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The Premier Magazine for the Building Transportation Industry in India

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Statue of Unity Focus on Futuristic Vertical Transportation


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The successful inaugural event held in Istanbul welcomed a global audience and expert presenters. by Angela C. Baldwin

by Veronica Anderson


The Need for Speed by Yash Pandya

COLUMNS 2018 CTBUH International Assigning Responsibility for 28 Conference Elevator Maintenance


Dubai and Abu Dhabi host well-attended event on “Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism” with strong VT industry support. by Dr. Lee Gray, EW Correspondent

by Yash Pandya


Schindler India’s New CSR initiative by Sheetal Shelar Patil



The Influential Home Elevator by Amish Mistry


Answering Demand by Yash Pandya


A Tale of Transformation by Sheetal Shelar Patil

Bloomberg London In this Project of the Year winner, KONE provides showcase pieces to “the most sustainable office development in the world.” submitted by Tom Wavre, KONE



FOCUS ON FUTURISTIC ON THE COVER 32 A "Monumental" Effort VERTICAL by Yash Pandya TRANSPORTATION Opening Up the Second Axis 40 FEATURES by Amish Mistry 54 IEES 2018 42 The Elevator: Inner Reflections

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A Visible Improvement by Yash Pandya


Poised for Growth by Yash Pandya


Past Tense, Future Perfect? by Kamlesh Pandya


ERP for the Elevator Business by Umesh Joshi


All That Glitters at Night by Sheetal Shelar Patil


Editor’s Overview




Inside India News


Regional News


Product Spotlight




Source Directory


Advertisers Index

Fast, Visionary by Kaija Wilkinson





ELEVATOR WORLD India is a quarterly magazine published by ­Elevator World, Inc., Mobile, Alabama (U.S.) and Virgo Publications, Bangalore (India). Virgo Publications is a sister organization of Virgo Communications, organizers of the Global Lift and Escalator Expo. Elevator World, Inc. is the premier publisher for the international building transportation industry. Since the inception of ELEVATOR WORLD magazine in 1953, the company has ­ expanded core products to include ELEVATOR WORLD India; an ­extensive network of websites, newsletters (including ElenetŽ), and magazines; and the SourceŠ, the most inclusive industry directory. Publishers – Anitha Raghunath, Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick, T. Bruce MacKinnon International Publishing Co. – Elevator World, Inc. Indian Publishing Co. – Virgo Publications Editorial International Managing Editor – Angela C. Baldwin Consulting Editor, India – Vijay Pandya EW Editorial Staff (U.S.) – Lee Freeland, Kaija Wilkinson, Matt Irvin EW India Correspondent - M.J. Mohamed Iqbal Contributors – Sheetal Shelar Patil, Yash Pandya, Amish Mistry, Kamlesh Pandya, Umesh Joshi, Dr. Lee Gray Printing, Distribution and Commercial Operations Commercial Directors – Anitha Raghunath and G. Raghu (India) Advertising Sales and Marketing Anitha Raghunath and G. Raghu (India) – T. Bruce MacKinnon, Lesley K. Hicks, Scott O. Brown, Cleo Brazile (International) Brad O’Guynn, Caleb Givens (Marketing) Susan Crigler (Education Products) Production and Internet EW Staff (U.S.) – Lillie McWilliams, Christen Robinson, Claire Nicholls, Khalid Al-Shethry Administration Anitha Raghunath (India) J. Scott Eastman (U.S.) ELEVATOR WORLDŽ and ELEVATOR WORLD India™ are registered trademarks and all rights reserved. CopyrightŠ 2019. For permission to reprint any portion of this magazine, please write to the publisher at Elevator World, Inc., P. O. Box 6507, Mobile, Alabama 36660, USA or at Virgo Publications, Virgo House, 250 Amarjyoti Layout, Domlur Extension, Bangalore, India 560071. ELEVATOR WORLD India is published in the interest of the members of the elevator industry in India, to improve communication within that industry and to further continuing education of members of that industry. ELEVATOR WORLD India publishes articles by contributing authors as a stimulus to thinking and not directives. ELEVATOR WORLD India publishes this material without accepting responsibility for its absolute accuracy, but with hopes that the vast majority of it will have validity for the field. The ideas expressed therein should be tempered by recognized elevator engineering practices, standards, codes and guidelines. Publication of any article or advertisement should not be deemed as an endorsement by ELEVATOR WORLD India, ELEVATOR WORLD, the publishers at Elevator World, Inc. or Virgo Publications. Printed by Sri Sudhindra Offset Process, No.27-28, 8th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore - 560003, Karnataka, India. ELEVATOR WORLD India will be published quarterly in 2019: February 16, May 16, August 16 and November 16. Advertising and subscription information is available at elevatorworldindia.com. Send company updates, announcements, press releases, product launches and article contributions to ewieditor@gmail.com.

Editor’s Overview The Future Awaits; Just Look up by Vijay Pandya When reports about the space elevator, planned to be built by 2050, first appeared, most adults, while excited by the prospect of traveling in one someday, were skeptical. Everyone tried hard to figure out if such a futuristic concept could be implemented at all and questioned that, even if such a “mission impossibleâ€? task were within the realm of probability, exactly how did they expect to go about it? However, when the news was shared with children, they readily accepted it without batting an eyelid. Their reasoning was that after seeing the flying elevator in the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, pretty much anything was par for the course. This brought back memories of reading comic books during childhood, including the Phantom series, where he creates a treehouse in the jungle for his family with a “basket elevatorâ€? for easy access. Taking this forward during discussions with experts on green architecture at a recent event, the possibility of designing elevators with natural materials came up, and the responses were surprisingly positive. Some futuristic concepts like an elevator that can move horizontally, as well as vertically, or elevators that go higher and faster than once-accepted limits, either already exist or are being implemented in other countries. India, too, looks forward to soon having landmark real-estate projects that would incorporate these advances. At the same time, using elevators to access religious monuments that once entailed a laborious and time-consuming effort is considered futuristic by today’s senior citizens, who have seen their parents undergo such ordeals. Similarly, in the new Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 era, getting elevator maintenance done by OEMs at a higher cost than the cheaper fly-by-night operators is expected to be a challenge for housing societies once the building is handed over. Using high-tech floor-selection panels and the space above them as a platform for advertising to generate revenues is considered a futuristic solution. As of now, all eyes are on the upcoming general elections, since the results could have major implications for the real-estate and vertical-transportation industries. Let’s wait and watch!   đ&#x;Œ?

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2019 February 9th International Symposium on Elevator & Escalator Iran Tehran, Iran February 21 For more information or to register, contact organizer at (98) 9126800295, fax: (98) 2144540595 or website: www.kt-uast.ac.ir.

March Eurasia AsansĂśr Fair CNR Expo Istanbul, Turkey March 20-23 For more information, contact organizer CNRExpo at www.asansorfuari.com. AsansĂśr Istanbul TĂźyap BylikdĂźzĂź Fair and Congress Center Istanbul, Turkey March 21-24 For more information on the 16th iteration of the biannual event, visit website: asansoristanbul.com.

For more information, contact organizer Wahyu Promo Citra via phone: (62) 21-7892938, fax: (62) 21-7890647 or email: info@wpcitra.co.id, or visit ina-liftescalator.com.

August Global Lift & Escalator Expo Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa August 27-29 For more information or to register, contact organizer at info@virgo-comm. com or visit www.gleexpo.com.

September NAEC 70th Annual Convention and Exposition Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & DeVos Place Grand Rapids, MI September 16-19 For more information, contact Alesa McArthur of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) at toll free: (800) 900-6232, phone: (770) 760-9660 or email: Alesa@naec.org or visit website: www.naecconvention.com.

April IAEC Forum Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel Reno, NV April 30-May 3 For more information, contact International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC) Executive Director Sheila Swett at sheila@iaec.org or visit www.iaec.org.

May Ascen.tec Mediterranean Exhibition Center Peania, Greece May 10-12 This new international exhibition for elevator technologies is organized by Technoekdotiki/T-Press. Email the organizer at tpress@tpress.gr and find more information at ascen-tec.gr/en.

July Indonesia Lift & Escalator Expo Grand City Convex Surabaya, Indonesia July 10-12


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Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Highgate House Northampton, U.K. September 18-19 For more information or to submit papers, visit www.liftsymposium.org.

October Interlift 2019 Messe Augsburg Augsburg, Germany October 15-18 For more information or to register, visit www.interlift.de. CTBUH 10th World Congress Radisson Blu in the Aqua Tower, plus other venues in the city Chicago, IL October 28-November 2 Focusing on the theme “50 Forward; 50 Back,� CTBUH will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the event explores the most significant advancements in tall buildings and cities from the last 50

years, while inquiring into the future of cities 50 years from now. For more information, visit ctbuh2019.com.

2020 February International Elevator & Escalator Expo Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre Mumbai, India February 27-29 For more information or to reserve a booth, contact organizer Messe Frankfurt at website: ieeexpo.in.messefrankfurt.com.

May Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Shanghai, China May 4-5 For more information or to submit papers, visit www.liftsymposium.org. World Elevator & Escalator Expo 2020 China National Exhibition and Convention Center Shanghai, China May 6-9 For more information, visit website: www.elevator-expo.com.

September Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Highgate House Northampton, U.K. September 23-24 For more information or to submit papers, visit www.liftsymposium.org.

November International Sourcing Exposition for Elevators and Escalators Hall 4 Bombay Exhibition Centre Mumbai, India November 5-7 This new international exhibition will be “a pure industry eventâ€? organized by TAK Consulting. For more information, contact TAK Mathews at phone: (91) 9820180551 or email: tak.mathews@takconsulting.net, or the event sales team at phone: (91) 8697589165 or email: isee@isee.co.in. đ&#x;Œ?

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Engineering Innovations Vertical-transportation solutions for world’s tallest statue, suspension bridge

World’s Tallest Statue With Innovative Elevator System Debuts After nearly four years of construction, at 182 m tall the world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, debuted in November in Gujarat State, various news outlets, including dezeen, reported. Created by Michael Graves Architecture and Design and designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar, the statue depicts Sardar Patel, a native of Gujarat who was instrumental in freeing India from British Colonial rule in 1947. Patel’s nickname was the Iron Man, and the sculpture was built using tens of thousands of tons of scrap metal. Michael Graves Principal James Wisniewski said designing elevators to carry 15,000 visitors a day up to a 153-m-high viewing platform was among the project’s main challenges. The team designed the elevator towers in a staggered fashion within the structure. On November 13, 2018, government officials, security staff and members of the media got stuck twice in the elevator, according to The Economic Times, which noted it also malfunctioned on inauguration day. The incidents were attributed to overloading.

Statue of Unity (left), four times the size of the Statue of Liberty; image from Wikimedia Commons by Anna Frodesiak

Signature Bridge, “Engineering Spectacle” With Elevators, Opens Fourteen years after it was proposed, Signature Bridge over the Yamuna River in northwest Delhi opened to the public with a laser-light show in early November 2018, Scoop Whoop reported. Described as a “civil engineering spectacle” by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the 575-m suspension bridge is outfitted with a 154-m-high glass viewing box and four elevators, each with a 50-person capacity. In addition to serving as a tourist attraction with its viewing box and selfie spots, the bridge aims to reduce travel time between north and northeast Delhi.

Signature Bridge over the Yamuna River in northwest Delhi; photo by TommenJose


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Accessibility New equipment eases travel for tourists and commuters alike.

New Delhi Subway to Ease Airport Access A new subway, complete with moving walks, will ease access to domestic terminals at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, The Times of India reported in November 2018. Currently, passengers with their luggage who use the Delhi Metro Rail Corp.’s (DMRC) Magenta Line to access the airport have to trek on foot from the station to the terminal, a walk that includes crossing a busy road. The addition of a 370-m-long subway with moving walks, elevators and escalators — set to open in May — will eliminate the long walk. The new subway will be the first in the city to have moving walks. “Commuters traveling to and from the terminal will be able to directly enter and exit the metro station using the subway,” said Anju Dayal, DMRC executive director of corporate communications. “With the help of elevators and escalators, they will have seamless access to the airport.” Construction of the subway has been a challenge, as workers encountered hard rock during excavation. Once open, the subway will connect the arrival and departure areas of the domestic terminal with Gate No. 3 of the metro station. “There will be two entry/exit points — one each at arrival and departure of the airport terminal,” said Dayal. “Each entry/exit point will have two escalators and two elevators, along with a staircase.” He added that the elevators will be larger than usual, with a capacity of 26 people.

Himachal Pradesh Welcomes Costliest, Largest Lift to Date Tourists and locals traveling between Cart and Mall roads — the lowest and highest points, respectively — in Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla welcomed a new 26-person capacity elevator in early December 2018, The Tribune reported. It is the costliest and largest elevator in the state and brings the total of elevators in the lift complex to three, capable of carrying 40 passengers at once. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who inaugurated the unit, said it is outfitted with an emergency alarm, a music system, a telephone and a clock. The lift complex boasts a sheltered corridor that will ease travel during the rainy season.

The lift complex linking Cart and Mall roads; image from cityseeker.com

Metro Railway Installing User-Friendly Escalators at Stations Officials at Metro Railway in Kolkata are in the process of installing 16 new escalators that will feature a longer approach at the bottom to benefit elderly and physically challenged riders, The Times of India reported in December 2018. Five of the new escalators were to go to the Dum Dum station, the first of which was expected to be in operation by January, while the other 11 were planned for other stations. All the new units will be installed by July, said Metro Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Indrani Banerjee. The user-friendly design of the escalators was chosen because of complaints Metro Railway received about the existing units. “Elderly passengers and those who are physically challenged have complained that they find it difficult to use the existing escalators, as the lower-most steps emerge abruptly,” said Banerjee. “In the new ones, the commuters will get some time after entering the space between the two walls. This will be like the escalators at the airports.” Eight of the new escalators will be between platforms and mezzanine levels: one at Rabindra Sarobar, two at Netaji Bhavan, Continued


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20 New Lifts a Relief for MHADA Residents in Mumbai The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will install 20 new lifts over the next three years at a 20-building complex in Mumbai’s Pratiksha Nagar Sion neighborhood, where most of the lifts are decades old and use parts no longer available, the Mumbai Mirror reported. MHADA said tenders have been let, with the first phase involving new lifts in seven buildings. Residents, many of whom are elderly or handicapped, applauded the move, stating malfunctioning elevators have caused them to miss appointments and postpone errands.

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Railways New VT equipment being installed at stations across the country.

85 Escalators, 59 Lifts for Western Railway Corridor Western Railway Divisional Manager Sunil Kumar said he will fast track projects aimed at easing passenger flow on the Churchgate-Virar suburban Mumbai railway corridor, including installation of 85 escalators and 59 lifts, The Times of India reported. Plans also include 34 wider foot overbridges (FoBs), less-cluttered access routes and more than 25 new ticket counters. Kumar announced his intentions for 2019 after assuming charge of the divisional office in Mumbai in December 2018.

Four New Escalators for Bhayandar Railway Station Indian Railways has approved four additional escalators for Bhayandar Railway Station on the western line of the Mumbai suburban rail network, The Free Press Journal reported. As of December 2018, three escalators were functional at platforms 1, 2, 5 and 6, with the additional units to be installed on the north and south ends of an FoB on the west side. The new escalators will serve platforms 1, 2 and 6. Completion is anticipated this fiscal year.

50 New VT Units for MRTS Stations Throughout Chennai The Chennai division of Southern Railway approved 50 new vertical-transportation (VT) units — 37 escalators and 13 elevators — for Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) stations throughout the metropolitan area, News Today reported in December 2018. At the time, three escalators had gone into service at the Chintadripet station and one escalator at the Chekpauk station. In addition, the division stated 33 elevators had been provided at 15 MRTS stations from Chennai Beach to Velacheri, which have a daily footfall of more than 200,000 passengers.

Pune Station Getting Five New Escalators by February Pune Railway Station is set to get five new escalators, all connected to a new FoB, by February, the Hindustan Times reported. In December 2018, the station had only one escalator. Central Railways spokesman Manoj Jhawar said construction of the escalator foundations began in November 2018, with the first four units set to become operational in January. The last escalator is expected to go into service in February. There will be two escalators at the main entrance and two at the back of the station near the administrative office. The fifth escalator will connect platforms two and three to the FoB.


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Bhayandar Railway Station is on the western line of Mumbai suburban railway; photo by superfast1111.

Four Escalators, Two Lifts Among Upgrades at Kottayam Station Four escalators and two lifts are coming to Kottayam railway station, part of improvements that involve 68 stations in Indian Railways’ Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad divisions, The Hindu reported in October. Joining new information boards, passengeramenity counters, seating and tactile flooring for the handicapped, the units will be part of a multilevel parking facility. Escalators will be at the Ernakulam end of an FoB, and elevators on the first and second platforms.

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Accidents News from the Hindustan Times: entrapments are fatal for children in Mumbai, Pune.

Pune Girl Dies After Being Trapped in Lift Door A seven-year-old girl died after becoming stuck in an elevator door between the second and third floors in an apartment building in the Ghorpade Peth area of Pune. The incident happened on October 20, 2018, when the girl was traveling alone on the “up� elevator, and it became stuck. Police officers who broke down the door said she suffered back injuries and was unconscious. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she later died. The death was recorded as accidental.

