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July 16, 2019

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The European Federation for Elevator Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EFESME) has partnered with Elevator World, Inc. to make ELEVATOR WORLD Europe the official publication of EFESME. Starting with the September-October 2019 issue, EW Europe will devote an entire section to EFESME publications and articles. EFESME said the collaboration will help it "reach more countries and a larger audience, and extend the breadth of its voice in defense of the interests and needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, which the federation represents throughout Europe." The official launch of the partnership is set for October 17 during Interlift in Augsburg, Germany.


thyssenkrupp’s ropeless, horizontal and vertical transportation system MULTI has been selected by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to be among innovations showcased in the 4,600-m2 CAMPUS GERMANY at EXPO 2020 in Dubai from October 2020 to April 2021. In making the announcement, thyssenkrupp observed MULTI, unveiled in June 2017 at the new test tower in Rottweil, Germany, employs linear motors for each cabin, can move on inclines and involves multiple cabins operating in a loop. This results in a 50% higher transport capacity, decreases an elevator system’s footprint in a building by up to 50% and “creates unlimited new design possibilities and building efficiencies.” MULTI will be presented at EXPO 2020 both digitally and physically.


The Elevator & Escalator Division of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., headquartered in Cypress, California, hosted a golf tournament at Seacliff Country Club in Huntington Beach, California, on June 3 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The tournament hosted more than 160 participants and raised US$20,000 for WWP through sponsorships, registrations and a silent auction. "We are incredibly pleased with the success of this tournament, the first of what will hopefully become an annual event,” Jarrad Jones, Southern California branch manager for the division, said. “We are grateful to all who participated, whether as players or sponsors, for camaraderie, auction item donations, financial contributions and more."


The program for the VFA Forum during Interlift 2019, planned on October 15-18 at Augsburg Messe in Augsburg, Germany, has been released. Approximately 50 20-min lectures on varying international themes will be offered. The focus is on digitalization. Additionally, the “currently most interesting lift markets will be examined,” organizer AFAG added. The organization also said that more than 530 firms from 42 countries have already registered and expects more than 2,000 visitors to the forum and 560-600 exhibitors at the show.


Jeffrey Walker, an engineer who held numerous leadership positions with thyssenkrupp Elevator in Memphis, passed away unexpectedly on July 7. Colleague John W. Koshak describes Walker as a friend, mentor and teacher. His passing is a “profound loss” for both his loved ones and the elevator industry. “He was the mechanical architect of the World Trade Center, as well as a contributor to every system Dover, and later thyssenkrupp, ever designed,” Koshak says. “His contributions as vice chair, and later chair, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Mechanical Design Committee are further testimony to his willingness to share his time and knowledge with the industry.” Visitation for Walker is planned at 11 a.m. with a service at noon on August 3 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 8029 Wilkinsonville Road, Millington, Tennessee 36053.


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