News

October 24, 2014

  

OAO MOGILEVLIFTMASH RESUMES BUSINESS IN AFGHANISTAN

OAO Mogilevliftmash has resumed business in Afghanistan after a nearly three-year hiatus, Belarusian News reports. By the end of October, the company, based in Mogilev, Belarus, expects to have delivered 24 elevators as part of three separate contracts to Afghanistan, with which it has been doing business since 1980. Describing the market as “promising,” OAO Mogilevliftmash says it has “serious plans of cooperation with Afghanistan in 2015.”

ELEVATOR OVERHAUL ONGOING AT UH MANOA IN HONOLULU

The University of Hawaii (UH) Manoa campus in Honolulu is in the midst of an elevator overhaul entering its second phase, which includes 17 new elevators, campus newspaper The Ka Leo reports. Since July 2012, the university has renovated 13 elevators. Many of the nearly 100 elevators on campus are between 30-50 years old, 20-30 years past their prime. Campus officials are giving priority to units that prompt the most complaint calls. Currently, 44 elevators have been identified, and the project will have up to five phases.

KONE EARNS TOP MARKS FOR “GREEN” EFFORTS, TRANSPARENCY

KONE received a top score of 100 in the Nordic CDP Climate Change Report, indicating excellence in communicating and understanding climate-change issues from both a company and product standpoint. KONE notes it has steadily improved its score for each of the past five years, and that only five companies out of 250 covered received the top score. KONE also notes it is part of the CDP’s Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for the fourth consecutive year, showing it is among companies most transparent about disclosing climate-related information.

ELEVATOR UPGRADE FOR SPOKANE COUNTY JAIL

The Spokane County Jail in Spokane, Washington, is undergoing a US$1.1-million modernization of its four elevators, KREM-TV reports. The project includes replacement of door slides, cables and system controls on the 1980s-era system. It is expected to take six to eight weeks. The refurbished units will implement energy-efficient technology, and promise to enhance both safety and comfort.

October 23, 2014

  

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR UNVEILS ACCEL MOVING WALK

On October 22 at its Innovation Centre in Gijon, Spain, ThyssenKrupp Elevator debuted ACCEL, an accelerated moving walk for airports and metro rail stations that dramatically reduces the time it takes for pedestrians to travel from points A to B. ACCEL allows passengers to cover 270 m in 140 s., versus 415 s. on a standard moving walk, which represents a time savings of 66%. For airport operators, ACCEL eliminates the need for expensive infrastructure, such as sky trains for distances up to 1.5 km and, for metro systems, can increase passenger capacity by up to 30%. The company reports that it is in first talks for contacts.

ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT AT LOUISVILLE AIRPORT

New escalators leading from the lower to upper levels at the Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Kentucky, are among up to US$8 million in upgrades planned by the Louisville Regional Airport AuthorityThe Courier-Journal reports. The existing escalators are at least 30 years old, and it is difficult to find replacement parts for them. The authority expects to have design work completed by summer 2015 and award a contract that fall. Also including new lighting, flooring and artwork, the project will likely be done in phases.

INCLINE ELEVATOR TO ENHANCE RIVER ACCESS IN EDMONTON

At least one incline elevator promises to enhance access to the North Saskatchewan River valley in Edmonton, Canada, by 2017, the Edmonton Journal reports. An elevator on the north side has been proposed as part of CAD34.4 (US$30.5 million) in local connectivity projects, and officials hope to find funding for a south-side elevator, as well. The units would run independently and replace a previous plan to install gondolas on the riverbank.

ELEVATOR SHAFT FALL FATAL FOR MAN IN SOFIA, BULGARIA

A fall down an elevator shaft on October 18 was fatal for a 53-year-old man in the Geo Milev residential district of Sofia, Bulgaria, FOCUS News Agency reports. A local official stated the entity responsible for the unit’s maintenance fulfilled a legislative requirement to respond quickly after an accident. The official also observed the unit lacked a protective shield underneath its cabin – one of the requirements Bulgaria is phasing in after an August incident in which one woman died and another was injured.

October 22, 2014

  

BANGKOK “SUPER TOWER” WOULD BE TALLEST IN REGION

At 615 m tall and 125 stories, what is now being called “Super Tower” would be the tallest building in Southeast Asia when completed in approximately six years, The Nation reports. Developers announced they were proceeding with the project in October. Designed by U.S.-based Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), the tower resembles another SOM-designed building planned in Jakarta, the 530-m-tall Pertamina Energy Tower, which has a clamlike shape. Super Tower would be the centerpiece of a mixed-use development spanning 11.7 ha.

