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Week of 1/18/21

INOVANCE INDIA’S HQ RECEIVES ISO CERTIFICATION

Inovance Technology India’s headquarters (HQ) at Chennai has received ISO 9001 certification from TÜV SÜD South Asia. The stringent quality-management certification is designed for organizations to show they are committed to regularly and consistently improving the quality of their processes and services. Anil Kumar, managing director of Inovance India, expounded, “The adoption of a quality-management system is a strategic decision for Inovance India. . . to continuously improve our overall performance, as well as to provide a better service for customers and a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives.”

IEE EXPO ANNOUNCED FOR 2022 IN MUMBAI

The next edition of the International Elevator and Escalator (IEE) Expo has been scheduled for February 16-18, 2022, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. Organizer Messe Frankfurt said the previous edition saw strong support from industry associations and government bodies, like the Minister for Housing, Government of Maharashtra, National Buildings Construction Corp., Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association, Mumbai Metro Rail Corp., Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry — Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India, All India Lift Upliftment Federation and Gujarat Elevator Industrial Association. For more information or to register, visit website.

PRYSMIAN GROUP COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF EHC GLOBAL

Prysmian Group, headquartered in Milan, Italy, announced the acquisition of EHC Global, a "complementary add-on to Prysmian's Draka Elevator business," on January 8. Headquartered in Oshawa, Canada, with manufacturing and distribution facilities in North America, South America, Europe and China, EHC Global supplies escalator handrails, rollers, elevator belts and other components. Founded in 1977, EHC Global also provides a range of technical services for escalators and moving walks, including installation. Prysmian announced its plan to acquire 100% of EHC Global in July 2020. Draka offers more than 7,000 components for the vertical-transportation industry, and Prysmian said the acquisition of EHC Global is "in line with [its] strategy to grow and reinforce its value-added businesses."

ZHA WINS DESIGN COMPETITION FOR SHENZHEN TOWER PROJECT

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has won a competition to design Tower C, a stunning twin tower building at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters in China, designboom reported on January 11. Tower C, which will integrate clusters of corporate headquarters serving Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, will accommodate 300,000 employees each day and include venues for conferences, exhibitions and other cultural programming. The project's design will create a "multidimensional vertical city," with the taller tower reaching supertall status at nearly 400 m tall. The towers will be column-free with naturally lit office space, shopping, entertainment and dining amenities. They will also include a hotel, a convention center and cultural facilities with exhibition galleries. The exterior will have a double-insulated glass curtain wall designed to draw in outside air to reduce energy consumption.

REPORTS: ONLY ONE TECHNICIAN DIED WHEN ELEVATOR CRASHED

Though a previous report said two people were killed, other sources, including Vanguard, say only one technician was killed while working on an elevator in Ibdan, Nigeria, on January 6. Three other people were hurt. According to a report, the elevator, under service at a 26-story building known as Cocoa House, crashed down on top of the worker who died. It wasn’t clear if the injured people were also below the elevator. The three were taken to a hospital, but the extent of their injuries was not given.

Week of 1/11/21

GIANT INSTALLING 21 LIFTS AT BANGLADESH HOSPITAL

GIANT Lifts Ltd. of Dhaka, Bangladesh, is installing 21 lifts manufactured by Sword Elevator to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital. Specializing in the treatment of severely ill patients, the 700-bed BSMMU Hospital will have nine floors above ground and two below on a 53,000-m2 site.

CHEN NAMED KONE CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER

Amy Chen has joined KONE as chief innovation officer, a newly created position. She most recently served as head of strategy at Volkswagen Group China and has experience in the automotive industry in Europe and China. She is scheduled to start her new position on January 18. Observing Chen has a "strong track record of innovation in digitization, electrification and shared mobility," KONE Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Maciej Kranz said Chen will be charged with driving and coordinating KONE’s innovation initiatives. "She will partner closely with teams across KONE, as well as with our customers and partners globally, to accelerate and expand the range of innovations from research and market engagements and customer co-creations to products and services,” Kranz said.

ELEVATOR TECHNICIANS KILLED WHEN UNIT CRASHES

Two technicians were killed, and three other people were hurt on January 6 when the elevator they were repairing in Ibdan, Nigeria, suddenly crashed, according to SaharaReporters. The elevator, in a 26-story building known as Cocoa House, had been repaired and was in use for about three days when the repair crew returned to work on it again. According to the report, the elevator crashed down on top of the workers. The three hurt workers were taken to a hospital, but the extent of their injuries was not given.

DOG IN AUSTRALIA HURT WHEN PAW GETS CAUGHT IN ESCALATOR

A pet owner said her dog was severely injured when her paw got caught in an escalator in Burleigh Waters, Australia, The Queensland Times reported on January 5. The woman, a Gold Coast resident, said she was walking her dog on a leash when they got onto an escalator at a store. As she stepped off, she suddenly heard the dog "screaming" and turned around to see her paw caught in the escalator. The dog was rushed for medical treatment for injuries to two legs and underwent surgery that required amputation of a toe. Many sources recommend that dogs not be allowed to ride escalators.

Week of 1/4/21

 

SUBURBAN MUMBAI RAILWAYS ESCALATORS REACTIVATED

After outcry about the inconvenience caused by the shutdown of railways’ vertical-transportation equipment, operators of railway systems in suburban Mumbai have reactivated escalators, Mumbai Live reports. Essential service personnel, certain professionals and women are the only passengers allowed to travel by local trains, but passenger numbers have still increased. According to the source, 76 Central Railways escalators and 52 Western Railways escalators are resuming operation after being shut down since March due to the pandemic.

