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August 6, 2018

DELHI HIGH COURT HALTS BUILDING TALL NEAR IGI AIRPORT
The High Court in Delhi, India, issued an order on July 30 halting construction and selling of high-rise buildings around Indira Ghandi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi, India, India Todayreports. The court learned there are approximately 20 under-construction buildings that are potential obstacles to aircraft security and safety. The court hopes the move will stop illegal construction, primarily in nearby Dwarka and Vasant Kunj, observing it would be difficult to remove high rises once they are occupied. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is required to survey potential obstacles every two years, but the court noted DGCA has done so “just twice” since 2007 and removed only 40 of 369 obstacles. DGCA said it is working to remove all 369 obstacles.

MUMBAI RAIL ESCALATORS TO DOUBLE
DNA Indiaecently reported that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is rushing to increase the entry and exit points and double staircases and escalators at upcoming Metro stations. In the initial plan, MMRDA had slotted two entries and exits (two staircases and two escalators) at every station. However, to anticipate an increase in traffic over the next 20 years, this has been doubled to four staircases and four escalators. Numbers were not given, but the doubled installations are to be implemented in Metro 2A's and Metro-7's Dahisar East-Andheri East corridor, scheduled to open in 2020.

CONSTRUCTION IRKS RAIL PASSENGERS AT BUSY INDIAN STATION
Escalator parts and construction material stacked on the concourse at the busy Dadar rail station in India is leaving little room for passengers to walk and has prompted complaints from commuters worried about a situation similar to the deadly Elphinstone stampede in 2017, mid-day.comreports. To prevent such tragedies, Central Railway (CR) hired a contractor to build a two-way escalator between platforms 3 and 4 — the station’s most crowded — and a foot overbridge. Escalator parts are now taking up more than half the platform area, leaving roughly 2 m for thousands of people to walk. CR said the materials would be “removed immediately” and urged patience as work continues.

ELEVATOR WORLD’S YILMAZ NAMED INTERLIFT REPRESENTATIVE
Interlift organizer AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH has named Bülent Yılmaz, managing director of ELEVATOR WORLD Turkey and ELEVATOR WORLD Middle East, as a representative for its 2019 trade fair, the organization announced on August 1. Calling Yılmaz a “branch insider,” the organization noted his contacts in both Turkey and the Middle East, which it will use to offer “first-class service for good ‘on-site’ contacts for its customers and interested companies” in these regions. “Turkey counts as one of Interlift’s most-important exhibitor countries,” the organization said. “In 2017, approximately 7% of the firms came from Turkey, and in 2015 it was more than 8%.” The Interlift organizer said it expects strong participation from Italian and Chinese companies for the 2019 fair, and added that registrations are higher at this point than in previous fairs. Interlift 2019 is scheduled for October 15-18, 2019, at the Exhibition Centre Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany. For more information, visit interlift.de

KUWAIT LAUNCHES ELEVATOR INSPECTION CAMPAIGN
The Kuwait Timesrecently reported that the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate's (KFSD) prevention inspection teams launched an "intensive inspection campaign of various buildings to make sure all elevators work safely and properly." Said to be part of its activities to boost public awareness about safety on elevators, KFSD is urging various facility owners to have elevators regularly maintained by accredited, licensed companies; install inner protection doors; and replace all manual doors with automatic ones.

EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2019 OPEN
ELEVATOR WORLD is accepting submissions for its 2019 Porject of the Year Awardsuntil September 30. The contest recognizes excellence in vertical, horizontal and inclined transportation. Winners in each of nine categories, “Elevators, New Construction”; “Elevators, Modernization”; “Escalators, New Construction”; “Escalators, Modernization”; “Moving Walks”; “Inclined Elevators”; “Platform Lifts & Stairway Chairlifts”; “Private-Residence Elevators”; and “Special-Purpose Lifts,” will receive an award and be recognized in a feature story in the January 2019 issue. The contest is open for projects that have been completed within the past two years, and both text and photos must be submitted, along with a completed entry form, via electronic file sharing, or a mailed disc and/or flash drive. To simplify the process, hard copies are no longer required. To download the form and obtain more information, visit elevatorworld.com/poy.