Lift Mishap Results in Tragedy in Mumbai A seven-year-old boy was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital after being dragged and crushed in a lift mishap in the Vasai neighborhood of Mumbai on January 5. The boy had been playing with his brother and another child when the trio boarded the elevator at the ground floor to travel back up to the family flat when his leg became stuck in the door as it closed. Police said the elevator in the five-year-old building was unbranded and lacked an attendant. “We are going to question the building society chairman and maintenance company as to whether the lift had any permission from the Fire Brigade and Vasai Civic Body,� Senior Police Inspector Prkash Birajdar said.

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Spain’s Orona Expands Relationship With India’s Gilco Global India’s Gilco Global Pvt. Ltd. has become the authorized distributor in India for Orona’s 3G energy-efficient elevator product line, Newsheads reported. Gilco Director Aman Moudgil said Orona products’ versatility, code compliance, energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs make them competitive in the Indian market. Orona is a leading vertical-transportation equipment manufacturer in Spain, and its products can be found around the world operating in the harshest conditions. As the exclusive distributor for other Orona products, Gilco reports it has “several operational lifts serving [its existing customers] with ĂŠlan.â€?

Johnson Lifts/SJEC Supplying 205 Escalators to MMRC Stations Mumbai Metro Rail Corp. (MMRC) has awarded a contract to Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd. India and M/s SJEC Corp. China Consortium to design, manufacture, supply, install, test and commission 205 escalators at 14 stations on Metro Line 3 (MML-3), Railway Technology reported. The project also includes installation of technologies such as variable-voltage/variable-frequency regenerative drives and radio-frequency-identification systems for web-based monitoring and maintenance. MMRC reports it had commissioned the last of the 10 tunnel-boring machines for MML-3, which will link the Cuffe Parade business district in south Mumbai to Seepz in the north-central portion of the metropolitan area and involve 26 underground stations. Japan International Cooperation Agency is providing a loan for more than half of the US$1.8-billion cost.   đ&#x;Œ?

Regional News

Business New ventures headline important announcements from around the world.

Hitachi Elevator Saudi Arabia Launched Hitachi Ltd. has launched Hitachi Elevator Saudi Arabia Ltd., a joint venture with Saudi Arabian investment firm Mayar Holding Co., Arab News reported. Hiroshi Nasu is managing director of Hitachi Elevator Saudi Arabia, which offers vertical-transportation products and maintenance services. The source noted Saudi Arabia is a growing market, with average annual demand of 7,000 units in 2013-2017. More than 80% of orders came from cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca and Madinah. Notable Saudi Arabian contracts Hitachi has handled include delivering seven 360-mpm elevators to the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski Riyadh, the thirdtallest building in Saudi Arabia.

Elevator World to Begin Magazine for Europe Elevator World, Inc. will publish its first issue of ELEVATOR WORLD Europe in February. The magazine is joined by Elevator World’s existing 4,000-subscriber European newsletter, EURONEWS, and new website (www.elevatorworld.eu). It will be published bimonthly, with the print edition consisting of a paid/ controlled circulation published in English with German, Italian, Spanish and French translations available in digital format for free. Initial print distribution will be to 2,500 industry professionals who work in or do business in Europe. The magazine will also be supported by a digital edition, including an app for Apple and Android devices. “EW Europe looks to play a vital role in helping companies grow their business, connecting the people in this sector, and disseminating trustworthy news and information to this

growing market,” explained President of Elevator World T. Bruce MacKinnon. Contact Bülent Yılmaz (bulent@elevatorworld.com) for editorial submissions and editorial and advertising inquiries within Europe. Those outside of Europe may contact Angela C. Baldwin (editorial@elevatorworld.com) for editorial and MacKinnon (tbruce@elevatorworld.com) for advertising.

Malaysian Company Confident Despite Government Cutbacks The managing director of EITA Resources Bhd, an elevator and escalator supplier headquartered in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, is confident the company is diversified enough to withstand a government plan to postpone work and cut costs on expansion of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, for which EITA was to supply more than 400 units, The Edge reported. The completion date of LRT3 in the Klang Valley, for which EITA was to supply 95 elevators and 220 escalators, has been extended from 2020 to 2024, and costs are expected to be slashed on another transit project for which EITA was to supply more than 100 units. EITA Managing Director Fu Wing Hoong said the company’s revenue is strong, supported by work related to high-rise commercial and residential construction, a growing maintenance portfolio and diversification into power-substation construction.

Schindler Debuts Autonomous, Self-Climbing Elevator Robot As part of a robotics research collaboration with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Schindler announced its Robotics Installation System for Elevators (R.I.S.E) on October 17, 2018. Displayed at the CTBUH 2018 Conference in Dubai on October 21-25, the autonomous, self-climbing robot is intended to install elevators in high-rise buildings. The technology was recently used to install several elevators in tall buildings in Europe. R.I.S.E was developed to eliminate the repetitive, physically demanding work of drilling multiple holes in concrete walls to set anchor bolts for guide rails with greater precision. According to Schindler, R.I.S.E is “paving the way for greater automation and digitization Continued


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VFA Forum Call for Papers VFA-Interlift e.V. has announced the VFA Forum, to be held at Interlift 2019 on October 15-18 at Messe Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany. The lecture forum for exhibitors and visitors of the larger event will allow presentations of approximately 20 min. long followed by discussion. Main topics this year are: ♦ New products and services ♦ Development and implementation of standardization ♦ International markets: U.K. after Brexit, India’s future market, Turkey as the gateway to the Middle East, Poland and South Africa ♦ Elevator 4.0: smart handling of smart elevators and changed business models ♦ Building information modeling for the elevator: new roles, processes and data ♦ The elevator and its users: design meets emotions ♦ Qualification of personnel in the elevator industry The deadline for lecture submission is April 12 and should include speaker names, company/institution, communication data and a 10-line summary of content in German and English. Presentations will be published on the VFA website (www.vfa-interlift.de) after the show.

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Hyundai Elevator won the contract for what it says are South Korea’s “first jump-elevators.” Seventy-two elevators are being installed at the construction site of Hillstate Songdo the Terrace in Incheon, including 62 units with a travel speed of 210 mpm and nine jump-elevators. The luxury high-rise residential and commercial complex is composed of eight 53-story buildings holding a total of 2,784 apartments. The units will lift construction workers and materials throughout the framework construction phase and be converted into a passenger elevator system once the building is built.

Sixteen thyssenkrupp elevators and two escalators were installed in the 200-m-tall United Tower in Manama, Bahrain, representing the company’s largest order to date in the country and serving as the latest example of its engagement in the Arabian peninsula. With a striking, twisting shape, United Tower houses 26,000 m2 of office space and the 263-room Wyndham Grand Manama in 19 floors, including a 900-m2 ballroom on the top floor offering impressive sea views. The elevators serving the tower have a maximum speed of 3.5 mps. thyssenkrupp has had a presence in the Middle East for 25 years, providing vertical-transportation equipment for the Dubai, Doha, Cairo, Riyadh and Madinah airports and the metro systems of Cairo, Riyadh and Doha.

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Regional News

Turkey Major contracts landed for Istanbul airport and Izmir hospital.

EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR WINNERS thyssenkrupp’s Largest Airport Contract for Istanbul Grand thyssenkrupp Elevator announced in October 2018 it completed its largest-ever airport contract for the new Istanbul Grand Airport, delivering more than 140 passenger boarding bridges and four elevators in just 27 months. Otis provided a large number of elevators and escalators for this project. The thyssenkrupp technology will help provide a “seamless boarding experience” to approximately 200 million people each year in Turkey’s largest infrastructure investment to date. When complete, Istanbul Grand Airport will have six runways and be the world’s largest airport. Phase one opened in October 2018 with two runways and a terminal that can accommodate 90 million people per year. The project posed a number of challenges, including a 50 km2 construction site, across which 33,000 workers were operating. thyssenkrupp Elevator has built a strong portfolio in the Middle East, including advanced technology installed at Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Jeddah.

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Hyundai Elevator Wins Izmir Hospital Project Hyundai Elevator Turkey has been contracted for a general hospital project from GAMA and TURKELER. The company will install 114 elevators and 20 escalators the Izmir Bayrakli Entegre Saglik Kampus in Izmir. GAMA is a major Turkish engineering firm, and TURKELER is a large construction company with close ties to the Turkish government. Installation is to be complete in January 2020.


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ELEVATOR WORLD is pleased to report the winners of the 2019 Project of the Year contest. All winning projects were featured in the EW January 2019 issue and will be featured in EW India throughout the year beginning on p.78 of this issue. The winners are (with category): “Bloomberg London” submitted by KONE plc, Great Britain (Elevators, New Construction); “The Riverside Centre” submitted by Norman Disney & Young, KONE Elevators & GPT (Elevators, Modernization); “The Avenues’ Phase IV” submitted by AG Melco Elevator Kuwait Co. W.L.L. (Escalators, New Construction); “Los Angeles Central Library” submitted by Los Angeles Central Library and KONE (Escalators, Modernization); “Urban Accessibility of Santander” submitted by thyssenkrupp Elevadores, S.L.U. (Moving Walks); “A Scenic View: Patuxent State Park Observation Tower” submitted by Hill Hiker, Inc. (Inclined Elevators); “Pembroke 1201 Lobby Entrance” submitted by Handi-Lift, Inc. (Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts); “Artisan Elevator” submitted by Nationwide Lifts (PrivateResidence Elevators); and “Bran Castle Time Tunnel” submitted by ELMAS (Special-Purpose Lifts). Winners in each category have been presented with trophies commemorating their outstanding work. Complete entry details for the 2020 Project of the Year contest can be found at www.elevatorworld.com/ poy. The submission deadline is September 30. Two new categories join the contest in 2020: Elevators, Upgrades & Repairs and Escalators, Upgrades & Repairs.

Regional News

Africa Expo set for South Africa this August; Morocco getting a new tallest building.

GLE Expo to Highlight VT Market The African market will take center stage when the Global Lift & Escalator (GLE) Expo debuts at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 27-29, organizer Virgo Communications and Exhibition Pvt. Ltd. has announced. The continent’s infrastructure market is expected to reach US$24.3 billion by 2020, and Virgo noted the demand for high-quality retail, housing, office and industrial space continues to outstrip supply. In response, African leaders have made infrastructure growth a pillar of their development strategies. GLE Expo 2019 Africa will present a platform for elevator, escalator, components and accessories manufacturers to showcase their products and technologies as they look to take advantage of Africa’s fast-growing economies, rapid urbanization and expanding population. Property investors and corporate occupiers have already begun making huge investments in the infrastructure market of the continent, the organizer said, adding that participants will have the opportunity to explore Africa’s market potential, engage with prospective buyers, widen knowledge, network with regional players and expand businesses to this continent. Virgo has already secured the participation of several industry leaders, such as Schindler and South African Elevator Co. (SAEC), and the China Elevator Association has reserved a large pavilion for its member companies.

Visitors fill an exhibition hall during a recent GLE Expo.


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“Virgo’s vision is to create a unique and ideal platform for the global players from the elevator and escalator industry to explore every potential market in the world,” said Virgo Director Anitha Raghunath. “Thus, after successful shows in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the expo has been introduced in the African market.” Virgo Communications has been in the exhibition industry for more than 14 years, organizing numerous vertical-transportation (VT) expos and technical forums. Along with Elevator World, Inc., Virgo co-publishes ELEVATOR WORLD India. For more details, visit gleexpo.com.

Contract Awarded for Bank of Africa, Morocco’s Future Tallest Brussels-based BESIX Group S.A., its subsidiary Six Construct and TGCC signed a contract in Dubai in October 2018 to build the Bank of Africa Tower, which, at 250 m tall, will be the tallest building in Morocco, BESIX announced. With a striking elliptical profile by architects Rafael de la Hoz and Hakim Benjelloun, the structure will house offices, a hotel and apartments and be designed to the highest international green-building standards. A viewing terrace is planned at the top. The building is part of a growing arts-andculture district in Morocco, and had been set to break ground in November with completion anticipated in May 2022.

Bank of Africa Tower by BESIX, Six Construct and TGCC; design by Rafael de la Hoz and Hakim Benjelloun

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Regional News

China KONE shows off giant project; Xuzhou tower makes its mark.

KONE Shares Service Success Story KONE recently shared a story on its website, kone.com/en, about how its maintenance contract with Vanke is helping elevators run smoothly in a 119-building residential development, Tianjin Vanke Wonderland, east of Beijing. Home to thousands of residents, the development is served by 227 MonoSpaceŽ elevators maintained by six KONE technicians living onsite who are on call 24/7. The technicians have daily meetings and aim to be onsite within 15 min. of an equipment malfunction. Head of the KONE maintenance team Qiao Lijao said one of the building’s sprinkler systems recently leaked into an elevator, and the team used industrial-sized blow dryers to make sure the problem was alleviated quickly.

previously announced Schindler would provide 55 elevators at Suning Plaza (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 3rd Quarter, 2014). Stephen Ho, Hyatt Hotels Corp. president, Greater China, said the company is “excited to expand our brand footprintâ€? in the growing region. đ&#x;Œ?

KONE technicians are on call 24/7 at Tianjin Vanke Wonderland.

Hyatt Opens in Skyscraper in Jiangsu Province The 344-room Hyatt Regency Xuzhou opened in October 2018 on floors 43-59 of the 873-ft.-tall International Finance Center in the Suning Plaza development in the central business district of Xuzhou. The hotel includes four restaurants, 8,022 sq. ft. of event space on the fifth floor and meeting rooms of various sizes. Xuzhou is in Jiangsu Province in the Yangtze River Delta Region, and it was


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Codes & Standards

Assigning Responsibility for Elevator Maintenance Uttar Pradesh needs the draft Lift Act to be studied and implemented as specific norms that can be cited for adherence. by Yash Pandya


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The state government, hence, is going to make the guidelines for the Lift Act, and it will be formed within 90 days.” Vikas Bhasin, managing director, Saya Homes, felt: “If the Lift Act falls into place, then the local authority is bound to use it and take fitting action in case of any sort of lift failures or mishaps. It’s a normal facet in almost all the multistoried towers with over 100 flats that have only one working lift due to the absence of regulations. Neither proper maintenance, nor the proper installations of lifts have been completed by the builders. The implementation of the Lift Act will bind the authority to take necessary actions and facilitate the residents.” Nikhil Gupta, director, Ajnara India Ltd., pointed out: “Noida [is] one of the major cities with industrial development, and with the city’s high rise in population and buildings along with the upcoming Jewar Airport, the need for the installation of working and high-quality lifts is mandatory. Builders should install lifts [with] automatic rescue devices and service lifts for emergency. Presently, there is no law to hold the builders or the association responsible, but with the Gupta


The National Capital Region (NCR) is well-known for its abundance of real estate with structures of varying heights incorporating a range of elevators that pose challenges to users due to varying stages of disrepair. The lack of regulation meant that passing the buck or conveying inability to hold anyone accountable resulted in people climbing long flights of stairs after glaring at the “out of order” signs hung at the ground-floor level. For many, learning that the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Public Works Department has finally prepared a draft of the Lift Act and forwarded it to the state administration for immediate implementation was a bittersweet pill to swallow. Would the process be sped up, or will there be a lengthy waiting period? Would the norms be specific enough to ensure there is no gray area when it comes to assigning responsibility for elevator maintenance? Commenting on the present state of the Lift Act, Deepak Kapoor, director, Gulshan Homes, said in December 2018: “It’s been long that the residents of Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad have been demanding an act to govern installation of lifts. With over 2,000 high-rise buildings in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, it is very important for the implementation of an act that ensures safety for the residents, in the case of any mishaps in the high-rise apartment complexes. The scuffle for a UP Lift Act has been going on since 2015, after a number of lift issues in the high-rise buildings.

1) The number of lifts in an apartment building must be defined by the number of people who are residing, working and visiting it. There have been cases where a building that has 200 apartments and close to 800 people potentially staying has only four passenger lifts. 2) The specifications, including dimensions, capacity, speed and safety measures, must be explicitly stated and implemented. 3) Response time for emergency calls in case of lift failures should be clearly defined. A centralized emergency number linked to a centralized team must also be available in all lifts. 4) Lift lifespan should be defined and strictly adhered to. The supplying company should be accountable for its maintenance. Yash Pandya reflects the changing paradigm of new-age journalism, which is part storytelling, part statistical data and part what the future might hold. Though based in Mumbai, he has traveled abroad extensively and considers himself a “global writer” who is not constrained by geographical boundaries.



implementation of the Lift Act, the offenders can be held responsible, and the people can breathe a sigh of relief.” Harvinder Sikka, managing director, Sikka Group, explained: “With the number of lift mishaps that has been going on in the high-rise apartment complexes, the wait for the implementation of the Lift Act in UP [will] soon come to an end. The state government is going to make guidelines for the act, and the same will be formed within 90 days. The execution of the act will facilitate the residents and authorities to complain and take proper actions against the offenders. The number of lifts as compared to the number of flats is very low. The builders must maintain the lift-to-flat ratio and ensure proper installation of high-quality lifts in the buildings.” Interior Designer Abhineet Seth, founder and CEO of complete space transformation company Abodekraftz, shared his expectations from the Lift Act:

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Schindler India’s New CSR initiative Mobile Library Bus for village children inaugurated with Door Step School NGO

by Sheetal Shelar Patil An emphasis on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is something that sets certain brands apart. The type of initiatives identified and supported also reflect the quantum of thought that goes into the process. Increasing access to education in rural areas is a goal that has far-reaching implications for India’s future, and certain brands have focused on that while planning their CSR initiatives. The “mission to impart education” received a further impetus in the new year when Schindler India inaugurated and launched its CSR Mobile Library Bus initiative on January 4, 2019, along with the Door Step School non-governmental organization (NGO) in Chakan, Pune. The bus is a mobile library that goes to villages where students have dropped out of school to encourage education among them and make them want to go to school. It is equipped with educators who teach the children inside the bus while it is parked outside the village. They educate and also engage with the parents about

With this effort, we believe that we not only create value for our stakeholders, but also for society at large. —Schindler India CEO Ashok Ramachandran 30

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the importance of sending their children to school. Schindler India CEO Ashok Ramachandran said: “We at Schindler India have always strived to recognize and act upon the importance of education, especially among young people. With this unique CSR Door Step School initiative, we endeavor to make a positive impact on the communities in which we live and operate. With more than one billion users across the globe that rely on Schindler’s mobility solutions every day, we are very humbled to inaugurate and introduce this innovative CSR initiative. With this effort, we believe that we not only create value for our stakeholders, but also for society at large. We believe that the ability to give back to society is an empowering one that will make all the difference in the years to come.” Present for the inaugural event were members of the Schindler India leadership team Ramachandran, Chief Peoples Officer Shubha Arora, Chief Supply Chain Officer Anuj Datta, Senior Vice President, New Installation Business Vaibhav Pitale, Head of Field Operations South Arun Manikya and Head of Field Operations West Rohit Parulekar. The Schindler India CSR team has consistently worked to make a difference through its initiatives in the field of education. Its achievements have been recognized in many forums. Schindler India’s awards include:

(l-r) Ramachandran and Pitale with the Mobile Library Bus

Sheetal Shelar Patil works with a content solutions agency, overseeing weekend sections, special features, news columns, magazines and theme pages for one of India’s leading Englishlanguage daily newspapers, as well as working with several business-to-business publications. A holder of a diploma course in journalism, Patil previously worked in administrative positions with various real-estate, hospitality and media enterprises.

