Industry News for July 24, 2014

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR: ACCESSIBILITY CRUCIAL FOR SENIORS
Germany’s aging population will need accessibility solutions, such as stairway chairlifts, platform lifts and home elevators, since more than half of citizens 40 and older said they want to stay in their own homes during their golden years, a survey conducted for ThyssenKrupp Elevator found. Approximately a quarter of those surveyed expect they will have to retrofit their homes with such equipment. The survey found 46% of women view stairway chairlifts as “important” to “very important,” versus 40% of men. Men, however, are willing to spend more on a chairlift: more than US$6,732 (EUR5,000).

LERCH BATES EXPANDS U.S. CONSULTANT STAFF
Lerch Bates Inc. has named Cory Hunter consultant, bringing the number of consultants reporting to the company’s U.S. Pacific Northwest office in Seattle to seven. Based in Portland, Oregon, Hunter has 16 years of industry experience. He previously managed Centric Elevator Corp. in Portland, where his specialties were growth-strategy development, modernization and maintenance. A QEI, Hunter developed a written maintenance control program for use in the Northwest. He holds a BS degree from Oregon State University, a PhD in lift-engineering management and an MBA.

MUMBAI RAILWAY ESCALATOR INSTALLATION SLOW
Installation of more than 40 escalators at Mumbai’s Central and Western Railway (CR and WR) lines is moving at a snail’s pace, mid-day reports. On CR, seven of 22 escalators have materialized, while at WR, nine of 33 units have been installed. The Railway Board has not placed orders for numerous parts required for first-phase work, nor any parts required for the second phase. CR and WR officials have asked for the autonomy to handle the work directly, but the board refused, preferring to issue all orders simultaneously. Rail officials fear by the time the orders are placed, existing units will have begun to show wear and tear.

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