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Momentum Continues for Otis in China

Otis subsidiaries Xizi Otis Elevator Co. and Otis Elevator (China) Co., Ltd. continue to win major work in China, including contracts for a trio of residential towers in Zhangjiagang, a new central business district in Yangzhou, a hotel in Xiamen and a metro line in Chongqing. The subsidiaries will provide 411 units to these projects.

Otis Elevator China is installing 113 elevators and escalators in Yangzhou Modern Service District (Y-MSD), a new “city within a city” covering more than 1 million m2 in east China. For developer Tianjin TEDA Group Co. Ltd., the company is providing 35 SkyRise® and 52 Gen2® elevators (including the latest Gen2 Premier designed especially for high-end office buildings) and 26 LINK escalators, along with the CompassPlusTM destination-management system. Y-MSD is scheduled for delivery in 2017. Otis was also selected to provide 81 Gen2 and four SkyTM elevators to Hui Jin New City, Royal First Mansion and Royal Lakefront, all residential developments in Zhangjiagang, and the 147-m-tall Xiamen EDITION hotel, a new Marriott in the port city of Xiamen. For that project, Otis is providing 30 units, including seven SkyRise elevators traveling at up to 6 mps. 

Xizi Otis is providing 213 escalators for the new Line 5 metro extension in Chongqing, an emerging megacity in southwest China. With phase one set to open in late 2017, the new line will become Chongqing’s longest rail transit network at more than 66 km. The units include the flagship X021NP escalator, which is already in place in more than 10 Chinese cities.

Mitsubishi Electric Delivers 174 Units to Thailand MRT Line

Mitsubishi Electric has delivered 49 elevators and 125 escalators to eight stations, an administrative office, an operational control center and car-parking facilities that are part of the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) Purple Line connecting Bangkok to its suburbs. Marking Mitsubishi Electric’s second MRT delivery, the order consists of heavy-duty escalators that conserve energy via sensors that switch speeds to low when no one is in the boarding area, and elevators with gearless traction machines that use energy-saving permanent-magnet motors to reduce noise and vibration. All products were manufactured by Mitsubishi Elevator Asia Co., Ltd.

SMRT Escalator Upgrade Detailed

News outlets provided detail about a major escalator upgrade at the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) system involving 233 units at 42 of its 54 stations along the north-south and east-west lines. The SGD47.3-million (US$35.2-million) contract was awarded to Otis Singapore and will take place through 2012, Singapore Business Review reported. Work includes new traction motors and lights indicating direction of travel. The first stations to get the new equipment will be Ang Mo Kio, Tanah Merah and Tanjong Pagar. The Straits Times reported that, in an effort to enhance safety and ease stress among commuters who are elderly or have small children in tow, the units will be dual speed —traveling at 0.75 mps during peak hours and 0.5 mps during off-peak hours.

thyssenkrupp’s Elevator Work Helps Land Government Contract

thyssenkrupp’s performance servicing more than 350 elevator systems for Germany’s Federal Employment Agency was a deciding factor in the company being awarded a US$1.14-million, four-year contract to service nearly 20,000 of the agency’s automatic doors and related mechanisms, thyssenkrupp announced. The company’s elevator track record, along with its service concept, nationwide service network and customer portal prompted the federal government to award thyssenkrupp its biggest door-related order ever. Dr. Oliver Tietze, head of thyssenkrupp’s Europe and Africa elevator business, said the contract will likely lead to additional work.

Order Includes South Korea’s Fastest

Mitsubishi Electric has landed a 78-elevator order for the LCT complex in Busan, South Korea, that includes what are expected to be the two fastest elevators in the country, traveling at 600 mpm. The elevators will carry passengers from the first to the 100th floor of the Landmark Tower hotel in approximately 52 s. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the complex also includes a pair of 85-story residential towers and a seven-story podium. Delivery is expected to commence in December, with the entire project scheduled for completion in 2019. Mitsubishi Electric observed the units will include advanced drive and control equipment, streamlined aerodynamic car covers, active roller guides and various safety devices. POSCO Engineering & Construction, Ltd. is the customer.

Unique Work Is the Focus at Mitsubishi Electric Plant

Sales of custom products, such as elevators with geometric Islamic designs and spiral escalators may represent only 1% of Mitsubishi Electric’s total sales, but at its Inazawa Works factory in Japan, these products are the focus, The Japan Times reported. Company officials said such work is important, because it enhances Mitsubishi Electric’s image and often leads to additional orders for other products. Implementing a system that combines rotating and vertical movement, spiral escalators can cost up to 20 times as much as regular ones. The company usually receives approximately three orders per year but recently delivered 12 to a department store in Shanghai. Hotels and high rises in the Middle East are big customers of the eye-catching, Islamic-themed elevators.

Otis Elevators for Distinctive Beirut Building

Otis has been selected as the elevator provider for Beirut Terraces, a distinctive 27-story residential building designed by Hertzog and de Meuron overlooking the waterfront district of Beirut, Lebanon. The building’s unique design features overhanging floorplates and extended terraces in a full-height glass envelope. The Otis order includes eight custom-designed, 4-mps units making 33 stops, one panoramic Gen2® elevator and a service elevator, along with the energy-efficient ReGenTM regenerative drive. Benchmark is the developer.

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