♦ An honor for “support and improvement in quality of education” at the fourth CSR Leadership Awards ♦ Honored at the 26th edition of the Global HR Excellence Awards for “outstanding contribution toward the cause of education” ♦ Awarded the Asian Customer Engagement Forum for its Igniting Minds scholarship program for best education scholarship program initiative for sustainable communities in urban and rural areas.

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Otis and Johnson Lifts share their experience providing the transportation system for the tallest statue in the world.



by Yash Pandya mong the important monuments pilots have been recently told to announce to enhance awareness of India’s cultural heritage by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the Statue of Unity is a massive structure. The world’s tallest statue standing 182 m, spread over 20,000 m2 and built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T), it is dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first deputy prime minister and leader of independent India. It is erected on the river island Sadhu Bet in the state of Gujarat, facing the Narmada Dam. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi laid the statue’s foundation stone in 2013 when he was chief minister of Gujarat. The iron needed for the statue and surrounding structure was collected from 500,000 Indian farmers who donated their used farming instruments, which led to its name, Statue of Unity. However, the tallest statue in the world is not just a structure to be gazed upon from afar. One of its key attractions is the viewing gallery, accessible by Otis elevators. The gallery, with space to accommodate up to 200 people at a time, offers a view of the Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, which also form the point where Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra meet. Visitors also enjoy a distant view of the Sardar Sarovar Reservoir and the 12-km-long Garudeshwar Reservoir. In the lobby at the statue’s entrance, a museum and audio-visual gallery feature


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The Statue of Unity is visible from space; image courtesy of the Prime Minister’s Office of India.

Due to the remote location, there were many challenges with respect to accommodation, food and transportation for the installation and testing teams. — Johnson Lifts Executive Director V. Jagannathan

presentations on the life of Patel and the tribal culture of Gujarat. “Apart from being a symbol of national pride, the Statue of Unity is a tribute to India’s engineering skills and projectmanagement abilities,” said L&T CEO and Managing Director S.N. Subrahmanyan. The statue is served by 10 Otis elevators, including a high-speed SkyRise™ unit that runs at 4 mps. Ten escalators and eight moving walks were provided by Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd. While there were a few elevator hiccups during and shortly after the 2018 inauguration, it only underlined a recurring problem faced by vertical transportation (VT) — overloading. The key takeaway is that VT for any high-rise structure needs to have

Johnson Lifts escalators

the concept/design stage, during which crucial elements like the elevator hoistway were discussed. This helped us deliver a smooth and efficient passenger experience on the elevators.” The selection process was very detailed and thorough, Joseph said. It was a multistage process that included intense examinations of the firms’ design capabilities, their worldwide experience working on complex statue projects and project management capabilities at the local level.


strict control on the number of passengers allowed onboard, based on the capacity and crowd management plans essential for such monuments. Executives at Otis and Johnson Lifts spoke with ELEVATOR WORLD India about the challenges of providing VT and moving-walk systems for such a massive project. Otis Asia Pacific President Stephane de Montlivault and Otis India President Sebi Joseph pointed out that Otis has handled massive VT projects around the world, including for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Shanghai World Financial Center, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Lotte World Tower in Seoul, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building in New York City and Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Stating it was an honor and a privilege to be involved in the Statue of Unity project, de Montlivault and Joseph said the company’s experience enabled it to suggest and deliver ideal solutions to the customer. Joseph stated: “The Statue of Unity is the nation’s pride, and Otis is excited to be part of this stupendous feat. We are thankful to L&T for choosing Otis to support this challenging project. Otis and L&T teams worked very closely to meet challenging deadlines. We were involved very early in

The brief by L&T detailed the number of elevators in the statue and other areas. It also talked about the available site conditions, including proposed hoistway dimensions. “From the beginning, we worked on the hoistway and ride-quality requirements for all elevators, including the high-speed units,” Joseph said. “The goal was to move people to and from the viewing deck/gallery in a quick and efficient manner while complying with codes.” SkyRise and GeN2® machine-room-less (MRL) elevators were selected. Both models cater to a wide range of applications and tasks. “Our high-speed SkyRise product with 1768-kg capacity moves people faster and provides them with a pleasant riding experience,” Joseph noted. MRL elevators were installed at the base of the statue to provide a pleasant appearance at its feet. The SkyRise system, designed for the world’s tallest buildings, comes in varying speeds up to 732 mpm or 12.2 mps. Otis provided heavy-duty machines designed for increased capacity to ease visitor traffic flow. The door opening of the observation-deck elevator, for example, is wider than usual.

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Elevator interiors include historic pictures; photo courtesy of Otis

Johnson Lifts is no stranger to Gujarat, with its escalators installed at Vadodara Airport, Gujarat State Road Transport Corp. bus terminals and railway stations in Surat, Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Across Continued

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the country, Johnson is associated with 11 metros, 18 airports and more than 200 railway stations. Now, it is an integral part of a remarkable new landmark. “As an Indian Company, we feel proud to be associated with this landmark project,” Johnson Lifts Executive Director V. Jagannathan said. “We sincerely thank L&T for giving us opportunity to be a part of this prestigious installation.” Jagannathan received the work order from L&T on June 6, 2017, with a stipulated completion date of September 15, 2018. The inauguration was planned for October

31, 2018, to coincide with Patel’s birthday. Jagannathan said well-established, leading global brands were involved in this portion of the project at an early stage. The selection of Johnson Lifts as vendor came after a detailed evaluation of its brand, reliability, technological capability and after-sales service, he said. The process started in early 2017, with the work order issued in June 2017. The contract was for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 10 escalators and eight moving walks. Johnson Lifts was tasked with providing seamless traffic flow from the entrance through the connecting bridge up to the pedestal base. To accomplish this, there are four moving walks in the onward and four in the return directions. From the base to LED lights add to the ambiance.

Johnson Lifts escalators at the statue’s base

Visitors board escalators at the statue’s base.


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The moving walks have a pallet width of 1,400 mm.

the podium levels, there are five “upâ€? and five “downâ€? escalators. Jagannathan said Johnson Lifts has vast experience in executing various infrastructure projects across the country. Some critical parameters in the selection process were: ♌♌ Ability to deliver and complete the project on time ♌♌ Technological edge ♌♌ The capability to install and provide services in a remote location The equipment selected for the project includes outdoor, heavy-duty escalators with 1000-mm step width and moving walks with a pallet width of 1400 mm to meet high traffic demand. The maximum number of users per day is 30,000 on Johnson Lifts moving walks ease traffic flow.

Elevators have high-end finishes such as marble; photo courtesy of Otis

Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and 20,000 per day during weekdays. “The design of the transport system had to be robust and capable of working in extreme weather conditions,� Jagannathan observed. There are many built-in safety features, including skirts, handrail entries, step chains, step snag comb contacts, step-gap illumination, anti-static rollers for the handrails and anti-static brushes for steps, missing-step sensors, traffic lights and emergency-stop buttons. Further, the stainless-steel finish and skirt lighting add to the overall ambience.

Safety warning messages are placed on the entrances and exits of the escalators and moving walks. “We also imparted safety-awareness training to the security personnel posted at the Statue of Unity,â€? Jagannathan said. Johnson Lifts stationed three service technicians onsite to provide timely services. Logistics challenges were significant. Jagannathan said: “Due to the remote location, there were many challenges with respect to accommodation, food and transportation for the installation and testing teams. During unloading, shifting and hoisting of the escalator and moving walk components, the equipment was first shifted to the river bed, then onto the connecting bridge and podium level. Johnson Lifts ensured that all norms were followed during the entire process so there was minimal damage to the ecosystem.â€? The equipment is provided with variable-voltage/variable-frequency energy-saving drives, thereby ensuring savings. The escalators and moving walks run at slow speed during no-load conditions, automatically returning to normal speed upon sensing load. The equipment is designed for different weather conditions and long hours of operation.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Real Estate

The Influential Home Elevator Residential elevators are proving to be a major gamechanger within the realm of residential planning. by Amish Mistry “In today’s life, luxury is time and space.” This quote by Harmon Okinyo is so valid, when one considers it in the context of a city like Mumbai, where both time and space come at a premium. Thus, it is every individual’s endeavor to make the maximum of both these quanta, be it in one’s workplace or dwelling. Seen in the frame of this line of thought, it comes as no surprise that many families living in a duplex or bungalows are opting for home elevators instead of conventional staircases. Of course, the latter are provided in both the cases, but they are strictly utilitarian. Hitherto, the home staircase needed to be large, to not only allow comfortable day-to-day movement, but also aid proper conveying of baggage and other utility items across levels. Home elevators are proving to be a major gamechanger within the realm of residential planning, with a host of benefits that they provide. Their benefits are as follows.

Functionality Traversing different levels within a residence can prove to be physically taxing for many, and it is more pronounced for the senior members of the family. The home elevator eases travel between floors for all the members of the family. Again, carrying loads across floors is a lot more comfortable. Finally, home elevators provide much needed freedom for people with mobility issues by providing them a very supportive and safe mode of transport between floors.

Space Savings Space comes at a premium in a city like Mumbai. Every square inch of available space


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must be prudently utilized, while simultaneously ensuring minimum wastage. Home elevators utilize much less space than staircases, thereby releasing more space within the layout for other utilitarian purposes.

Variety of Sizes Home elevators are available in a host of sizes. This provides a whole lot of variability in terms of residential space planning. Also, platform lifts can be customized to suit specific site conditions.

Impact on Overall Design Home elevators afford an array of sizing and customizing options hitherto unavailable in duplex and bungalow planning. Moreover, the home elevator also comes across as a statement and can greatly increase the aesthetic value of any residential space.

Economic Benefits Home elevators provide a host of economic benefits. First, they reduce space usage, thereby providing efficient usage of estate area. Second, the cost of installing a home elevator reduces the cost of construction by avoiding the need to build a flattering internal staircase. Finally, they increase the property value of any residential estate, providing important functional and aesthetic utility.

Safety Many safety issues related to staircases are eliminated with the installation of a home elevator. Serious accidents like people, especially children and the elderly, falling off staircases are totally avoided.


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Home elevators are proving to be a major gamechanger within the realm of residential planning, with a host of benefits that they provide.

Influence on Redevelopment After structural problems, lack of elevators is the second-most important decision driver for real-estate redevelopment in Indian cities. However, the type of structure and residents opting for redevelopment vary drastically. Take, for instance, Surat, where finding open space in the old sections of the city is extremely difficult. When ground-plus-one-story homes literally touching the narrow lanes stand lined up cheek to jowl, sharing a common wall with the row right behind them, home elevators are not really an option. There is no verandah or footpath that could act as a buffer. Due to this, as the eldest generation of residents in surrounding homes reach the senior-citizen category, the next generation

convinces them to grudgingly forgo the independent-home format and opt for an informal version of cluster redevelopment. (Most have grown up together and tend to be in similar age groups.) The new structure is still a small apartment building with one home elevator model in the center, requiring minimal space. It’s a recent trend that has begun to find takers in tiny pockets, the highly congested areas that have been resisting the financial inducements for redevelopment over the past several decades. Thus, the employment of the home elevator proves to be a win/ win situation for both the elderly and next generation. Seniors still have their individual-space living, which they have been used to all their life. The younger generation gets a new home with modern amenities. Hence, we can easily see a home elevator is fast emerging as a high-impact decision in terms of duplex and bungalow planning in key Indian metros. Amish Mistry has been a practicing architect for the past 23 years. He has a keen interest in integrating and promoting sustainable technology. He is an instructor at India’s architectural institutes, focusing on the topic of digital design.

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Focus on Futuristic Vertical Transportation

Opening Up the Second Axis Multidirectional elevators hold great promise for the cities of the future.

by Amish Mistry

Student Concept A case study by Shreyans Pagariya, an interior design student at the International Institute of


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Fashion Design in Andheri, Mumbai, focused on multilevel container housing for students on a hillside. The access to the main structure is by way of a road accessed from the top of the hill. Automobile parking is provided along the compound adjacent to the main access road. Internal site roads and vehicular traffic are thus avoided, leaving more areas for landscaping or growing food. People arriving at the facility enter through a lobby directly accessible from the parking area. From there, a vestibule opens into a polyaxial elevator, a steel-caged, glass elevator affording views of the surrounding natural greenery. The elevator reaches the structure horizontally. Once it reaches the structure, it takes a vertical path, taking riders to their respective floors. For those who prefer to walk, a landscaped staircase from the main lobby is provided. The staircase opens onto a platform at the lowest level, and from there, people take an internal staircase to reach their levels. Eliminating the internal road saves nearly 15% of site space for other uses. More importantly, it eliminates traffic encroachment within the site. Scaling up the concept to an urban level, structures could be connected horizontally, reducing roads within cities and consequently reducing vehicles within city limits. This technology also offers the promise of reduced carbon footprint for intracity transportation. Pagariya

From its earliest days, the elevator has been moving along a single axis: the vertical one. Recently, there has been considerable research on it exploring the horizontal axis. Numerous design avenues are becoming available, and these can have a huge impact on architecture. As the global population grows, and cities grow increasingly dense, multiple activities need to be accommodated within limited areas. By default, high-rise structures are the norm, as they provide an immediate solution to this high-density requirement. For a high rise to function efficiently, it must meet its inherent infrastructural requirements, such as water and power supplies, in the most efficient way possible. This holds true for movement, too. Until now, elevators have been taking care of the vertical transportation through shafts that comprise nearly 40% of the main building core. Using the horizontal axis opens up the possibility of installing elevators independent of the service core itself. This creates liberties for designers, who can position the elevator with respect to the spatial designs, not vice-versa, as happens in current design scenarios. Another area in which horizontal-moving elevators can make a significant impact is restricting vehicular movement within a complex. Automobile parking can happen at the periphery, and from there, onward movement within the structure is taken care of by polyaxial elevators, which initially transport people horizontally from the periphery to the main structure, and from there move vertically to take them to their respective floors.

In Shreyans Pagariya’s design project depicting multilevel container housing for students, a multipledirection elevator car first departs from the structure at the top of the hill, horizontally traverses a track to a tower, then descends a vertical track to each of the container units.

OEM Innovation MULTI by thyssenkrupp, described as the world’s first ropefree, sideways-moving elevator, promises to revolutionize tallbuilding construction. Instead of one cabin per shaft moving up and down, MULTI offers multiple cabins operating in a loop, like a metro system inside a building. Without the use of cables, MULTI runs on a safe multilevel brake system using redundant wireless data and energy management on the cars.

thyssenkrupp’s test tower in Rottweil, Germany, plays an important role in the development of the MULTI ropeless elevator.

European real-estate business OVG Real Estate is MULTI’s first customer. In partnership with thyssenkrupp, various MULTI systems will be installed in the new East Side Tower building in Berlin, which is to become a landmark.

