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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.

September 19, 2014

NY ELEVATOR COMPANY PROJECTS US$1.6 MILLION REVENUE JUMP

A construction boom in downtown Buffalo, New York (NY), is driving business for local, family-owned Bison Elevator Service, Inc., which projects revenue to increase from US$5.4 million in 2013 to US$7 million by the end of this year, Buffalo Business First reports. Customers are primarily seeking to modernize outdated equipment, according to Bison, which has expanded into the Rochester, NY, area to serve several large clients there.

IN MEMORIAM: WILFERD “WILL” BORGSTADT

Wilferd “Will” Borgstadt of Grain Valley, Missouri, passed away on September 6 at the age of 84. A veteran of the U.S. Army who served as an electronics expert in the Korean War, Borgstadt was chief elevator inspector for the U.S. Post Office’s Midwest Region for more than 30 years. He was married twice — to Gladys, who predeceased him by 10 years, and to Dolly. He had two children, including son, Wayne, who survives him, and several stepchildren. A funeral was held September 10 in Grain Valley. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans on the organization’s website.

FATAL ACCIDENT IN CHINA UNDER INVESTIGATION

A September 14 elevator accident that was fatal for a male student on Huaqiao University’s Xiamen, China, campus is being investigated by university and area officials, What’s on Xiamen reports. The student died as a result of becoming trapped between the unit’s cab and shaft. All elevators in the building were shut down in the wake of the incident. The university said the elevator was last inspected in December 2013 and was due for another inspection in December 2014.

September 18, 2014

CTBUH’S “BEST TALL BUILDINGS” WINNERS

Four buildings, from the U.S., Australia, the Netherlands and the U.A.E., have been named by the Council on Tall buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as the “Best Tall Buildings” in the world for 2014, along with other awards. These regional winners are: The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland, Oregon (Americas region); One Central Park, Sydney (Asia & Australia region); De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (Europe region); and Cayan Tower, Dubai (Middle East & Africa region). An overall winner for the “Best Tall Building Worldwide” will be named from the four regional winners at the CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Symposium, which will take place at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago on November 6.

RECORD ENTRIES FOR EW POYS

ELEVATOR WORLD’s 17th Annual Project of the Year Awards (PoYs) received a huge response from the vertical-transportation industry. Thirty-five quality entries in seven categories mark a record for the competition, now fiercer than ever. EW would like to thank all who took the time to share their challenging jobs. Winners will be announced in November and featured in the January 2015 issue of EW. Submitting companies also receive an award for their projects’ excellence.

ECNY ANNUAL DINNER DANCE PLANNED

The Elevator Conference of New York (ECNY) plans to host its annual Dinner Dance on October 18 at 7 p.m. The venue is The Villa Barone Manor at 737 Throgs Neck Expressway, Bronx, New York, 10465, and the cost is US$130 per person. Guests are encouraged to host “celebrations within the celebration,” such as anniversaries and retirements, during the event at no extra cost. For additional information, contact Robert “Bobby Dee” DeFrancesco at (718) 706-8600 or visit the ECNY website.

EW’S FOCUS ON MAINTENANCE AND REMOTE MONITORING

The December issue of ELEVATOR WORLD will focus on maintenance and remote monitoring. A Continuing Education article will be included. The deadline for editorial contributions is October 15. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: editorial@elevatorworld.com.

September 17, 2014

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC BUILDING INDIA FACTORY

Mitsubishi Electric plans to build an up-to-US$2-billion elevator/escalator factory in Vemagal, India, approximately 60 km from Bangalore, the Deccan Herald reports. The factory will reportedly take shape on 22 acres in what is described as an emerging industrial area. The development occurs on the heels of Mitsubishi establishing Mitsubishi Elevator ETA India Pvt. Ltd. in August 2012 and launching its NEXIEZ-LITE low- to mid-rise elevator line in India in April.

46-STORY RESORT PLANNED FOR DUBAI ARCHIPELAGO

Bold design looks to return to Dubai after a post-2008 lull in the form of the US$1.4-billion, 46-story Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences, The National reports. Designed by New York’s Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Investment Corp. of Dubai on the manmade archipelago Palm Jumeirah, the massive concrete and glass structure features overhangs and sky gardens, as well as a swimming pool 90 m in the sky. It is set to include 800 hotel rooms, 250 residences and retail, and is scheduled for completion by 2017.

SINGAPORE ESTATES EXPLORE MECHANIZED PARKING

The housing board of Bukit Panjang, Changi and Yishun in Singapore has begun building tall mechanized car-parking facilities, asiaone recently reported. Construction has begun on a 15-story structure of this type on Bangkit Road as part of a trial to see if a mechanized parking system suits the estates. The anticipated price tag for the projects is US$18 million, excluding maintenance. They would add 219 parking spaces and prevent drivers from having to vie for vacant ones. Japanese construction and engineering firm Sato Kogyo is building and will maintain the Bukit Panjang system.

