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Week of 6/1/20

KONE WINS ORDER FOR 200-PLUS UNITS FOR BEIJING METRO

KONE has won an order to provide more than 200 units of vertical-transportation equipment for the new Metro Line 17 in Beijing, the company announced on May 28. The 49.7-km-long Line 17 will be entirely underground and have 21 stations. It will connect the Beijing Future Science Park in Changping to Yizhuang in southeast Beijing. Ten of the stations will connect with other lines on the Beijing Metro, the longest and busiest metro system in the world. KONE will provide 61 MonoSpace® elevators throughout the line and 143 TransitMaster™ 140 escalators for eight of the stations, from Panjiayuan Market West to Yizhuang South. The project, designed by the China Railway Electrification Survey Design & Research Institute, is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2021 OPEN

ELEVATOR WORLD is accepting submissions for its 2021 Project of the Year Awards until September 30. The contest recognizes excellence in vertical, horizontal and inclined transportation. Winners in each of nine categories will receive an award and be recognized in a feature story in the January 2021 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. Entries can be made in the following categories:

  • Elevators, New Construction
  • Elevators, Modernization
  • Escalators, New Construction
  • Escalators, Modernization
  • Moving Walks
  • Inclined Elevators
  • Platform Lifts & Stairway Chairlifts
  • Private-Residence Elevators
  • Special-Purpose Lifts

LAW CHANGE ALLOWS HIGH RISES IN PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN

Authorities in Peshawar, Pakistan, have amended existing laws to allow high-rise buildings within the city, Dawn reported on May 27. Citing growing urbanization and the loss of agricultural land to construction purposes, the board of the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) approved a clause to the building bylaws that will allow development of towers more than 10 stories, the previous height limit. During a meeting, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said construction of high-rise buildings was needed to address fast-growing urbanization, adding that the change would attract real estate investment. He directed relevant authorities to develop a mechanism to regulate high-rise construction.

FUNCTIONAL SAFETY WEBINARS AVAILABLE ONLINE

If you missed any of Liftinstituut's webinars on functional safety, fear not: the vertical-transportation (VT) consultancy has posted the first three on its website, with the fourth scheduled for June 9. Liftinstituut notes that functional safety is a hot topic within the VT industry, and that standards, including the Lifts Directive, give engineers tools for Programmable Electronic Safety Systems (PESS). In the webinar series, PESS experts explain functional safety and advise on how to avoid errors. The 60-min-long online offerings are: "Webinar 1: What Is Functional Safety?"; "Webinar 2: What Is Safety Integrity Level?"; "Webinar 3: The Bigger Picture of Functional Safety"; and "Webinar 4: What is the Failure Mode Effects Analysis?" You can access them at website.

ESCALATORS, TOWERS FOR SHENZEN REDEVELOPMENT

ArchDaily recently reported that construction kicked off on 10 DESIGN's MixC Market Hall, a mixed-use development for Shenzhen, China, including escalators that look to play a big role in the façade. Located in a former industrial zone of Sungang, it will include two office towers with 102,320 m2 of workspace and 78,890 m2 of retail and dining space. Residential, serviced apartment towers, resettlement housing and public amenities in three residential towers round out the master plan, according to The Skyscraper Center. Completion is scheduled for the third quarter of 2022.

SOCIALLY DISTANCED TOPPING OUT EVENT FOR SYDNEY TOWERS

Developer Mirvac and New South Wales (NSW) government officials recently held a socially distanced topping-out ceremony at Sydney's Olympic Park for Pavilions, a four-tower mixed-use project with buildings up to 36 stories, The Urban Developer reports. The AUD460-million (US$301.8-million) project will bring nearly 700 rental residences to the market, as well as a 4,500-m2 green space where a tree was planted to signify the topping out. Mirvac, which also recently won approval for what will be Sydney's tallest residential tower, praised the NSW government for its support in keeping construction sites open and allowing it to create jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Week of 5/26/20

HITACHI WINS 300-ELEVATOR ORDER FOR SINGAPORE’S HDB

Hitachi Elevator Asia Pte. Ltd. won a long-term contract to supply, deliver and install 300 elevators for the Housing & Development Board (HDB) of the Republic of Singapore, the largest-ever order for Hitachi in the country, the OEM announced on May 19. Observing that more than 80% of Singapore's population lives in HDB developments, Hitachi Elevator Asia Managing Director Victor Sia said the contract will allow Hitachi to "showcase the ability to adapt to different markets and their needs." Hitachi Elevator Asia has provided elevators, escalators and moving walks to numerous major projects, including Singapore Changi Airport and Guoco Tower, which, at 290 m, is Singapore's tallest building.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS FOR IEES IN AMSTERDAM IS JUNE 19

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2020 International Elevator & Escalator Symposium (IEES), planned at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam on December 7-8, is June 19. IEES is a technical and educational symposium for the global vertical-transportation industry organized by Liftinstituut B.V. and Elevator World, Inc. This year’s theme is “The Future of Vertical Transportation in 2030,” and professionals around the world have the opportunity to share their research, thoughts and suggestions on this topic. The IEES technical committee will review the abstracts and share their assessments on July 17.