As our cities continue to grow and buildings get larger and taller to accommodate more people, planners and architects face significant challenges for moving people comfortably and quickly to their destinations. MULTI can achieve up to 50% higher transport capacity and reduce peak power demand by as much as 60% when compared to conventional elevator systems — two factors that mean a dramatic improvement for high-rise buildings. Commenting on the launch in June 2017, Andreas Schierenbeck, then-CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator, shared: “We believe MULTI is a genuine game-changer that will truly transform the way people move, work and live in our built environment. It will reduce waiting times for passengers and take up significantly less space within the building. MULTI is a key offering that truly represents a landmark revolution in the elevator industry.” MULTI requires fewer and smaller shafts than conventional elevators and can increase the building’s usable area by up to 25%, representing extra revenues from the additional rentable/leasable space. This is particularly important, considering current elevatorescalator footprints can occupy up to 40% of a high-rise building’s floor space. MULTI requires dramatically lower peak power, permitting better management of the building’s energy needs and, consequently, reducing the investment costs in the power supply infrastructure. According to Antony Wood, executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: “This is perhaps the biggest development in the elevator industry since the invention of the safety elevator some 165 years ago. The ‘holy grail’ for elevators has been to move beyond being pulled Continued

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The Elevator: Inner Reflections by Veronica Anderson Architect Veronica Anderson shares her thoughts on where mindfulness and spiritually intersect with architecture and urbanism. When people used to talk to each other there was a time when a ride between floors was a chance to share ideas. Now we usually feel trapped or caged. Now the buildings have streets inside, veins of human energy pulsating in all directions The thrum and hum of the city beating the steady drum of progress. We have learned to create towers that scrape the heavens, learned to bounce between land and sky, but we humans have forgotten, too. Remember the forest? Or do you only exist in urban jungles where layers of life commingle in vertical stacks? Crossing paths but never interacting, sharing space but never connecting, breathing air but never noticing, consuming but never thriving. In the mad dash to cross from treetop to treetop,

vertically by a rope under tension [and] toward a system that allows movement in inclined or horizontal directions. MULTI, more than any other product delivered to date, really shows the way forward for that potential. This has the capacity to transform the industry at large, changing the way tall buildings are designed and allowing for much more efficient core designs, as well as better connectivity in buildings.�

Implications for India The polyaxial elevator holds promise for increased efficiency in terms of movement within and between apartment buildings. While retrofitting them within existing structures might present difficulties, integrating them right at the conceptual level will add a whole new parameter to overall building design. Also, as major smart cities germinate, integrating this technology at the urban design level can give a whole new impetus to intracity transit infrastructure. As mentioned earlier, the whole


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nest to car, to office, can we still be the Human Being, or is the Human Doing the only thing left? Maybe the place where we come to rest while machinery does the climbing for us has more to offer the Human Being. Can these tiny spaces that have exalted the human race be used to uplift and inspire us in some other, more timeless way, too? The space between the ground and the sky, the space of ascension and elevation, could it once more be a place for encounters and connection? Not just between me and you, but between me and myself, too, a pause in the hustle and bustle to feel into the beings all around. How would it be if for twenty seconds the mundane wait between floors one and five didn’t just transport us upwards, but inwards, too? What would it take for the elevator spaces, which every day take us upwards and downwards, to transport us inwards and outwards, too? Veronica Anderson, an architect and pioneer in the field of geodesign, brings extensive knowledge of sustainability, geographic information systems and architectural design to create resilient urban ecosystems. Her work on sustainability, the environment, and geodesign has received regional and international recognition. Anderson and her team are dedicated to creating biophilic urban spaces. Her work supporting developing countries in achieving the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals recognizes the power of infrastructure resiliency to make informal development sustainable.

system could possibly function as an alternate public-transport system, with various degrees of scalability, right from the apartment, to the neighborhood, to the local level. The potential for decreasing road surfaces and correspondingly increasing urban landscaped surfaces with less vehicular traffic on roads is, in itself, a refreshing scenario. What’s more, reduced carbon emissions, lower air pollution and lesser sound pollution present themselves as some of the more-tangible, immediate benefits. đ&#x;Œ?

Focus on Futuristic Vertical Transportation

The Need for Speed Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp. shares technological advances and their implications. by Yash Pandya Historically, skyscrapers have been a mark of technologically and economically advanced countries. As exploding populations fuel urbanization, the pressure on horizontal expansion due to limited availability of real estate is turning vertical expansion into a necessity. In an urbane metro like Mumbai — the financial hub of India — construction of high-rise buildings has been busily advancing along with construction technology. As buildings grow taller, so grows the need for elevators with greater capacities and faster speeds. Toshiba Elevator has adapted to the market’s needs for greater capacity with examples like Izumi Garden in Roppongi Tokyo, which boasts a 75-person elevator operating at a speed of 240 mpm, and its double-decker elevator in Roppongi Hills. Toshiba is also credited with delivering what at the time was the world’s

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fastest elevators, 1,010 mpm units at the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan, which held the speed record for more than a decade. Despite the opinion that elevators are approaching their maximum speed limit, Toshiba has made deliveries, such as to TOKYO SKYTREE®, that answer the need for even greater speeds and capacities.

Toshiba Technologies for HighCapacity/High-Speed Shuttle Elevators The system includes shuttle elevators that move between the lobby floors at high speed. To travel to their destination floors, passengers transfer to local elevators on a lobby floor. By combining high-capacity/high-speed shuttle elevators with local elevators, efficient travel within a high rise building is ensured.

The high-powered traction machine is lifted up to the machine room at TOKYO SKYTREE.

The traction machine high above Tokyo

Traction Machine and Brake

Delivery: High-Capacity/High-Speed Shuttle Elevator

High-capacity shuttle elevators utilize high-output permanent magnet synchronous motors as well as a high-capacity traction machine with two windings. Additionally, through the use of brakes that are only tens of kg in weight per machine, and caliper electromagnetic brakes that use multiple small brakes, the traction machine has been made smaller and more lightweight, as well as easier to maintain.

Safety Devices

As elevators grow in capacity, the cars naturally become heavier as more passengers are carried. Using honeycomb-core floor panels, Toshiba has been able to retain a high degree of rigidity while reducing the overall weight of the car — 1/5 the weight of similar-sized steel floor panels (in-house comparison). This reduces the burden on the traction machine. Continued

A double-safety method using upper and lower safety devices has been developed to stop high-capacity/ high-speed cars in emergencies, as opposed to conventional elevators that use only lower safety devices. This has allowed approximately twice the braking force without increasing the size of the safety devices.

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Fastest Large-Capacity Elevators in Japan Toshiba installed four high-speed, large-capacity elevators in TOKYO SKYTREE, a 634-m-tall broadcast tower that houses two observation decks (at 350 and 450 m), a restaurant, shops and other features and facilities. It opened to the public in May 2012. Four Toshiba 40-passenger shuttle elevators to the 350-m deck have a capacity of 40 people and travel up to 600 mpm, making them the fastest large-capacity elevators in Japan. In addition, two Toshiba service elevators at TOKYO SKYTREE have the longest travel distance in Japan, 464.4 m.

Challenges at the TOKYO SKYTREE Project ♌ This was the first time Toshiba engineers sought to install an elevator rising to such heights, so each phase of the project was a first experience for the company. ♌ Each component was extremely large and heavy. For example, each of the main ropes weighed one T (there are 10 main ropes and 10 compensation ropes for each shuttle elevator). The car itself was very heavy, and a powerful traction machine was necessary to hoist approximately 40 T of weight. ♌ High-power drive systems are difficult to control. ♌ Travel distance was very long, with two of the tower’s service elevators being the longest travel distance we had ever experienced. Consequently, each rope was very long, which poses problems when wind causes the tower to shake or vibrate. ♌ Guide rails in such a tall structure must be installed and aligned precisely, especially at the joints of each rail section. Also, the tower itself expands and contracts slightly due to heat from direct sunlight.

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Solutions to the Challenges ♌ Safety being Toshiba’s foremost priority, to overcome the first challenge, a comprehensive method statement was designed comprising a risk assessment and safety measures. This method statement was stringently followed under the guidance of an experienced team of safety inspectors and installation experts to safely accomplish the work process. ♌ To manage the project’s heavy equipment and elevator car, Toshiba developed a high-power traction machine that had to be compact enough to fit into limited space within the machine room. ♌ Overcoming the problem of controlling a high-power drive system, Toshiba used experience gained on the Taipei 101 project’s ultra high-speed elevator system, which operates at 1,010 mpm to provide smooth riding comfort ♌ Turbulence from the wind and environmental factors was countered by calculating and analyzing resonance vibrations, and employing an emergency system to stop the elevator under certain situations to ensure passenger safety. ♌ The straightness of guide rails and their alignment was inspected during nighttime hours, when there is less effect of expansion and contraction. Also, because of contraction, sliding rail clips were employed on the guide rails. If the tower expands and contracts, the guiderails were able to adjust proportionately and đ&#x;Œ? thus reduce any impact of such expansions/contractions.

Industry Dialogue

Answering Demand With a new Ahmedabad production facility and partnerships in the works, APSON is ready to meet industry demand for elevator machines with “Made in India” products. by Yash Pandya Hiren Panchal (HP), marketing director of APSON Inc., spoke with your author (YP) about the company’s new production facility, market outlook and business strategy. YP: What are the origins of APSON and decision drivers for setting up the new plant? HP: APSON is a sister company to the 56-year-old Rabatex Group of Industries, which has a history of manufacturing high-precision machinery using advanced technology. Rabatex has made its mark worldwide, achieving the status of a multinational company. Before entering the elevator industry, our market-analysis team studied Indian and overseas markets and noted that India is the second-biggest market for the elevator and escalator industry after China. India is consuming approximately 20,000 elevator permanent-magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) per year, and that is expected to grow to at least 36,500 per year by the end of 2024. Despite current demand for elevator gearless

traction motors in the Indian market, only 25% are being produced in India. This is a barrier to the growth of the domestic elevator industry, due to a lack of good quality products and updated technology. APSON decided to set up its production unit for production and testing of PMSMs to address this. YP: When was the new production unit set up and inaugurated? HP: APSON started to build the new production unit in April 2016, and it was ready for production by the end of March 2018. We

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commenced operations in April 2018. The facility was inaugurated on April 18, 2018, by Ishwar Panchal, founder of Rabatex; Arvind Panchal, technical director of Rabatex and founder/chairman of APSON; the Board of Directors of Rabatex; and Jagdish Panchal, member of the Legislative Assembly and Ahmedabad’s Bharatiya Janata Party president.


We recently received an order for a cement plant in which we needed to supply a 3000-kg capacity machine with a traveling height of 127 m, and we are also supplying machines for various government projects.


– APSON Marketing Director Hiren Panchal

The new production unit, APSON Empire, is spread over 20,000 m2 on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on Ahmedabad–Indore National Highway 47, near the industrial area. As we have a vast amount of land for expansion, it will be easy for us to fulfill future market demand for PMSMs. The production area is 2,926 m2. That could increase in response to demand. The current unit has a production capacity of 12,000 PMSMs annually; after expansion, that will double. To manufacture PMSMs to high standards of quality, we have installed the latest equipment, such as a dustproof room for assembly of magnets, a load-test bench to test motors having more than 2,500 Nm of torque, a noiseproof room to test motors’ noise levels and an automatic coil-winding machine. The advanced hydraulic-pneumatic assembly line enhances internal quality control. The new production unit has been set up to fulfill future market needs without failing to provide quality. We have our own test tower to test newly developed machines in any type of weather conditions. Our production unit is currently India’s biggest manufacturing unit for the production of elevator PMSMs. APSON has developed a complete product line incorporating inner and outer rotor technology with capacity ranging from 300 to 3,000 kg and speeds up to 2.5 mps. We are currently catering to the higher-end markets, which demand the latest technology, quality and safety. Our products are ready to cater to multinational corporations and other premium elevator manufacturers. Our repeat order ratio is 80%. Average monthly sales growth is 19.5%, which reflects positive feedback from customers. Many of our customers tell us they have switched from using a foreign PMSM supplier to APSON. We recently received an order for a cement plant in which we needed to supply a 3000-kg capacity machine with a traveling height of 127 m, and we are supplying machines for various government projects.

APSON gearless traction machine

YP: What do you believe sets APSON apart from the competition? HP: There are many aspects, the most important being that specifications for gearless motors are similar or higher than those for other gearless motors available in the industry. For example, our gearless-motor range has 24-48 pole motor poles, H-class winding insulation, IE4-rated motors that are highly efficient and 15 years of load-bearing life. At the production unit, we perform more than 33 different types of tests during production. We provide a load-test report to the customer for every gearless traction machine, which helps the elevator-licensing process. Sustaining quality products requires a strong management team, as well as a great leader. We have that in Arvind Panchal, founder and chairman of APSON, who has an engineering background and was conferred the Best R&D Award in 2002 by the Indian Ministry of Textiles. He leads our Quality Control, Production and Quality Assurance departments. YP: What are your expectations for 2019? HP: We will witness growth of 10%-12% in demand for elevators. During the first quarter, elevators will have a boom in demand, but in the second quarter, that is expected to slow down during Indian Parliament elections. The annual demand for gearless motors is expected to grow to at least 22,000 by end of 2019, and we are ready to fulfill the market’s need. To expand our market, we are in discussions with two multinational corporations and some European companies. The demand for high-rise buildings will also increase due to rising populations. Thus, heavy-capacity and high-speed elevators will also become necessary. To fulfill that demand, we are ready with our wide range of gearless motors. Very soon, APSON will introduce some new models in gearless motors that will likely represent a first in the world for the elevator industry. đ&#x;Œ? • Issue 1, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com


Real Estate

A Tale of Transformation Nashik is witnessing high-rise structures going up at an increasing pace, fueling demand for VT.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil When a sleepy temple town undergoes a major metamorphosis and high-rise structures start going up instead of the hitherto bungalow and row house projects, it reflects upon the changing profile and future prospects. Nashik has always been a key religious center with linkages to similar towns and monuments in close proximity. An emphasis on developing educational facilities, promoting it as an information technology/information technology-enabled services (IT/ITES) destination and the wine tourism industry gave it a cosmopolitan flavor leading to a shift in perception and development. Over the past decade, the skyline has been gradually altered with projects comprising towers coming up, thereby opening up the market for vertical transportation (VT). One of the key drivers of this trend has been the entry of developers with a national or statewide footprint. For instance, Ekta World’s Ekta Greenville at Pathardi, Nashik, offers both apartments and villas with a host of lifestyle amenities.

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The fact that Nashik is emerging as a favored investment destination was highlighted earlier this year, when CREDAI Nashik Metro and ANAROCK Property Consultants released a research report on “Nashik: Land of Opportunities” at a Capital Connect event held in collaboration with Piramal Capital & Housing Finance Ltd. (PCHF). The report focused on Nashik’s immense potential as an exciting new destination for domestic and global businesses. Sunil Kotwal, President, CREDAI Nashik, said, “Nashik is a city of much potential and has great opportunities. The present times are also very favorable to make Nashik shine and make it a city of glory.” “Nashik’s attractiveness as a residential end-user and investment destination is not hard to gauge,” said Anuj Puri, chairman, ANAROCK Property Consultants, who continued: “In the recent Ease of Living index, the city ranked higher than many prominent tier II cities, such as Nagpur, Kochi and Jaipur, and even metropolitan cities, such as Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. Nashik has also been one of the forerunners of RERA integration and adoption, with as many as 726 housing projects in Nashik city alone registered under MahaRERA.” The report takes a close look at Nashik’s transformation from a pilgrimage destination to a vibrant city, in light of new infrastructure development, and confirms that the city has surpassed several others on a number of critical vectors that directly influence real-estate viability: ♦♦ It has overtaken Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Nagpur and even


Home elevator in a project designed by Sanjay Patil

being developed to high rise buildings is the increase in population and the increase in floor space index (FSI), as per new D.C. rules 2017. He said: “Also, the people of Nashik started accepting the high-rise buildings so that most of the buildings are in that format nowadays, and there is also availability of good lifts services in Nashik along with properly done backup facilities. Another factor driving this trend is that most of the new buyers are from Mumbai and Pune seeking options for migration or a second home. In the future, Nashik will see more high rises, as now permission for up to 25 stories is allowed, and further heights can be achieved by gaining special permission. “While designing high-rise buildings, the lift position and quality of lift plays a bigger role, as it is an important part of day-to-day living. Even lobbies are a very important attraction for consumers. That way, we provide proper size, sitting, landscape, signage, etc. We have designed many high-rise buildings in Nashik, having designed lobbies accordingly, which definitely attracts the consumers. Nowadays, because of the high-rise buildings, our clients are definitely using the proper branded lift. Also, speed lifts are going to be the requirement in future, for the higher buildings, so branded lifts are going to be the only choice. For some of the buildings, we have provided capsule lifts for better ambiance, like in private apartments and our latest mall project in Nashik.” Architect Dhananjay Shinde, Dhananjay Shinde Design Studio, shares that developments of the past two decades have completely transformed this traditional pilgrimage center into a vibrant modern metropolis, and Nashik is poised to become a metropolis with global links. The new Nashik has emerged from the dreams, hard work and enterprising spirit of local and migrant people. Nashik is the wine capital of the country and the fourth largest city of the state of Maharashtra, after Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. He explains that, earlier, Nashik was a small town with extensive farmlands and low population. Families mostly preferred living in joint families in huge bungalows and Wadas. As time passed, these families split into nuclear families. The industrial revolution gave rise to new job opportunities and, thus, led to an increase in the population and decrease in the open landmass. This gave rise to the concept of residential buildings and apartment systems. Shinde

