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May 3, 2016

ALIMAK GROUP NAMES RINALDO COO

Stefan Rinaldo, chief financial officer (CFO) of Alimak Group AB, has been named chief operational officer (COO). He will continue to serve as CFO until a replacement is found. Rinaldo has been with the company since 2007, and has been CFO since 2012. Alimak said the appointment promises to strengthen the management capabilities of Alimak, with Rinaldo overseeing mergers and acquisitions integration, legal issues and contracts, information technology, compliance and risk management.

HITACHI ELEVATOR ASIA SHARES SAFETY MESSAGE IN SKIT

Hitachi Elevator Asia is spreading the word about vertical-transportation safety to primary school students in Singapore using a humorous skit with a serious message, The Straits Times reports. Since August 2015, Hitachi has brought the skit, featuring a pair of “technicians” who sing and dance while demonstrating proper (and improper) elevator/escalator behavior, to more than 30,000 students in more than 30 schools. The program, which Hitachi plans to expand to additional schools, features illustrated booklets that encourage the children to interact with the onstage actors by answering yes-and-no questions about lift and escalator safety.

62-STORY NYC RESIDENTIAL TOWER TOPS OUT

Three Manhattan West, a 62-story, 844-unit residential tower at 401 West 31st Street in Midtown West, New York City (NYC) topped out on April 8, Curbed New York reports. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill for architect of record SLCE Architects, the structure stands 701 ft. tall and includes ground-level retail and resident amenities within its 807,384 sq. ft. Brookfield Properties is the developer of the building, which is an “80/20” project, meaning 20% of the units will be “affordable.” Completion is anticipated in fall 2017.

May 2, 2016

KONE WINS HUGE ORDER TO SUPPLY DOHA METRO

KONE has been selected to supply more than 500 pieces of equipment to the Doha Metro’s Red Line South and Gold Line in Doha, Qatar, part of the Qatar Rail project. The planned rapid-transit system in Qatar’s capital consists of four lines with 100 stations over 215 km. An integral part of the larger Qatar Rail Network, the Doha Metro project will link Qatar to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Lusail City’s light-rail transit. Three of the Doha Metro’s lines are scheduled for completion in 2020, with the fourth line expected to open in the fourth phase of the project. KONE is providing 189 Monospace® Special and TransysTM elevators, 253 TransitMasterTM escalators and 102 TransitMaster moving walks.

GLASS FAÇADES FOR LIFTS ORDERED BY MUMBAI PWD

The Public Works Department (PWD) in Mumbai, India, has ordered that a 30-year-old law making fire-resistant glass façades for lifts mandatory be put into effect, The Times of India reports. A local lawmaker stated there have been more than 50 lift-related fatalities in Mumbai and Pune over the past three years, and that enforcing the glass-façade law could lower this number. Although glass façades have been installed in the elevator systems of many malls and hotels, they are often not present in residential buildings, where lawmakers said they are needed the most.

NETHERLANDS YACHT ELEVATOR MAKER IN NEW LOCATION

Lift Emotion BV, a Netherlands-based manufacturer of custom elevators for yachts, high-end homes and businesses, has moved into its new building at Douwenmaat 3 7942 KD, Meppel. Lift Emotion tells ELEVATOR WORLD the facility consists of 820 m2 — 700 m2 for assembly and 120 m2 for offices. Lift Emotion has approximately 25 employees and is currently working on several elevator systems for ships and private residences, including a four-stop, cylindrical enclosed glass lift that will be on display during its open house on May 13.

EESF “CHICAGO CRUISE ON LAND” DATE CLARIFICATION

The annual “Chicago Cruise on Land,” an evening for the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF), is planned on June 8, rather than the June 9 date previously given. The event will be held at the RIVA restaurant on Navy Pier from 7-10 p.m. The facility boasts views of the pier and Lake Michigan. The event includes dinner and a fireworks show. Tickets are US$125 before May 8 and US$150 after, and sponsorships are also available.

April 29, 2016

HINNERSKOV TO REPLACE VEEGER AS EVP AT KONE

Thomas Hinnerskov has been appointed by KONE to fill the role of executive vice president, Central and North Europe, filling the shoes of Noud Veeger, who left to pursue other interests on April 2. He will also become a member of the executive board, reporting to KONE CEO Henrich Ehrnrooth. Hinnerskov’s new roles become effective on October 1, with Klaus Cawén, executive vice president for Mergers and Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances, Legal Affairs, and Russia heading KONE’s Central and North Europe area in the interim. Hinnerskov joins KONE from ISS A/S, a global facility services provider, where he held numerous leadership roles, most recently regional CEO of Western Europe.

THYSSENKRUPP ENTERS NIGERIA THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

thyssenkrupp has entered the Nigerian market through a partnership with JMG Group as its official elevator/escalator distributor, Naija247News reports. JMG General Manager Rabi Jammal observed large cities such as Lagos continue to see infrastructure and high-rise development, and the partnership will help fill the need for energy-efficient, safe transportation solutions for Africa’s largest economy. Paulo Amaral, thyssenkrupp’s head of Central African Countries, added that products such as the TWIN elevator system and ACCEL moving walk offer new opportunities for real-estate developers in Nigeria.

