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ELEVATOR WORLD India 1st Quarter 2020

Issue 1, Volume 13


Eye on Navi Mumbai

Ashok Chhajer, chairman and managing director of Arihant Superstructures, shares perspectives on development in the planned city and the role elevators play.


IEES 2019


Spiritually Uplifting


by Angela C. Baldwin The Second Annual International Elevator and Escalator Symposium gathered experts who shared their knowledge over two full days.


by Sheetal Shelar Patil Your author presents a first-person account of a visit to the Saptashrungi Temple and the holy shrine’s funicular trolleys.

Interlift 2019

by Angela C. Baldwin Records break, confidence reigns in “Lift City.”


Embracing the Future

by Sheetal Shelar Patil; photos courtesy of KONE Elevator India


Retrofitting Urban Infrastructure

by Amish Mistry; photos by Sarvesh Titame

The Transformation of Mumbai Metro by Sheetal Shelar Patil

Developer Perspectives for 2020 by Yash Pandya

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Heritage and Headway

by Sheetal Shelar Patil

Implications for VT

by Sheetal Shelar Patil

Style Considerations by Yash Pandya



First Milestone

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Monarch BST Aims High Following


by Yash Pandya





Editor’s Overview




Inside India News

Elevating an 20 Ancestral Craft 94 by Yash Pandya

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95 Expectations 96 for 2020 by Yash Pandya


Regional News Product Spotlight Marketplace SOURCE Directory Advertisers Index


EW ELEVATOR WORLD India is a quarterly magazine published by E­ levator 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 ELENET®), and magazines; and the Source©, 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 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, Fred Wilkinson (International) Brad O’Guynn (Marketing) Susan Crigler (Education Products) Production and Internet EW Staff (U.S.) – Lillie McWilliams, Khalid Al-Shethry, Claire Nicholls, Diego Torres Vanegas Administration Anitha Raghunath (India) J. Scott Eastman (U.S.) ELEVATOR WORLD® and ELEVATOR WORLD India™ are registered trademarks and all rights reserved. Copyright© 2020. 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 2020: February 17, May 18, August 17 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 And the Commute Enabler Award Goes to . . . VT! by Vijay Pandya They say there are no strangers, only friends we haven’t met yet. Similarly, vertical-transportation (VT)enabled commutes are no longer restricted to the privileged few at airports. In fact, accessing metro or railway stations during 2020 will provide far greater opportunities to experience elevators and escalators across India. And that brings another equally apt adage to mind: “Better late than never!” Until recently, watching Hollywood or Bollywood movies with scenes of seamless railway commutes in major cities across the globe used to be frustrating. As if by magic, people would glide upward on an escalator or calmly enter an elevator with all their luggage. Having been alien concepts in India (except inside airports), escalators would often elicit sighs of jealously or silent prayers for these helpful devices. Well, the good news is that someone finally decided to answer those prayers! While there were metros with elevators and escalators even during the past few decades, they were limited to select cities. VT at railway stations was almost unheard of until a few years ago. But, like a snowball rolling downhill, the number of metros being set up across India has been on the rise, as have the number of VT-facilitated railway stations. Thanks to the impetus being given to infrastructure development, 2020 should witness VT becoming a part of the daily commute of more people than one could have previously envisaged. Elevators and escalators will be a given in new airports and metro projects, as well as at existing railway stations or in refurbishments. IoT has also been an enabler for the part of our commute we take for granted in residential and office buildings. Whether it is the one that takes us to the parking area or the lobby, we all have those elevators memorized and access them almost on autopilot. Emerging technology will soon make even that unnecessary by notifying you about the elevator with quickest access to your destination floor on entering the premises. All things considered, the expectations for VT in 2020 reflect the similarly named popular cricket format. Get set for an adrenaline rush; lots of exciting news; and, considering how time flies, recounting how memorable this year was after another 12 months.