Thane and Navi Mumbai in terms of mixed land-use, compactness and wastewater management. ♦♦ Nashik has lower pollution levels than Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, Greater Mumbai, Hyderabad or Navi Mumbai. ♦♦ In terms of inclusive development, the city has significant access to affordable housing when compared to cities like Coimbatore, Nagpur and Kochi. Nashik is becoming a major IT-ITES startup hub, with more than 25 startups and 6,000 angel investors focusing on the city. Overall, the residential property prices in Nashik rose by about 13% from 2016-2017, and all market indicators are toward sustained growth. With a fully operational RERA ensuring that the city sees systematic residential development going forward, advantages in terms of government initiatives and infrastructure projects, and well-conceived plans to becoming an outstanding Smart City, Nashik’s real estate market is poised for big gains. Finance is another key driver required for such projects. Khushru Jijina, managing director, PCHF, has announced the launch of the company’s housing finance offering in Nashik. He said: “Nashik exhibits tremendous potential as a promising new investment destination in North Maharashtra. We are delighted to announce the launch of our housing finance offering in Nashik – which marks our strategic foray into selective non-metro markets. In Maharashtra, Nashik has seen renewed interest in and appetite for real estate. The CREDAI ANAROCK report on Nashik identifies key growth drivers that contribute to the city’s potential including good connectivity, excellent liveability quotient, tourism potential, industrial presence and horticulture production. These factors have led to an increased demand in the real estate sector. Our launch is aligned to our strategy of expanding our presence where there is a growing demand for home loans and construction finance. On the day of our launch itself, we sanctioned INR100 crore (US$14.3 million) for construction finance. “PCHF will enable developer partners in Nashik to target homebuyers (both salaried and self-employed) through a range of tailor-made, innovative products and also provide funding across the entire capital stack, ranging from early stage private equity to structured debt, senior secured debt, construction finance and flexi-lease rental discounting. The company has a focused strategy to expand its housing finance business, which is a combination of multiple elements: a unique business model (B2D2C, business to developer to customer) that is the key differentiator; an existing relationship with preferred developer partners; and innovative offerings and unique single-window, end-to-end financing solutions. Leveraging the size, scale and relationships of its wholesale business, PCHF has introduced its retail offering (housing finance) to complement its existing wholesale business that now enables offerings across the entire spectrum of financial products in real estate.” According to architect Vijay Sankhla, the main reason for transformation of structures


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Shrushti project designed by Sankhla

footprint. There will also be a certain level of comfort that will come uncompromised, along with an ease of maintenance. Patil notes that many bungalows have the provision of a lift for convenience and accessibility. And, when it is a bungalow with a lush, green terrace garden, the emphasis of comfort of the user compels the addition of an elevator and, thus, it becomes an integral part of the design. In the apartment system, verticality plays a major role in the circulation. With the increasing number of floors, it becomes imperative to have two elevators that prove functional in case of emergency. These elevators can be used with proper electrical backup. Stavan Gang, a second-year student at Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA), has been studying in Mumbai for the past two years and has had a good opportunity to contrast the living conditions of Nashik, where he grew up and completed his basic education. He feels that Nashik is still a city with a considerable amount of green cover and a healthy natural beauty in and around its outskirts and vicinity. Over the past few years, there has been a surge in building activity within the growing city, leading to a great deal of depletion of green cover. He notes: “Studying architecture, we learn about the value of natural ecosystems. Keeping that in mind, it would be really a smart thing to have development in main parts of the city, where we could have 45- to 50-story, high-rise apartments, which would cater to the housing requirements. Moreover, we have high-speed elevators, which can transport people across 50 floors in a matter of a few minutes. So, we can have central parts of the city with high rises, while the peripheral and outskirts areas could be lower density. While studying sustainable living, we learn that there is less carbon emitted in relation to VT lifts across floors, than with horizontal transport with cars moving across different parts of the city. This not only makes life easier for people, but also leaves more green cover — and, as we know, our future can only be healthy if we have a ‘green’ future.� Gang

In Shinde’s opinion, the city seems poised for vertical growth, with its skyline likely to be dotted with buildings as tall as 75 m or taller. These are the trends where VT is concerned, according to him: ♌♌ Lifts play a very integral and important role in high-rise structures, as VT is the fastest and safest way to commute. VT is mandatory in buildings greater than 15 m in height. ♌♌ Today, buyers are very conscious about the elevator brands. They seek various options and designs in elevators, but along with the aesthetics there is a genuine concern about the safety factor and service component. ♌♌ Annual maintenance contracts (AMC) are the need of the hour. Most elevators come with a host of security features like automatic rescue devices (ARD). ♌♌ With buildings going very high, the speed of the lift becomes crucial. Machine-room-less (MRL) lifts are also becoming popular and are a good option where there is a space crunch. ♌♌ Today, duplexes and penthouses use home lifts that can be fitted in very small spaces, requiring neither machine rooms nor lift pits, and are aesthetically very pleasant and blend well with the interiors. ♌♌ The lift cabins have undergone tremendous transformation of late, with various finishes of glass, copper, leather, mirrors, etc. A grand entrance foyer lobby with elevators is a selling point of any high rise. Architect Sanjay M. Patil, Environ Planners, underlines that similar to any other tier-2, developing city in India, Nashik is not alien to the increasing pressure and demands over buildable land. Security and cost of maintenance motivates people to choose apartments over bungalows. The craze of owning a duplex or penthouse has become a new path to the high-end lifestyle. According to Patil, change in lifestyle is a major factor that will define the kind of spaces people prefer to live in. We are gradually moving toward an age where the world seems like a small place as technology is giving us another paradigm of futuristic living. This shifting paradigm results in changes in our choices and preferences. Nashik, just like other major cities such as Pune and Mumbai, will also experience the pros and cons of growth, such as a lack of good buildable space and a diminishing


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The successful inaugural event held in Istanbul welcomed a global audience and expert presenters. by Angela C. Baldwin The inaugural International Elevator and Escalator Symposium (IEES) 2018, organized by Elevator World, Inc. and Liftinstituut Solutions B.V., was held at the Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel in Istanbul on November 15-16, 2018. During the two-day event, leading industry experts from around the world presented 20 papers exploring the symposium’s theme of “Safety in Vertical Transportation and New Technologies.” Twelve companies

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also exhibited, showing off new products and services to help support the industry. The symposium welcomed 165 attendees, including professionals from the elevator and escalator industry, architects, developers and building owners from 25 countries. Attendees and speakers came from as nearby as Greece, Georgia, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Austria, France, Iran and Azerbaijan and as far away as South Korea, India and the U.S., among other nations, to take part in this first-time event, the mission of which was to give back to the industry through both knowledge-sharing and charitable donation to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF). Attendees were welcomed by Marco Waagmeester, CEO of Liftinstituut Solutions B.V., and T. Bruce MacKinnon, executive vice president of Elevator World, during the opening session; both thanked attendees for traveling to the IEES and acknowledged the Turkey offices of both organizing companies for their hard work in planning the event. “We are happy to have the symposium in Turkey, a hub for the elevator industry,” said Waagmeester. MacKinnon also talked about the

Speakers, exhibitors and organizers gather at the inaugural IEES in Istanbul.

CEO of Liftinstituut Solutions B.V. Marco Waagmeester welcomes attendees to the IEES.

mission of the EESF — to teach people of all ages how to use vertical transportation safely. Louis Bialy, of Louis Bialy & Associates in the U.S., took his place on the stage soon after, serving as the symposium’s first speaker. He received resounding applause after wishing the crowd, many of whom were Turkish, “Good morning” in Turkish. Reverting to English, the official language of the symposium, Bialy then said he is “always charmed by the warmth found in Turkey and proud to be the first speaker at the first IEES.” He discussed “The Role of Risk Assessment in Innovative Product Development,” a topic that sparked discussion from the audience in the follow-up question-and-answer session. Luciano Faletto, general secretary of the European Federation for Elevator Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, followed Bialy, saying their topics complemented one another, as he discussed the origins and history of various standards around the world in “A New Approach Necessary to Keep All New Lifts Safe and Reliable.” The first of several coffee breaks followed, allowing attendees time to mingle, ask additional questions of the speakers, visit the Elevator World Executive booths and snack on an array of Vice President T. Bruce Turkish delicacies, including small MacKinnon talks about the sandwiches, pastries and fruit. goals of the IEES, including After the coffee break, sessions knowledge-sharing and charitable donation. resumed with Jean Paul Bourgeat, of KONE Elevators & Escalators,


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France, who spoke about the company’s “24/7 Connected Services.” He was followed by Sebastian Steinert of Mayr who discussed “What Makes an Elevator Brake Safe and Reliable.” An elaborate buffet lunch of traditional Turkish fare was served at the hotel’s upscale Marmara Sea Restaurant, which overlooks the


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Marmara Sea, giving attendees time to digest the morning’s information and share a meal together. The afternoon presentations began with a global group from Otis; Pascal Rebillard from Otis France, Peter Herkel from Otis Germany and Rubén Sánchez Muñoz from Otis Spain took turns explaining the “Electronic Safety Actuator” in

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detail. They were followed by Melih Aybey from Aybey Elektronik in Turkey, who discussed “Integrated Motor Drives.” TAK Mathews of TAK Consulting Pvt Ltd., in India, then talked about the “Impact of Cultures on Elevatoring.” He explained that what works in one country may not work in another, regarding number of elevators in a building, their capacity and frequency of use, which are often determined by the culture. This session, as did the others throughout the early afternoon, led to lively follow-up questions and comments from the engaged audience. An afternoon coffee break featuring a bevy of Turkish desserts rejuvenated attendees for the final sessions of the day. John W. Koshak of eMCP LLC, in the

U.S., covered the important topic of maintenance in “Method of Managing Maintenance,” followed by David Jones of Irdeto, in Canada, who took the audience “Inside the Mind of a Hacker,” explaining, “Knowledge is cybersecurity power.” Max Guijt closed out the day exploring the issue of computer-aided facilities management in “CAFM, an Industry Challenge.” The night’s activities included a cocktail hour, featuring light hors d’oeuvres and a musical trio. There were many introductions still being made around the room, and enthusiasm was high. Reflections on the day were positive, with many your author spoke with commenting on the grand event setting; excellent food; comfortable classroom-

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style seating in the conference room; relevancy of subject matter; high caliber of speakers; diverse, global group assembled; and open, collaborative spirit of all in attendance. A welcome dinner at the hotel’s Daphne Restaurant & Grill followed. Day two began with Liftinstituut’s Robert Kaspersma’s discussion of reducing risk through an “Integral Safety Vision.â€? Matthias Schiller with Schindler Digital Business in Switzerland discussed humans’ short attention spans and the era of the “Internet of Meâ€? we find ourselves in today in “Connecting Equipment, Customers and Passengers: The Internet of Elevators and Escalators.â€? Murat CamgĂśz from Fermator explained “Fire Homologations for Elevator Doors,â€? sharing a video of fire tests that sparked great interest and questions from the audience. Following the morning coffee break, Sung-In Park with Hyundai Elevator, in South Korea, shared his paper, “Studies on Characteristics and Production Concentrated Magnetic Flu-Type Elevator Traction Machine Composed of Non-rare Earth Magnet.â€? Otis’ Richard Pulling followed Park and took a moment to take stock of the symposium, commenting on the enthusiasm of the crowd and the speakers, wondering if this was exclusive to the elevator industry. “It always amazes me,â€? he shared, before beginning a discussion of Otis’ SkyBuild elevator, a permanent elevator used during a building’s construction. His presentation, “Elevators — From Heart to Brain of the New Generation Buildings,â€? focused on what he called the “seamless integrationâ€? of this elevator into the completed project. Attendees were treated to another wonderful buffet lunch at the Marmara Sea Restaurant that included traditional Turkish soups, salads, pasta dishes, vegetables and a variety of meats. Following the meal, Merih Asansor’s Emre KĂśroÄ&#x;lu discussed “Minimizing the Mechanical Losses on Sliding Door


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Systems,â€? followed by Johannes de Jong, of Elevating Studio Pte. Ltd., who presented his paper, “Voluntary Egress Elevators, Enhancements to the 2004 CTBUH Guideline.â€? Following the symposium’s final coffee break, attendees were treated to a presentation on thyssenkrupp Elevator’s MULTI by MULTI CEO Michael Cesarz. “MULTI opens up new opportunities,â€? Cesarz said of the concepted elevator that can move horizontally and vertically through a building, the first installation of which will be complete in 2020 in Berlin. “We can run the building in a different way with MULTI. Architects are eager to work with us, and consultants are working with us to make sure MULTI works as best as possible.â€? Andreas Ota and Daniel Wilfing of VIEW Promotion, in Austria, discussed “Automated Emergency Detection in Elevators,â€? with Ota giving background on the company’s work with the hearingimpaired public, and Wilfing exploring the technology employed by VIEW to assist them. The closing presentation of the symposium was delivered by KLEEMANN’s Dr. Iraklis Chatziparasidis on the “Safety Issues on Panoramic Cars with Handrails Mounted Directly on Stiff SentryGlasÂŽ Plus (SGP) Laminated Glass Elements.â€? In their closing comments, MacKinnon and Waagmeester thanked all attendees, speakers, exhibitors and members of the organizing companies, especially BĂźlent YÄąlmaz of Elevator World and SĂźleyman Ă–zcan of Liftinstituut Solutions, who helped make the first IEES a success. “You are all invited to join us in Las Vegas in November 2019 for our second annual IEES. So, we’ll leave you with ‘Viva Las Vegas,’â€? MacKinnon said. More details about next year’s symposium can be found at elevatorsymposium.org. A book containing the complete papers presented at the IEES is available at đ&#x;Œ? www.elevatorbooks.com.   

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Fast, Visionary Ezhil Nanjappan helps guide Otis into a digital future in his role as director of IoT and Mobility Solutions. by Kaija Wilkinson


Otis Director of Internet of Things (IoT) and Mobility Solutions Ezhil Nanjappan grew up in a small village in India where opportunities for young people are few. Most children drop out of school early. Determined to be the exception, Nanjappan walked three miles every day to get to school. He didn’t lay eyes on a computer until he was in college, where he originally studied Mechanical Engineering. He was so drawn to computers, however, he added Computer Science to his major a few years after enrolling at university. He landed a job at the Indian Stock Exchange right after college graduation, moving to the U.S. in 2001 to consult for Otis on global InformationTechnology (IT) operations. From humble beginnings, he has become, according to his employer, “a brilliant IT professional who is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible at Otis.” Nanjappan has steadily worked his way up in Otis’ IT department, becoming a key player in a “digital transformation journey that is ushering in a new era of service, maintenance and safety for technicians, customers and end users.” He is responsible for developing mobile applications and infrastructure globally, and his employer describes him as fast, bright and visionary. Nanjappan’s study of service technicians in key markets led to the insight that 40% of a technician’s day is nonproductive. This vital knowledge drove Nanjappan and his team to develop mobile applications that reduce nonproductive time globally by more than 50%.


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Thanks to Nanjappan’s development processes, Otis elevators can be deployed quicker due to new apps for service and maintenance. Otis notes, “Perhaps most amazing is the agile process he has put in place to develop mobile apps in only 12 weeks. Standard industry averages for app development is 18-24 months.” Nanjappan (EN) took time out of his busy schedule to speak with ELEVATOR WORLD India (EWI) about his career path and what the future holds. EWI: You earned your bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Computer Science from Madurai Kamaraj University. Is that where you are from? EN: I grew up in the small agricultural village of Maruthur in Tamil Nadu, which had only about 300 houses. I moved to Madurai, a larger city, to earn my BS in Engineering and Computer Science from Madurai Kamaraj University. Later, I obtained an MBA from Rensselaer Lally School of Management in New York. EWI: When in your life did you know that IT was the career for you? EN: I saw a computer for the first time ever on my second day in college. By the third year of my bachelor’s degree, I was full-fledged in computer networking and worked part time as a computer lab assistant. That was when I decided on IT as a career. EWI: When and how did vertical transportation enter the picture? EN: I joined Otis in 2001 as a consultant to manage and maintain global applications focused on new equipment sales and customer communications. Since then, I have held positions of increasing responsibility within the

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Otis IT team. I currently lead teams that deliver global, mobile service applications and IoT transformation platforms and solutions. EWI: Tell me about the process of developing the Smart Wedge. EN: At Otis, safety has always been at the heart of who we are. Most elevator technicians are familiar with a door wedge — a simple mechanical device used to secure the door in the open position while performing maintenance. Smart Wedge is the mobile-app version of this. Once engaged, the Smart Wedge signals the technician’s smartphone and launches the Shield app, which is a safety application that checks in with the technician to ensure he or she is OK. It can also detect falls. In case of an emergency, the Smart Wedge triggers an alert to the app that contacts OTISLINEŽ for support. This closed communication loop helps us provide a safer working environment for our mechanics in the field. EWI: Of which accomplishment in your career are you most proud? EN: Some accomplishments I am proud of include: ♌ Delivering eight mobile apps in a 12-week development cycle to support field technicians and accelerate digital transformation at Otis ♌ Developing the Smart Wedge and Smart Hard Hat solution to create a safer working environment ♌ Obtaining more than 20 design and product patents EWI: What is the biggest professional challenge you face currently, and how are you addressing it? EN: Our customers seek improved equipment uptime, proactive communications and transparency. We are reinventing our business with technology at the core through our digital transformation. We are building a scalable platform to deliver on customer needs, all at a quick pace. EWI: What does your professional future hold? Are there more apps on the horizon? EN: We maintain more than two million elevators. Our goal is to connect them through our Otis ONETM platform. We are always looking for ways to improve efficiency, so more apps are likely on the horizon.

EWI: You are based in Farmington, Connecticut. Is that where you live, and do you travel for work or pleasure? If so, which cities are your favorites? EN: I live close to our world headquarters offices in Farmington. I travel often, and some of my favorite cities to visit include Chicago, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore. EWI: What advice can/would you give to someone considering getting into the elevator industry today? EN: The elevator industry will continue to grow over the next several years. Increased urbanization and growth in high-rise buildings are inevitable. Smart, sustainable cities and demand for green technologies are expected to escalate demand for smart elevators. This all means that there are great opportunities for people pursuing technologies to become a part of the elevator industry. EWI: What do you like to do in your free time? EN: I enjoy chess and badminton in my free time. EWI: What are the last books you read that were not elevator related? EN: Measure What Matters by John Doerr and The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene đ&#x;Œ?

