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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.

April 15, 2014

KONE LANDS 131-UNIT ORDER IN INDONESIA

KONE has won a 131-unit order for District 8, a mixed-used development in Jakarta, Indonesia, consisting of a mall and seven towers up to 250 m and 60 stories tall housing offices and apartments. The order includes 50 MiniSpace™ and eight MonoSpace® elevators, 28 TravelMaster™ escalators, 18 double-deck elevators and the Polaris™ destination-control system. During installation, four JumpLift elevators promise to reduce downtime, enhance safety and speed construction, thanks to temporary motor rooms inside the permanent hoistways.

OTIS MANAGEMENT CHANGES IN AUSTRALASIA

There have been several changes to management in Australasia for Otis, New Zealand Lift Fax notes in its March newsletter. Former New Zealand general manager Richard Langdon has returned to Australia to fill the role of New Equipment and Modernization director. Dwayne Scott has been appointed New Zealand general manager, and Damien Lucas has been named South Island and Pacific Islands branch manager. Ken Muller remains as managing director for Otis in Australia.

RENDERINGS OUT FOR PROPOSED NEWARK MIXED-USE PROJECT

New renderings from Richard Meier & Partners show the first phase of a large, mixed-use development proposed in downtown Newark, New Jersey, New York YIMBY reports. Dubbed SoMA Newark, it features three glittering glass-and-metal-clad towers housing offices and several additional towers housing residences. Plans include one building that would exceed 1,000 ft. in height. The targeted completion date is 2025. Should it be built, SoMA Newark would join the Meir-designed Teachers Village, set to open this year, and bring downtown Newark’s skyline higher than tall-building hotspots Jersey City and Brooklyn.

April 14, 2014

TOSHIBA/JOHNSON PARTNERSHIP GOING STRONG IN INDIA

Toshiba Elevator India Pvt. Ltd. (TEI), a 100% subsidiary of Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp., Japan, has operated in India since April 2011. In October 2012, TEI entered into a joint venture with Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd. with an aim of accelerating its growth and strengthening its presence in the Indian market. Since then, the business has been known as Toshiba Johnson Elevators India Pvt. Ltd., with sole exclusivity to market Toshiba’s vertical-transportation solutions. Jobs it has secured amount to more than 380 units in various major Indian cities.

40 ESCALATORS PART OF DAYTONA SPEEDWAY REVAMP

Forty escalators to take NASCAR fans to new, 146-ft.-tall grandstands being built at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, are part of a US$400-million renovation, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Built by ThyssenKrupp Elevator, the units will cover four levels, and speedway officials aim to have them at least partially in place by the Coke Zero 400, a major car race in July. The entire project is expected to be complete in 2016.

HAWAII REDUCES ANNUAL ELEVATOR INSPECTION BACKLOG

Hawaii’s Occupational Safety and Health Department reports it has reduced a backlog of approximately 5,000 annual elevator inspections by about 30%, KITV Channel 4 reports. State Labor Secretary Dwight Takamine attributed the progress to the hiring of 10 additional inspectors last year after lawmakers approved funding. The department is also working to bring Hawaii into compliance with current national safety code, which could result in expenses for some operators.

April 11, 2014

SCHINDLER DEBUTS M2M PHONE SYSTEM IN SWITZERLAND

Schindler has introduced a new emergency phone and telemonitoring system in Switzerland based on Swisscom’s machine-to-machine technology (M2M), m2mworldnews.com reports. Martin Huonder, head of Product Management Modernization at Schindler, said M2M enables monitoring of emergency calls and traffic in real time. The system, which replaces a landline connection, consists of a SIM card that transmits information to a central connectivity-management platform, both at regular intervals and on demand. Elevators equipped with M2M are ready for service immediately upon installation.

DEADLINE IS APRIL 30 FOR CTBUH 2014 AWARDS

The deadline to submit a tall building for consideration for one of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building awards is April 30. This year, CTBUH has added a new Urban Habitat award, intended to recognize significant contributions to the urban landscape. Winners will be featured in the annual Best Tall Buildings book and promoted around the world. CTBUH has also announced the 2014 jury, led by Jeanne Gang, principal of Studio Gang Architects. For complete information about the awards and jury, visit the CTBUH website.

CEA TO WELCOME NAESA INTERNATIONAL TO MAY MEETING

The Chicago Elevator Association (CEA) is looking forward to its May 1 dinner meeting, which will feature a presentation by NAESA International. The meeting promises to be especially worthwhile for QEIs. It is set to be held at 6:30 p.m. at Champps Americana Sports Bar at 2301 Fountain Square Drive, Lombard, Illinois 60148. To RSVP or find additional information about this and other upcoming CEA events, such as the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation Chicago Cruise and Annual Golf Outing, visit the CEA website.

April 10, 2014

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC REVAMPS NEXIEZ LINE FOR INDIA

In an effort to expand sales in India to 1,000 units annually by 2016, Mitsubishi Electric has revamped its NEXIEZ global flagship line to include NEXIEZ-LITE, a new, three-model lineup for low- and mid-rise buildings that it says blends energy efficiency, affordability, safety and Indian style. Safety features include the Mitsubishi Emergency Landing Device, which automatically checks the status of the elevator and moves it to the nearest floor in the event of a power failure, and a multibeam sensor to detect movement in the doorway and open doors immediately. The units are set to hit the Indian market on April 14.

OTIS, SCHINDLER AMONG THOSE FINED IN SPAIN

The CNC (Spanish Antitrust Authority) has imposed fines of almost EUR5 million (US$6.9 million) to manufacturers and installers Otis Zardoya; Schindler; and two smaller Spanish companies, Eminter and Imen, for infringing on competition law in Europe. Of that, 98% applies to Otis Zardoya (EUR2,845,362 [US$ 3,929,104]) and Schindler (EUR1,892,690 [US$2,613,578]) for trying to drive small companies out of the market. Building owner Supercondominio (Madrid) and a small Spanish competitor, Citylift, brought the case to court. Among other things, it seems the two largest companies of the lift industry in Spain sent letters to their customers, telling them small companies do not have the required technical skills to carry out proper maintenance. They also mentioned small maintenance companies did not use original components for replacements. Reported by Luc Rivet, EW Correspondent

ALTRA MAKES FORBES LIST

Altra Industrial Motion Corp., which makes electromechanical power-transmission products for such sectors as the elevator industry, scored 97 out of 100 on Forbes’ “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies” list. The Braintree, Massachusetts, company’s high “Accounting Governance and Risk” (AGR) score meant it tied for both the second-highest overall score and the highest score within the small-cap category on the 2014 list out of more than 8,000 North American public companies.

SHANGHAI SUBWAY ESCALATOR MISHAP UNDER INVESTIGATION

Authorities are trying to determine what caused an escalator to reverse during morning rush hour on April 2 on the Shanghai subway system, resulting in 12 people being transported to a hospital with minor injuries, the South China Morning Post reported. “The escalator suddenly ran reversely, and passengers rolled down [the escalator] like being thrown out,” a witness was quoted as saying. The subway system halted use of the escalators in the wake of the incident.