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On-Air

On Air

By Sheetal Shelar Patil | September 1, 2020

Michele Suria, (MS) CEO, IGV Group, and architect Marco Piva (MP) share insights about the product line and its many facets with your author (SSP). by Sheetal Shelar Patil Italian lift systems manufacturer IGV Group and Studio Marco Piva have launched ON AIR, intended as a product line for a new generation of lifts interacting…

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10 Questions With Dr. Lee Gray

By Lee Freeland | August 1, 2020

Longtime ELEVATOR WORLD correspondent, industry author and academic talks about his history, future and passions. by Lee Freeland Dr. Lee Gray (LG), professor of Architectural History and senior associate dean of the College of Arts + Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has written more than 200 monthly articles on the history…

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An (Elevator) People Person

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2020

Doug Witham describes his rise in the industry, shares advice and talks about retirement plans. by Kaija Wilkinson Few names in the elevator industry are as recognizable as Witham. Doug Witham had a long career in which he helped grow companies including Adams, Courion and GAL/Hollister-Whitney to remarkable success, while his wife, Teresa, was longtime…

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A Prototype Robot Named “Heidi”

By Undine Stricker-Berghoff | July 1, 2020

Your author learns about new technologies at Schindler. by Undine Stricker-Berghoffphotos courtesy of Schindler Your author (USB) recently spoke to Christian Studer (CS) of Schindler in Switzerland about R&D at Schindler and the future of elevator technology. USB: Please introduce yourself. CS: I am a civil engineer with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I have…

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Challenging Tradition

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2020

Lerch Bates executives engage in a wide-ranging discussion that spans the globe. by Kaija Wilkinson Just as COVID-19 was beginning to tighten its grip on the world, your author (KW) interviewed Bart Stephan (BS), Eric Rupe (ER) and Ken Dietz (KD), CEO, president, and area vice president — West, respectively, of Lerch Bates Inc. At…

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10 Questions With Kenny Breglio

By Matthew Jackson | April 1, 2020

Longtime NYC industry figure speaks about his past, present and future with BP Elevator and ECNY. by Matthew Jackson, EW Correspondent One of the reasons ELEVATOR WORLD started our “10 Questions” series was the chance to meet some of the people behind the scenes in the elevator industry. These characters have great stories to tell…

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Into-the-Future

Into the Future

By Dr. Lee Gray | March 1, 2020

A conversation with thyssenkrupp MULTI CEO Michael Cesarz by Dr. Lee Gray, EW Correspondent photos courtesy of thyssenkrupp In November 2019, at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) World Congress in Chicago, your author (LG) had the opportunity to talk with thyssenkrupp MULTI CEO Prof. Michael Cesarz (MC) about the origins of…

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Operating From a Position of Strength

By Angela C. Baldwin | February 1, 2020

Wittur CEO Antoine Doutriaux discusses his new role, company goals. by Angela C. Baldwin During a busy day at Interlift 2019, ELEVATOR WORLD had the chance to meet and interview Wittur CEO Antoine Doutriaux (AD). At the time of the meeting, Doutriaux had been with the company a little more than 18 months, and it…

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IIoT and How It Applies to VT

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2020

Relayr executive talks about how his employer is making inroads in the industry. by Kaija Wilkinson A native of India who is based in Austin, Texas, Guneet Bedi (GB) is chief revenue officer/general manager at relayr, a company you may have noticed at recent vertical- transportation (VT) industry tradeshows. Founded in Berlin in 2013 by…

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At-the-VeryTop

At the VeryTop

By Kaija Wilkinson | January 1, 2020

Marja-Liisa Siikonen, one of Finland’s most notable female inventors, has earned industrywide respect. by Kaija Wilkinson Among Finland’s top women inventors, with more than 200 international patents to her name, Marja-Liisa Siikonen (MLS) has come a long way since growing up as a farmer’s daughter in Seinäjoki, Finland, a village approximately 400 km north of…

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