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April 24, 2014

MITSUBISHI AND PARTNERS ESTABLISH MYANMAR COMPANY

Mitsubishi Corp. and affiliates of Serge Pun & Associates have established MC Elevator Ltd. in Myanmar in an effort to strengthen their foothold in a sovereign state where urban development is brisk as the government moves toward democracy. Mitsubishi has been distributing elevators, escalators and related products in Myanmar since 1998, and in early April established an office in Yangon. The new company, expected to be operational by summer 2014, will provide technical services and solutions, installation, testing and commissioning. Mitsubishi, which will hold a 60% stake in MC Elevator, believes this will result in more effective customer service.

PODCAR CITY 8 IN SWEDEN

Podcar City 8 is taking place on September 3-5 at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden. Its theme is “Post-Car Urbanism: Implications for Town & Airport District Planning,” touting “Advanced Transit Networks as solutions to carbon hotspots, particularly around airports. For more information, contact Lawrence Fabian at phone: (845) 397-0817 or email: lfabian21@gmail.com.

ESCALATOR ENHANCES TAMBARAM, INDIA, STATION

An escalator was recently installed at Southern Railway’s Tambaram, India, station, making it unique among stations in the Chennai area, The Hindu reports. While there is an escalator at Egmore serving long-distance train travelers, Tambaram offers the first escalator for commuters. The escalator connects with a foot overbridge and platform 1A. Escalators are also anticipated for platforms 6, 7, 8 and 9. Approximately 200,000 commuters pass through Tambaram station each day.

April 23, 2014

HITACHI ELEVATOR PLANS TO DELIVER WORLD’S FASTEST

On April 21, Hitachi Elevator announced its plans to deliver the world’s fastest elevators to the mixed-use, 530-m-tall, 111-story CTF Finance Centre under construction in Guangzhou, China. Traveling at 1,200 mpm, or from the first to the 95th floor in approximately 43 s., the pair of units is part of a 95-unit order that also includes 28 double-deck elevators and additional high-speed, 600-mpm elevators. The previous world’s fastest elevators — such as those for Shanghai Tower — have an estimated speed of 1,080 mpm. Hitachi expects to deliver the units upon completion of the building in 2016.

STATES ADD ELEVATOR WORLD AS CE PROVIDER

The states of Georgia, Alabama, Virginia and Washington have recently added Elevator World, Inc. as an approved continuing-education (CE) provider. These states are in addition to Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Elevator World also administers the State of Florida Certificate of Competency exam, which certifies the holder has received the training necessary to perform the duties of a Certified Elevator Technician (CET®).

ELEVATORS AT CARLSBAD CAVERNS FINALLY FIXED

The four elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, a popular tourist attraction, are finally fixed after four years of unforeseen complications and missteps by the original contractor, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports. The contract was first awarded in August 2010, with the project expected to last six months. The original contractor was eventually dismissed, and a new one was hired last year. The elevators were up and running in time for the three-day Easter weekend, which saw more than 6,000 visitors to the caverns.

April 22, 2014

OTIS SUPPLYING 21 UNITS TO MARACANÃ STADIUM IN RIO

Otis Brazil is supplying 15 Gen2® elevators and six escalators as part of the historic Maracanã Stadium renovation in Rio de Janeiro, undertaken in advance of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup finals scheduled in June and July, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. All units are outfitted with energy-saving ReGenTM  drives and will utilize Otis’ web-based PanoramaTM monitoring system. Otis is among OEMs expanding operations in Brazil, this year planning to open a new 200,000-sq.-ft. Gen2 factory in Saõ Paulo.

SOME SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC-HOUSING ELEVATORS TO BE FIXED

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the city plans to put US$5.2 million toward fixing elevators in the city’s public-housing high rises, Channel 7 News reports. Although the amount falls short of the approximately US$9 million the mayor said is needed, housing-rights advocates, who in November 2013 were considering a class-action lawsuit said it is a step in the right direction. At that time, the city’s housing authority said it needed to replace 30 elevators in 22 buildings.

NYPD BANS ELEVATORS DURING FIRE RESPONSE

On April 17, the New York Police Department (NYPD) directed its officers to avoid elevators at all times when responding to fires, reversing an earlier directive advising them to cautiously use them, the New York Daily News reports. The directive comes after an officer died as a result of injuries he received in a housing-complex elevator while responding to a fire on April 6. Another officer was hospitalized as a result of that incident.

April 21, 2014

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR BUOYED BY U.A.E. DEMAND

ThyssenKrupp Elevator expects significant infrastructure growth in the U.A.E. to bolster 2014 sales, The National reported, quoting CEO Andreas Schierenbeck. The U.A.E is outpacing the rest of the Middle East in terms of new construction, and ThyssenKrupp Elevator expects to build on an already strong track record in the country, which includes supplying 133 units to Abu Dhabi’s new Yas Mall and 640 units (not including 123 airport-to-aircraft passenger bridges) to Dubai International Airport. Schierenbeck forecasts a 10-12% increase in sales in Abu Dhabi and Dubai this year, and expects the activity to continue, resulting in growing ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s workforce from 1,700 in 2013 to 2,300 by 2019.

INDUSTRY VETERAN ADRIAN NOW WITH THURSTON

Bill Adrian, a 30-year industry veteran who spent the past 24 years with Republic Elevator in Santa Barbara, California, has joined Thurston Elevator Concepts Inc. in Azusa, California, as vice president/general manager. While he believed he would retire with Republic, family needs necessitated a career move, he said. At Republic, he held various positions before becoming general manager approximately eight years ago. At Thurston, Adrian is working alongside owner/founder Randy Thurston, handling a growing workload for what Adrian called “one of the larger independents in the greater Los Angeles area.”