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OEMs Orders, honors, initiatives and activities Johnson Lifts Wins Order for Pune Metro Having already done 12 Metro projects, Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd. (JLPL) was recently awarded a contract to set up elevators at Pune Metro stations from Tukaram Nagar to Swargate Station, a 37-km line, at a cost of INR520 million (US$7.3 million). The project is expected to be completed by 2021. The company also recently installed a 3000-kg lift at the TATA Motors factory, Chinchiwad, which manufactures BS6 vehicles. Realizing the growing market and its potential in Western India, Johnson is setting up offices in small towns in Pune, such as Kolhapur, Solapur and Shirdi. “Having done 120 crore (INR1.2 billion, US$16.9 million) in Maharashtra, the company is looking forward to doing 200 crore (INR2 billion, US$28 million) by 2022,” said Branch Manager Abhijeet Gawaskar. Albert Dhiraviyam, country head for marketing at JLPL, noted the market is booming, saying, “There has been a significant growth in the opportunities available, owing to the major urban infrastructure development programs. The growing opportunities have attracted many multinational players, hence bringing in stiff competition in excellence and efficiency. Johnson Lifts is proud to face this competition and still be preferred, thus retaining our No. 1 position with 22% market share.” He added that JLPL “continues to be No. 1, despite multinational players in the market, owing to their established strong aftersales service network, service practices, quick responses and capability in large project management.”

TJEI Establishes Training, Distribution Facility Toshiba Johnson Elevators (India) Pvt. Ltd. (TJEI) has announced the opening of its Training Centre and Distribution Centre (TCDC) in Chennai. The newly established facility is designed to enhance the competence and expertise of field engineers for elevator sales, installation and maintenance, the company says. “With the establishment of this new distribution center, we will continue to focus on quality-improvement activities and

(l-r) Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp., Japan CEO and President Makoto Nakagawa and Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd., India Chairman and Managing Director John K. John cut the ribbon to mark the opening of TJEI’s new TCDC.


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provide highly reliable products to the market, with safety and quality as our top priority,” TJEI Managing Director Junichi Kyushima said. “We aim to further improve the efficiency of onsite work by advanced stocking and assembling parts facilities.” In addition to educational facilities, TCDC will have a storage area for elevator components to be used for elevator installation and maintenance. The complex will also function as a reliability center equipped with various quality-control facilities. The company said it established the center with an aim to provide advanced engineering solutions and to continue to focus on the development of human resources and ongoing investments for engineering facilities.

Otis India Receives Innovation, Supply-Chain Excellence Awards Otis Elevator India recently received awards for innovation and supply-chain excellence. On September 25, Sridar Rajagopal, director of sales and marketing, strategy and mergers and acquisitions, accepted the “IoT Innovation Award” from Express Computer at the Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Conclave at the India Expo Center in Greater Noida. “The elevator industry is Sridhar Rajagopal, left, already at the start of a major receives the “IoT disruption,” Rajagopal said. “With Innovation Award.” IoT services like Otis ONETM, the possibilities are immense and will offer a whole set of services not yet possible.” On the same date, Otis’ Bengaluru factory was named second runner up in the “Excellence in Supply Chain — Large Enterprises” category at the Eighth Annual Manufacturing Continued

Dheeraj Vohra, left, accepts the “Excellence in Supply Chain — Large Enterprises” second runner up honor.


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INSIDE INDIA NEWS Today Conference & Awards 2019 in Taj Santacruz in Mumbai. Fifty large manufacturers submitted nominations for the award, which recognizes operations efficiency and customer satisfaction. Speaking on the win, factory head Dheeraj Vohra said: “Our Bengaluru factory’s journey has been an interesting one. An Indian Green Building Council Gold-rated factory, the facility meets a large percentage of our Indian customers’ needs. For example, we recently won an order from the Bengaluru Metro, and the elevators will be supplied from this factory.”

Schindler CSR Initiative Builds New School

Schindler Ahead Showcased at ACETECH 2019 At ACETECH Mumbai Exhibition 2019 at the Bombay Exhibition Center on November 7-10, 2019, Schindler showcased its digital advertising solutions for elevators and escalators through its Schindler Ahead system, a smart Internet of Things (IoT) platform designed to allow seamless connectivity of elevators and escalators in fast-moving urban spaces. Schindler’s booth welcomed some high-profile visitors, including architect Hafeez Contractor, Tata Realty Managing Director Sanjay Dutt, Hiranandani Group cofounder and Managing Director Niranjan Hiranandani and Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh. Schindler Ahead is promoted as the first fully digital, closed-loop maintenance, emergency services and information system for elevators and escalators. The platform connects equipment, owners and passengers with Schindler contact centers and technicians, sharing all necessary information in real time. Schindler describes its IoT connectivity as being a crucial element of the digital platform.

