Industry News for July 17, 2014
PTL EQUIPMENT ROLLS OUT NEW WEBSITE
PTL Equipment has launched a redesigned website. The revamped site allows customers to flip through and download PTL’s product catalog and submit requests for quotes online. It provides an in-depth overview of the company’s mission, history and products, in addition to an elevator news section. PTL CEO Jon Heffer stated: “We wanted to provide our customers with a state-of-the-art web experience, and that is what we’ve done here. Everything has been streamlined to help visitors move effortlessly to the information they’re after.”
NEW LERCH BATES MANAGING DIRECTOR IN ASIA
Lerch Bates Inc. recently promoted Keenan Potter to managing director of Lerch Bates Asia Pacific Ltd., Hong Kong and Lerch Bates (China) Ltd. Based in Shanghai, Potter will have the role of managing the firm’s growing presence in Asia. With more than 20 years of specialized expertise in the façade-access industry, he previously served as general manager of Lerch Bates (China), following successful careers as a façade-access equipment manufacturing sales and engineering group leader and an Asia Pacific division general manager of a technology company. During his tenure with Lerch Bates, he developed and managed a façade-access consulting division and spearheaded the development and opening of the firm’s first office in the Asia Pacific region with Lerch Bates (China).
30 PARIS METRO ESCALATORS TOO WIDE, MUST BE REPLACED
Thirty escalators installed in the Paris Metro in 2006 and 2007 are 10 cm too wide and need to be replaced, The Connexionreports. Intended to increase capacity, the 1-m-long units on three lines are often out of service and require expensive repairs. By next year, the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) plans to replace the units at a cost of at least US$8 million. RATP has alleged design flaws are to blame for the problems, and contends the manufacturer should pay for replacement. A French court is set to decide which entity will fund the project.