OMAN-BASED VT MANUFACTURER OPENING NEW BRANCHES
National Quality Art Co. for Elevators and Escalators, which in 2013 established the first elevator/escalator factory in Oman, is growing, with its third branch opening in Muscat and one to come soon in Dhofar, Oman, the Times of Oman reports.Numerous businessmen and government representatives attended the Muscat opening that took place under the patronage of Sheikh Saleh Bin Obaid Al Qaitaiti. The source shared that National Quality's 6,000-m2 factory produces more than 45 kinds of vertical-transportation (VT) equipment using German, Italian and Spanish components; has more than 50 employees; and has installed more than 600 units in commercial and government facilities.

IEES SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED
Organizers Liftinstituut Solutions and Elevator World, Inc. have announced the speakers and topics in the program for the inaugural International Elevator & Escalator Symposium (IEES), to be held November 15-16 at the Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel in Yesilyurt/Istanbul, Turkey. Focusing on “Safety and New Technologies,” the 19 vetted papers are exclusive to this event. Presenters include Louis Bialy, Sebastian Steinert, John W. Koshak, Samuel Lopez, Richard Pulling and Johannes de Jong. A welcome dinner, two lunches and several coffee breaks will provide opportunities for networking. A small vendors’ expo will also be held over the two days. Visit the websitefor more information or to register.

CTBUH AWARDS REVISED, OPEN FOR ENTRIES
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has launched its 2019 Awards Program and is now accepting submissons , none of which are subject to entry fees. It said it implemented major changes this year to make the judging of projects facing similar challenges fairer. Specifically, the “Best Tall Buildings” categories will be judged according to similar height and function categories, rather than within geographic regions. In addition, seven new awards have been introduced to recognize the specific engineering achievements across projects, as well as the importance of “Interior Spaces and Building Renovation.” All winning projects will be recognized at the 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference which, this year, will be hosted in Shenzhen, China, on April 8-10, 2019.The deadline for submissions is September 30.

VERTICAL GARDENS DISTINGUISH SHENZHEN OFFICE TOWER
New photographs from architecture firm O.H.A. show the nearly complete SBF Tower in Shenzhen, China, a structure designed by Pritzker-prize winners Hans Hollein and Christoph Monchein with vertical gardens to promote "an alternative, more sustainable lifestyle," designboomreports. Located in Futian business district, the Southern and Bosera Funds-backed project stands 200 m (or approximately 60 stories) and has two different zones — box levels with an unbroken façade and sky-garden levels with deep setbacks and cantilevers cradling the gardens. With each floor seemingly different, the sky-garden levels provide what the source describes as "highly flexible" workspace.

NARROW ESCAPE FOR TWO ON SUPERMARKET ESCALATOR IN CHINA
The steps of a supermarket escalator crumbled in China on July 28, with video footage showing a farther and son from Ningguo City stepping off the unit moments before the malfunction, various news outlets, including SHINE newsreport. Supermarket staff stopped the escalator immediately, and no one was injured. An initial investigation revealed a bicycle key was lodged in the mechanism, causing the rubber rollers to disintegrate and bearings to come off.

July 30, 2018

RAIL STATIONS ACROSS NORTHEAST INDIA GETTING VT EQUIPMENT
More than 60 lifts and escalators have been or will be installed at stations across India’s Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone, which covers northeast India and parts of West Bengal and Bihar, Northeast Nowreports. Focusing on stations with the greatest numbers of passengers, the vertical-transportation (VT) upgrades include, in phase one, seven lifts to be installed by September; in phase two, 12 lifts to be installed by October; and 24 additional lifts at other key stations later during the fiscal year. Each lift will operate around the clock and have a capacity of 11 passengers. By December, NFR plans to install two escalators each at an additional nine stations.

