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September 30, 2014

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR HIRES 50,000TH EMPLOYEE

ThyssenKrupp Elevator has hired its 50,000th employee, Chen Haihui, a 21-year-old engineer who reflects the current trend of rapid urbanization in China. A graduate of one of ThyssenKrupp’s targeted Chinese training programs, Chen Haihui is a service technician in Chongqing, which has a population of 28 million, making it one of the world’s largest cities. ThyssenKrupp Elevator notes China is a main driver of global urbanization, with a projected 22 cities having more than five million residents by 2030.

ELEVATOR ENTRAPMENTS FREQUENT AT UNC CHAPEL HILL

Between the start of fall 2012 and end of fall 2014, there were 190 elevator entrapments on the campus of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill campus, The Daily Tar Heel reports. The biggest offender was the elevator at Davis Library, which had 19 entrapments during that timeframe. A university official noted heavily used elevators tend to malfunction more often and that the campus has only five mechanics to service approximately 350 elevators. An elevator upgrade project for student housing is set to start in summer 2015.

APARTMENT TOWER PLANNED IN NYC’S GREENWICH VILLAGE

A high-end, 23-story apartment tower is being planned at 100 University Place in Greenwich Village in New York City (NYC), New York YIMBY reports. Design details have not yet been released, but construction appears imminent, since construction permits have been filed, and demolition of an existing structure on the site is underway. Being developed by Macklowe, the 309-ft.-tall building is set to house 52 apartments, as well as commercial space and a community center.

September 29, 2014

OTIS, FELLOW OEMs FOCUS ON CHINA SKYSCRAPER BOOM

Otis, KONE and ThyssenKrupp Elevator are among OEMs focusing business efforts on the skyscraper boom underway in China, China News reports. Among Otis’ high-rise projects is a recent order for 103 units for the Skidmore Owings & Merrill-designed Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center, a 530-m-tall, mixed-used building scheduled for completion in 2018. Tony Black, president of Otis Elevator Investment Co. Ltd. in China, noted that handling such major jobs not only generates profit, but also enhances brand recognition.

19 ESCALATORS, 15 ELEVATORS FOR INDIAN RAILWAYS

Indian Railways officials have approved 19 escalators and 15 elevators for stations including Thane, Dombivali, Dadar, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Kalyan, The Free Press Journal reports. Work is set to start this month with installation of an escalator as part of a CST platform expansion. The lion’s share of work is scheduled to begin in January 2015 and be complete by July.

LONDON’S LEADENHALL OPENS TO PUBLIC

The 47-story Leadenhall Building in London was scheduled to open to the public on September 27, The Telegraph reports. Nicknamed “the cheese grater” for its unusual shape, the tower was built using 80% prefabricated pieces and is outfitted with KONE equipment, including the panoramic units that can be seen in the report’s accompanying video. Leadenhall is part of a tall-building boom underway in London, with seven skyscrapers scheduled for completion in the next two years and 230 on the drawing boards for the next decade.

HYUNDAI ELEVATOR SELECTS SRI LANKAN DISTRIBUTOR

Hyundai Elevator has selected Abans Engineering as its Sri Lankan distributor, Lanka Business Today reports. Abans will provide passenger, hospital, observation, machine-room-less, freight and car elevators, as well as escalators and moving walks, to clients in Sri Lanka, where “high-rise buildings and skyscrapers are reaching new heights.” Bob Jang, senior executive advisor for Hyundai Group, noted developers, engineers and builders are demanding faster and more technologically advanced elevators than ever before.

September 26, 2014

DUBAI’S PLANS FOR WORLD’S TALLEST OFFICE TOWER PROGRESS

No renderings or heights have been released yet, but Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is moving forward with plans to build a new high-rise commercial district, Burj 2020, slated to have as its centerpiece the world’s tallest office tower with the world’s tallest observation deck at its top, according to DMCC and The National. On September 24, DMCC announced the district’s project manager is Turner Construction Co., the same entity that oversaw construction of three of the world’s tallest towers, including Burj Khalifa. Groundbreaking for the district is planned in 2015, and a master-plan design competition is underway.