KEB AMERICA GETS STO CERTIFICATION

KEB America recently announced that its F5 elevator drive with SIL3 Safe Torque Off (STO) has been independently reviewed and verified by an elevator safety organization to meet the most recent ASME A17.1 and EN 81 code requirements. Using a KEB F5 drive with STO allows users to replace the traditionally used motor contactor(s).

RENDERINGS SHOW THIN, GLASSY TOWER FOR NYC

New renderings of 151 Maiden Lane, a 52-story, 520-ft.-tall residential tower planned in New York City (NYC) near South Street Seaport, reveal a slender shape, glassy façade and wraparound balconies, New York YIMBY reports. Designed by Goldstein, Hill & West, the building is planned to have an adjacent 33-story hotel, designed by another architect. Thus far, hotel renderings have not been released. Construction is expected to start soon, judging from recent permit activity.

BABY SUCCUMBS TO ESCALATOR-FALL INJURIES IN INDIA

A 15-month-old girl succumbed within hours to injuries she sustained on October 12 as a result of falling from her mother’s arms from the second to the ground floor of a shopping-mall escalator in Kochi, India, The Times of India and Emirates 24/7 reported. Although eyewitnesses confirmed the tragedy was an accident, authorities vowed to inspect all lifts and escalators in Kochi, paying particular attention to those in malls. Passengers of Ernakulam Junction in Kochi also called for escalator assistance for senior citizens during heavy traffic.

October 21, 2014

  

NEW CHINESE COMPANY SUPPLIES BANGLADESHI MALL

Hangzhou SWORD Elevator is a new manufacturer and service provider in China. According to the Shanghai Elevator Trade Association, its facilities produce 50,000 pieces of elevators and related products annually. It is located in a 120-m-tall production base in Hangzhou. It also owns an elevator testing tower that can accommodate the testing of models up to 7 mps in speed. One of its upcoming projects is the 166-ft.-tall “Elegant Shopping Mall” in Sylhet, Bangladesh, which will include four elevators and three escalators. The company is also actively exploring the Bangladesh elevator market and seeks cooperation there to aid its expansion in South Asia.

BROOKLYN TOWER REACHING TOWARD THE SKY

Avalon Willoughby West at 100 Willoughby Street in Brooklyn, New York, is taking shape quickly, tripling in height to 15 stories in approximately one month, New York YIMBY reports. The SLCE-designed building is eventually planned to reach 57 stories, or 595 ft., and will briefly be the tallest tower in quickly growing downtown Brooklyn. There are 674- and 800-ft.-tall towers planned nearby.

LARGE OTIS PRESENCE IN SICHUAN, CHINA

Otis Elevator (China) Investment Co., Ltd. has strengthened its presence in the Chinese province of Sichuan, the Shanghai Elevator Trade Association recently reported. Otis has opened a second office there in Mianyang, bringing its number of branches in the country’s western region to 10. It is also providing Chengdu Yintai Center (in Sichuan) with a number of elevators. Developed by Yintai Group, the project is to be completed in 2016.

October 20, 2014

  

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR: 385 UNITS FOR QATAR’S HIA

ThyssenKrupp Elevator provided 385 elevators, escalators and moving walks to the Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha, Qatar. The energy-efficient units have been incorporated into an architecturally significant, technologically advanced facility — inaugurated in spring 2014 — covering 2,200 ha. Elevators include those with high-end finishes, as well as ones capable of carrying up to 5 mT of freight. ThyssenKrupp Elevator is also monitoring and maintaining the units.

AVIRE LANDS SINGAPORE HDB CONTRACT

Avire has been awarded a contract to supply elevator-door safety sensors and dot-matrix displays to the Singapore Housing & Development Board (HDB) for an upcoming renovation. A contract signing took place in Dongguan, China, in August, which included Avire Managing Director Ian Steel and Avire customers IFE Elevators and Chevalier Singapore, which were represented by General Manager Luo Ai Ming and Director Quah Eng Hing, respectively. Work is scheduled to start in January 2015 and be complete in 2017.

APEX EXPANDS MASTER CLASS TO NON CLIENTS

Apex Lifts of London is offering its Vertical Transport Master Class to non-client organizations.  The class, which uses video, classroom lessons and practical demonstration to teach participants about elevator safety systems and how problems can be avoided, has proven successful with existing corporate clients, including housing associations. To learn more about the class, contact Service Manager John Roberts at JohnR@apexlifts.com.

