Finnish corporation gets contracts around the world and again makes prestigious list.
More Than 200 Units for Chongqing Metro
KONE is providing more than 200 units to 30 stations within Chongqing Metro Line 5, a new north-south corridor under construction in Chongqing, China. The order includes 51 MonoSpace® and six MiniSpace® elevators, and 166 TransitMasterTM escalators. Describing the metro as “a major lifeline for the city” estimated to help move approximately 15 million per month, KONE Executive Vice President for Greater China William B. Johnson said KONE worked closely with developer Chongqing Rail Transit (Group) Co., Ltd., contractor China Railway Second Bureau Electric Engineering Co., Ltd. and architect Chongqing Rail Transit Design and Research Institute to find “the best people-flow solutions.” The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Contract for 26 Elevators to Kuala Lumpur Project
KONE has won an order to provide eight MonoSpace® and 18 MiniSpace® elevators to Star Residences, a mixed-use development in Kuala Lumpur consisting of three 58-story residential towers and a retail/entertainment hub. Traveling at 5 mps, the elevators will be connected to the E-LinkTM remote-monitoring system. Located in the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC), Star Residences will have a trio of skyparks overlooking the Petronas Towers. Completion is anticipated in 2019. The developer is Alpine Return Sdn Bhd, a joint venture of Symphony Life Berhad and United Malayan Land Berhad.
Stockholm Metro Escalator Modernization
KONE has been selected to modernize and maintain 13 escalators within six stations of the Stockholm metro, strengthening an existing relationship with the Stockholm County Council. TransitMaster® escalators, which reduce energy consumption and oil use, will replace older units, and a real-time remote-monitoring system will be installed. Work is expected to start in April 2017 and be complete in mid 2018.
Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative
For the sixth year in a row, KONE has made Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative Companies list. This year, the Finnish maker of UltraRope hoisting technology ranked 56th out of 100 companies worldwide and eighth in Europe. It is the only elevator company on the list. KONE Chief Technology Officer Tomio Pihkala said urbanization and digitization are driving the company’s innovation activities, which include a new Technology and Innovation unit and a partnership with IBM.
Canny Providing 24 Escalators to Iran Mashhad Metro
In line with overseas expansion efforts, Canny Elevator has been awarded a contract to provide 24 escalators to Iran Mashhad Metro Line 1. Mashhad is the second-largest city in Iran and one of the area’s top tourist attractions. Canny stated:
“As one of the most important suppliers of public transportation, Canny Elevator has made remarkable achievements in high-standard, strict-requirement transportation systems for major urban rail transit projects both at home and abroad through comprehensive company strength, reliable product quality and efficient customer service.”