Team Schindler India showcased Schindler Ahead’s capabilities during the ACETECH Mumbai Exhibition.

Inovance to Introduce Monarch BST at IEE Expo In October 2019, industrial automation group Inovance announced the acquisition of BST, a supplier of electrical elevator components, which was then merged with Monarch, Inovance’s existing elevator business unit, to form Monarch BST (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2019). The new company will make its India debut at the International Elevator and Escalator (IEE) Expo, set for February 27-29 in Mumbai. Monarch BST offers a wide portfolio of elevator control solutions and is a major global supplier, serving the largest global elevator companies. Anil Kumar, director of Inovance India, says, “We see customer safety as a central responsibility, and that’s why we are showcasing our safety credentials at IEE Expo. Our NICE Integrated Solutions meet. . . EN 81-20 and -50.” Monarch BST will be set up in Hall 1, Stall F10 at the Bombay Exhibition Center. Kumar

Schindler India’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program “Fulfill Futures,” which falls under the company’s Sustainable Communities Rural projects, inaugurated the Zilla Parishad School, primary division (first to fourth standard) during a ceremony on December 10, 2019, that opened the project, which included construction of a school and sanitation unit of a Zilla Parishad near Schindler’s factory in Chakan, Pune. Umesh Magar, director, Magarpatta Township Development, was the chief guest. He, along with Shubhankar Chatterji, chief supply chain officer and factory head, Schindler India, inaugurated the school. The school comes under the Eainadewasti with a tribal population of around 350 individuals — 185 males and 162 females. The school had two classrooms and one sanitation block that had to be demolished and reconstructed. There are currently 45 students studying at the school under the guidance of two teachers. A baseline assessment study by Schindler’s nongovernmental organization partner, Habitat for Humanity, found the existing classrooms and sanitation block to be in dilapidated condition that was not conducive to a healthy school environment. Schindler’s program is focused on supporting sustainable initiatives for rural communities to bring about positive developments. Schindler India & South Asia Chief Peoples Officer Shubha Arora, noting the company’s reasons for taking on the project, said: “Schindler India believes that lack of education through social and economic disadvantage is the greatest barrier to equal opportunity. Hence, via our ‘Fulfill Futures’ program, we strive to bridge this gap, a reflection of our awareness of our responsibility toward the cause. The ability to give back to the society for larger interest is what will make all the difference in

the years to come. The Zilla Parishad school is a testament to Schindler’s commitment toward development of communities and bringing education to deprived sections of society.”

Young pupils stand in front of their new school building, built as part of Schindler India’s CSR initiative.


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Railways Accessibility improves at stations throughout the system. CR Upgrades to Include Escalators, Elevators Central Railway (CR) is planning a number of service improvements in 2020, including more foot-overbridges, (FOBs) escalators and elevators, the Times of India reported in December 2019. CR installed nine new escalators to platforms in 2019, bringing the total to 67 in the Mumbai division and 106 across the CR line. An official said up to 123 more escalators are planned, along with 127 more elevators at station platforms. Plans also include 56 more FOBs, which would bring CR’s total to 158. Other planned improvements include five more airconditioned trains, which will be equipped with closed-circuit television cameras to deter criminal activity, and WiFi service at stations.

IR to Install 25 Escalators, 32 Elevators Indian Railways (IR) will install more escalators and elevators in the Northeast Frontier Railway stations, the Shillong Times reported in November 2019. At the time, there were 11 elevators and 10 escalators in operation across major stations, but to improve accessibility, especially for older passengers, Indian Railways is working to add 25 escalators and 32 elevators by the end of 2020. Eight escalators were to be installed in stations in December 2019 and 17 more will be added by December 2020. Of the elevators, six were to be installed by the end of 2019 and the remaining 26 will be installed by June 2020.

