Industry News for December 2, 2013

CHINESE CONTRACTS HEADLINE US$11 MILLION FOR SYMAX
China-based Symax Lift (Holding) Co. Ltd. recently announced nine new contracts to supply, install and service Dingtai and Green elevators. The tenders represent approximately US$11 million in revenues. Deliveries have already begun, and work is expected to be completed in the first half of 2014. Among the nine contracts, five are for government housing projects in Jiangsu Province and Chongqing in China.

NEW LERCH BATES SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Lerch Bates Inc. has promoted Mark Hall to senior project manager, strategic accounts. Hall previously served as a project manager for the company’s Atlanta regional office. Now, he will oversee projects and business relationships with strategically assigned accounts, as well as develop and manage relationships with new strategic-account clients. Prior to joining Lerch Bates in 2012, Hall served in various sales and management positions within the vertical-transportation industry. He earned a BS in Political Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

NEXT MADE EVENT ANNOUNCED
The next MADE expo has been scheduled for March 18-25, 2015. It will once again be held at the Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy. The date is to remain stable for the foreseeable future, which should have the expo taking place every two years. Giovanni De Ponti, CEO of MADE, commented, “The timing will definitely suit exhibitors and international trade visitors wanting to attend building and construction shows in Europe. MADE intends to be a strong partner to businesses and industries. Our focus is on creating business opportunities by generating contacts with a high-profile Italian and international target keen to explore the offerings of our exhibitors.” For more information, contact organizer Diomedea at website: www.diomedea.it.

KLEEMANN INTRODUCES PRODUCTS
KLEEMANN introduced its Virtual Window and “KLEEMANN-talk2lift” at Interlift 2013 in Augsburg, Germany, last month. The former is the result of a partnership with DigiGage (ELENET 580), which utilizes modern software and motion-sensing technology to create the feeling of a virtual window within the elevator cabin. The latter is intended for those with special needs or reduced mobility. It enables speech recognition within the cabin that can control the lift by the vocalization of floor number and other keywords.

MORE-ACCESSIBLE BOSTON SUBWAY STATION OPENS
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reopened its Orient Heights subway station in east Boston on November 26. The station had been closed for eight months as it underwent upgrades, in part to make it Americans with Disabilities Act and state code compliant. The upgraded station, through which approximately 4,100 passengers pass each weekday, includes four new elevators and two new escalators.

FOOTBALL FANS CAUSE ESCALATOR MISHAP IN ATLANTA
An escalator at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta was misused by football fans following the Atlanta/New Orleans game on November 21, CBS reports. Several fans suffered minor injuries and were treated on site. Dome spokespeople said the incident was caused by people jumping on the escalator, which one fan said went into a “free fall.” The escalator will undergo rigorous inspection before resuming operation.

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