STRIKING PAIR OF TOWERS OVERLOOK EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

The American Copper Buildings, a pair of copper-clad, 48-story curved towers at 626 First Avenue in New York City, are expected to welcome their first residents by the end of the year, New York YIMBY reports. Members of the media got an up-close look at the project on April 20 when JDS Development and SHoP Architects gave a tour of the skybridge linking the buildings at 300 ft. (floors 27-29). Views that include the Empire State Building and Midtown are impressive from the skybridge. The project includes approximately 760 rental residences.

IN MEMORIAM: THOMAS J. “TOM” JACKSON

Thomas J. “Tom” Jackson, former president of the Chicago Elevator Association and a longtime leader in the industry, passed away on April 24 at the age of 66. He was a resident of Naperville, Illinois, and president of Jackson Elevator Consulting. Jackson served the industry in many positions in many locations throughout the Midwest and was QEI certified, a licensed elevator inspector with the state of Illinois and a regional officer for NAESA International. He was also a member of the City of Chicago Elevator Advisory Board. Jackson is survived by his wife, Maureen; children, Julie and John; two grandchildren; and a host of relatives, colleagues and friends. Services were held on April 26 in Naperville.

April 28, 2016

THYSSENKRUPP TO ROLL OUT MAX IN GERMANY

thyssenkrupp announced during the Hannover Messe trade show in Hannover, Germany, taking place through April 29, that it will roll out its MAX predictive-maintenance technology in Germany by mid June. Germany, along with the U.S. and Spain, are among pilot countries for the technology, which remotely monitors and collects data into the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and utilizes intricate algorithms to determine problems and equipments’ expected lifespan and issue preemptive repair notifications. thyssenkrupp anticipates 180 units to be installed by 2017 in North America and Europe, with MAX to be available to approximately 80% of the world’s elevators by 2017.

IN MEMORIAM: ALFRED “AL” VERSCHELL

Alfred “Al” Verschell passed away on the afternoon of April 24. Verschell was a longtime code writer who gave many years of service to the ASME A17 Standards Committee. He also owned Incline Consultants International Inc./Dwan Elevator Co. He received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Dedicated Service Award in 2006 and was honored since that time at multiple ASME events. A family memorial service has taken place. Verschell’s son, Mark, has provided his contact information for those who wish to share stories or send condolences regarding his father via phone: (240) 723-6656 or email.

CATION MARKS 50 YEARS AT PEELLE PLANT

Welder Don Cation marked 50 years at The Peelle Co.’s factory in Brampton, Canada, on April 4, only the second employee to do so in Peelle’s 116-year history. He started working at the plant in 1966 at the age of 17, earning US$2 an hour. At the time, he observed, there was much less automation and much more manual labor. He worked under all four plant managers and has seen the facility grow from 25 to nearly 100 staff. Calling Peelle “a number-one place to work with great people,” Cation said he has no plans to retire.

 700 OPERATING UNITS WITHOUT LICENSES IN INDIAN CITY

Of the 1,700 properties with lifts or escalators in the Ernakulam District of Kochi, India, 700 (more than 40%) are operating units without licenses, NYOOOZ reports. Property owners have either failed to apply for licenses or failed to renew them, which costs approximately US$30 and US$15, respectively. Property owners are also required to carry insurance that covers those who use the units. The Department of Electrical Inspectorate has issued notices asking property owners to obtain licenses.

April 27, 2016

LERCH BATES NAMES DUBAI MANAGING DIRECTOR

Lerch Bates Inc. has named Moufid Hilal managing director of its Dubai office. He has more than 23 years of industry experience, including roles as technical engineer, service engineer and branch manager at KONE’s Abu Dhabi office. He most recently served as general manager of Mitsubishi, Saudi Arabia. In his new role, he will oversee management functions of the Middle East and North Africa markets, continuing to develop Lerch Bates’ new-construction consulting and modernization/maintenance business there. Lerch Bates CEO Bart Stephan said Hilal has “the valuable and unique experience needed to lead our operations in the region.”

59-STORY MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN

A 692-ft.-tall, 59-story building with 450 condominiums atop four levels of retail is being planned by Extell at 138 Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn, New York, New York YIMBY reports. It is part of the larger City Point development, which includes a four-story mall and 19- and 31-story-tall residential buildings over approximately 1.8 million sq. ft. Kohn Pedersen Fox is the architect of what would be one of Brooklyn’s tallest towers. No timeframe was given.

EW PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED

Due to a high number of photos received, ELEVATOR WORLD is extending the deadline for entries to its fourth annual “Photos of the Elevator World Contest” until May 13. Download the entry form to submit in one of seven categories: “Skylines & Tall Buildings,” “Elevators (Commercial),” “Elevators (Private Residence),” “Escalators/Moving Walkways,” “Inclined Lifts,” “Machines and Components” and the new “Historical/Legacy Equipment” for installations predating 1965. The winners in each category will receive US$250 cash or the equivalent in Elevator World, Inc. educational products or advertising. Judges will first choose up to 20 finalists from each category, which will be presented online during May. Here, readers will vote to decide the best of the best. Winners and runners-up from each category will be featured in the August issue of EW and highlighted online.