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Real Estate

A Visible Improvement India’s position in the World Bank’s EoDB rankings jumped for 2019, which has implications for the real-estate and VT industries. by Yash Pandya




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fewer permissions and clearances. Over the past couple of years, things have steadily improved, and we hope that, going into the future, things will get better. To quantify, if, earlier, it was 120-odd permissions and clearances required for a real-estate project; now, it is around 55. This is a huge improvement, but it can be better. Some aspects, like tree cutting, environmental clearance, civil aviation height restrictions and high-rise committee approvals, tend to still take very long, and these are the areas where the powers-that-be can try and speed things up.” Anshul Jain, country head and managing director, Cushman & Wakefield India, opined: “The reform process in India continues to find resonance in its global stature with the World Bank’s EoDB rankings showing India among the top 10 performers for the second year in a row. India has jumped a massive 23 spots. This is a significant 53-place jump in two years. Underpinned by significant improvements made in laggards, such as construction permits, cross-border trade, starting a business and getting credit, India continues to make waves as a country with an ever-improving investment and business climate. “For the real-estate sector, the reforms initiated in the form of a single-window clearance system [creating a single clearinghouse for projects to gain approval, rather than having to go through multiple channels] in Delhi and an online building Jain

A year ago, when we witnessed India jumping from the 130th to 100th position in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) rankings for assessment year 2018, there were loud cheers. The country was hailed for being among the top 10 improvers. This had positive implications in the form of investments made across industries including real estate and, consequently, vertical transportation (VT). A few months ago, the good news was repeated, with India climbing up the ladder from the 100th spot the previous year to the 77th this year. Expectedly, there was jubilation from real-estate industry representatives. Here, experts provide their thoughts. Sangeeta Prasad, managing director and CEO, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd., said: “[The improved ranking] is a testament to the government’s positive policy efforts and focused reform trajectory. We expect that it will catalyze business-focused industrial infrastructure and investment growth and fuel job creation.” Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, president (National), National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), commented: “From a real-estate perspective, we have seen EoDB translate into quicker turnaround and

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permit system in Mumbai, along with similar reforms, are being undertaken by other states. This bodes well for domestic developers. The commercial markets are doing exceedingly well, even as the residential sector continues its slow journey toward recovery. With the new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, we expect India’s rankings to improve even further in the next edition.â€? Ajay Piramal, chairman, Piramal Group, said: “India’s significant upward movement on these rankings is a positive sign for both industry and the economy. It is heartening to see that streamlining regulations and government policies has yielded results. At a time when global investors are increasingly growing wary about the emerging-markets story, India’s strong reforms-led performance is sure to help it stand out from the rest, making it an independent investment destination for global investors. The government’s consistent efforts over the last two years have paid off, and it is worthy of praise. It is time for the industry to capitalize on this and build for the future, competing with advanced nations.â€? At the same time, certain stakeholders underlined the fact that there is still a lot more to be done. Jaxay Shah, president, Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) National, stated: “We acknowledge the ongoing efforts of the Indian government to tackle the pressing administrative roadblocks in the Indian real-estate sector, as reflected in the improvement in ranking by 129 spots in the ‘Dealing with Construction Permits’ category in the EoDB report. We at CREDAI, however, believe that there is still a long way to go to sustain this momentum. The government should expedite implementation of single-window clearances to accelerate the revival of Indian real estate.â€? Joe Verghese, managing director, Colliers International India, concurred, stating: “It is great that India has jumped 23 points to achieve 77th position in the EoDB rankings. However, the positive impacts of EoDB has, unfortunately, still not percolated to the real-estate industry, whether it is safeguards on land titles or getting approvals for projects. Companies entering India still struggle with complexities and ambiguities. It is time that state governments catch up with the center on using this key performance indicator as the main measure of their success.â€? đ&#x;Œ?

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi host well-attended event on “Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism” with strong VT industry support.

by Dr. Lee Gray, EW Correspondent The 2018 International Conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) took place on October 20-25, 2018, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The conference was organized into four distinct events. The first three occurred in Dubai: workshops and CTBUH committee and workinggroup meetings (day one), the core conference (days two and three), and offsite programs (day four). The final event examined the topic of regional city programing in Abu Dhabi for the conference’s final two days. The overall conference theme was “Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism,” which was defined as follows: “The era of the traditional metropolis, fanning out in waves of decreasing density from a single-core central business district, may be coming to an end. As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal lines, with several central business districts, ideally all offering something slightly different to the urban inhabitant. When focused around transit nodes and well-planned infrastructure, embracing high density, public space and civic functions, this amalgamation of ‘several cities within a city’ perhaps offers the best opportunity for a sustainable future for the many millions of people who will move into cities over the coming decades.”[1] This theme was explored in workshops, keynote lectures, panel discussions and presentations. The 12 half-day workshops on the morning of day one included “Fire, Safety + Security” led by Alfredo Ramirez of Underwriters Laboratories (Chicago). The workshop was attended by numerous vertical-transportation (VT) industry members and featured a presentation by Simon Lay, CTBUH fellow and director of OFR Consultants (Manchester, U.K.). Lay’s

presentation, titled “Voluntary Egress Elevators – Enhancements to the 2004 CTBUH Guidelines,” addressed the impact of the 2004 CTBUH publication Emergency Evacuation Elevator System Guidelines and the limited success of the adoption of Occupant Evacuation Operation systems. During the question-and-answer session following Lay’s presentation, it was reported that Johannes de Jong (formerly with KONE and cofounder [in 2015] of Elevating Studio in Singapore) was exploring the possible creation of a CTBUH working group to consider drafting new elevator evacuation guidelines. That afternoon opened with a general meeting of CTBUH leaders led by Chairman Steve Watts and Executive Director Antony Wood, which was followed by committee and working-group sessions. The latter included a meeting of the Vertical Transportation Working Group chaired by Robin Cheeseright (D2E International VT Consultants). Workinggroup members in attendance were Robert Boog (Schindler), Rony Eappen (D2E), Harri Länsiö (KONE), Joerg Mueller and Karl-Otto Schöllkopf (thyssenkrupp), Steve Newton (Schindler), Richard Pulling (Otis), and Steven Truss (WSP). The group was established in 2016 to pursue the development of a Vertical Transportation Technical Guide intended to “provide tall-building industry professionals with a resource for the most recent innovations in the VT sector.”[2] A draft of the guide was completed in March 2018, and the group discussed plans to complete the project in time for publication and presentation at the CTBUH 10th World Congress, taking place on October 28-November 2 in Chicago. The two-day core conference featured plenary lectures and panel discussions, as well as a series of parallel “tracks,” each Continued


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The CTBUH Burj Khalifa reception; photo credit: CTBUH

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of which had a corporate sponsor, with the VT industry sponsoring four of eight tracks: ♦ Building Façades ♦ Smart Tall Buildings (Schindler) ♦ Skybridges (thyssenkrupp) ♦ Polycentric Urbanism ♦ Tall Timber ♦ Urban and Building Transit (KONE) ♦ Advanced Construction and Engineering ♦ The Occupant Experience (Otis) Each track included five sessions over the course of two days for a total of 40 separate sessions. Members of the VT industry participated in 15 sessions as chairs, presenters and panel discussants. The topics derived from the theme of each track and addressed a fairly normative range of industry products and subjects. The Skybridges track included a presentation by Dario Trabucco titled “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Ropeless Vertical and Non-Vertical Elevators,” which addressed the architectural application of thyssenkrupp’s MULTI system. Trabucco (CTBUH Research Manager and researcher at the Università Iuav di Venezia) has conducted this research for more than two years. The effort, begun in September 2016, is a CTBUH research project funded by thyssenkrupp with a grant of US$264,000. The investigation is described as a study of: “. . .how technological innovation in elevators, specifically ropeless, non-vertical cabins, could impact the design outcomes of tall buildings and cities. The study seeks to remove the evolutionary bottleneck created by exclusively vertical elevator systems, as conventional systems to date have limited the height and influenced the shape of skyscrapers, which have historically been designed as a vertical repetition of floors.”[3] Trabucco’s presentation included a variety of visual representations of the dramatic shift in thinking implied by MULTI where vertical clusters of elevators are replaced by vertical and horizontal transportation planes that constitute a possible new paradigm for tall-building VT design. CTBUH announced that the conclusion of this work will be presented and released at the CTBUH Tall+Urban Innovation Conference, taking place on April 8-10 in Shenzen, China. The results will be published in the form of a CTBUH research report, with the working title of Rope-Less and Non-Vertical Elevator Systems. The report will provide an overview of VT history, summarize conventional systems and describe why MULTI holds much potential for tall buildings. It will then cover the results of CTBUH’s “Master’s Thesis” challenge, in which graduate design students explore non-vertical elevator technologies in their thesis projects. Finally, the report will diagram non-vertical systems’ “design considerations and flow opportunities.”[4] This investigation was also represented in the recognition of the winner of the “MULTI Master’s Thesis Challenge.” The design competition, “Designing for Innovation: The Rope-Less Non-Vertical Elevator,” also sponsored by thyssenkrupp, sought to:


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Some cranes are still operating in the vicinity of the Burj Khalifa.

Your author in front of the Burj Khalifa

Elevator Installation Robot Among “Award of Excellence” Winners by Kaija Wilkinson Schindler’s Robotics Installation System for Elevators (R.I.S.E), part of a robotics research collaboration with the Council on Tall buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) (ELEVATOR WORLD, December 2018), is among CTBUH’s 2019 Award of Excellence winners. Including tall buildings, urban contributions, technologies and innovations, the winners now move on to compete in front of a live audience and live juries for “Best in Category” honors at the CTBUH Tall + Urban Innovation Conference on April 8-10 in Shenzhen, China. Projects in the Best Tall Building category fall into five height thresholds (under 100 m, 100-199 m, 200-299 m, 300-399 m, and 400 m and above). Tall buildings in Asia are the most prevalent, although all three winners in the Geotechnical Engineering category are in the U.S.: 181 Fremont Tower in San Francisco, Avalon Brooklyn Bay in New York City and Panorama Tower in Miami. Both competitors in the 400-m-and-above category are in China: CITIC Tower in Beijing and the Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen; In the 300-399-m-tall category are China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen, Jumeirah Nanjing Hotel & Cultural Center in Nanjing and MahaNakhon in Bangkok. Competing with R.I.S.E in the Innovation category are Building Maintenance Unit and Vertical Delivery Planning at H Queen’s, Parametric Digital Strategy for Morpheus Hotel, Self-Climbing kokoon®, The Development of EFFECT — External Façade Fire Evaluation and Comparison Tool, and Viscoelastic Coupling Damper — Enhanced Efficiency and Safety for the High-Rise of the Future. For a complete list of Award of Excellence winners, visit awards.ctbuh.org/ winners.

“. . .provide master’s-level Architecture students the opportunity to study and develop design possibilities unlocked by the application of this new elevator system, allowing students to design more complex, connected and dynamic configurations for tall buildings as dictated by the demands of modern society.”[5] Twenty submissions were received from students enrolled at the Università Iuav di Venezia (Italy), University of Melbourne (Australia) and the University of Nottingham (U.K.). The winner was Winki Ip, University of Melbourne, and the award was conferred at the conference by Andreas Schierenbeck (former thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO).

CITIC Tower for Beijing

CTBUH has consistently provided a detailed analysis of attendees, and the delegate list for this conference exemplified this trend. The delegates’ disciplinary categories, as defined by CTBUH, included owners/developers/occupiers/property managers, architecture/urban planning/interiors companies, contractors/project managers/cost consultants, engineering companies, government/institute/research companies and material/system suppliers. The VT industry was placed in the latter category, with KONE, Schindler, Otis and thyssenkrupp holding places one through four of the “top ten Material/System Suppliers.” Other industry members in attendance included Elevating Studio, Fortune Consultants, Hilson Moran, Innovative Lift Consulting, Liftinstituut, MovveO, RBA Vertical Continued

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Former thyssenkrupp CEO Andreas Schierenbeck; photo credit: CTBUH

Richard Pulling (vice president of Global Major Projects, Otis); photo credit: CTBUH

MULTI Master’s Thesis Challenge winner Winki Ip (University of Melbourne) receiving the award from Schierenbeck; photo credit: CTBUH



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Part of the large Schindler exhibit

Transportation Consultants and WSP. Overall, the delegates represented 447 companies. The conference also featured a variety of exhibitions ranging from dedicated rooms to booths to exhibits in the session rooms. VT industry exhibits were in the latter category; however, their location, in each case inside and near the entrance to their respective sponsored session room, provided limited display space and essentially limited access to times between sessions. As always, the conference provided ample opportunities for networking. Events included an evening reception held on an outdoor terrace at the base of the Burj Khalifa and a second evening reception held on an outdoor terrace at Atlantis, a five-star hotel on the The thyssenkrupp exhibit crescent-shaped outer island of The Palm Jumeirah. Additionally, day two of the feature industry highlights with the publication of the conference ended with a variety of sponsoraforementioned Rope-Less and Non-Vertical Elevator Systems hosted social events and receptions. and Vertical Transportation Technical Guide. The conference concluded in Dubai with a day of offsite programs that consisted of half-day tours of existing buildings and works under construction. The final two days of the References conference took place in Abu Dhabi, where participants [1] CTBUH. Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism, Conference explored the topic of regional city programing. This was Proceedings (2018). [2] CTBUH. “Vertical Transportation Working Group Meets at CTBUH structured as a separate event and was attended by a much 2018 Middle East Conference” (www.ctbuh.org). smaller group than was present in Dubai. [3] CTBUH. “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Ropeless The VT industry was well represented at the conference Vertical and Non-Vertical Elevators” (www.ctbuh.org). through the sponsorship of session rooms, exhibitions, [4] CTBUH. “The Results of the Research Presented at the 2018 CTBUH Conference” (www.ctbuh.org). presentations and attendance. The delegate list, which listed [5] CTBUH. “Master’s Thesis Challenge: Designing for Innovation: The those who had registered by October 8, included more than Rope-Less Non-Vertical Elevator!” (www.ctbuh.org). 150 VT industry members out of 1,240 total registrants (approximately 12%). This year’s conference in Chicago will

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Industry Dialogue

Poised for Growth Sicor India’s T. Gopi says he sees good things ahead for company’s line of geared and gearless machines. by Yash Pandya


T. Gopi (TG), managing director of Sicor India, sat down with your author (YP) to share insights about the company and its future plans. YP: What were the primary decision drivers for Sicor S.p.a. Italy to set up Sicor India? TG: Sicor India was primarily set up as a contract manufacturing unit to manufacture MR-12 machines for KONE. For the first three years, Sicor India supplied MR-12 geared machines only to KONE. Then, considering the growth of the Indian elevator market, which is largest after China, and the increasing demand of indigenous products in the Indian market among OEMs and SMEs looking for premium-quality products, Sicor India decided to open up sales in the open market in 2016. YP: What are the unique selling propositions (USP) of Sicor India and its products? TG: Sicor machines are premium-quality machines, compared to others. Sicor’s MR-12 geared machine is the single largest-selling model in the industry, across the world. That shows the perfection in technology of Sicor products. The USP of Sicor India, the first company to produce traction machines in south India, is to supply premium-quality machines at a reasonable price to the Indian market. Using the supply-chain system available in Chennai for the automotive industry gives us an edge to have the best suppliers, who deliver components as per Sicor’s quality standards. We are a singlesource supplier for geared and gearless machines in the premium-quality segment, with costcompetitive prices due to indigenization of


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product, quick deliveries, spare parts and availability for long-term business. YP: How important is the Indian market for Sicor S.p.a. Italy? TG: The Indian market is very important for Sicor, considering the size of the population and the potential for future growth. There is a study that shows around 77 million members of the rural population will move to urban cities by year 2025. This will propel the growth of the building sector in big urban cities, and the only way they can take the population is by going vertical, with high-rise buildings, which will obviously drive the growth of elevator demand. Sicor S.p.a Italy established Sicor India considering growing demand in the Indian market, as well as to export to other, nearby countries. YP: What are the attributes or parameters that make this country different from the other markets that Sicor S.p.a. Italy caters to?

A Sicor India machine on display

TG: India is a different and unique market compared to other countries across the globe. The systems that work in other countries cannot be copy-pasted in India; hence, it is totally different, and we have to have a different approach. Except for the multinational corporation elevator companies that are in India, major market share is captured by the small, unorganized companies, and they do not have complete technical knowledge, so dealing with them needs a different approach. We at Sicor have understood the Indian market well and are working accordingly. In India, many multinational corporations set up their factories and look for local sources, which can provide them quality products in a cost-effective market and with quick deliveries, as well. YP: How does being headquartered in Tamil Nadu give Sicor India an advantage? TG: Sicor India being headquartered and based in Chennai gives the following advantages: ♌♌ Sicor India is the only company manufacturing traction machines situated in southern India; there are no other such companies available in south India. ♌♌ We have a greater advantage of a well-established supply chain available in Chennai, which is already catering to the automotive industry. ♌♌ Big multinational elevator companies like KONE and Johnson are based in Chennai, which gives the greater advantage of freight cost savings. ♌♌ The seaport is nearby, creating a cost-competitive advantage for import and export. ♌♌ Very good foundry resources are available in Coimbatore. YP: How would you describe Sicor S.p.a. Italy’s vision and strategy for the Indian market? TG: At Sicor, we have a very big vision for the Indian market. Our first vision is to be the leader in the Indian industry in the coming years. We have a mission to achieve sales of 10,000 units in financial year 2019-20, and have bigger plans for expansion by 2020. Sicor India will also produce equal capacity as Sicor Italy by 2020 and will cater to the Asian market, including the Middle East. Sicor S.p.a. Italy’s vision is to provide Sicor-designed products in

Brochure page showing Sicor India’s lineup of geared and gearless machines

A technician is seen at work on the factory floor, where Sicor India produces machines not only for the Indian market, but for export to nearby countries, as well.