HIGH-LEVEL VT EXPERTS TO SPEAK AT CTBUH CONFERENCE
A number of high-level, vertical-transportation (VT) experts are scheduled to speak at the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 2018 conference,“Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism,” planned in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, on October 20-25. They include, from thyssenkrupp, MULTI CEO Michael Cesarz, CEO Andreas Schierenbeck, Head of Product Development Marcus Jeter and Vice President of Special Projects, Asia Pacific Ian Smith; from Schindler, Chief Technology Officer Karl-Heinz Bauer, Vice President of Top Range Sales & Marketing Peter Brickell, Head of System, Quality & Validation Elena Cortona and VP of Large Projects, China Hai Qiu; from Otis, VP of New Equipment Marketing Robin Fiala and Associate Director Enrico Manes; and from KONE, Business Development Director Kimmo Kujala and Service Manager, People Flow Planning Minna Piironen. Topics include smart cities and skyscrapers, mobile-robotics design and, of course, the possibilities for MULTI.

DOSH HOSTS VT SAFETY CAMPAIGN AT MALAYSIAN MALL
Malaysia’s Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) hosted a vertical-transportation (VT) safety-awareness campaign at AEON Mall in Kuching, Malaysia, on July 21, the Borneo Postreports. Emphasizing the importance of hiring competent, DOSH-recognized firms to perform maintenance on elevators and escalators, the event was run in collaboration with mall management and MS Elevator Engineering Sdn Bhd. A DOSH official also urged caution on the part of passengers and urged attendees to always monitor children.

PLANS REVEALED FOR KUWAIT'S HUGE SILK CITY PROJECT
ConstructionWeekOnline.comreports that plans have been revealed for Silk City, a massive, KWD26.1-billion (US$86-billion) development in Kuwait centered around a 1-km-tall tower. The project, part of the Kuwait National Development Plan 2035, will cover 250 km2 in northern Kuwait’s Subiya area. It will provide housing for up to 700,000 people and feature four "villages" that will have hotels, sports and medical facilities. The project will also have a nature reserve, port and airport facilities and an Olympic-class stadium. The main attraction will be the Mubarak Al-Kabir tower, a 1-km-tall, 234-story mixed-use building with hotels, offices, entertainment facilities and residences for 7,000 people. The project is expected to be completed over a 25-year period.

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR VR SHOWROOMS DEBUT
thyssenkrupp Elevator has launched a virtual-reality (VR) showroom concept that allows people to experience technology like the TWIN and MULTI elevator systems interactively through the use of VR headsets that provide a virtual "ride" in the elevator and a 360˚, up-close look at the way the systems work. Moreover, the company states, various options, such as cabin design, can be applied instantly. The concept attracted much attention at the Dubai Air Show earlier this year, and VR showrooms are now in place in the U.A.E., Jordan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. thyssenkrupp said locations would be coming soon to countries throughout Europe, as well as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt.

INDONESIA’S FUTURE TALLEST BUILDING EYING 2020 COMPLETION
Construction on Indonesia's future tallest building, the 70-story, 333.5-m-tall Thamrin Nine Tower 1 in Jakarta, has reached the 32nd floor and is headed toward topping out in mid 2019, Kompasreports. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox for developer PT Putragaya Wahana, the building will house offices and a Waldorf Astoria hotel when it opens in 2020. It is within the 5.2-ha Thamrin Nine mixed-use development that also includes the 62-story, 274-m-tall Thamrin Nine Tower 2 with offices, residences and hotel rooms. Schindler provided the vertical-transportation package for the first tower.

July 20, 2018

ADDITIONAL ESCALATORS LIFTS FOR BUSY INDIAN RAIL STATION
Vijayawada Railway Junction in the southeast Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is getting an additional set of escalators at its 10 platforms, as well as an unspecified number of lifts, Financial Expressreports. With more than 150 trains passing through daily, it is Indian Railways’ (IR) third-busiest station, and upgrades that include a new foot overbridge between platforms one and 10, a new bus service and the aforementioned vertical-transportation equipment promise to ease passenger flow. The source notes IR is converting 90 of its stations into "world-class, airport-like" facilities with escalators, lifts, Wi-Fi, catering kiosks, new waiting rooms and stainless-steel benches.

