safety Testing Center, China Elevator Association and other experts carried out an inspection of the Chongqing YuBei District elevator-operation management system pilot program. They agreed that the project passed the acceptance and suggested a wider marketing application.

VIETNAM HIGH-RISE PROJECT STARTED

According to vnrealestatemarket.com, the construction of the Hesmico-Xa La high-rise building started at the end of October. The building is built on a 2,808-square-meter site and will include 31 stories. The Hesmico building is expected to be completed and operating in 2012. The building will include space for offices, public-service facilities, kindergarten and apartments.

ENERGY-EFFICIENT ELEVATORS IN CHINA

Otis Elevator Co. recently announced that it was awarded a contract to supply and install 334 energy-efficient Gen2® elevators for the Longtan City Industry Zone in Chengdu, China. The Gen2 system reduces energy by up to 50% compared to conventional systems. The 32-million-square-foot project is being developed by Chengdu Yudu Industry Ltd. Corp. and will feature environmentally friendly industries, companies and residential housing. Otis has earned several awards for the Gen2, including the China Environmental Protection Foundation's Green Product Award and recognition as one of the "Top 10 Construction Scientific and Technological Achievements in China" by the Ministry of Construction.

TRANSPORTATION ROBOTS USE ELEVATORS

According to plasticpals.com, Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, began developing robots for transporting cargo in pharmaceutical plants in 2007. The products are now equipped with a software module that allows them to communicate with elevator systems which allows them to ride elevators to move between floors. The products are also equipped with software modules that allow line tracing, ultrasonic-sensor recognition, ultrasonic-sensor wallrunning, wheel odometry and laser triangulation. The robots are now being used in a Tsumura plant, which packages food items and other necessities. They are equipped with charge-coupled-device cameras, which track a line taped to the ceiling and can operate in areas as small as 1 meter wide.

November 2, 2009

TRAPPED WORKERS ESCAPE BLAZING BUILDING

According to GulfNews.com, a fire erupted at a car-park building under construction on Al Reem Island, injuring several workers. The workers were rescued through the temporary lift of the tower as firefighters were able to control the fire on the ground floors. The Emergency and Public Safety department at Abu Dhabi Police has launched investigations to determine the cause of the fire.

EMAAR PROJECT CANCELLATION IMMINENT

The National has reported that Dubai-based developer Emaar could shelve plans to build 13 high-rise buildings planned for the Burj Dubai site in Dubai due to the financial downturn. Emaar has allowed investors to transfer their down payments to other projects. According to the company, "Projects announced by Emaar in Downtown Burj Dubai are in various stages of development. Emaar has commenced handover of homes in Burj Views, with more projects to come online in the coming months. End users have the option of transferring their purchases from projects that will be completed at a later stage to those in the advanced stages of development."

INTERLIFT 09 DEEMED A GRAND SUCCESS

Organizer AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH reported that Interlift 09 was a success. Although there was a slight reduction (2%) in the number of exhibitors, the area booked increased 5%. The record number of visitors in 2007 was only just missed, with 18,200 attendees from more than 60 countries coming to Augsburg, Germany, for the trade show and technical conferences. A majority of the 480 participating companies expressed satisfaction with their participation. The percentage of foreign visitors fell slightly to 46%, which the organizer believes reflected the current economic conditions, but this figure is still above the average of 25% for other international trade exhibitions in Germany. Beginning in February, AFAG will begin promoting the next Interlift, which is scheduled for October 18-21, 2011, in Augsburg.

CENTRAL RAILWAY TO INSTALL ELEVATORS IN THREE STATIONS

According to The Times of India, Central Railway (CR) plans to install at least 15 air-conditioned elevators at platforms in Thane, Kalyan and Dadar stations. These elevators will be an addition to the escalators announced in last year's railway budget. Despite concerns of local commuters, feasibility studies were conducted, and the first lift will be installed in Kalyan, followed by Thane and Dadar. The lifts will carry nine to 10 passengers at a time. Every island platform will have at least one elevator connected to pedestrian bridges to assist passengers with physical disabilities.