IR to Install Stairlifts at Station Platforms IR is launching a modernization plan that includes stairlifts at station platforms in Lucknow, Hindustan Times reported in December 2019. An overall goal of the plan is to make stations more user-friendly, especially for the elderly and disabled. “The [stairlift] initiative is part of a modernization drive. At present, it’s being run as a pilot project at Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR central railway station that was earlier known as Chennai Central Railway Station. Once successful, the stairlifts will be installed at all prime railway stations, including Charbagh and Varanasi railway stations,” said a senior railway official. The officer said a test stairlift did extremely well, especially where installation of elevators and escalators is not feasible. The lifts will be equipped with heavy-duty, 250-W motors, will have a load capacity of 150 kg and will typically have a rise of 15-20 m. Each unit will cost about INR200,000 (US$2,800). “Users can operate it easily with the help of the joystick installed on the chair’s arm. It is programmed for jerk-free operation, with [a] swivel seat and a footrest,” the official said.


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Escalators, Lifts and More Planned at ChennaiArea Station Five escalators, an unspecified number of lifts, a new FOB and a parking lot are coming to Chennai Egmore railway station, the “second-most-important terminal after Chennai Central,” The Hindu reported in November 2019. Southern Railway plans to have the work complete by March under an initiative called “One Station, One Division.” Once complete, the renovations will make the station “the most user-friendly” in the Chennai division, a railway official said. In addition to the new vertical-transportation equipment, floors will be repaved, reservation counters will be rearranged, and waiting areas and restrooms will be revamped.

Mumbai Seniors Get Railway Escalators After Five Years Senior citizens in Mumbai are getting escalators installed at the Jogeshwari railway station after five years of asking, mid-day reported in November 2019. Two foot overbridges at the station, which were higher than previous ones, will get escalators on the west side. Progress on the issue has been slow because the area where the escalators will end belongs to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp. (BMC). BMC approved the project back in July 2019, but work was at a standstill because of monsoon season. Western Railways says work will soon begin on the escalators now that all hurdles have been cleared.

Skywalk With Escalators Going Up in Mumbai’s Santacruz Area A November 12, 2019, Bhumi Pujan ceremony marked the beginning of construction of a skywalk with four escalators in the Santacruz district of Mumbai, The Free Press Journal reported. The 500-m-long, 4-m-wide skywalk is being undertaken by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp. at Nehru Road to alleviate pedestrian congestion in the rapidly growing Santacruz district, which has been experiencing problems with increasing vehicle traffic. A budget of INR200 million (US$2.7 million) was set for the skywalk, which will have escalators at each end. The project was expected to take 18 months to complete.


CTBUH 2019 Year in Review Highlights India, Sri Lanka

Joglekar Honored for RTI Query

India tied with Malaysia as the fourth-most-prolific country, after China, the U.S. and the U.A.E., in number of buildings at least 200 m tall completed in 2019, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) annual Year in Review. India had seven such buildings completed, jumping from zero in the 200-m-plus category in 2018. The source noted that “even this number underrepresents the volume of activity; many more Indian projects in the 200-m-plus range have started and are well underway but have not yet met CTBUH completion criteria.” The document, “Tall Buildings in 2019: Another Record Year for Supertall Completions,” observed that, at 26 completions, supertalls (standing at least 300 m) achieved a second consecutive record, topping 18 completions in 2018. Supertall construction was most robust in China, which, for the fifth year in a row, had the tallest building to complete: the 530-m-tall Tianjin CTF Finance Centre. The document also explores other tall-building trends and milestones, including that countries like Sri Lanka got new tallest buildings. Sri Lanka’s new tallest is the 240-m-tall Altair in Colombo, for which Otis provided the verticaltransportation equipment (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 3rd Quarter 2016). To access the full document, visit skyscrapercenter.com/year-in-review/2019.