SRI LANKAN TOWERS DESIGNED BY GENSLER TO MAXIMIZE VIEWS
U.S.-based Gensler has designed Sapphire Residences, a pair of 140- and 224-m-tall towers connected by a skybridge with a triangular design that maximizes bay views in Colombo, Sri Lanka, dezeenreports. With more than 150 trains passing through daily, it is Indian Railways’ (IR) third-busiest station, and upgrades that include a new foot overbridge between platforms one and 10, a new bus service and the aforementioned vertical-transportation equipment promise to ease passenger flow. The source notes IR is converting 90 of its stations into "world-class, airport-like" facilities with escalators, lifts, Wi-Fi, catering kiosks, new waiting rooms and stainless-steel benches.

SRI LANKAN TOWERS DESIGNED BY GENSLER TO MAXIMIZE VIEWS
U.S.-based Gensler has designed Sapphire Residences, a pair of 140- and 224-m-tall towers connected by a skybridge with a triangular design that maximizes bay views in Colombo, Sri Lanka, dezeenreports. Set for completion in 2021, the development by ITC Hotels will have hotels in the shorter tower and 132 homes in the taller one. The 54-m-long skybridge between the 19th and 20th floors will have swimming pools, sun decks, bars and lounges. Interiors will be designed by London-based Philippe Starck, and most floors will have tall ceilings and 180˚ water views. There will also be a helipad atop the taller tower.

KUALA LUMPUR’S FUTURE COULD INCLUDE 145-STORY BUILDING
If market conditions and demand are right, a 700-m-tall, roughly 145-story building will be built after 2030 in Kuala Lumpur's city center by KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd, EdgePropreports. Quoting a real-estate consultant, the source said it will take up to 16 years for existing and incoming stock to be filled, based on current absorption rates of 1 million-1.5 million sq. ft. per year. Including a trio of office towers atop a retail podium on 4 acres, the proposed project would add up to 4 million sq. ft. of space to market. If built, it would dwarf the 630-m-tall Menara PNB 118 scheduled for completion in 2024 and Malaysia's current tallest, Petronas Towers.

KONE TO PROVIDE VT TO “ICONIC” MELBOURNE MIXED-USE PROJECT
KONE is partnering with Multiplex and OSK Property to provide the vertical-transportation (VT) package, including elevators and escalators, to Melbourne Square Stage One, an “iconic new precinct in the heart of Southbank,” in Melbourne, Australia. With construction starting this year, the development consists of multiple towers, including a pair of 70- and 59-story residential towers atop an eight-level retail podium. The design by Cox Architecture features a pair of silvery skyscrapers with vertical bands, along with a terraced podium boasting more than 3,700 m2 of public space, hotel and commercial space on more than 2 ha.

THYSSENKRUPP’S MULTI RECEIVES ENERGY-EFFICIENCY AWARD
thyssenkrupp MULTI has been honored with the Alliance to Save Energy's 2018 “Stars of Energy Efficiency Award: Built Environment” for the ropeless, sideways-moving elevator system’s "gamechanging energy-efficiency possibilities." MULTI CEO Michael Cesarz plans to formally accept the award during a gala dinner on September 26 in Washington, D.C., where the alliance is based. thyssenkrupp observes MULTI can reduce a building’s peak power needs by as much as 60% compared to traditional systems. The technology can also regain, store and send energy back to the internal grid. The award follows numerous energy-efficiency accolades for thyssenkrupp.

July 16, 2018

BHARAT BIJLEE OPENS INDIAN PM MACHINE FACTORY
Bharat Bijlee’s new plant for permanent-magnet (PM) elevator machines at its Airoli, India, campus commenced operations in May. The 950-m2 plant is a green building, for which certification from the Indian Green Building Council is expected soon. The plant has clean-area facilities, line-, type- and reliability-testing capability, and is designed to optimize material flow and handling. The current production capacity of 700 PM machines for elevators per month is scalable for further expansion by the modular design and layout. The company said the plant furthers its strategy for continued domestic and export growth in its GreenStar range of elevator machines and caters to new applications of PM machines going forward.