DeSeM TO BUILD PAIR OF 10-mT CUSTOM ELEVATORS

DeSeM Lifts of Stoke on Trent, U.K., has received an order to build a pair of custom elevators with a 10-mT, 113-person capacity for a client in Southampton, U.K. Measuring 6 X 6 X 3 m, each unit will be outfitted with 5.5-m-wide automatic Peelle doors and have a zero-leveling feature, making it easy for forklifts to enter and exit. DeSem compares each unit’s size to that of a double-car garage.

REPORT: PBIA HAS HIGH NUMBER OF ESCALATOR ACCIDENTS

Channel 5 News in West Palm Beach, Florida, said the Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) had 159 escalator-related accidents since 2008, mostly due to people struggling with luggage, strollers or wheelchairs. That observation is similar to a review of escalator accidents at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where 175 such accidents occurred within the same timeframe. PBIA is the 52nd busiest airport in the U.S. and ranks third for number of escalator accidents in Florida, behind Miami International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport.

September 25, 2014

SCHINDLER QATAR WINS 118-UNIT MALL-EXPANSION CONTRACT

Schindler Qatar has been awarded a 118-unit contract by ALEC for the expansion of Doha Festival City shopping mall. The order consists of 52 machine-room-less elevators and 66 escalators/moving walks. Units will include panoramic and freight elevators, as well as energy-efficient escalators. Schindler Middle East praised Schindler Qatar for securing the contract in the midst of tough competition.

SEMATIC NAMES U.K., NORTHERN GERMANY SALES MANAGERS

Sematic has named sales managers for the U.K. and Northern Germany. They are: Thomas Aye, U.K., based in London, and Steven Beßlich, Northern Germany, based in Hamburg. Their duties include sales of doors, cabins and components for new projects and modernizations, along with pre- and post-sales support. Aye holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and has extensive elevator-industry sales experience. Beßlich has more than 20 years’ experience, and has worked for both private and multinational companies.

EESF TO REVAMP PROGRAM

Last month, the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) Board of Directors approved the redesign and rebranding of EESF’s popular Safe-T Rider© program. Partnering with the WEDU company, the Foundation intends to redesign the costumed character; update the Safe-T Rider video; redesign its printed activity book; develop an app; redesign its website; manage a social community; and further public relations, marketing efforts, and digital advertising and management. The total project cost is US$150,000 and is expected to be debuted in fall 2015. EESF will launch a campaign to match the US$75,000 released by the William C. Sturgeon fund. Donations can be made to EESF Associate Director Nikole Gore-Layton.

LIRR TO REPLACE SIX RECENTLY UPGRADED ESCALATORS

The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) has set aside US$14 million to replace six escalators that were upgraded only two years ago, according to an Associated Press report in news outlets such as Newsday. Located along the Babylon line, the units are hoped to improve reliability in the wake of a 2012 fatality, in which an elderly woman’s clothing became caught in an escalator’s treads. Money is coming from the capital budget, and work is scheduled for completion by summer 2016.

September 24, 2014

SCHUMACHER AWARDED CONTRACTS TOTALING US$1.5 MILLION

The Anoka County, Minnesota, Board of Supervisors has awarded Schumacher Elevator a pair of contracts totaling approximately US$1.5 million for modernization of eight elevators in county courthouse buildings, ABC Newspapers reports. Representing phases five and six of an eight-phase project begun three years ago to bring all 29 elevators within the system up to state code, the work comprises a US$417,940 contract to modernize three elevators and a US$1.1-million contract to modernize five, respectively.

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR’S TEST TOWER PLANS PROGRESS

ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s plans to build a Helmut Jahn- and Werner Sobek-designed test tower in Rottweil, Germany, moved forward on September 18 with the signing of an urban-development contract by ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s CEO of European Operations Alexander Keller and Rottweil Mayor Ralf Bross. The contract includes test-tower construction and operation guidelines, including architecture and public accessibility. In addition to testing elevators, the tower is designed as a tourist attraction. When completed in approximately two years, its observation deck will be open on weekends and public holidays.

SCHINDLER UAE BECOMES IMS CERTIFIED

Schindler UAE has become certified for an integrated management system (IMS) covering the “Quality, Environment and Occupational Health Safety” standards of ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004, and OHSAS 18001:2007. The company sees the achievement as a key success factor toward its growth in the Middle East and aims to continually improve the effectiveness of the system.

