Industry News for February 19, 2014
LERCH BATES CHINA NAMES LI PROJECT MANAGER
Lerch Bates China has named Matthew Li Elevator Consulting Group project manager. An industry veteran who previously served as senior manager of National Installation at SIGMA Elevator Co. and in various management roles at ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Li will provide a comprehensive range of vertical and horizontal consulting services to clients throughout the quickly growing Chinese market. Previous projects in which Li has been involved include the 492-m-tall Shanghai World Financial Center and the Beijing Subway.
SNAPCAB, CORNING PARTNER
SnapCab and Corning Inc. have entered a commercial agreement involving thin, lightweight, durable Corning Gorilla® Glass. SnapCab is to design Gorilla Glass into its modular wall-panel systems, which are used in residential and commercial elevators. This is the same glass that has helped protect handheld electronic devices for years and is currently used in at least 2 billion devices. Corning expects its use in interior architecture to enable new lightweight designs for elevator cabs, lobbies and conference rooms.
HYUNDAI ELEVATOR EYES GLOBAL EXPANSION
Seoul-based Hyundai Elevator Co. is laying the groundwork for overseas growth, with a particular focus on China and the Middle East, Yonhap News Agency reports. Hyundai Elevator has increased its stake in Shanghai affiliate Shanghai Hyundai Elevator Co. from 84% to 100%, and, in 2014, plans to establish new corporate offices in Tunisia, Turkey and Myanmar, bringing the number of foreign branches from seven to 10. The company is also expanding its South American presence, with a new manufacturing facility in Brazil expected to open by the end of March.