THYSSENKRUPP LAUNCHES AIRPORT SOLUTIONS ONLINE HUB
thyssenkrupp has launched its Airport Solutions online hubfollowing a string of significant airport contracts, including 423 elevators in Dubai and 73 moving walks in Madrid. The website provides photographs of thyssenkrupp’s most significant airport projects and showcases its equipment and services for airports, ranging from passenger boarding bridges and elevators to maintenance and modernization packages. It also shares fun facts, such as that thyssenkrupp boarding bridges move approximately 1.8 billion passengers annually. The company recently won its largest-ever boarding-bridge contract to provide 143 units to Istanbul’s new mega airport.

KONE WINS 107-UNIT ORDER FOR NEW EASTERN CHINA METRO LINE
KONE has won an order for the new Ningbo Metro Line 4 in eastern China. Travelers along the mostly underground, 36-km route will benefit from heavy-duty equipment designed specifically for metro projects in China. The order includes 79 TransitMasterTM escalators, and 25 MonoSpace® machine-room-less and three MiniSpace® elevators. The equipment has an hourly capacity of 7,000 people, and has numerous special features such as a high fire-protection rating for the handrails. Designed by Guangzhou Metro Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd. and developed by Ningbo Rail Transit Group Co., the metro line is expected to start trial operation in December 2020.

DEWHURST MIDDLE EAST’S NEW WEB PORTAL SPOTLIGHTS FINISHES
In support of its main, technical website Dewhurst Middle East Elevator Accessories LLC has launched a new web portal for architects, consultants, interior designers and building owners that spotlights the company’s elevator finishes and technology. Dewhurst Middle East states the website’s “clean and concise layout illustrates the continuing evolution of elevator finishes and technology as brands strive for uniqueness in a competitive market.”

REZONING IN SYDNEY PAVES WAY FOR SUPERSIZING OF PROJECT
In light of a piece of property at 601 Pacific Highway in Crows Nest north of Sydney’s central business district being rezoned to encourage intensified development, Stockland plans to build two, primarily residential towers standing 63 and 45 stories, urban.com/aureports. The design by Architectus could bring more than 500 apartments, 255 underground parking spots, offices and retail to the area adjacent to St. Leonards. Architectus says 601 Pacific Highway will be “a place where people shop, live, work and gather to enjoy the public domain.” A timeframe for the project was not provided.

SAVARIA TO ACQUIRE GARAVENTA
Savaria Corp. has agreed to acquire the issued and outstanding shares of Garaventa Lift for a total purchase price of approximately CHF74 million (US$74.27 million), subject to customary closing adjustments prior to the expected closing of the deal in October. It gives Savaria a wider footprint in North America via a 120,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility (built in 2017) in Surrey, Canada, and eight additional sales offices. Further sales offices will be acquired in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Poland, as will a 33,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Milan, Italy. In China, Savaria will gain a sales office and light assembly capabilities in Shanghai. Established in 1978, Garaventa manufactures a wide range of wheelchair lifts, including inclined and vertical platform lifts and portable wheelchair lifts; and a full suite of residential elevators and commercial limited-use, limited-application (LU/LA) elevators.

E2 FORUM FRANKFURT COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER
E2 Forum Frankfurt: Innovation Forum for Elevator and Escalator Technologyis taking place on September 18-19 at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. Messe Frankfurt, organizer for the inaugural event, intends to provide the industry with a technology and content platform for dialogue with planners and operators of modern building-transportation systems. The conference is to take place every two years and has secured OEMs and other worldwide elevator manufacturers for its exhibition.

AUSTRALIAN HOME-ELEVATOR MANUFACTURERS BUSIER THAN EVER
Home-elevator manufacturers in Australia are busier than ever, as a variety of factors — including the price of land forcing people to build up, the desire for convenience, and an aging population — have created unprecedented demand, Domainreports. Home elevators have also become more affordable, with a unit selling for less than half the approximately AUS$70,000 (US$52,250) it did years ago, according to David Mayer of Compact Home Lifts. Mayer said his company is selling 25 lifts a month, compared with only one or two several years ago. Erica Collins of The Residential Lift Co. said even people who have no mobility issues are opting for elevators to transport groceries, laundry and even pets, adding, "I don't think there's a lift company in Australia that's keeping up with demand."