India at cost-competitive prices to increase the market share in India, as well as the nearest countries. YP: How would you describe the demand drivers when it comes to geared and gearless traction machines for elevators in the present scenario and through 2019? How is Sicor India positioned to meet them? TG: When it comes to demand drivers in terms of geared machines, elevator companies are looking for premium product with the best performance, which means a maintenance-free product. Considering this is a traditional market, many Sicor machines are being used for lift modernization in the current scenario and will be used in the future, as well. Sicor India’s geared machines have already captured a name in the Indian market as the best-performing machines, with less vibration and a lower noise level, and are preferred by multinational corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises. Sicor India has indigenously developed gearless machines in India with the same quality standards as Italian-produced machines, and has already started moving in the market. Considering the growth in the home-elevator sector, Sicor India is also developing gearless machines for home lifts, which is going to be a big market in the near future.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Real Estate

Past Tense, Future Perfect? Perspectives from real-estate developers and financiers on the year gone by and what lies ahead

by Kamlesh Pandya availability of liquidity to fund the liability side of most lenders. “Against this backdrop, 2019 is likely to start on a moderate note with the sentiment remaining muted in the runup to the upcoming general elections. Today, 70% of the housing finance book by value is attributable to a few metros that primarily include Mumbai, the National Capital Region (NCR) and Bengaluru. Most of the HFCs will have to wait for a rationalization of prices to drive growth, while looking beyond Tier-I markets, where housing units are still affordable. Along with the government’s and regulators’ efforts to revive the real-estate sector, developers will also look to come up with multiple promotional offers and subvention schemes focused on driving a purchase decision among the salaried class.” Pritam Chivukula, cofounder and director, Tridhaatu Realty & Infra Pvt. Ltd., forecasted: “2019 will be a year of huge consolidation for the Mumbai real-estate sector. In the coming year, we will see a lot more joint developments taking place wherein larger players will develop properties with smaller developers or landowners. There are numerous projects stuck due to lack of capital and funding options. Larger developers bring in the required capital to complete such projects. This equation works well in the current market scenario, where there is a paucity of funds to complete construction of existing projects. Chivukula


Analyzing how 2018 fared and predicting what 2019 could have in store is the logical next step of an annual ritual for real-estate developers across India. The year gone by proved disappointing for the real-estate industry, and, to some extent, for vertical transportation, as the expected growth story building on the foundation of regulation-driven greater transparency didn’t exactly materialize due to various impediments that came up at regular intervals. However, there is still considerable optimism for what lies ahead, and these 12 months could see a change in market sentiments, depending, to some extent, on the general elections. Khushru Jijina, managing director, Piramal Capital & Housing Finance, commented: “2018 was a moderate year for the real-estate sector with various external shocks like demonetization, the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) affecting buyer confidence across markets, even though the longer-term impact of these regulatory measures was seen to be largely positive. The preceding quarter also saw an Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services default resulting in a liquidity crisis for the financial markets, most particularly impacting housing finance companies (HFCs) and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) alike. This posed a new challenge for the real-estate business that has a high dependency on the



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projects due to liquidity obstruction. Adding to the pain was the NBFC crisis that completely dried the last open tap and hope of faster completion for many ongoing projects. “Despite the need for housing in most cities for the mid-toaffordable segment being so high, the demand did not pick up in the primary market or for under-construction projects. This happened due to a lack of buyers’ confidence in the developers’ ability to finish projects on time. This shifted buyers’ preference and choice to buy ready-to-move-in options, which led to higher demand in the secondary market, resulting in higher transactions and price appreciation ranging from 5 to 10%. In many markets, the government has taken many initiatives and incentivizes developers to promote affordable housing. However, it is not enough to bring back the excitement and enthusiasm in the industry, and this hasn’t resulted in the actual development of affordable dwelling units on the ground. “The Indian commercial real-estate market continued to show positive movement. As compared to 2017, the commercial market has displayed a higher volume of leasing transactions in the current year in all the verticals of commercial real estate, be it office space, retail, logistics and warehousing, or information-technology (IT) parks. This is why a major chunk of institutional capital and investment is directed toward commercial space, and the overall sector is performing exceptionally well. “Cities like Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad and Mumbai have progressively impacted growth with high-quality inventory, good infrastructure, ready-to-move-in options and occupier demand from IT companies, financial firms, education co-working spaces, startups, e-commerce, etc. Thus, it is not surprising that this upward pattern has influenced midsize and large investors to invest in the commercial segment, especially income-yielding assets. “After a bleak phase for long and transformational reforms in the upcoming budget, if government gives a much-awaited push to support and announces favorable incentives in the form of more tax benefits on interest for home loans, coupled with the availability of funds at optimum cost for the real-estate sector and stronger government participation in solving the problem of incomplete projects/inventories across the country, this will certainly ensure to bring back the huge piled-up demand in the housing sector that occupies more than 80% of the entire real-estate sector, and 2019 may see a revival of the housing sector much earlier than expected.” Irfan Razack, Chairman & Managing Director, Prestige Group, added: “The real-estate market has proved to be resilient in 2018. Despite witnessing several major policy changes with the implementation of RERA and GST, we have still managed to do well as an industry. There is stress in certain quarters, but the established developers that show commitment to corporate governance and transparency are succeeding. With GST and RERA stabilizing, the real-estate sector is on the cusp of a complete makeover. The buyers and developers have reconciled themselves to the additional costs, Razack


“Also, category ‘A’ developers with a good track record do not face much problem getting funds through banks or financial institutions. These developers prefer developing larger projects, as they are financially strong and can procure the necessary funds. Larger projects also give developers the flexibility needed for a more sustainable business model, such as mixed-use development, which includes residential, commercial, retail and hospitality. Such a model is more profitable and sustainable to the company in the long run. “2019 will surely be the year for the affordable- and midhousing segments. We are positive that the coming year will bring good tidings for the Mumbai real-estate sector, and, hopefully, we should see more sales happening with a gradual revival in 2019.” According to Amit Ruparel, managing director, Ruparel Realty: “2018 turned out to be a dynamic year. The real-estate industry was going through a significant slump throughout 2017, because of various policy changes like demonetization and the GST. However, 2018 saw a monetary revival, and the real-estate market saw a gradual alleviation. Also, the government enacted various demand-accelerating reforms to support affordable housing. The latest of these is Mumbai Development Plan 2034. “Schemes such as increasing carpet area of residential units for interest subsidy under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme, and opening no-development zones and salt pans are strengthening the overall industry, as well as drawing buyers to the decision making. Initially, homebuyers were skeptical regarding investment due to physical cash crunch, especially at the beginning of the year. However, the market turned more positive just as the year progressed, owing to various favorable policies in good turn for homebuyers, who were fence-sitters. “Implementation of RERA has boosted confidence among homebuyers. It created trust and transparency that helped the sector revive. Today, there is a steep rise in inquiries from the nonresident Indian community following the depreciating value of the rupee against the U.S. dollar. With many domestic and foreign investors eyeing the real-estate market, we expect more positive trends like investments by global investors, revamping of business models, and market consolidation that will wash out all the bad elements from the real-estate sector and create more trust and transparency in the industry, thus reviving the real-estate market.” Harinder Singh, chairman, Realistic Realtors, said: “With catalyst-for-change reforms, like RERA and GST implemented in 2017, the initial negative sentiment witnessed a shift toward more cautious acceptance to these gamechangers in 2018. The first two quarters of the year started with no big incentives from government in the budget to boost demand and bail out the industry from prolonged slowdown. Challenges became bigger for ongoing projects and beyond repair in the case of some large development



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and the market is set to witness further growth. There have been several new launches in the market, rents have gone up, and the commercial sector has been thriving with close to zero vacancy rates. “Though it’s an election year, 2019 is expected to be a good and productive year, with the market being stronger than it was in 2018. The residential real estate market is expected to grow significantly in 2019.” Anil Pharande, chairman, Pharande Spaces; vice president, CREDAI (Pune Metro); and a MahaRERA council member, concluded: “Without a doubt, 2018 was a very difficult year for the Indian real-estate industry, and even the normally resilient Pune market did not escape trouble. RERA, which the Maharashtra government implemented with higher determination than any other state, proved to be the downfall of many smaller developers in Pune. No one questioned the need for this longoverdue regulation, which finally made the customer king again. However, only Pune’s larger, organized developers could endorse RERA with honesty, because they are the only players who could adapt to it. “One of the hallmark features of RERA is that it closed the door on informal soft launches. For a prelaunch to be legal under RERA, the developer must formally register his project and, thereby, make a legal commitment to complete it per the promised schedule. Obviously, this eliminates developers who were only in the business to syphon cash from the market with no intention of delivering. “2018 also saw the full implications of GST on the real-estate market become evident. While it replaced multiple other taxes that applied to real-estate purchases, it increased the overall tax burden on buying into incomplete projects. Only ready-to-move-in projects with completion certificates became exempt. This caused most buyers in Pune to look only at ready-to-move-in projects.

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“If this impact on smaller developers was not hard enough, the crisis that hit NBFCs in the last quarter of 2018 was, in many ways, the final straw. Already financially struggling developers in Pune who could no longer raise capital from the market and depended on NBFCs to get their projects going were struck hard. Again, only stronger and adequately capitalized developers could survive this impact. “2018 empowered Pune’s homebuyers more than ever before. It brought more clarity and confidence for customers than several preceding decades put together. Property prices in the city reached their lowest point, with many areas and projects correcting by as much as 15%. Simultaneously, there were lots of ready-to-move-in properties, which gave customers not only a way around the GST, but also the comfort of knowing exactly what they were paying for. “Despite the pain, or, rather, because of it, the massive shakeup among Pune’s real-estate developers in 2018 resulted in a much healthier property market. The year signed the death warrant on unscrupulous players crippling the market. The inherent strength of reputed developers became evident, with many of the smaller builders selling their incomplete projects or land to stronger developers. With this process of consolidation came the assurance that projects that had no chance of being completed would now be delivered under reputable banners. “As such, 2018 will go down in the history of Pune’s real-estate market as a year of genuine, long-lasting change that will ultimately benefit all stakeholders.” Kamlesh Pandya is a storyteller with expertise in news and analysis. Since 2004, he has been executive editor at A Media, Inc., a Mumbai-based news and content agency, specializing in infrastructure, finance and lifestyle. An alumnus of the University of Bombay, his academic qualifications include accounting and financial management, along with commercial and international law.

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Bloomberg London

Elevators,New Construction London, England KONE provides showcase pieces to “the most sustainable office development in the world.”

Editor’s Note: ELEVATOR WORLD India will feature winning projects from the global 2019 Project of the Year contest throughout 2019.

submitted by Tom Wavre, KONE Financial services giant Bloomberg decided to construct its European headquarters in London, setting out to create a space respectful of the past, present and future. The headquarters occupies an entire city block in the heart of historic London. Its 18 glass elevators are a centerpiece of the collaboration-focused design, giving people a window into a building billed as the most sustainable office development in the world. Situated on the site of the restored Roman-era Temple

of Mithras, Bloomberg London was designed to inspire collaboration among the 4,500-plus employees working onsite, as well as opening up the space to people on the outside. Bloomberg also wanted the building to serve as a working example of sustainable office design, while preserving the rich history of the site. “The Bloomberg London building is all about looking forward and yet fitting in with the past, which I think is a very challenging thing to achieve architecturally,” says Bloomberg London Project Director Kathryn Mallon, who oversaw the development. The idea for creating Bloomberg London was sparked in 2010. Architects Foster + Partners worked closely with Michael Bloomberg to bring the vision to life. They designed a two-building structure linked by bridges above three public plazas and a

The view from inside an elevator out to The Pantry

A bank of elevators that see through to the outside of the building


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Once in the building, all visitors pass through a high space called the Vortex, a cavern of curved timber and light.

pedestrian arcade. The offices cover a 3.2-acre site that occupies an entire city block. Bloomberg London is defined by its sandstone frame, covered in bronze fins of varying shapes and sizes. Once inside, visitors pass through a high space called the Vortex, a cavern of curved timber and light. From here, glass elevators take them straight up to the building’s sixth floor and The Pantry, a communal-space concept common to the arrival experience at all Bloomberg offices. This one offers a breathtaking view of St. Paul’s Cathedral and other London landmarks. Bloomberg London’s open-plan floor concept is designed to promote transparency and collaboration, with meeting rooms and offices also made of glass. Michael Jones, senior partner at Foster + Partners and lead architect for Bloomberg London, explained, “It’s less about a prescriptive way of moving through buildings and more about an intuitive way, one that people can enjoy and prosper from.”

The Elevators KONE was awarded the contracts to design, develop, deliver and maintain all the elevators for the building, including the 18 unique, scenic lifts, in 2013. This became one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by the company. The challenge included creating 360° transparent scenic lifts and lift shafts. Each had to be able to take 2500 kg/33 people at 2 mps. It was important to ensure visibility all the way through the lifts, as they were not to be housed in the core of the building, but moved to the exterior. Jones elaborated: “Pushing all the core and vertical elements to the outside presented a whole series of different challenges, key to which was

delivering a set of elevators that were as clean, transparent and visually permeable as possible. The all-glass scenic KONE elevators are an integral part of the experience, enabling people to see into and out of the building much more fluidly than you can through a typical elevator shaft.”

Advanced Technology The solutions installed include: 18 unique KONE MiniSpace™ scenic elevators Six KONE MonoSpace® firefighting elevators One Mythras MonoSpace access lift Nine service/goods elevators: six KONE TranSys™ and three MonoSpace These solutions offered reduced waiting time and more efficient user navigation of the building, while improving security and access control. The KONE Destination Control System (DCS) incorporates desired destination floors and the number of waiting passengers to significantly improve elevator efficiency and convenience. This additional information leads to increased handling capacity, shorter journey times, fewer intermediate stops and enhanced passenger comfort. The significantly improved system performance is most evident during intense traffic periods and rush hours, when traditional control systems struggle to cope with the high volume of traffic. With the use of KONE E-Link™, Bloomberg can monitor all elevators from a single location. It provides a real-time overview of equipment status, demand, traffic performance and availability. It also provides a comprehensive set of reports on elevator performance (e.g., number of elevator calls per floor), DCS performance (waiting times and time to destination), alarms, etc. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


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along with the designers and engineers from Hyvinkää and KONE’s own Global Installation Team. When everybody was happy with the theory, the entire U.K. team was flown to Finland to undergo extensive training on every aspect of the installation with their Finnish counterparts. It was also decided to make the car the very last component to be installed to reduce the risk of damage. Due to shaft width restrictions, it was necessary to install each car, still lying on one side, into the center of each three-car group shaft, stand it up, lift it and lower it onto the adjacent sling. The car and sling assembly could A view from ground level from inside one elevator through to the additional cars then be driven under test to Level 2, allowing room for the next car to be installed. This involved some complex rigging arrangements for Testing and Installation the temporary lifting equipment. It was necessary to have a 3/4-full As KONE progressed through the project, it became clear that counterweight at the top of the shaft, the sling at the bottom, and both the prototype testing and installation methods would be like the installation fully roped and running. It was essential to load the nothing it had undertaken before. For KONE Senior Project counterweight to enable the machine to run when the car was Manager Chris Edwards: installed. For safety, the counterweight was supported by steel “The most unusual part of this job was related to the design of chains and rope brakes to ensure it would not move as the team the 33-person elevators themselves, where we have what is known worked below the suspended load. as an unbalanced ‘rucksack arrangement’. Here — against all the Thanks to extensive testing and product development, including principles of statically balanced cars required to meet ride comfort the construction of a three-stop, life-sized prototype, the special criteria — the elevator car is hoisted solely by a sling attached to arrangement offers a smooth ride, while hiding all the necessary the rear of the 4,600-kg car!” technology under the floor of the elevator car. This allows an With a fully factory-built glass car weighing 4,600 kg and a sling unobscured view through the entire glass elevator bank. “All the clad in anodized aluminum weighing 2,600 kg, it was always going door gears, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi needed to be underneath to be a challenge to ship them from Hyvinkää, Finland, to London the car, whereas they would normally be on top,” said Edwards. without damaging either. Add to that the challenge of a Due to the nature of the unusual requirements, only a handful of counterweight weighing 1,800 kg when empty and clad on three standard elevator features could be used. sides with bronze. All of this, with a capacity of 33 people (2500 Most scenic elevators have car-operating panels and a sling that kg) results in a total moving car mass of 9,700 kg. interrupt the clear view out of the side of the elevator and across Transporting the fully completed car lying on one side added its into adjacent shafts. This was very much against the architectural own complications, as many of the components required aspirations. The use of a rucksack arrangement took care of the additional support, sling obstruction, and the use of destination control significantly since they were no reduced the controls needed by the general user enough for the longer in the vertical controls to be relocated into the door frames. A service pendant plane. To be sure of that is plugged into a hidden socket provides service technician’s successfully shipping operation. The same approach was taken for the cartop controller. the cars, they were The roofs of these cars are double-laminated glass, so essential packed, loaded and features like emergency stops are in the door frames, with other driven within Finland controls provided by the pendant. to ensure they would Key benefits to the client are that the elevators allow natural survive the journey. light throughout. Staff enter on the ground and are transported Involved in the straight to the sixth floor (to The Pantry for socializing) before theoretical methods moving to their working areas. of transportation and Challenges installation of each element were the Challenges faced in creating these innovative lifts were U.K. design and considerable. Not only was the flow of people through the building installation teams, hugely different from that of other office buildings, the design specialist challenge from Foster + Partners was for the elevator cars to be transportation and constructed entirely from glass, with no essential equipment visible from the outside or inside. Other solutions included the lifting contractors, An early prototype lift for the project


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Bloomberg London sets new standards for sustainability and innovation and raises the bar for future office buildings around the world.

building’s firefighting and goods delivery elevators, as well as an elevator taking visitors to the Temple of Mithras, where the elevators open on adjacent walls. Add to this the requirements around top ride comfort, the counterweights needing to be clad in bronze to match the façade and the unusual rucksack arrangement. Additionally, the doors needed to have custom bottom drive doors made from bombproof glass. Locating the best glass supplier and other partners was not easy. For example, the glass walls to the car are made from triplelaminated glass with fritted interlayers. They are over 5 m tall and 2.2 m wide and weigh up to 620 kg each. To deliver the clean lines demanded, the handrail is mounted directly to disks laminated into the middle layer of the glass. Several materials and finishes were tested before getting an acceptable solution able to withstand the test forces required for the handrail to meet code requirements.