Noting that, compared to modern units, old elevators can pose safety hazards to users and consume far greater amounts of energy while operating, Abhijeet Ashok Joglekar took a “macro” approach to tackling the issue and was recognized for his efforts, which have benefited the industry. He filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act for a list of old lifts with more than 20 years in operation that are likely consuming greater amounts of energy but can be modernized to the latest standards by changing some features. After several attempts, he succeeded in getting detailed information from the government. The information was helpful for all stakeholders: students, elevator companies and elevator component manufacturers, as the government uploaded it on the official website. Many companies have started working on this aspect, as well. In October 2019, Joglekar, who now serves as regional sales head for Arkel India, saw his initiative recognized by nationally recognized social activist Hon. Padma Bhushan Anna Hazare, who appreciated him for his contribution under the RTI Act in the interest of the nation.

The 56-story, 225-m-tall One Indiabulls Sky Blue in Mumbai was among tall buildings to complete in 2019; image courtesy of Anupam De & Associates via CTBUH.


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(l-r) Abhijeet Ashok Joglekar was honored for his RTI efforts by nationally recognized social activist Hon. Padma Bhushan Anna Hazare.


Fatalities Tragic incidents in Hyderabad, Mumbai Boy Crushed to Death in Elevator Accident A 9-year-old boy was crushed to death in an elevator accident in the Manikonda suburb of Hyderabad on November 24, 2019, The New Indian Express reported. The boy and his older sister were on the fourth floor of the residential building where they lived with their family when the incident occurred. He opened the protective door and looked up as the lift was descending from the fifth floor. It hit him on the head and dragged him down 50 ft. The protective doors had been revealed to be defective in the days prior, but residents had apparently not brought it to the property owner’s attention. In November, an investigation was ongoing, and police had registered a case of suspicious death.

9-Year-Old Girl Dies in Lift Mishap A 9-year-old girl was pronounced dead at a local hospital as a result of a lift mishap in the building where she lived in the Hasthinapuram neighborhood of Hyderabad on October 18, the Hindustan Times was among news outlets to report. When she was taking the elevator up to the third floor, another person called the elevator to that floor. The lift began moving with its outer grille open, and the girl’s leg became stuck in the gap between the elevator and shaft. Her body was crushed. Medics and lift-maintenance staff attempted to free her for nearly 2 hr. A spokesperson for a child-rights association said “substandard elevators” are to blame for this and similar accidents.

Electrician Killed While Working on Elevator A 52-year-old electrician working on an elevator in Mumbai was killed when the elevator dragged him down the shaft, several outlets, including ARY News, reported in December 2019. The elevator at the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corp. (MSRTC) building had been repaired the day before but malfunctioned again. The electrician was not part of the elevator company’s repair team but offered to assist a company service technician. As he was working on the lift, the doors closed on his legs and the unit descended, dragging him down. He suffered broken legs and a head injury, and was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died en route. Some of the man’s coworkers at MSRCTC said the elevator had been poorly maintained, and that several people had become stuck inside in the past. MSRTC officials said they would investigate the incident, which police listed as an accidental death.


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Skyway With Five Lifts, Five Escalators Planned in Hyderbad A skyway with lifts and escalators could be complete by April at Aramghar Crossroads in southern Hyderabad, The Hans India reported in December 2019. Officials said the structure would rise 6 m, with a 2.65-m-wide walkway with five escalators and five elevators spread across 22.58 m around Aramghar Crossroads in the Rajendranagar area. To protect users from monsoon rains and high summer temperatures, the skyway will be covered in polycarbonate sheets, which officials said will add aesthetic appeal. Numerous foot overbridges are also on the drawing board, but the source did not say whether they will be outfitted with verticaltransportation equipment.

BMRCL to Cover Gaps Between Escalators and Staircases In an effort to improve safety, Bangalore Metro Rail Corp. Ltd. (BMRCL) will cover gaps between escalators and staircases at Kempe Gowda Metro rail stations in Bengaluru, The Times of India reported in November 2019. Also involving safety-rail repair, the upgrades come in the wake of a January 2019 accident in which a toddler fell from an escalator at Srirampura Metro to the road below, indicating the need for gaps to be covered by safety nets or metal sheets. With many stations served by only one escalator, BMRCL is also installing more escalators at existing stations, including Nagasandra.


