Partnership Struck for IEE Expo 2020; E2 Forum Coming to India

(l-r) Nayan Shah, president of CREDAI-MCHI and Winston Pereira, general manager of Messe Frankfurt India, shake hands.

Messe Frankfurt India Pvt. Ltd. has entered into a strategic partnership with the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India-Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (CREDAI-MCHI) for the International Elevator & Escalator (IEE) Expo 2020. Messe Frankfurt, the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organizer, said, “The alliance aims to play a key role in providing real-estate developers and builders access to intelligent transportation technologies, serving as a competitive sourcing hub.” CREDAI-MCHI is a 12,500-member-strong organization made up of Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan Region real-estate developers with 23 state- and 205 city-level chapters in India.

Messe Frankfurt already holds its E2 Forum in Milan, Italy, and Frankfurt, Germany, and will be bringing it to Mumbai in 2019. Supported by CREDAI-MCHI, India’s E2 Forum will focus on property technology. It and the IEE Expo are intended to enable developers and builders to access architectural mobility solutions that address space availability, safety and sustainable urbanization.

Subsidiary Messe Frankfurt India acquired the IEE Expo in 2016 and hosted the first edition under its arm in 2018. Now part of Messe Frankfurt’s global building-technologies portfolio, which includes 24 tradeshows on three continents, it will see a series of knowledge sessions and panel discussions. IEE Expo will also host exclusive procurement meetings for OEMs with Indian builders and real-estate developers during the fair.

President of CREDAI-MCHI Nayan Shah commented:

“With high-rise towers coming in, the most crucial part of purchase becomes a high-speed elevator. Such tie-ups will help us address safety and performance technologies. Parking today is a crucial issue, as the number of automobiles has increased exponentially; this is where Messe Frankfurt’s IEE Expo plays an important role in optimizing.”

Messe Frankfurt added that, with a growth expectancy of more than 50% in the next four years, the Indian elevator and escalator sector is scaling high, making India one of the biggest markets in the industry. For more information about the next IEE Expo, taking place at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on February 27-29, 2020, visit ieeexpo.in.messefrankfurt.com.

Changes in Sri Lanka Underway Following Incidents

Sri Lankan Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake said in February he planned to introduce a law requiring all the country’s elevators to be registered and regulated, the Daily Mirror reported. The move came on the heels of a 24-year-old man dying in an elevator accident in Colombo in late December 2018 and, later, members of Parliament becoming stuck in an elevator. Karunanayake said there are approximately 25,800 elevators operating in Sri Lanka, but none have been registered. Should other incidents occur, someone should be held responsible, he said, calling for annual registration and certificates to be displayed for all units.

The Sri Lankan government is replacing 10 elevators at the Parliamentary complex in Colombo at a cost of LKR100 million (US$557,000), News 1st reported in February. According to an earlier report in the Daily Mirror, the MPs were trapped for about 15 min. on February 7 before staff members were able to rescue them. A report on the incident noted that the car had exceeded its weight limit, but a malfunctioning switch in the 36-year- old elevator allowed it to move partially before it stopped.

The deputy speaker said new elevators using modern technology can be fixed in place of the old ones as soon as possible, and informed lawmakers that he has instructed the Parliament general secretary to proceed with the work.

thyssenkrupp’s First High- Speed Elevators in India

thyssenkrupp won its first order for high-speed elevators in India from Ruparel Realty for the 73-story Ruparel Ariana in Parel, Mumbai. The order includes nine elevators, seven of which are high-performance (HP) units. Five of the HP units are 70 stop and have travel speeds of up to 6 mps and a travel height of 244 m. These units are outfitted with a destination-dispatch system. The high-speed elevators have a noise-reducing system, energy-saving features and an advanced motor system that results in smooth braking and precise leveling. There will also be two machine- room-less elevators. Installation is expected to be complete by June. Bharat Vishnani, managing director of thyssenkrupp Elevator India, stated:

“This order sets us marching on a special tier across India. Urbanization is changing the landscape of cities, leading to multiple high rises being developed. Keeping pace with this trend, we continue to innovate and bring technologically advanced products and services into the country.”

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