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July 17, 2017

OTIS INDIA EXPANDS PRESENCE WITH NEW OFFICE
Otis Elevator Co. (India) Ltd. has opened a new office in Vijayawada, India, to better meet growing demand in the region. Otis already works closely with BVR Mall and India American Hospital in Vijayawada and, throughout the country, has approximately 80 centers covering around 300 cities and towns. Otis India President Sebi Joseph, who inaugurated the new office, observed that, while Otis has had a strong presence in Vijayawada for a long time, growth of the city prompted the company’s move to open the new office.

MONTANARI OPENS LOGISTICS CENTERS AROUND INDIA
Indian traction-machine manufacturer Montanari Lifts Components Pvt. Ltd. is expanding its service offerings by creating a network of logistics centers across India, the company says. The first center opened in January in Kolkata. Since then, centers have opened in Chennai, Delhi and Ahmedabad, and Montanari plans to open others. The aim of creating this network was to offer customers a “unique” level of support, beginning before the sale and continuing afte. The centers offer customers technical service; prompt response within 48 hours; an in-stock inventory of machines, components and parts; and training sessions.

ASIA’S TALLEST TOWER SET FOR SRI LANKA
Diversified business company Al Aman Group has announced an agreement to build the World Capital Centre (WCC), a megatall mixed-use skyscraper in Colombo, Sri Lanka, that would be the tallest tower in Asia, the Daily Mirrorreports. The WCC developer entered into a US$2-billion investment deal with the Board Of Investment on June 30 to build WCC, a 117-story, 625-m-tall tower. It will offer 1,200 residential units, 2,000 hotel rooms, 3,000 retail outlets and 5,000 parking spaces. Luxury amenities will include a “seven-star” hotel with presidential suites, complete with gold-plated interior touches. It will also have 20 swimming pools, Sri Lanka's first Michelin-starred restaurant and the world's fastest double-decker elevators, according to the report. Topping off the amenities will be an observation deck and rooftop helipad. The report said the WCC will be the ninth-tallest building in the world when completed in 2022.

NEW HEAD OF MEDIA RELATIONS AT THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR
Dr. Jasmin Fischer is the new head of Media Relations at thyssenkrupp Elevator, responsible for press related to elevator technology worldwide. She reports directly to Head of Communications Luis Ramos. Fischer has many years' experience as a journalist and editor in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. She is adept at intercultural management, project management and international reporting. She has held various roles with a leading Essen, Germany-based newspaper, including foreign correspondent and London office manager. Fischer studied at the University of Leipzig, the State University of New York at Binghamton and the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin, and holds degrees in Political Science, Journalism and American Studies.

ESCALATOR SAFETY FOR SENIORS A FOCUS IN AUSTRALIA
Mass transit system Transperth in Perth, Australia, has embarked on an escalator-safety campaign geared toward seniors in light of 76 incidents being recorded over the past year, The West Australianreports. Staff have been deployed to stations across Perth to share advice about the safe use of escalators and recommend using lifts in some situations. At least one concerned passenger believes Transperth should go a step further by lowering escalator speeds during non-peak travel times.

KONE OUTFITTING “ENGINEERING MARVEL” IN CHINA
KONE is providing 196 units to Raffles City Chongqing, described as "one of the biggest engineering marvels being built in the world today," consisting of a mall and eight towers with residential, office and hotel space at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers in China. Designed by Moshe Safdie and developed by Chongqing CapitaLand Guyuxiongguan Property Co., Ltd., the development will span 1.12 million m2 and include two 350-m-tall towers. KONE will deliver 42 MonoSpace® and 41 MiniSpaceTM elevators, and 113 TravelMasterTM escalators. Special features include a heavy-duty high-rise elevator traveling at 6 mps and 20 escalators that cross expansion joints similar to the ones Moshe Safdie incorporated into Marina Bay Sands.

July 10, 2017

KYUSHIMA RETURNS TO MANAGING DIRECTOR ROLE AT TJEI
Junichi Kyushima became the new managing director at Toshiba Johnson Elevators India Pvt. Ltd. (TJEI) on July 6. He most recently served as vice president of Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp., and, as part of its senior-management team, played a vital role in global business operations. Kyushima previously served as managing director of TJEI from 2012 to 2015. Kyushima said that working closely with Johnson Lifts, TJEI intends to focus on building strong customer relationships and trust to become a top player in the industry in India.

ASPIRING MEMBER OF DUBAI’S “SKYSCRAPER CLUB”
Dubai Investments plans to build a new icon in the emirate: a 70-story residential tower on Sheikh Zayed Road, next to Al Habtoor City and Aykon City (ELENET 646), arabianbusiness.comreported. Dubai Investments CEO Khalid bin Kalban said construction will start before the end of the year. Twenty percent of the US$272-million cost has been deposited with the Real Estate Regulatory Agency, and the developer plans to have up to US$123 million financed. The Sheikh Zayed Road tower will join 10 residential structures of 70 stories or more.

MELBOURNE’S TALLEST SKYSCRAPER TOPS OUT
The core of Victoria One, Melbourne's tallest skyscraper, has topped out at 271 m, The Urban Developerreports. Located in the central business district and developed by Golden Age Group, the structure was designed by Elenberg Fraser. Its shimmery green façade reflects an energy-efficient design and inspiration from the elements. Residents of more than 230 apartments up to the 39th of 78 floors have already moved in, as the structure was built to accommodate phased occupancy. Ultimately, there will be more than 620 apartments, three floors of amenities, ground-level retail and Melbourne's largest internal car-stacking machine. Victoria One is slated for completion by June 2018.