IEE Expo 2020 Organizers Foresee Event Packed With Innovations In January, organizers of the eighth edition of the International Elevator and Escalator Expo (IEE Expo), planned on February 27-29 in Mumbai, said more than 100 exhibitors had secured spaces “to transform into magnificent real-life examples of elevators and escalators to give visitors a personalized experience of the latest high-end elevator technologies.” The team from Messe Frankfurt learned attendees — including architects, developers, government entities and urban planners — will be on the lookout for high-quality elevator interior finishes, lighting options and energy-saving features for multiple projects. Representatives of Ajmera Group said they plan to attend to source elevators with “seamless security features” and large cabin sizes. For Rustomjee Group Chairman and Managing Director Boman Rustom Irani, products offering service, quality, durability and safety will top the list. Godrej Properties Ltd. Manager of Procurement Punam Ingle, Sr. said the company is developing approximately 30 projects across the country that will need innovative, aesthetically pleasing elevators.

The show floor during IEE Expo in 2018; courtesy of Messe Frankfurt

Metro and railway systems will be looking for high-capacity, energy-efficient elevator and escalator systems with remote monitoring and alarm systems. Manufacturers of components like controllers, sensors, drives, inverters, remote-monitoring systems, gears and doors are also expected to have a big presence at the event. For more information, visit ieeepo.in.messefrankfurt.com.

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Dubai Major contract for Dubai Festival Plaza and plans for a record-setting hotel Ciel Tower to Become World’s Tallest Hotel Ciel Tower, planned to open in early 2023 in Dubai Marina, is to replace the nearby Gevora Hotel (on Sheikh Zayed Road) as the tallest hotel in the world. DestinAsian Indonesia announced it would be developed by The First Group and designed by Norr Group, which also designed Dubai landmarks Atlantis and The Palm. Located directly in front of Cayan Tower, the property is near Marina Walk and Marina Mall. Its height is to surpass Gevora’s by 4 m to reach 364 m or more with at least 77 stories. The tower’s 1,209 suites are being called “premium lodging” with views of Palm Jumeirah, Bluewater Island and other Dubai eyecatchers. Other amenities include a glass observation deck with 360° views, a rooftop bar, an infinity pool, a fitness center, a spa and more. It has already won the Best International Hotel Architecture, Best Hotel Architecture Arabia and Best Residential High-Rise Architecture Arabia awards.

Al-Futtaim Providing 46 Units to Dubai Festival Plaza Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies is providing 46 units — elevators, escalators and moving walks — to the 65,300-m2 Dubai Festival Plaza, scheduled to open in December 2019, various news outlets, including MENAFN, reported. Al-Futtaim’s elevator division supplied 24 LM Liftmaterial machine-room-less elevators from Wittur with capacities of 2000-5000 kg, 14 Hitachi escalators and eight moving walks. Al-Futtaim Managing Director Murali S. observed Festival Plaza will cater to the growing number of residents and visitors in south Dubai. Convenient to some of the area’s most established communities, including Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah, the mall is easily accessible from Sheik Zayed Road.

55-Story Tower Set to Rise in Tel Aviv District A 55-story tower, designed by Guy Miloslavsky to integrate with its surroundings, has been approved by authorities in Ramat Gan in the Tel Aviv District of Israel, Globes reported in November 2019. Bass Tower, a 60,600-m2, mixed-use structure at the intersection of Arlosorov and Jabotinsky streets, will contain retail, office and public space. Moshe Bass & Sons Elite Garage is the developer of the project, adjacent to the Red Line light rail station. Taking the place of a gas station, the plan involves building a roof over Hamaayan Street, which will be lowered to ease access to future underground parking lots. The architect said the structure will be “covered by glass that looks like expensive, honed stone. . . .”

Dubai Festival Plaza was set to open in south Dubai in December; image courtesy of Dubai Festival Plaza/Al-Futtaim.