FSSG APPROVED IN U.S., CANADA

Rolls Elevator recently announced that its elevator safety device Fail-Safe Safety Guard (FSSG)-v3 has been Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed under the UL 508 standard for industrial control equipment as “elevator controls and accessories,” ASME A17.5/CSA B44.1 and Canadian standard for industrial control equipment C22.2 No 14-13. The FSSG is also compliant with New York City’s NYCBC-2014, per the recently published LL 141, Section 3.10.12. Upon gaining this compliance, Rolls Elevator donated 10 units to local elevator companies in the city.

September 23, 2014

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR AMERICAS’ FLEET GETS GREENER

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has added energy-saving, environmentally friendly, hybrid conversion technology to its service fleets in Atlanta, Dallas and Boston. In addition, the company has converted a vehicle that services units at Denver International Airport to run on compressed natural gas — a cleaner burning, U.S.-sourced, abundant alternative to fossil fuel. The moves represent continued efforts to reduce ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s carbon footprint, according to Vice President of Sustainability Brad Nemeth.

BETHESDA ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT TO TAKE TWO-PLUS YEARS

Replacement of the three main escalators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Bethesda, Maryland, Metro Station is set to start on October 6 and be complete in approximately two and a half years, Bethesda Now reports, citing a Metro press release. KONE plans to install the units one at a time, with a 10-month time frame for completion of each escalator due to work taking place for only four hours at night, when the station is closed. At 106 ft., the escalators are the second longest in the Western Hemisphere.

ESCALATORS, ELEVATORS AMONG NASHIK STATION UPGRADES

In advance of next year’s Kumbh Mela Hindu pilgrimage, Indian Railway is making improvements at Nashik Road Railway Station, The Times of India reports. Work includes two new escalators each at platforms 1, 2 and 3, respectively, and elevators (which will replace escalators) at platforms 4 and 5. Installation is set to start when extension and widening of a foot overbridge, which is now entering its home stretch, is complete. Nashik is among cities that host the celebration once every few years.

PLANS FOR NYC SUPERTALL ONE VANDERBILT TWEAKED

Details of the base of One Vanderbilt, a 1,450-foot-tall, 67-story building planned on 42nd Street in Midtown New York City (NYC), have been tweaked, New York YIMBY reports. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, the mixed-use tower would stand 600 ft. taller than the MetLife Building, with its closest neighboring supertall the iconic Chrysler Building. Its design features a glassy façade, a spire and parapets that echo post-World War II style. A construction time frame has not yet been announced by developer SL Green Realty Corp.

September 22, 2014

EW RELEASES 2015 MEDIA PLANNER, EDITORIAL CALENDAR

The 2015 editions of the ELEVATOR WORLD Media Planner and Editorial Calendar are now available. In addition to facts about Elevator World, Inc. and its products, the planner includes advertising rates for print, digital and online options. The Editorial Calendar is an integral part of the kit. It consists of a schedule of each monthly EW issue and includes submission deadlines and specified content, such as each month’s Focus Topic.

LIFTEX 2016 ANNOUNCED, EARLY BOOKING OFFERED

Early booking rates have been announced for LIFTEX 2016, taking place at the ExCeL London on May 25-26, 2016. Held every three years in London, this event will be the 12th organized by the Lift & Escalator Industry Association (LEIA). For more information or to register, contact LEIA or Exhibition Sales Manager Stephen Ingram.

EESF RECEIVES GENEROUS SUPPORT AT NAEC

The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) received generous support during the National Association of Elevator Contractors’ (NAEC) 65th Annual Convention & Exposition held on September 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas. It included a US$2,500 donation from Elevator U and a US$4,750 donation from the Elevator Industry Group of Southern California.

SCHINDLER UPDATES DATA TOOL

Schindler recently released a new generation of its Customer Score Card, an online tool that provides users with detailed information on Schindler-maintained equipment. It now features secure accounts accessible from computers and tablets. Designed as a performance indicator with real-time data, it provides building owners and managers access to facts, figures and data, including two years of data, equipment performance summaries, service activities and maintenance histories; specific maintenance routines, including tasks completed; and the availability of either individual pieces of equipment or a complete system portfolio. Users have the ability to create an account, through which they can request service; download performance reports; and receive periodic reports.