SETA APPROVED FOR TRAINING IN CHINA

The Shanghai Elevator Trade Association (SETA) reported in October that the Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Shanghai Employment Promotion Center and Shanghai Professional Skill Appraisal Center approved SETA’s application for providing “high-skilled talents training and evaluation implementation units in the enterprises.” SETA intends to cooperate with the governmental bodies to promote industrial professional skill training, competition and appraisal. The association also plans to work with its member companies to professionally train their staff and help them be on track to develop sustainably.

October 17, 2014

  

DAZO COOPERATES WITH MAJOR REALTOR IN CHINA

The Shanghai Elevator Trade Association recently reported that DAZO Elevator Co., Ltd. has contracted with Shanxi MingHe Real Estate to supply and install the elevator equipment at Chinese projects in Changzhi (a power plant and park), Liedian, Hongxin Mall and Wang Guyu (a residential development). The five projects include 392 elevators. DAZO sublet the work and equipment to 33 other elevator companies. The contract between DAZO and Shanxi MingHe includes a long-term strategic cooperation agreement.

PEELLE HIRES THREE

The Peelle Co. recently reported that it had expanded its team by filling some key roles. Brian Ivancic, Quality Control engineer, was hired by Peelle’s R&D team to improve parts and processes though problem identification, assigning problem-solving teams and implementing solutions. Ivancic has been visiting jobsites, as well as spending time in Peelle’s factory and office. Werner Kairis has also been hired for the R&D team and serves as a mechanical designer assigned to standardizing parts, reducing parts, stock-keeping units, improving performance and field standardization. Cristian Cuello, in Project Coordination, is part of the production team that works closely with Peelle’s Project Management group and the customer to secure desired ship dates. Cuello closely manages factory-flow material production scheduling to ensure the factory operates at its optimal pace, while satisfying customer demands.

SEPTEMBER BUILDING APPLICATIONS BIG FOR NYC

According to The Real Deal, September saw two applications filed for projects in excess of a million square feet. In its roundup of the top 10 biggest projects in New York City (NYC), half were filed in Manhattan, with the other half filed in Brooklyn. The largest was for an office building in Hudson Yards for 401 Ninth Avenue, to stand 69 stories and 995 feet tall, to contain more than 1.6 million square feet. Other high rises are the 65-story, mixed-use 420 Albee Square in Brooklyn, to stand 679 feet tall. A residential/commercial tower for Tribeca, 101 Murray Street, is to stand at least 62 stories, while the commercial/hotel 466 Eleventh Avenue is set for Hudson Yards. In Brooklyn, the 32-floor residential/commercial 86 Fleet Place is slated to be 346 feet tall. 45 Hoyt Street is another Brooklyn residential/commercial building in the works, coming in at 26 stories, while 233 West 125th Street is planned as a 28-story redevelopment of Harlem’s Victoria Theater.

October 16, 2014

  

432 PARK AVE. TOPS OUT IN NYC

What is now the Western Hemisphere’s tallest apartment tower at 1,379 ft., 432 Park Ave. in New York City (NYC) is now at its full height. In the first stage of what CRAIN’S called “a new and unprecedented wave of ultraluxury building in the city,” the “super thin” edifice’s height is second only to One World Trade Center. It is being developed by a partnership between local developer Harry Macklowe and Los-Angeles-based investor CIM Group. Work on it is being overseen by construction-management firm Lend Lease.

LIFT SOLUTIONS TO DISTRIBUTE OLEO PRODUCTS

Oleo International has partnered with Lift Solutions Inc. to more widely distribute its products throughout North America. Lift Solutions will provide sales and technical support for the U.K. company in the U.S. and Canada. Features of Oleo’s products include minimized overall buffer height and stroke, small and lightweight construction, global quality certification, and suitability for speed ranges of 1-20 mps. Additionally, Oleo plans to launch its new ecommerce facility, which will allow customers to order Oleo-manufactured buffer equipment online. When ordered, the products will be made available from Oleo’s Atlanta distribution facility within a week.

TWENTY-NINE INJURED IN HONG KONG LIFT MISHAP

Twenty-nine elevator passengers were injured, two suffering broken bones, on October 9 when the elevator in which they were riding at Kwun Tong factory in Hong Kong fell from the 12th to the ground floor, The Standard reports. The elevator’s capacity was 21 people, or approximately 1600 kg, and investigators believe overloading was a factor. Chinese authorities are looking further into the incident, which sparked public concern due to lift accidents becoming more frequent in recent years in rapidly growing China.