Industry News for December 8, 2014
CHINESE FIRMS GAIN MARKET SHARE DOMESTICALLY
Chinese elevator and escalator companies are expanding their market share domestically, according to the China Elevator Association, China News reports. Chinese OEMs, product manufacturers and technology providers now possess more than 50% of the Chinese market, versus approximately 10% a decade ago. The world’s largest elevator market, China produced more than 633,000 elevators in 2013, representing an annual 20% increase. Elevator exports rose by 35% to 65,968. Chinese OEM Canny Elevator Co. Ltd. notes cost-conscious real estate developers are helping drive demand for domestically produced items.
LERCH BATES PROMOTES McGRATH-BENTO
Lerch Bates Inc. has promoted Alyssa McGrath-Bento from New England regional manager to director of strategic accounts. She remains based in Boston. In her new regional role, she leads and manages consultants and administrative staff, manages key accounts and builds new client relationships. Nationally, she oversees growth of the firm’s Management Maintenance Services department. She reports to Vice President of Strategic Accounts Tim Isbell. McGrath-Bento earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.
AUSTRALIA METRO REPLACES OTIS FOR MAINTENANCE
Australia rail operator Metro has hired several escalator maintenance companies to perform work on underground train stations in Melbourne previously handled by Otis, as a labor dispute between Otis and its workforce lingers, The Age reports. Every station within the system had at least one broken escalator on December 5, but a Metro spokesperson said four out of five were were operating again in short order. Otis reports it has brought in additional staff to help handle a backlog created by the strike. Customers include office towers, shopping centers and apartments.
ELEVATORS TO ENHANCE ACCESSIBILITY AT WRIGLEY FIELD
Several rows of seats look to make way for a pair of new elevators at Wrigley Field in Chicago, home of U.S. Major League Baseball team the Chicago Cubs, bleedcubbieblue reports. reports. The team received approval for the units, to be installed in the left and right field bleachers, from the city’s Landmarks Commission. The elevators will join an existing one at center field and bring the facility into Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.