ELDERLY PAIR STUCK IN MALAYSIAN LIFT FOR 24-PLUS HOURS
An elderly couple was trapped in an elevator in a shopping mall in the state of Ipoh in northwestern Malaysia on June 30 at approximately 3:30 p.m. local time, not being freed until the next day at around 5 p.m., various news outlets, including The China Postreport. Relatives of the pair, ages 74 and 70, filed a police report. After being freed by fire and rescue responders, the individuals were hospitalized for treatment. A relative said they have retained legal counsel.

ALIMAK PROVIDING EQUIPMENT FOR SYDNEY HARBOUR RESORT
Alimak Group has been awarded a US$6.25-million contract by Lendlease to provide vertical-access equipment for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, under construction on Sydney Harbour. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre, the 73-story structure will become Sydney's tallest building. Alimak's contract runs until 2020, with most of the equipment, including construction hoists, to be delivered in 2017 and 2018. Alimak states it is proud to continue its partnership with Lendlease, with which it has worked on numerous projects in recent years.

MALAYSIAN STUDY: PARENTS, KIDS HAVE UNSAFE ESCALATOR HABITS
A study that involved observing the behavior of 258 randomly selected parent/children combinations on mall escalators found more than half of parents and children use escalators in an unsafe manner, Free Malaysia Todayreports. Led by physicians at Clinical Research Centre Perak in Malaysia, the study found 149, or 57.8%, of children and 162, or 63.8%, of parents, demonstrated at least one unsafe behavior. The study’s suggestions for adults are to use an elevator if more than one child is in tow, hold both the handrail and child’s hand and avoid distractions such as mobile phones. It recommended creation of a national program to educate parents and children.

WOMAN INJURED IN SINGAPORE ELEVATOR MISHAP
A woman said to be in her 30s suffered a torn leg ligament on July 1 as a result of being trapped in an elevator that dropped several stories in a housing complex in western Singapore, Coconuts Singaporereports. The woman was with four relatives at the time of the incident, which involved the lift suddenly falling from the fourth floor, then stopping part of the way down. At that point, one family member pried open the door and got everyone out. Authorities responded, and the woman was transported to a hospital. The incident is under investigation.

July 3, 2017

42-STORY “VERTICAL VILLAGE” PART OF CHINA PLAN
A 42-story "vertical village" that will serve as regional headquarters for one of China's largest electronics companies, OPPO, is part of a major mixed-use development in Chengdu, China, designed by a team led by London's Gianni Botsford Architects, Architects' Journalreports. The man, 32, was part of a crew from a private company working on the escalator. He and another inspector were riding the escalator down with its foot plates open during a test for technical glitches when he slipped. His right leg got caught in the escalator and was fractured as it continued to move. Other workers at the scene shut off the power supply and stopped the escalator, and the man was taken to a hospital for treatment. Another inspector said the workers had taken precautionary measures, and that the man slipped despite holding onto a support bar.

WOMAN INJURED IN HONG KONG ESCALATOR MISHAP
Objects believed to be baby-stroller wheels got stuck between the steps of an escalator linking Mass Transit Railway’s (MTR) Diamond Station and a shopping center in Hong Kong on June 26, resulting in flying debris that injured a 37-year-old woman’s foot, Hong Kong Economic Journalreports. She was transported to a hospital, and an MTR spokesperson said the maintenance contractor has been notified of the issue. MTR urged passengers traveling with strollers to use lifts, rather than escalators, to prevent such malfunctions.

KONE OUTFITTING SYDNEY’S TALLEST RESIDENTIAL TOWER
KONE has been selected to provide the vertical transportation for what will be the tallest residential building in Sydney, the 67-story, 235-m-tall Greenland Centre being developed by Greenland Australia and built by ProBuild. The architect is BVN with interiors by Woods Bagot. The 10-unit order includes MonoSpace®, MiniSpaceTM and TranSysTM elevators. A JumpLiftTM self-climbing elevator is being used during construction. Containing more than 400 apartments, Greenland Centre will have glass-fronted balconies and a five-floor “creative hub.” Completion is anticipated in 2019.

REVISED TWO-TOWER RESIDENTIAL SCHEME FOR BRISBANE
Developer Land and Homes Group has submitted a revised plan for a residential development in the Fortitude Valley suburb of Brisbane, Australia, consisting of 26- and 37-story towers containing nearly 500 apartments, landscaped public space, retail and amenities, brisbanedevelopment.comreports. The old plan had a series of at least five tightly spaced buildings. Designed by Rothelowman, the new design has an enhanced podium with greenery spread throughout, natural ventilation to promote sustainability and enhanced streetscaping, slated for a site at 44-100 Barry Parade.

AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST-EVER LIFT MODERNIZATION IN MELBOURNE
Rialto Towers, an iconic 251-m-tall office property at 525 Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia, is undergoing a major upgrade that includes the largest lift modernization ever undertaken in Australia, according to Whitfield Rose Pty. Ltd., which handled design specifications. Otis is providing equipment for the elevator modernization, set to conclude in 2021. Existing technology in 38 elevators will be replaced with new gearless AC technology, and speed will be increased. Energy-monitoring equipment is included in Whitfield Rose's specifications to measure energy consumption before, during and after the project. Special lighting features with colors that change depending on lift position, season and weather will be added to elevators serving the 55th-floor restaurant. Woods Bagot designed the modernization, which will add more than 6,000 m2 of space.

UPCOMING NAEC EVENTS
Registration is now open for the National Association of Elevator Contractors’ (NAEC) 68th Annual Convention & 2017 Expositionreports. on September 10-14 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando and Orange County Convention & Exhibition Center. Additionally, NAEC’s Mid-Atlantic Elevator Chapter is hosting its 8th Annual Golf Tournamentat National Golf Club in Fort Washington, Maryland, on October 4. Contact Shawn Cowden for more information.