Oh, So THAT’S What It Means…

We recently noticed the KONE website History section and the interesting information its timeline provides. Tied closely to the history of Finland, the company traces its origins all the way back to 1908, when it began operations as a machine repair shop named “Tarmo.” Two years later, the name was changed to KONE, which means “MACHINE” in Finnish (which, if we’re honest, surprised several of us at EW). The screenshot below is just a small sample of the detailed chronology the website provides. So, check out the growth of one of the world’s biggest OEMs through picture-accompanied entries that lead all the way up to 2017 with the opening of its expanded and renovated high-rise elevator testing laboratory in Tytyri, Finland, which stretches 350 m underground.

Emporis Concludes 2018 Skyscraper Award Contest

e-architect recently reported on Emporis’ announcement of the winners of its 2018 Skyscraper Award. Though many challenging projects from all over the world were nominated, only a few outstanding skyscrapers made the top ten for the architecture prize. The winner is Lotte World Tower (shown above; photo copyright Tim Griffith) in Seoul. Nominations were submitted and judged according to aesthetic and functional design criteria. As the below chart shows, winners came from all across the globe.

The Super Elevator and Escalator

The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII®)’s latest infographic visualizes the key powers elevators and escalators have within the building industry, along with some interesting stats on their speed, strength and “healing” capabilities. NEII produced it for last week’s National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week. I think graphics like these are an excellent way to get kids interested in our equipment. When they’re thinking about it, they’ll be safer on it, too. Download the high-resolution PDF here.