KONE RELEASES INTERIM REPORT

KONE recently announced its interim report for January-September 2009. The orders received totaled EUR766.5 million (US$1.152 billion). July-September 2008 saw orders received total EUR892.4 million (US$1.247 billion), a 14.1% decline. However, net sales increased by 0.3% to EUR1.127 billion (US$1.693 billion). Operating income also increased from EUR146 million (US$219 million) to EUR160.1 million (US$240.3 million). Matti Alahuhta, president and CEO of KONE, said in conjunction with the report, The service business and operational excellence are key priorities for us in the current weak economic environment. I am pleased with our good development in these areas. These have contributed positively to our profitability and cash flow. Orders received in the third quarter were lower due to project delays toward the end of the year. However, KONE estimates that orders received will be higher during the fourth quarter.

October 26, 2009

JOHNSON LIFTS, SJEC LAND BANGALORE ORDER

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corp. Ltd. has awarded a contract to a consortium of Johnson Lifts Ltd. and Suzhou Jiangnan Escalator Corp. (SJEC) for 176 heavy-duty escalators to be installed in 40 Bangalore transit stations. The contract includes a three-year maintenance agreement with Johnson Lifts. SJEC will manufacture the escalators. The contract is to be completed by September 2012.

UTC PROFIT DOWN

According to The Associated Press, United Technologies Corp. (UTC) continues to see a downturn in aerospace and real-estate markets in its third quarter. CEO Louis Chênevert said that order rates have stabilized year over year, although at lower levels. UTC earnings are down by 17%, and subsidiary Otis Elevator Co. has posted a 6% drop in operating profit.

FMI LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

FMI Corp. announced on October 20 that its new website is up and running at www.fminet.com. The website was designed with a particular emphasis on developing the "Information Resources" pages in order to allow access to FMI articles, webinars, case studies and research reports. FMI's quarterly articles are now available online. The quarterly publication issues eight to 12 articles on various business management topics. FMI will also post research topics, event information and seminars on the new website.

UTC CHAIR BOARDMAN TO RETIRE

United Technologies Corp. (UTC) announced that George David will retire as chairman of the groups board of directors at the end of the year. Louis Chênevert, president and CEO of UTC, has been elected to succeed David effective January 1, 2010. David has worked with the company for 34 years and will continue to serve as a consultant and advisor to the company for 2010. "It has been my privilege to lead this great corporation. UTC truly reflects the forces that make and shape our world, from deep and sophisticated technologies to its remarkable international presence to its process and productivity disciplines," David noted.

October 19, 2009

NEERAJ SHARMA APPOINTED AS MD FOR KONE INDIA

KONE Elevator India has appointed Neeraj Sharma its managing director (MD). The appointment was effective October 6. He will be based in Chennai, India. Sharma succeeds A. Sankarakrishnan, who retired from KONE Elevator India after 17 years. Prior to this appointment, Sharma was region general manager of Energy Services at GE Energy, with responsibility for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He has more than 27 years of engineering experience and is a graduate of the Marine Engineering College (Directorate of Marine Engineering Training) in Kolkata.

FERMATOR DOORS IN MECCA AND SHENYANG METRO

Fermator has been selected to supply the doors for the elevators in the new metro lines in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and Shenyang, China. The 20-km-long line in Mecca will have a transportation capacity of 72,000 people an hour and 122 high-traffic/high-capacity lifts equipped with the companys automatic cabin and landing doors, with a clear opening of 3,000 mm, clear height of 2100 mm and stainless-steel finish. Currently under construction, this infrastructure is planned to begin operation in November 2010, coinciding with the arrival of nearly two million pilgrims during Hajj. The new Shenyang Metro Line 1 will serve more than seven million people in Shenyang and be one of the first of 10 upcoming lines to service the city. Its construction began in 2005, and it is due to start operating in October.

FALLING GOODS LIFT KILLS MAN IN NEW DELHI

According to Dainik Jagaran, a freight elevator installed in a factory near Mayapuri Thana in New Delhi fell, killing a 27-year-old businessman on September 11. The police have registered a complaint of negligence against the factory owner and are investigating. According to the report, around 9 p.m., the lift was being loaded with goods on the third floor when it fell on the man who was standing below.