NYEI GOLF OUTING ON MAY 3

New York Elevator Industries (NYEI) is planning its annual Golf Outing on Tuesday, May 3, at Leewood Golf Club in Eastchester, New York. The event is set to start with an 11 a.m. brunch, followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, and wrapping up with an oyster and clam bar, cocktails, dinner and prizes. Tickets are US$215 and US$395 per person for the dinner only, and the golf event plus brunch and dinner, respectively. To register and for further details, contact Chris Taukus.

April 26, 2016

OTIS ANNOUNCES EXPANDED TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIPS

Otis President Philippe Delpech announced at the Hannover Messe trade show in Hannover, Germany, taking place through April 29, that it has expanded partnerships with AT&T and Microsoft to enhance connectivity, improve performance, lower costs and deliver better results to customers. Otis divisions worldwide will use AT&T Internet of Things (IoT) technology to aggregate data from cell networks and connect to a new, enhanced cloud environment. With Microsoft, Otis aims to develop digital solutions for smart-building equipment, such as elevators, to enhance energy efficiency and productivity.  Utilizing Microsoft technology, Otis will expand its use of Microsoft’s IoT and analytics systems to drive condition-based monitoring and maintenance.

NDC WINS QUEEN’S AWARD

Northern Drives & Controls Ltd. (NDC) has been named winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, a prestigious U.K. business award presented by the queen on the advice of the prime minister for recognition of growth and commercial success in international trade. NDC repairs and refurbishes variable-frequency drives (VFDs) and converters from hundreds of manufacturers. The focus of the company’s strategy has been on building up a network of distributors around the world. Having expanded rapidly in Europe and penetrated markets in the Middle East, Australia and America, NDC’s target is to further develop in Australia and America and expand into the Far East and China.

PLANT ELEVATOR FATALITY RESULTS IN FINE, MANDATORY UPGRADES

A cement manufacturer responsible for a poorly maintained elevator at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky, in which a worker fell to his death in February 2014 has been ordered by the U.S. District Court to pay a fine and improve its elevator-maintenance procedures, The Pioneer News reports. The company agreed to pay US$200,000 immediately and another US$200,000 if it fails within three years to make repairs (such as installing interlocking switches that prevent doors from opening when an elevator is not at a landing), implement a maintenance control program and submit to regular inspections.

April 25, 2016

FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIP FOR SJEC IN INDONESIA

Chinese manufacturer SJEC Corp. is a long-term supplier and partner of WIKA (Wijaya Karya), one of the largest state-owned construction companies in Indonesia. The team cooperated in the delivery of more than 80 elevators and escalators. PT. Wijaya Karya Realty (Wika Realty), a subsidiary of state-owned enterprise PT. Wijaya Karya (Persero), contracted SJEC to supply its E500 high-speed elevators for the high rises at its Tamansari Hive in Jakarta, Tamansari La Grande in Bandung, Tamansari Lagoon in Manado and Tamansari Papilio in Surabaya. These lifts achieve VDI 4707 Class A in energy efficiency and feature variable-voltage, variable-frequency drives, AFE power regeneration technology and a comprehensive building-management system. Reported by Robin Zhu, SJEC

NASTRI PROMOTED TO UNITEC MANAGER

Unitec Elevator Parts Co. has promoted David Nastri to Business Development manager. Nastri will be responsible for enhancing both new and existing customer relationships, while identifying business opportunities through new product offerings. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the elevator industry, having been with Unitec since March 2007 following his transfer from Otis, where he worked since 1997. In his most recent position, Nastri was an account manager responsible for the Western U.S., as well as managing various transit customers throughout the country. He has also facilitated the marketing of Unitec’s elevator products through customer visits, in addition to cultivating the introduction of multiple new modernization product offerings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Post University and a master’s degree in Management from Saint Joseph College.

EESF ANNUAL “CHICAGO CRUISE ON LAND” COMING UP

The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) is planning its annual “Chicago Cruise on Land, an Evening for EESF,” at the RIVA Crabhouse restaurant on Navy Pier on June 8 from 7-10 p.m. The facility boasts views of the pier and Lake Michigan. The event includes dinner and a fireworks show. Tickets are US$125 before May 8 and US$150 after, and sponsorships are also available.

EW FOCUSES ON SPECIAL APPLICATION LIFTS

ELEVATOR WORLD will focus on Special Application Lifts (including inclined elevators, platform lifts, stairway chairlifts, private-residence and limited-use/limited-application elevators) in its July issue. It will receive bonus distribution at the Indonesia Lift & Escalator Expo, taking place in Jakarta on July 27-29. The deadline for submissions is May 16. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: editorial@elevatorworld.com.