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March 27, 2017

DEVELOPER PLANS MELBOURNE TOWER, HISTORIC REVAMP
Developer RJ International hopes to build a 39-story, 145-m-tall apartment/hotel tower in Melbourne, Australia, that would include the refurbishment of the historic Tea House on Clarendon Street, Urban Melbourne reports. Australian architect CLWA designed a glassy, elliptical structure that would include approximately 310 hotel rooms, 40 apartments and hidden parking. The site adjoins the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the project includes restoration of the original façade of the Tea House, built in 1887 and on the Victorian Heritage Register.

DUBAI OFFICIALS ISSUE ESCALATOR SAFETY NOTICE
Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, issued a notice urging owners of buildings, shopping centers and markets to take sufficient measures to help prevent passenger injury, especially of children, The Gulf Today reports. Suggestions included covering the upper and lower conveyor belt areas to prevent children from climbing on the units or getting their clothes stuck. The notice pointed out all elevators, escalators and moving walks must have current certificates of examination and be in compliance with safety requirements of the Emirates International Accreditation Centre. It was also urged that violations be reported.

HELIOS, ORACLE PARTNER
Oracle Elevator has partnered with Helios ESG. to deliver safety solutions to its technicians, clients and employees. Helios intends to deploy a comprehensive safety solution utilizing Internet-accessible devices to track and analyze the safety of employees and the equipment they service. Utilizing Elevator World's Toolbox Talks, Oracle can provide training on safety situations based on toolbox questions and results. Technicians can update the office on unsafe conditions, required equipment and training materials. Built-in tracking of jobsite surveys and mechanics’ audits are intended to ensure synchronicity and the reduction of exposure to hazardous situations.

KONE PROVIDING SOLUTIONS FOR JAKARTA’S INDONESIA1
KONE has been selected to provide 76 elevators and escalators to Indonesia1, a pair of 58-story, 278-m-tall mixed-used towers taking shape in Jakarta, Indonesia. Developed by China Sonangol Media Investment and scheduled for completion in 2019, the development will contain offices, serviced apartments and commercial space within 2.2 million sq. ft. Among the tallest buildings in Indonesia, Indonesia1 will have 44 MiniSpace® and 14 MonoSpace® elevators and 18 TravelMaster 110 escalators, along with the Polaris destination-control system. All equipment will be connected to the E-LinkTM remote-monitoring system.

March 20, 2017

SCHMERSAL GROUP NAMES SEEGER APME DIRECTOR
The Schmersal Group has named Uwe Seeger director of Asia Pacific Middle East (APME). In this newly created role, he is responsible for expanding customer relationships through establishing new Schmersal subsidiaries and increasing the services of the new safety-services division, tec.nicum. He also takes lead responsibility for Schmersal factories in India and China, working closely with Sagar Bhosale, managing director of Schmersal India Pvt. Ltd. in Ranjangaon/Pune, India, and Felix Liu, managing director of Schmersal Industrial Switchgear Co. Ltd. of Shanghai in an effort to "achieve improved integration of these two production sites and leverage synergies."

GILLAND JOINS KONE DOORS TEAM IN AUSTRALIA
Joe Gilland has joined the KONE Doors team as a maintenance technician, servicing units in Canberra and New South Wales, Australia. Gilland says he is excited to work for KONE, where his grandfather spent a long career. KONE has more than 1,500 employees and 18 offices in Australia and New Zealand.

SIMILAR ESCALATOR MISHAPS IN SAME WEEK IN MALAYSIA
Similar shopping-mall escalator accidents occurred within one week and approximately 5 mi. of each other in Malaysia, with the most recent incident taking place on March 8 in Subang Jaya, various news agencies, including New Straits Times, report. While the previous incident involved a calf injury, the latest one involved a woman injuring toes because of her foot becoming stuck in an escalator. She was treated at a hospital, and mall plans to implement a recorded message reminding riders to pay attention.

PFLOW DELIVERS 17,000TH VRC
PFlow Industries, Inc., headquartered in Milwaukee, recently delivered its 17,000th vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC) worldwide since being founded in 1977, an achievement it describes as "unmatched in the material-handling industry." Providing custom-engineered, code-compliant, fully automated hydraulic systems that can lift 100 lb. to 100 T, PFlow observes it was not the first material-lift manufacturer, but has grown since its 1977 inception to employ 120.

March 13, 2017

THYSSENKRUPP PARTNERS WITH INDIA’S CYIENT ON MAX
Cyient Ltd., a provider of engineering, manufacturing, data analytics, network and operations solutions, is now a thyssenkrupp partner on MAX, thyssenkrupp's preventive-maintenance technology. thyssenkrupp and Cyient entered into a long-term agreement that entails Cyient developing algorithms and integrated solutions to leverage data from elevators, thereby "enhancing thyssenkrupp's ability to diagnose potential problems . . . ." Headquartered in Hyderabad, India, Cyient has more than 13,800 employees at locations in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

KONE TO SUPPLY 418 UNITS TO RIYADH METRO
KONE has won a contract to supply 418 elevators and escalators to Line 3 of the Riyadh Metro in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Commissioned by Arriyadh Development Authority, Line 3 is the longest of six lines spanning 41 km and encompassing 22 stations. The order consists of 262 escalators and 156 elevators, including 96 panoramic elevators. The units will be equipped with the E-Link remote-monitoring system. Pierre Liautaud, executive vice president for KONE South Europe, Middle East and Africa, observed the Riyadh metro is one of the world’s largest infrastructure projects.

CBUS DELIVERS MANHATTAN-INSPIRED TOWER TO MELBOURNE
Developer Cbus has delivered a 42-story residential tower to Melbourne, Australia, that Cbus Property CEO Adrian Pozzo said brings Manhattan's Central Park "luxury apartment lifestyle" to the city, The Urban Developer reports. Called 35 Spring Street, the building was designed by Bates Smart with an asymmetric, geometric façade, oversized windows, and amenities such as a wine cellar, concierge, lap pool and gym. It neighbors the historic Old Treasury Building on Spring Street and is designed to complement it, yet stand as a beacon, within these surroundings.

WOMAN’S LEG CUT IN MALAYSIA ESCALATOR ACCIDENT
Authorities are investigating a March 5 incident at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, in which a 20-year-old woman suffered a calf gash while riding on an escalator, the Inquirer reports. Online photos show a piece of metal protruding into the center of the escalator, presumably after becoming unhinged from the side. A mall spokesman said the escalator would have had to have been subjected to some abuse for the metal to become loose.

TOM DAVIES NAMED AVIRE EIMEA SALES DIRECTOR
Tom Davies has been named Avire sales director for Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa (EIMEA). He joins Avire from Instron, where he served as commercial director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He holds a degree in Materials Engineering and Science from the University of Wales Swansea and has experience in sales, strategic product marketing and innovation programs. Davies said he is “looking forward to gaining a fuller understanding of our customers' challenges and making sure that we can solve those in the most effective way.”