Asia is the center of activity.
Fruitful Partnership for SJEC in Indonesia
Chinese manufacturer SJEC Corp. is a long-term supplier and partner of WIKA (Wijaya Karya), one of the largest state-owned construction companies in Indonesia. The team cooperated in the delivery of more than 80 elevators and escalators. PT. Wijaya Karya Realty (Wika Realty), a subsidiary of state-owned enterprise PT. Wijaya Karya (Persero), contracted SJEC to supply its E500 high-speed elevators for the high rises at its Tamansari Hive in Jakarta, Tamansari La Grande in Bandung, Tamansari Lagoon in Manado and Tamansari Papilio in Surabaya.
SJEC’s E500 lifts achieve VDI 4707 Class A in energy efficiency and feature variable-voltage, variable-frequency drives. Their energy regeneration technology feeds power back into the electrical network through AFE technology, which generates much less harmonic interference to the network than traditional regeneration means. It uses approximately 60% less energy than traditional elevators. Additionally, all the control systems in the Wika projects are compliant with EN 12015 and 12016 regulations. Finally, a building-management system allows monitoring of all lifts with a visual user interface including floor, door, load, fire signal and faulty stop information. All errors will be recorded in the system. Reported by Robin Zhu, SJEC
Indian, Chinese Associations Plan Global Cooperation
The Delhi Elevator Association (DEA), a nongovernment, nonprofit elevator-industry association, organized a networking forum for its members and the Shanghai Elevator Trade Association. The March 16 meeting took place at The Lalit hotel in Andheri East, Mumbai, and marked the first meeting of the organizations. It introduced the concept of an “Association of Associations” for creating a combined platform for the mutual benefit of members of both groups.
In his speech, General Secretary of DEA Vinod Kumar Rajpal welcomed his counterparts from China, considering the event “the beginning of a new era of cooperation in [the] elevator industry between our esteemed associations and the beginning of a new sphere of work.”
The DEA is registered under the Societies Registration Act and represents elevator companies in the Delhi National Capital Region. It reports a spurt in urbanization prompted the increase in vertical housing in the country that is bolstering the Indian elevator industry.
KONE Opens “Intelligence and Training Center” in Jakarta
KONE opened its People Flow Intelligence and Training Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, in March. The intelligence center is the first of its kind in Asia, and the training center is the second. The facility includes an interactive showroom where customers can experience KONE solutions — such as a pair of elevators outfitted with a destination-control system — firsthand. The training center houses computer rooms and equipment simulators that facilitate hands-on learning about installation, maintenance, testing, commissioning and dismantling. KONE aims to train up to 150 employees at the center in 2016. Yandy Januar, managing director of KONE Indonesia, observed the center promises to help the company establish an even stronger foothold in Indonesia, where it has won several significant jobs recently.
Schindler Sells Japan Operations to Otis
Schindler has agreed to sell its Japan operations to Otis, citing Schindler’s “historically small overall market share (approximately 1%)” in Japan and withdrawal from the new-installation elevator market there 10 years ago. Upon announcement of the sale in April, the company stated:
“Schindler has found a strong and reputable owner for its business in Japan with local employees retained as part of the new ownership structure. Schindler will, however, remain in Japan to meet its legal and societal obligations with respect to ongoing legal cases and will take all necessary actions until these are resolved.”