Ride Quality The design requirement was to meet horizontal and vertical vibration level of better than 10 mg and in-car noise under 52 dB(A). All requirements, including those around noise, vibration control and acceleration/deceleration were proven to be achievable in the test-tower installation then delivered across 18 lifts on site.

BREEAM The development has undergone a preliminary assessment under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) New Construction NonDomestic Buildings, which indicates that the building should, subject to all credits being achieved, achieve an “Excellent� rating.

LEED The North Building has undergone a preliminary assessment under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDÂŽ), which has indicated the development, subject to credits being

A terminal of the DCS system, which improves the flow of people through the building and reduces elevator travel time

achieved, will obtain a “Platinum� rating. The South Building, subject to all credits being achieved, will obtain a “Gold� rating with an aspiration to achieve “Platinum.�

Conclusion In October 2018, the Bloomberg development, as “one of the most environmentally friendly office buildings ever conceived,â€? was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture. Institute President Ben Derbyshire said the building has “not just raised the bar for office design and city planning but smashed the ceiling.â€? Mallon summed up: “These glass lifts are my favorite part of the building. I love them. I love that they had never been done before. I love that the KONE engineers decided to take that on as a challenge and decided to innovate and create something different, and partnered with us. They embraced the spirit of the project, which was to create new boundaries, whether it be in architecture or engineering.â€? đ&#x;Œ?

Credits Elevators: KONE plc — Great Britain Building owner: Bloomberg Developer: Stanhope Architect: Foster + Partners Main contractor: SRM Consultant: SWECO

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Product Spotlight

ERP for the Elevator Business NEXA Software launches product to help companies thrive.

by Umesh Joshi and employees of an organization. NES can also be upgraded as required. NES adds value to businesses by helping increase sales, targets and goals through an effective use of resources and the timely completion of day-to-day activities. Elevator companies using NES can automate many facets of their business, eliminating almost all the manual procedures, from taking inquiries to final product delivery and follow-up. NES Joshi


NEXA Software, a Pune-based technology company founded by Gaurav Joshi and Amar Kardile, has developed Nexa Elevator Software (NES), a web-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) application designed for day-to-day elevator business operations. Using open-source technologies like PHP and MySql, NES can be easily managed by technical and non-technical people alike, or even by end users


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Highly customized User-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) Platform-independent design Web-based, easy accessibility Concurrent updation Cloud-based automatic backup Easy to use Security through secured logins Easily upgradable Integrated e-mail and SMS features Saves time and manual work Reduces time for processing Generates all types of reports Reduces paperwork Reduces overhead costs; e.g., paper and printing Maintains details of vendors and materials Online quotation-generation facility

NES Modules Different modules are created and integrated as per the business requirement, and access to the modules is restricted by login credentials: only the modules designated for the particular roles are visible, thus maintaining security and integrity. The modules do, however, work together to achieve the business objective. Seven different modules are incorporated into NES, according to specific business requirements: ♦ User and Resource Management — This module includes add user role, add employee, show employee list, change password, display assigned role and add tax type. ♦ Elevator/Lift Management — In this module, the user can add lift type, door-opening type, landing-door type, car-door opening-side type, car-door type, cabin type, cabin flooring, cabin false ceiling, air-system type, machine type, machine capacity, lift capacity, DBG details, control panel make, control panel type, drive make, drive capacity, accessories details and machine-room type.


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♦ Material Management — This module allows the user to maintain material type details and purchase orders. ♦ Lead Management — Maintain details of customer personal, to-do, site, activity and mailing information for customers. ♦ Quotation Management — Maintain details of quotations for new installations, annual maintenance contracts, modernizations and bill of quantities for new installation. ♦ Report Management — This module generates various reports according to the requirement; e.g., lead list, customer list, quotation list, etc. ♦ Customer Management — This module maintains details of customers and sites.

NES Demand Drivers Annual elevator demand is set to cross 75,000 units by 2020, with India retaining second place in the global market. Urbanization, real-estate reforms, affordable housing, infrastructure projects and high-rise buildings are the key growth triggers. To tap this market, elevator manufacturers must introduce country-specific, affordable models to meet the demand of price-sensitive segments. This is achievable by using NES for optimizing day-to-day activities with customers, vendors and material suppliers. NES provides a day-to-day flow of activities through a webbased application. It enables faster ROI and with less paperwork (‘Go green’ initiative). It is a highly customized application offering full control over micro-details according to user requirements. NES keeps the user dedicated to increasing overall sales, reaching specified targets and achieving on-time goals. Above all, it enables one to see the clear picture of a lift business. It manages both front and back end in term of payments, stock management, customer, product management, vendor management, etc. NES calculates the profit versus sales ratio along with its graph displayed right on your desktop. The responsive web application lets you access NES on any device: laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet. Brands that have opted for NES so far include Force Technologies, Asian Elevator, Phoenix Elevator, Lift Associations Pune and Schneider Elevator. nexasoftware.com Umesh Joshi is managing partner and director of business development for NEXA Software.

Real Estate

All That Glitters at Night Mumbai’s original Queen’s Necklace and Navi Mumbai version have a key differentiator — towers with elevators. by Sheetal Shelar Patil Many tourists and visitors to Mumbai are treated to a late-night ride along the curving Marine Drive, which extends from Grant Road to Churchgate. The lights along the road have been described as the “Queen’s Necklace,” and gazing at the glittering stretch from the rooftop of the Trident Hotel is one of the key advantages of attending an event, be it business or social, after sunset. The reason is that the buildings lined up are mostly low-rise structures with an occasional skyline changer. When Navi Mumbai was planned, it was termed a “satellite city.” As development commenced, it was described as a “sister city.” The implication was that people who couldn’t afford to buy a residence in Mumbai could get one in the “cheaper” alternative city. This created a perception problem, and, as each node had its own pace of development, the structures would remain very basic if only the entry-level buyers were ready to move in.

Navi Mumbai at night; image courtesy of CIDCO

Palm Beach Road at night; image courtesy of CIDCO

At this stage, planning authority CIDCO created Palm Beach Road, a curving expanse that connected various nodes from Vashi to Belapur from the external periphery. The Seawoods complex, conceptualized exclusively for nonresident Indians, was the star attraction. When the realty market witnessed a downward phase in the mid to late 1990s, it was opened to all. Gradually, land plots along Palm Beach Road were auctioned and developed by private-sector builders. At this stage, a much-needed marketing platform was conceptualized, and the stretch was given the tagline “Marine Drive of Navi Mumbai,” rapidly renamed as “Queen’s Necklace of Navi Mumbai.” To attract the upper-class buyers, two aspects were highlighted: the same beautiful curving stretch of wide road with multiple lanes to drive on and an even better view (because of the high-rise projects). Palm Beach Road witnessed a focused high-rise development as each new project comprised multiple towers, necessitating vertical transportation in larger numbers, which would accommodate more users, taking them to Continued


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City Scale Road of Urban Expressway Standard has a length of 12 km, starting from Thane Belapur Road at Pawane and ending at Belapur-CBD. The road from Sion-Panvel Highway to Belapur-CBD was executed in February 2001. This road is part of the Navi Mumbai Development Plan. Palm Beach Marg traverses through the western edge of Navi Mumbai and was developed to provide fast movement of intracity traffic. It serves internodal traffic of Vashi, Sanpada, Nerul and Belapur. This road is provided with interchange facility at Sion-Panvel highway and ROB across the MnkhurdBelapur railway line. The success led to the Palm Beach Road extension from Ghansoli to Airoli, which commenced but was delayed due to the presence of mangroves along the link. — CREDAI-BANM describing Palm Beach Road


greater heights regularly. This set an example for projects across Navi Mumbai, and, soon, towering structures incorporating high-speed elevators became the norm, rather than the exception. Navi Mumbai’s perception and profile both received a tremendous boost, and Palm Beach Road remains the “poster boy� for Navi Mumbai. Manoj Asrani, founding principal, PropertyMonk Pvt. Ltd., points out what is probably a case of sour grapes. Just ask any diehard South Mumbai and western suburb resident about Navi Mumbai, and the answer would be that it’s a bunch of tall buildings without character; an area for low-cost housing; and, generally, a place that is way too far. He underlines, however, that the place is buzzing with youth, and its character is very cosmopolitan. The city is characterized by top-notch hospitals, educational institutions, an information-technology hub, a massive exhibition center, malls, big railway stations, wide roads and unrestricted power and water supplies. According to official figures, Navi Mumbai has a literacy rate of 98%, an average income of INR25,000 (US$356.80) per month and vehicle ownership in 64% of households. Asrani asserts that Navi Mumbai is becoming a pan-India phenomenon. The reason: the biggest infrastructure boom in the entire country, which is happening at a cost of around INR530 billion (US$7.56 billion). This infrastructure boom is expected to create more than 870,000 jobs. This includes the new airport, the expansion of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, a metro project, affordable housing, highway expansions and the crucial Navi Mumbai Airport Influenced Notified Area, all spread over 1,200 ha. Land availability and an aggressive City and Industrial Development Corp. (CIDCO) are both pushing growth in Navi Mumbai. Even as the Ministry of Environment and Forests cleared the much-delayed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, the town planning authority is developing Panvel, Kharghar, Ulwe, Dronagiri, Kalamboli, Kamothe and Greenfield project Pushpak Nagar under its smart-city mission, he explains. Development here is relatively new, well-planned and has taken place sector wise, unlike most other cities, which have a mix of old, new and redeveloped


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PropertyMonk Predictions Going Forward 1) What New Jersey is to New York, what Downtown is to Dubai, Navi Mumbai will be to Mumbai — it’s where people would like to settle and have a great life. 2) With its own economic centers and social fabric (lounges, golf course and its own Central Park in Kharghar), the city is a powerful magnet for entrepreneurship and employment opportunities. Due to this, it may turn out to be an excellent case for “reverse migration.� 3) The state government is also pushing Navi Mumbai big time, as it recently took a decision to make the Mumbai Metropolitan Region a financial services hub. 4) A big chunk of the 6,600-acre parcel of industrial land in Navi Mumbai will be converted into the region’s International Business and Finance Centre (IBFC) that would create 500,000 new jobs. 5) The IBFC has been planned, as there are now land constraints to expand the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Seven times the size of Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex, this IBFC will be situated around Mahape.

buildings. A drive across any sector in the city showcases it as a city characterized by newness, a soft blend of modernity and an overall well-planned approach. The level of development, of course, varies across sectors — some posh, others less affluent. However, the presence of an upwardly mobile community and a vibrant economy full of new opportunities can be clearly felt, according to Asrani. He explains: “Youngsters from all over India with a growing income are moving to Navi Mumbai. They don’t need to stay in South Mumbai or even the western suburbs, as every possible need is being fulfilled here. High-end connectivity can ensure that a Navi Mumbai resident would be able to reach any part of Mumbai within 30 min., and this is a game changer. Youngsters here would have the option to go to South Mumbai or Lonavala (both 40 min. away) for a drink! “Navi Mumbai is a city whose time has come. With Mumbai bursting at its seams, with its creaking infrastructure, traffic chaos, high pollution levels, sprawling slums, very limited open space, lack of affordability and so on, Navi Mumbai comes as a breath of fresh air. It has planned development, wide roads, modern infrastructure, huge open spaces and recreation areas. Above all, with four modes of transport — excellent rail network with world-class stations; broad, well-paved, tree-lined roads with dozens of flyovers and interchanges; and the upcoming air and water transport infrastructures — distance here can be calculated in minutes, not in hours as in other Indian metros.â€?   đ&#x;Œ?


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Upgrades and Updates New doors, drives and elevators among offerings.

Otis India now offers a “green” modernization package for old elevators based on its Gen2® elevator system. The Gen2 MOD package upgrades existing elevators with the company’s latest technology, affecting safety, comfort and environmental standards. Supplied from Otis’ factory in Bengaluru, the package employs a “smart-retention program,” in which reusable parts from the older system are retained in the new one. Designed to reduce downtime by causing minimal interference with the structural part of the building, it includes monitored coated steel belts, a gearless machine, a ReGen™ drive, an internal brake, LED fixtures, a sleep mode and a closed-loop door operator. Sebi Joseph, Otis India president, said, “We estimate more than 30,000 lifts require urgent modernization in [the] country right now.” www.otis.com/en/in

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Modernization With Gen2

CP Automation Ltd. (CPA) has launched the SineTamer® cascade system, an engineered transient disturbance filter designed to monitor all 360° of the sine wave. The product can prevent issues caused by false-zero crossings of the sine wave, reducing elevator downtime. As modern elevator software and hardware are of increasing complexity, the company says, they are more sensitive to fluctuations in power surges, even transient ones that can happen thousands of times a day. Transient surges are a change in the fundamental frequency of power that can occur multiple times a day on the power-supply network. These surges are a result of switching operations of inductive loads, such as air-conditioning units, transformers and lift motors. A variable-frequency drive can exaggerate the frequency, leading to more transient surges, creating false-zero crossings (the instantaneous point at which there is no voltage present) of the sine wave. Devices can be falsely triggered because of fast-changing signals caused by transients, as they sense the zero point has been crossed, even when it hasn’t. It can cause confusion for all equipment on the grid. CPA says improving management of transient surges can give both new and old elevators “a fairer chance in lasting the test of time without maintenance issues.” It has been shown to protect against a major utility-generated power surge, random failures, lockups and deprogramming of human/ machine interfaces affecting elevators. “Typical surgeprotection devices are unable to prevent these issues, as they are voltage-triggered only. This means built-in surge-protection systems are not a feasible option,” it adds. www.cpaltd.net Continued

Elevator Lines for Low- and Mid-Rise European, African ❮ Buildings

thyssenkrupp Elevator says it is responding to the challenges of delivering customized mobility solutions in Europe and Africa by introducing two new elevator families: evolution and synergy. The completely reengineered lines have three models each, 100/200/300, and are intended for low- and mid-rise buildings for residential, commercial and infrastructure applications. Their technical enhancements include improved shaft efficiency and sustainability features. All include the thyssenkrupp MAX predictive-maintenance tool. In addition, there are three design lines for the residential and commercial market. Each accommodates the different styles preferred in European and African countries. They offer a range of materials like stainless steels, laminates and painted glass. Flexibility in terms of cabin size, load and speed are also intended to match customer desires. The evolution 100 and 200 are for commercial buildings. The 100 travels with a maximum speed of 1.6 mps and a capacity of up to 1600 kg. The 200 optimizes ride comfort with low vibration, flexible dimensions and a landing accuracy of ±1 mm. It travels up to 2.5 mps and carries up to 2500 kg. The 300 is capable of the same speed and can haul up to 4,000 kg but is intended for infrastructure applications. The synergy 100 and 200 are for residential buildings. The 100 offers an attractive option for drastically reduced shaft dimensions, both in the pit and overhead. The 200 has easily customizable cabin dimensions, and the 300 is for less-demanding commercial applications, such as schools, clinics or hotels. All models carry loads The evolution and synergy lines both have new design up to 1000 kg. synergy 200 and 300 are capable of a travel speed of up to 1.75 mps, schemes, which thyssenkrupp says are preferred in Europe and Africa. while the 100 offers a travel speed of 1 mps. www.thyssenkrupp-elevator.com

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Sematic C-MOD Door Now Available With Wittur ECO+ Drive Wittur has announced the availability of the Sematic C-MOD car door with the Wittur ECO+ drive as an option. It said the new option brings together “the reliable and space-saving mechanical structure of C-MOD and the bestselling Wittur drive� to offer distinctive technological advantages. A three-panel execution with

ECO+ as an option will be announced later. As a further option, C-MOD can be delivered with CANbus connection to be included in a remote-control system for predictive maintenance. The new option shares the same fixation points of the standard C-MOD car door, so no changes in the installation procedure are required. The electronics can be installed on top of the operator or on the car roof, according to space requirements. www.wittur.com   đ&#x;Œ?

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