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Peters Research Ltd. has announced training seminars for its ELEVATE® software at the following locations: London (March 14-15 and September 19-20), Hong Kong (November 28-29) and Sydney (December 2-3). The basic course takes place on the first day, with the advanced course on the second. For more information, contact Peters Research at Boundary House, Missenden Road, Great Kingshill, Bucks HP15 6EB, U.K.; phone: (44) 0-1494-717821; fax: (44) 0-1494-716647; e-mail: training@peters-research.com; or website: www.peters-research.com.

Brazil

EHC Brazil Launched

EHC Global announced the official launch of EHC Brazil in January. EHC Brazil plans to open the doors to its own facility in Londrina, Paraná, in May to service the needs of both new and existing customers. The company cites growth in both engineering and manufacturing sectors due to major planned developments to the country’s infrastructure leading up to the 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

Uwe Fritz is responsible for managing EHC’s new facility in Brazil. Fritz began his professional career in 1992 with a major European escalator manufacturer and holds an MBA and a diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and German. EHC expects that as a former escalator production manager, Fritz’s industry experience and knowledge of the Brazilian market will allow the company to establish and implement strategic goals, while expanding its operations.

Canada

Niagara Falls To Host Ceca In June

The 2013 Canadian Elevator Contractors Association (CECA) Annual Convention is set for June 4-8 at the Hilton Hotel & Suites in Niagara Falls, with an exhibition at nearby Fallsview Casino Resort. A golf day, President’s Reception, Kickoff Breakfast with magician Greg Frewin, Gala Dinner Dance, Annual General Meeting and educational sessions round out the events. The association invites members of its United partners (the National Association of Elevator Contractors, the International Association of Elevator Consultants and NAESA International) to attend as delegates. For more information, contact CECA at e-mail: office@ceca-acea.org or website: www.ceca-acea.org.

Adams Upgrades Website

Adams Elevator Equipment Co. has launched an upgraded Canadian website (www.adamscanada.com). The new site is intended to allow customers to search and view nearly 20,000 parts online. Among them are some of Adams’ most popular products, including GateKeeper™ light curtains, the LifeJacket® hydraulic-elevator safety system, the HatchLatch® cab-door safety latch and Rath Microtech’s Lifeline and SmartPhone. Upcoming features include online parts ordering.

ITI Hydraulik Promotes Engineering Manager

In December 2012, ITI Hydraulik in Quebec, Canada, announced the promotion of Simon Proulx-Croteau to engineering manager. He joined the company in 2010 and previously served as an engineering coordinator. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from École de Technologie Supérieure – Université du Québec.

China

Research Report on China Elevator Industry

Research and Markets has released its “2012 Deep Research Report on China Elevator Industry.” The in-depth report provides an overview of the Chinese elevator industry, elevator manufacturing technology and product specifications, statistics on 49 Chinese elevator manufacturers from 2009-2016, production supply sales and market demand, an elevator project feasibility analysis, and elevator-industry research conclusions.

Finland

Kone to Supply Cruise Vessel

KONE has signed an agreement to supply the Mein Schiff 4, a TUI Cruise vessel to be delivered in spring 2015. The new cruise ship will be the sister ship of Mein Schiff 3, also supplied by KONE, and both vessels will be built at STX Finland shipyard in Turku. KONE will provide 10 passenger and eight service elevators, two escalators and two platform lifts for people with impaired mobility. All elevators will be MiniSpace® elevators powered by KONE’s EcoDisc® hoisting machine.

India

Joint Venture EHEPL Launched

Eastern Hemisphere Engineering Pvt. Ltd. (EHEPL) has been established as a joint venture of ESKAY Elevators of Mumbai and BIOFIAL of Greece. The new industrial-manufacturing company specializes in the production of hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic high-pressure units for industrial application, such as in hydraulic lifts. It aims to connect the fragmented elevator-manufacturing groups to the global technical leaders of the industry. EHEPL can be contacted at phone: 022-28481603, fax: 022-28483220, e-mail: info@easternhemisphere.in or website: www.easternhemisphere.in.

EHEPL has entered into an agreement with BIOFIAL to be the sole representative of the company to market, sell and provide after-sales support on a pan-India level. EHEPL’s goal is to assist the elevator industry in developing extraordinary elevating solutions. The company plans on playing a big role in connecting small and medium-sized elevator manufacturers and installers across the country with advanced technology and design from across the world. BIOFIAL has produced and distributed hydraulic cylinders and systems to the requirements of ISO 9001 since 1998.