TELME NLP SESSION AT DUBAI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Toshiba Elevator Middle East LLC (TELME) employees took part in a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) session at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce as part of TELME's corporate social responsibility efforts on December 6. Conducted by NLP practitioner Chitra Pillai, the 2-1/2-hr session included an overview of how NLP is useful for self-understanding and connecting and managing one's emotions. TELME team members engaged in experiential activities, such as connecting with their inner children, to promote healing. Participants received materials and certificates after the session. "NLP is the link between the neuro (how we think), linguistic (how we communicate) and programming (behavior patterns and emotions),” Pillai explained. “It is a communication model that leads to a methodology of modeling top performers to achieve excellence."

HITACHI ELEVATOR (CHINA) CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY, AMONG VT COMPANIES ON ENVIRONMENTAL LISTS

A number of trade associations and government representatives gathered in Guangzhou on December 25 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hitachi Elevator (China), Yahoo Finance reported. Guests noted that Hitachi Elevator's growth has brought economic benefits, promoted China's technological development in areas such as elevators and touch panels, and helped upgrade Guangzhou's industrial structure. During the ceremony, Hitachi Elevator was observed to have made strides in industrial layout, operation technology and IT to fuel the company's growth. It created a network of five elevator factories and two parts factories in the cities of Guangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chengdu; achieved 100% IoT production; and implemented product lifecycle management. The company was also lauded for building one of the world's tallest test towers, the H1 Tower, which stands 273.8 m above ground, with another 15 m below ground. Hitachi Elevator (China) President Jia Yuhui said that, moving forward, the company will increase its focus on IoT and AI in the aftersales market and will work with partners to promote smart buildings with a goal of making urbanization more sustainable.

Additionally, Hitachi Building Systems was named to CDP's water security “A List” in recognition of the company's environmental efforts, CDP announced on December 8. To meet its goal, Hitachi established a target to improve water utilization efficiency by 50% by 2050, compared to the company's 2010 standard. The target was specified in a long-term environmental program called Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050, in which the company aims to utilize proper, effective water resources to sustain business. To that end, the program in 2020 identified water-related issues using “Water Risk Guidelines” in 2020 and offered customers a wide range of water-related products and services using IoT to resolve global water issues. CDP, a global nonprofit environmental organization, considered more than 5,800 companies for its climate change, forest management and water security A Lists, but only 313 companies were selected. In addition to Hitachi, vertical-transportation (VT) companies on one or more of the lists were KONE and thyssenkrupp Elevator and Mitsubishi Electric.

Week of 12/28/20

JOHANNESBURG VT CONTRACT DEEMED “UNLAWFUL, INVALID”

The High Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, has deemed a ZAR7 million (US$477,190) vertical-transportation (VT) contract awarded in 2015 during the tenure of South African Broadcasting Corp. (SABC) Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoneng “unlawful and invalid,” News24 reports. SABC awarded the contract to Mott MacDonald Africa (Pty) Ltd. to replace and refurbish 36 elevators and six escalators at two SABC buildings in Johannesburg. An investigation found SABC failed to follow rules for an open-bidding process. The court ordered Mott MacDonald to pay back any profits gained as a result of the contract.

KONE WINS 50-ELEVATOR ORDER FOR SHENZHEN

KONE has won an order to deliver 50 elevators to GDH City, a new, two-tower mixed-use development in Shenzhen, China, the company announced on December 22. Sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Valley of China”, Shenzhen is a global technology hub and home to more 200-m-plus skyscrapers than any other city in the world. The two GDH City towers, standing 180 and 303 m, will offer business apartments and commercial space, including a 100,000 m2 mall. KONE will deliver 46 MiniSpace™ elevators and four MiniSpace double-deck elevators. The buildings will be equipped with KONE's Destination Control System and E-Link™ monitoring system, which can keep track of the performance of all the equipment in real time from a single location. The contract also includes two years of standard maintenance. The project, under development by Guangdong Land Holdings, is targeted for completion in 2023.

HITACHI (CHINA) DELIVERS FIRST OF 361 ELEVATORS FOR PROJECT

Hitachi Elevator (China) took part in a ceremony on December 17 to mark delivery of the first of 361 elevators it will provide for Group B2, a large residential development in the Rongdong District of Xiong'an New Area, the company announced. Group B2 is a resettlement housing project consisting of 92 residential buildings, an office building, a kindergarten and separate primary school and a community activity center. Hitachi is providing all elevators and related services. The site is being overseen by Beijing Construction Engineering Group Co. Work on the project began in April 2020, but a completion date was not reported. Also during the ceremony, Hitachi noted that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, it delivered more than 110,000 elevators in 2020, the first time it had achieved that single-year milestone.

AI PARTNERSHIP TO IMPROVE SCHINDLER ESCALATOR SAFETY

Schindler has entered into a partnership with Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) company SenseTime to develop the Escalator Passenger Behavior Safety System, multiple news outlets, including China Daily, reported on December 8. In announcing the partnership, Schindler said multiple AI technologies, from object detection and behavioral recognition to density analysis, will allow escalators to recognize when passengers engage in dangerous activities, such as boarding an escalator with bulky luggage, wheelchairs or strollers. The system will use voice prompts to warn passengers not to board the escalator and use an elevator instead. It will also raise alarms regarding overcrowding to prevent stampede accidents. The system will employ cameras mounted above escalators to provide real-time video streams, which are analyzed by SenseTime’s algorithm. An equipment operator will receive an alert, and can stop the escalator and send assistance, if needed. In addition, the system will support operational efficiency by controlling activation and deactivation of building vertical-transportation equipment. Schindler said the system is being rolled out in China, but expects the service to see global demand. The first installations of the Escalator Passenger Behavior Safety System are expected to become operational by the end of 2021.