TWO FALL IN RAILWAY STATION HOISTWAY

The Times of India recently reported that two young men fell into the hoistway of a planned elevator installation at the Cantonment Railway Station in Varanasi, India. According to the report, the two men allegedly climbed to the top level of the station and fell while attempting to detach a steel plate covering the shaft. Rescuers had to tear down a wall to reach them. They were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. The incident is being investigated.

SIX OVERCOME AFTER FIGHTING FIRE IN THANE

The Times of India reported on October 18 that six firefighters "suffocated due to toxic fumes, which engulfed the lift" they were using after extinguishing a fire in a 14-story building in Thane, India. The fire was on the top floor. It was the second time firefighters had been called to the building to battle a blaze. According to the report, both fires were believed to be caused by firecrackers used to celebrate the Diwali holiday. The incident is being investigated.

October 12, 2009

FOUR-YEAR-OLD SINGAPORIAN IN ESCALATOR ACCIDENT

According to AsiaOne News, a four-year old boy was injured on October 4 when his rubberized sandal was caught in an escalator in a Jurong, Singapore, shopping center. The sandal "was caught in the base of the escalator, trapping his last two toes" on his left foot. Singapore Civil Defence Force members freed the boy's foot. It was bandaged, along with his left calf, at a local hospital before the victim was discharged. The boy's mother was standing in front of him on the escalator carrying a baby stroller with the boy's brother inside. A third brother stood next to her.

L&T CONTRACTS

According to Sify.com, engineering and construction company Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has recently secured four contracts in India. DB Hospitality Ltd. has asked L&T to build a high-rise tower at Charni Road in Mumbai. The ITC group has asked L&T to develop its ITC Sonar Hotel in Kolkata. In addition, the National Building Construction Corp. plans to work with L&T on a hospital in Coimbatore, and in the upgrade of six others in Haryana. L&T will also be in charge of developing a free trade warehousing zone in Sai at Panvel near Mumbai. In addition, it plans to bid on the navys second submarine line contract.

October 5, 2009

FREQUENCY-INVERTER PRESENTATIONS AT INTERLIFT

Ziehl-Abegg AG will present several innovations at Interlift in Augsburg, Germany, October 13-16. The focus is on the frequency inverter sector, but there will be innovations in the motors sector as well. The products, which include Zetadyn frequency inverters and Zetatop gearless elevator machines, can be viewed at the Ziehl-Abegg exhibit in Hall 1, Booth 119.

KZN RECEIVES MODERNIZATION CONTRACT

According to a report in Engineering News, KZN Elevator Consultants is modernizing eight elevators in a 14-story office building in Durban, South Africa. The original Otis and Express equipment will be upgraded with new Otis control systems and mechanical equipment. The work began in August, and the company expects the project to be completed within four months.

September 28, 2009

HUASHENG FUJITEC TO SUPPLY ELEVATORS FOR ANSHAN

The Anshan Municipal Development Department has awarded an order for 248 elevators from Huasheng Fujitec Elevator Co., Ltd. The elevators are to be installed in a large housing development project in Anshan, China. The completion of the project is scheduled for May 2010. The elevators are to be installed sequentially. The residential project is part of an effort begun by the Anshan municipal government in 2007 to revitalize the city. The massive redevelopment project covers an area of 400,000 square meters.

KONE INVOLVED IN SHANGHAI 2010 WORLD EXPO

KONE will supply more than 30 elevators and 30 escalators for a variety of pavilions involved in the Shanghai 2010 World Expo. Its participation includes equipment for the pavilions of Spain, Australia, Finland and Hong Kong, as well as the Shanghai World Expo Performing Arts Center, Pudongs Logistics Center Equipment, the National Grid Enterprise Pavilion and the expos Information and Communication Pavilion. KONE also announced that it will be a national partner for the Finnish Pavilion. As part of this partnership, KONE will provide a custom-made elevator for the pavilion, which is expected to play an integral part in the pavilions high-tech look and feel.