BLUEPRINT CALLS FOR NEW TOWERS IN SHANGHAI'S NORTH BUND

A new skyscraper cluster including a supertall will help the North Bund area of Shangha's Hongkou District become a "new engine" for future development, according to a May 13 report from Shine quoting a local official. District Secretary Wu Xinbao, meeting with journalists, unveiled a blueprint for North Bund, which already has the tallest building in Puxi, Shanghai's historical core. Under the plan, the 4-km2 region along the Huangpu River will have a core CBD with a high density of office buildings and commercial facilities. A new skyscraper cluster will include a 480-m-tall tower that will be the new tallest in Puxi and third-tallest in Shanghai, after the 632-m-tall Shanghai Tower and the 492-m-tall Shanghai World Financial Center. North Bund is home to more than 1,500 financial companies, and the blueprint calls for about 8.4 million m2 of new space.

Week of 5/18/20

GERMAN FIRM PROVIDES FREIGHT LIFTS TO DUBAI FACILITY

Germany’s Lödige Industries GmbH has provided a pair of 1000-lb SHERPA freight lifts to the new production facility of Emper Perfumes and Cosmetics in Dubai’s Technoparc Dubai, the company reported on May 12. The custom lifts transport raw materials to the mezzanine floor for production. Installation spanned only three weeks, Lödige observes. The units feature stainless-steel walls and platforms, which provide “hygienic, non-porous surfaces,” are designed to be aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean. Emper’s new factory positions it to leverage the growing Middle East/Africa fragrance market. “After being able to see the SHERPA model in another warehouse in Dubai, we decided to purchase a specialized version, because it matches our process and quality requirements perfectly,” Emper partner Khalil Ahmad Diab said.

THE ELEVATOR SHOW RESCHEDULED

The Elevator Show has been rescheduled to September 12-14, 2022. Originally to take place this year in Dubai, organizers AFAG and ELEVATOR WORLD have decided to postpone it due to the COVID-19 situation. The venue, the Dubai World Trade Centre, is unchanged.

COVID-19’S EFFECT ON KUALA LUMPUR SUPERTALL

Prior to a movement control order aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, construction on PNB's Merdeka 118 in Kuala Lumpur — expected as Southeast Asia's future tallest tower — had reached the 111th of 118 floors in March, The Malaysian Reserve reports. The project was on hold for up to three months, but PNB executives said during a virtual press conference on May 4 that construction was expected to resume within a week. Measures including taking workers' temperatures, staggering work hours and practicing social distancing are being implemented, and the executives say there are plenty of construction materials on hand to allow work for the next six months. The more-than-3-million-ft2 structure will house 1.65 million ft2 of premium office space, a Park Hyatt Hotel and 1 million ft2 of retail. Completion is anticipated in late 2021.

CTBUH PUBLISHES VT PRIMER FOR BUILDING OWNERS, DESIGNERS

Noting that vertical transportation (VT) has recently seen "more innovation and change than ever before," the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has published Vertical Transportation: A Primer with the objective of providing basic knowledge “to those involved in the design of buildings." Targeted at building owners, developers and architects, the primer will help the design process "by affording stakeholders greater knowledge, so as to ask informed questions and efficiently gain insights from vertical-transportation experts." The hope is that readers will use the knowledge "to be more creative as buildings become taller." The nine-section publication is available only as a download and can be purchased for US$30 at website. CTBUH individual and organizational members are eligible for a discount.

COVID-19 EXPECTED TO CREATE BOTTLENECKS FOR ELEVATORS

With some companies hoping to reopen office buildings in careful steps as the coronavirus pandemic continues, many are acknowledging that the world is facing a “new normal” in light of social-distancing requirements. Nowhere is this expected to be more noticeable than in skyscraper lobbies, as mass gatherings of people will be forced to wait for elevator service. For example, the Daily Mail reported on May 8 that Safe Work Australia is recommending people maintain a 1.5-m distance from others inside elevators. In many instances, this will mean no more than two people per car at any time. Angela Ferguson, managing director of design firm Futurespace, said that, considering an elevator designed to carry 10 people, limiting it to two would mean only 10% of the building’s occupants could be efficiently “moved” during a typical workday. Richard Fennell of JLL, a company that manages hundreds of buildings, said the procedure will likely involve staff to enforce elevator queues and that security guards may be stationed on every floor to ensure empty cars are sent back down. Meanwhile, Quartz reported on May 7 that San Francisco-based global software company Salesforce plans to have employees “check in” for work before leaving home, at which time they will receive a “ticket” for a specific time to ride the elevator, “much in the same way that you would arrive at Disney for a ride,” CEO Marc Benioff said.