LIFT SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration for the Fourth Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies is now open. The symposium is scheduled September 25-26 at Highgate House in Northampton, U.K. A discount is available to those paying in full by June 30. For more information or to register, visit website.

April 18, 2014

SCHINDLER TO SUPPLY 100 UNITS TO MAKKAH COMPLEX

Schindler Olayan Elevator Co. has been awarded a contract to supply phase two of the 2,200-apartment complex Wahat Makkah, under construction in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, with 100 3300AP elevators. When complete, Wahat Makkah will have 214 units from Schindler, the sole vertical-transportation supplier for the development. Schindler stated that, with this project, special consideration is being given to “respecting local cultural and heritage elements, while fully exploring contemporary design opportunities.”

KONE TO MAINTAIN HEATHROW AIRPORT

KONE has secured a five-year contract extension to maintain the elevators, escalators and moving walks at all Heathrow Airport Ltd. terminals, including its new Terminal 2 building in London. Around-the-clock service will facilitate the transportation of the estimated 72 million passengers per year. The contract includes 1,000 units across all of its terminals and covers the maintenance of Terminal 2 through 2019. Aside from having modernized and supplied new vertical-transportation equipment to Heathrow Airport, KONE has been providing maintenance for them there since 1990.

AUSTRALIAN CONSULTANCY PITFIELD ADDS DIVISION

Pitfield & Associates, a lift consultancy with offices in Sydney, Australia, and Sacramento, California, has added a Technical Response Service division to address legal questions regarding building and construction code, workplace health and safety, product registration and discrimination/disability. In 2002, the Australian government removed the section related to elevators from its workplace safety division, creating a void that Pitfield hopes to help fill.

April 17, 2014

NYC MIDTOWN SUPERTALL IS BOTH MODERN, TRADITIONAL

SHoP Architects has released new renderings of 111 West 57th Street, the 1,397-ft.-tall, 60-ft.-wide tower to be built adjacent to the historic Steinway piano building in the Midtown area of New York City (NYC), New York Yimby reports. One of a cluster of supertall, super-thin residential skyscrapers taking shape in the neighborhood, 111 West 57th, also known as The Steinway Building, will have a stepped, contemporary profile and terracotta façade accented in bronze, which promises to help it fit into its historic surroundings. It is expected to be complete by 2016.

DETROIT ELEVATOR STRENGTHENS RESIDENTIAL FOCUS

Detroit Elevator Co. in Ferndale, Michigan, has enhanced its focus on residential elevators by rearranging staff and expanding the residential section of its website. “Detroit Elevator has been building, installing and servicing residential elevators in Michigan for 100 years now, but there really wasn’t that great of a demand until recently,” Vice President Don Purdie, Jr. said. “Now, they are becoming more popular, so we’re making a concentrated effort to expand our efforts.”

KOCHI, INDIA, PLANS FOOT OVERBRIDGES WITH ESCALATORS

Officials in Kochi, India, said they plan to build several foot overbridges with escalators at busy intersections in the city, The New Indian Express reports. The initial system is planned at Marine Drive, and would include ascending and descending escalators at each end of the walkway, for a total of four escalators. Its scheduled completion date is August. If funding is available, authorities plan to install additional systems.

April 16, 2014

GT IN TTC METRO STATIONS

CEE Elevator Service Ltd. has awarded Global Tardif (GT) a contract to install 10 custom hydraulic panoramic elevators at the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Pape, Mars, Dufferin, Union, Ashbridges Bay and Lawrence stations. Over the years, Global Tardif has supplied many elevators to the TTC, which is the third-largest transit system in North America, after the New York City Transit Authority and Mexico City Metro. Established in 1921, TTC comprises four rapid transit lines with a total of 69 stations.

ALPS MOVES TO PENNSYLVANIA

Alps Wire Rope Corp. has moved its Columbus, Ohio, warehouse to 1549 Bobali Drive, Suite C, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17104. This is the final move in Alps’ strategic realignment process, implemented to ensure its warehouses are positioned around the country to provide fast delivery. The former warehouse served the company for more than 21 years and is considered one of its most successful. The new one can be contacted at email: adam.benner@alpswirerope.com.

ACEEE SEEKS INDUSTRY INPUT ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) seeks representatives of elevator OEMs to participate in a think tank that will look at ways elevators can conserve energy and, in turn, spur economic development and protect the environment. The project, which is fully funded, is expected to require a time commitment of approximately one day over a three-month period during the summer. For more information about ACEEE, visit website. For more information about participating in the think tank, contact Harvey Sachs at email: hsachs@aceee.org or phone: (202) 507-4014.

FOUR-YEAR-OLD CHILD SUCCUMBS IN PUNE ELEVATOR ACCIDENT

A four-year-old boy died as a result of his head becoming stuck between the wooden door and the grille of the elevator in the Pune, India, apartment building in which he lived, The Times of India reports. Apartment residents and authorities said prior to the April 10 accident, the unit was regularly inspected and maintained and was in good working order. The child had traveled to the ground floor of the building with his grandfather and attempted to take the elevator up by himself when the accident occurred. Maharashtra Lift Safety Rules state children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult, a rule elevator inspector Pravin Bhise said is often ignored.