September 16, 2014

NAEC 2014 OFFICERS SWORN IN

National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) 2013-14 Awards Committee Chairman Marvin Schumacher swore in the association’s 2014 officers during NAEC’s 65th Annual Convention Awards Breakfast on September 11 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. They are: President Brian Farley, president/CEO of Hudson Elevator Group; Vice President Bret Abels, senior vice president of O’Keefe Elevator Company, Inc.; Secretary Dave Smarte, director of Safety & Education, Delaware Elevator; and Treasurer Cory Hussey, COO/general counsel at Stanley Elevator Company, Inc.

TALLEST LATIN AMERICAN TOWER SET FOR ARGENTINA

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner recently announced the winning proposal for the Cinematography and Audiovisual Tower, ArchDaily reported. To be built in Buenos Aires, the 335-m-tall skyscraper would become the tallest building in Latin America. Sixty-seven floors and 216,000 m2 of space are planned, including a hotel on the top 13 floors. Sloping upward like a quarter pipe, the building’s design is “a geometric abstraction that represents Argentina,” according to Kirchner. Construction on the nearly US$300 million edifice is to begin this year and last until 2018.

FRENCH MANUFACTURER SODIMAS HOSTS OPEN HOUSE

Sodimas® Elevators, based in Pont-de-l’Isère, France, held its biennial open house October 1-3, at which time it also celebrated 40 years in business and provided tours of its new, 40-m-tall test tower. During the open house, which drew approximately 700 people, the company introduced new products that it says take into consideration innovation, technology, and environmental, architectural and financial factors.

September 15, 2014

WRIGHT & FILIPPIS LAUNCHES ACCESSIBILITY SUBSIDIARY A4

Wright & Filippis®, a medical equipment provider based in Rochester, Michigan, has launched a wholly owned subsidiary, A4 Access, providing lifts, elevators and ramps to improve access for those with limited mobility, The Oakland Press reports. A4 also offers pool and spa lifts, as well as home modifications and installation by licensed elevator technicians. The move, according to the company, is part of a plan to build on its core business lines of prosthetics, orthotics and custom-mobility products.

15 AND 35 HUDSON YARDS REVISED

Following news that Neiman Marcus will be the anchor store for New York (NY) City’s Hudson Yards, developer Related Cos. released a new set of renderings for the site. NY YIMBY notes that besides the removal of 15 Hudson Yards’ “corset” (ELENET 605), 35 Hudson Yards has been modified for a rectilinear (no longer curving) form. David Childs is designing the latter tower, which is to rise approximately 1,000 ft. to be one of the development’s tallest structures. It will include a 150-room hotel and 100 condominiums above. Completion of 15 Hudson Yards is expected in 2017, while the rest of the first phase is to finish a year later.

UTC-LED LECTURES PROMOTE GREENER MIDDLE EAST

Otis and fellow United Technologies Corp. (UTC) company Carrier held their first Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series in Turkey on September 11, the Providence Journal reported. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, also hosted the lectures, roundtable discussions and green-building training this year. Both events featured lectures from leaders in sustainable construction and planning, including Dr. Nils Kok of Maastricht University in the Netherlands and construction and design expert Valentine A. Lehr.

September 12, 2014

KONE ANNOUNCES NEW TEXAS FACTORY

KONE has announced it will build a new light-manufacturing and testing facility and add 80 new positions as part of its expansion into the under-construction class-A AllenPlace office park (ELENET 599) is being developed by Houston-based Sentinel Capital LLC in partnership with Centra Partners LLC and Triad Real Estate. In addition to being the complex’s lead tenant, KONE will take up another 121,852 sq. ft. for the manufacturing facility. This adds up to nearly a quarter of the 700,000-sq.-ft. park, when considering that the company will lease more than 169,000 sq. ft. of office space. Groundbreaking is set to begin this year, and most of KONE’s new positions are to be in place by the end of next year, the Quad-City Business Journal quoted the company.

ELEVATORS GATEWAY TO CHINA FOR JAPANESE FIRMS

According to The Japan News, three major Japanese electronics manufacturers have boosted their presence in China through their elevator businesses. Approximately 60% of the elevators produced worldwide are being delivered to China for its growing number of high rises. To compete there with their U.S. and European rivals, Japanese companies have stressed their products’ ride quality and safety, in addition to their high speed, the source noted. Mitsubishi Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi are the Japanese elevator companies most avidly sought for this technology. Each holds approximately 15% of the Chinese elevator market.

MARKET REPORT FOCUSES ON GCC COUNTRIES

Research and Markets has added the “Elevator and Escalator Market in the GCC 2014-2018” report to its offering of studies. Its analysts forecast that the vertical-transportation market will grow at a combined annual growth rate of 5.39% between 2013 and 2018. The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the elevator and escalator market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries until 2018. Trends toward ecological efficiency and increasing R&D activities to develop next-generation products are mentioned. The resulting cost increased of elevators and escalators is seen as a key challenge for companies there.