TAIWANESE VT SUPPLIER CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC AMID COVID-19

Golden Friends Corp., one of Taiwan’s largest suppliers of vertical-transportation (VT) equipment, says it is cautiously optimistic about business in the second quarter, despite seeing a slight first-quarter profit drop compared to last year, Taipei Times reports. Construction of high-rise buildings in Taiwan promises to generate new elevator business, while maintenance, repair and replacement are expected to hold steady, the company says, adding it is “continuing to optimize its product mix amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” During the first quarter, Golden Friends replaced more than 100 and repaired more than 10,000 elevators. Notable projects this quarter include the China Medical University in Taichung and National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei.

Week of 5/11/20

14 NEW VT UNITS FOR MUMBAI METRO LINE 7

The Mumbai Metro Region Development Authority plans to start installing new vertical-transportation (VT) equipment including 12 escalators and two elevators along Mumbai Metro Line 7 by the end of this year, Outlook reports. The new units, which recently arrived from China, will go into three stations from Dahisar East to Andheri East. “Even as the city is under lockdown due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the state government has allowed construction of key infrastructure projects,” the source observes.

GLOBAL COVID-19 IMPACTS WEBINAR SET FOR MAY 12

ELEVATOR WORLD, Virgo Communications and Interlift are hosting “Global Elevator & Escalator Industry Perspective: Current Scenario & Recovery Plans” on May 12 at 4:00-5:30 p.m. IST. Focusing on COVID-19’s impacts, the webinar will be moderated by Anitha Raghunath of EW India and T. Bruce MacKinnon of EW. Panelists include Achim Hütter of VFA, Roberto Zappa of the European Lift Association, Zhang Lexiang of the China Elevator Association, Sebi Joseph of Otis India, Donald Gelestino of Champion Elevator and the National Association of Elevator Contractors, Massimo Bezzi of the European Federation for Elevator Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and more. There is no charge to register.

KONE WINS FOUR AWARDS AT RED DOT DESIGN COMPETITION

KONE's DX Class elevators won four awards at the Red Dot: Product Design 2020 competition, the company announced on May 7. The Red Dot Design Award, which began in 1955, is one of the world's largest and most recognized design competitions. While the DX Class is a complete system, “elevator interior collection” and “digital experience elevator concept” were honored for outstanding design features, innovativeness and smart elements in the new categories, “Innovative Products” and “Smart Products.” The DX Class comes standard with built-in connectivity and features design, technology, materials, apps and services that KONE says "brings a new user experience to life." Its materials are designed to meet green building criteria of the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and feature anti-scratch and antibacterial surfaces. The elevators support advanced dynamic displays and sound and lighting systems that improve the cars' ambiance. The DX Class debuted in Europe in 2019 and will be introduced to other regions beginning this year.

GLOBAL ELEVATORS & ESCALATORS RELEASED

Swiss financial services company Credit Suisse, a long-term commentator on and researcher of the industry, released several reports on the elevator and escalator market in March. All headlined Global Elevators & Escalators, their individual titles are “Looking at What Is Key for 2020 and Beyond,” “China Local Data Insights Into OEMs Relative Positioning Among Top 500 Developers and in Urban Transit,” “Channel Checking With Big4” and “CS China Elevators Pricing Tracker 3M 2020.” Samples and more information will be included in the June issue of ELEVATOR WORLD, but the full reports are also available to Credit Suisse clients and elevator and escalator market participants. Those interested in receiving it and other industry reports can sign up at website.

SOCIAL DISTANCING CAUSES LONG LINES FOR ELEVATORS

Because of social-distancing requirements, residents of a high-rise apartment building in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta, Australia, ended up waiting an hour to ride the elevator up to their homes, with the line stretching out the building's door and down the street, the Daily Mail reports. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, measures put in place limited the building's elevators to one household per ride. One resident posted a photograph May 2 of the queue with a caption noting he had already been waiting 30 min. He said the building's concierge staff was monitoring elevator use to ensure the restrictions were followed. Other residents commented that building staff said the stairs were to be used only for emergencies. Government officials planned to meet this week to discuss relaxing pandemic protocols.

RESEARCH FIRM LOOKS AT ESCALATOR CLEANING MACHINE MARKET

Cole Market Research has made available an "in-depth study" predicting "big revenues" during the 2020-2026 period in the escalator cleaning machine market. The company reached its conclusions using several research methodologies, as well as looking at future growth opportunities. It made a separate assessment of the current and future trends for the machines, which was "sketched into the report." Included in the report are such industry aspects as machine pricing, production, distribution, supply, profit margin and revenue. It also looks at "factors that may act as a barrier" to growth in the market. The report is broken down by geographic areas and looks at major companies in the escalator cleaning machine sector. More information, including a PDF sample of the report, is available at website.