FLOWEXPO SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2010

The 13th International Exhibition on Valves, Pipelines, Fluid Engineering and Process Industry, also known as FLOWEXPO, is scheduled for March 24-26, 2010, in Guangzhou, China. The trade show targets the manufacturers, suppliers, installers and end users of this equipment. For more information, contact Faye Liu at Guangzhou Flow Expo Co., Ltd., 505 Lifeng Center, 7 Qingnian Rood, GETDD, Guangzhou, China P.C. 510730; phone: (86) 20-82220077; fax: (86) 20-62614523; e-mail: flowexpo@hotmail.com or website: www.flowexpo.org.

September 21, 2009

ESCALATORS DISCUSSED FOR NEW DELHI STATION

The Times of India recently reported that Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke at the opening of a new three-story building at the Ajmeri Gate side of the New Delhi railway station. According to the report, Banrejee instructed Northern Railway General Manager Vivek Sahai to offer the rail line's full support for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In addition, Sahai announced that final discussions were underway to install 16 escalators at the station.

BAKU SUBWAY STATION OPENS

Azerbaijan Business Center recently reported that the Icarishakhar underground station in Baku, Azerbaijan (a former Soviet Union state), had opened following the installation of new Victoria® escalators from ThyssenKrupp Elevator. According to the report, escalators in other Baku subway stations will be replaced in phases. In 2010, it is expected that the escalators in the Sakhil, 28 May, Nizami and Khatai stations will be replaced. In addition, a new station at Prospekt Azadlig is expected to open.

THYSSENKRUPP TO EQUIP LARGE EGYPTIAN PROJECTS

The developers of two new cities have awarded ThyssenKrupp Elevator Egypt a contract to supply 584 synergy elevators for the projects. Located east of Cairo, the cities of Madinaty and Al Rehab are designed to accommodate 600,000 and 200,000 inhabitants, respectively. The cities will consist of schools, medical care facilities, hotels, entertainment and shopping centers, sports venues, green spaces, office buildings, villas and apartment units. According to the developer’s plans, the construction work in Madinaty is scheduled to be completed in 2023. The first part of Al Rehab is due for completion in 2011 and the remainder in 2017.

SEOUL ADVOCATES WALKING ON ESCALATORS

JoongAng Daily recently reported that the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to place signs in the city's subway system "encouraging people to walk on the right on escalators and moving walkways." The promotion is scheduled to begin on October 1. The campaign is part of the government's plan to get pedestrians to walk on the right, rather than the left, which has been the law of the land for more than 80 years. The government is making the change to reflect that 88.3% of Koreans are right-handed, and that traveling on the right is predominate in most "When people walk on the right side they go 1.2 to 1.7 times faster.”

MULTIPLE FATALITIES IN HONG KONG ACCIDENT

The Associated Press reported on September 13 that six workers died as a result of injuries they sustained when a platform collapsed at a Hong Kong construction site. According to the report, the men were standing on the platform in an elevator hoistway when the platform collapsed, causing the workers to fall from around the 30th floor to the 10th floor. The under-construction high-rise building is expected to reach a height of 118 stories when it is completed in 2010. The accident is being investigated.

INFLATABLE SPACE ELEVATOR PROPOSED

According to The Times of India, three scientists from Toronto's York University are proposing using an inflatable space elevator to overcome weight and pressure problems associated with traditional elevator construction. Brendan Quine, Raj Seth and George Zhu proposed using a 20-kilometer-long elevator hoistway with pressurized horizontal and vertical components made of Kevlar®. According to the report, a Canadian company has expressed interest in the proposal.

HONG KONG INTRODUCES PERFORMANCE RATING SCHEME

On September 1, Hong Kong's Electrical and Mechanical Services Department announced the first quarterly results of a new Maintenance Performance Rating Scheme, which is designed to provide a reference for elevator owners and building management agents to select suitable maintenance contractors. The rating scheme is one of a series of new regulatory measures implemented by the department to improve elevator safety in Hong Kong.

60-STORY TOWER IS CENTERPIECE FOR ISTANBUL PROJECT

Architects Journal recently reported that VARYAP is planning a development in Istanbul that will include a 60-story tower, a hotel, offices and other facilities. Designed by RMJM's New York and Istanbul studios, the 372,000-square-meter development will be located in the city's Atasehir district. Aiming for energy efficiency, the project is designed to collect rainwater, utilize wind-turbine technology and include a cogeneration plant. The developers expect the project to be completed in 2011.

 

 
   
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