Mitsubishi Electric Joint Venture

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has announced the establishment of a joint-venture company with U.A.E.-based ETA Ascon Holding LLC. Called Mitsubishi Elevator ETA India Pvt. Ltd., the business sells, manufactures, installs and provides maintenance for elevators and escalators in India. Headquartered in Chennai, the joint venture began business in January. With approximately 1,000 employees, its ownership is 45% ETA Ascon, 40% Mitsubishi Electric, 10% Mitsubishi Corp. and 5% Mitsubishi Electric Building Techno-Service Co. Ltd.

Mitsubishi Electric has distributed elevators and escalators in the country through a local agent since 1995, installing its products primarily in the premium segment, including luxury hotels and offices. Mitsubishi Elevator ETA India has taken over the business of this local agent. In addition to expanding sales in the premium segment, the new company will enter the residential segment and others, where the demand for elevators is showing high growth. It aims to grow sales volume by strengthening its sales network across the country and offering more products that fulfill local needs. A new logistics center is planned to enable more efficient procurement of components and develop a product-supply framework. Also, an engineering center is to be established to strengthen customer solutions in terms of product specifications and technical requirements.

Engineers from Japan are to provide company employees with technical training to enhance the quality and reliability of installations and servicing. The new company’s managing director and CEO is Masahito Endo, and its deputy CEO is Bharat Vishnani.

Israel

Kone Acquires Isralift

KONE has acquired Isralift, its authorized distributor in Tel Aviv. Isralift was founded in 1961 and has distributed KONE products for more than 10 years. “Isralift has excellent knowledge of our products, and [it has] developed strong customer relationships in the market,” Pierre Liautaud, executive vice president and area director for South and West Europe, KONE, said.

Middle East

Schindler Announces Three Contracts

In January, Schindler announced three vertical-transportation contracts in the U.A.E. and Qatar, totaling 135 elevators, 87 escalators and eight moving walks. First, the company will support the planned Dubai International Airport Concourse Four, Phase Three expansion, with 45 custom elevators, 43 escalators, six moving walks and its Lobby Vision® supervisory panel display. Installation will begin in April, with completion slated for September 2014.

Schindler was named sole elevator supplier for the Twin Towers project, a mixed-use development featuring a hotel and an office block for Doha, Qatar’s West Bay district. Each tower will rise 46 floors and sit on a podium, with four basement parking levels. West Bay is one of the newest districts in Doha and home to a number of the city’s tallest skyscrapers. In addition to 32 elevators, Schindler will supply Lobby Vision and Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal destination-dispatch systems for the project. Installation is scheduled to be complete in September.

The company will also be the sole supplier of mobility solutions for the North Gate Mall and Office Buildings, a mixed-use development on one of Doha’s most strategically important arterial roadways, Al Shamal Road. Schindler will supply 58 elevators, 44 escalators and two moving walks as part of Phase One’s construction. The equipment is to be installed by June 2014.

Saudi Arabia

School Elevator Installations

In January, Kinetek Elevator Group received an order from its representative, Al Najim Saudi International Co. Ltd., for 15 hydraulic elevators to be installed in Saudi ARAMCO-built schools in the Eastern region of the country. All installations will be individually engineered to fit in the existing hoistways. The project is to be completed by summer 2013.

Turkey

Asansör Istanbul 2013 Set for April

The 13th International Asansör Istanbul 2013 Exhibition is to take place on April 4-7 in Istanbul. The international business platform is intended for the meeting of exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. The exposition also offers possibilities for attendees to catch up with exhibitors’ and technological innovations. Panels and conferences are also included in the event. Four hundred companies representing the technologies and materials from 30 countries are participating in five halls. For more information, visit website: www.asansoristanbul.com.

Mitsubishi Electric Establishes New Company

In January, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced the establishment of Mitsubishi Electric Turkey A. ¸S  ., enabling it to reach the country’s elevator market directly. Located in Istanbul, the new company will act as a base to expand and support Mitsubishi Electric’s business in Turkey and surrounding regions. Kei Uruma will serve as president of the new company.

United Kingdom

Symposium On Lift And Escalator Technologies

The third Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies is set to take place at Highgate House in Northampton on September 26-27 as part of the 2013-2014 Inaugural Lift Engineering School at the University of Northampton. The symposium is organized by the university and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. For more information, visit website: www.liftsymposium.org. 

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