Bass Tower in Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv; rendering courtesy of Guy Miloslavsky


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Business Hiring, records and accolades in the Middle East, Asia and Australia Peelle Hires Middle East Representative The Peelle Co. has assigned Hafid Azzahafi as its manufacturers representative for the Middle East market. Azzahafi will handle sales, technical support, training and commissioning of the company’s products from his office in Dubai. Vice President of Business Development Michael J. Ryan will support him from the Peelle New York office in relation to freight elevator stakeholders and project prospecting, trade events and sales visits. President Hank E. Peelle, III added that Azzahafi will also be supported by Peelle’s engineering, project management and technical support teams.

Zhongtian Future Ark, ArtPark9 in Beijing and other high-rise landmarks. The company won the Guinness Book of World Records notation for the fastest elevator in the world, a 1,260 m/ min unit at the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. In another December 2019 milestone, Guangzhou Metro Line 21 entered into full operation, the source reported. The 61.5-km, 21-station line uses 273 Hitachi VT units — 255 escalators and 48 elevators.

Officials with Hitachi Elevator (China) and Evergrande Group sign a deal in late December 2019. Hitachi will provide 110 elevators and escalators for Evergrande’s Hongqiao International Airport project in Shanghai; photo via Yahoo Finance.

Orbitz Elevators’ Dwayre Snags Top Young Entrepreneur Honor Hitachi (China) Production Topped 100,000 Units in 2019 Hitachi Elevator (China) Co., Ltd. of Guangzhou signed a contract with Evergrande Group on December 24, 2019, pushing the company’s sales of vertical conveyances past the 100,000unit milestone for the year, Yahoo Finance reported. The new contract calls for Hitachi to provide 110 elevators and escalators to Evergrande’s Hongqiao International Airport project in Shanghai. Hitachi Elevator and Evergrande have been working together since 1997, when Hitachi began supplying elevators for the real estate developer’s first property project, Guangzhou Jinbi Garden. To date, Hitachi Elevator has provided more than 25,000 elevators and escalators to Evergrande, with total value exceeding CNY7 billion (US$1 billion). Hitachi Elevator is one of the first vertical-transportation (VT) companies in China to support the development of a real estate supply chain. At present, China’s top five property developers are all Hitachi Elevator’s strategic partners. Other 2019 milestones included contracts to provide VT for Guangzhou Poly Zeng Cheng Finance Headquarters, Changsha Ping An Wealth Center, Chow Tai Fook Finance Tower in Qianhai, Shenzhen, Guiyang


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Jonathan Dwayre, who founded Gold Coast, Australia-based Orbitz Elevators in 2015, received the top award at the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019 at a gala held at QT Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise on September 27, 2019, Business News Australia reported. Judges pointed to “exceptional year-on-year growth and massive job creation” at Orbitz, which now has more than 85 employees and branches in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Port Moresby, Australia; and Papua, New Guinea. Future plans include expansion into New Zealand and the U.K. Dwayre learned the industry while working for his father’s U.K. elevatorservicing business. He attributes Orbitz’s success to identifying “gaps in the market in customer service, flexibility and asset reliability.” Dwayre

(l-r) Hank E. Peelle, III and Hafid Azzahafi

KONE Honored for Corporate Excellence, Sustainability KONE, in an honor recognizing it as one of Asia’s bestperforming companies, has received the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability (ACES) Award, Manufacturing Global reported in September. The award recognizes high-performing Continued

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enterprises that have shown growth in revenue and are focused on connecting with consumers in seizing business opportunities. In announcing the award, organizers said KONE’s ability to present sustainable solutions to modern-day problems has given the company a competitive edge that has been propelling its growth in the Asia-Pacific region, one of its fastest-growing markets. “It’s a great honor and privilege for us to receive this award, and this is a testament of our commitment towards innovation and delivering value for our customers,” said Axel Berkling, executive vice president, Asia-Pacific, KONE, of the ACES Award.

EW Announces Project of the Year Winners


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ELEVATOR WORLD is pleased to report the winners of the 2020 Project of the Year contest. Winning projects, featured in EW’s January 2020 issue, are (with category): ♦ “The Vessel” in NYC submitted by Liberty Elevator (Elevators, New Construction) ♦ “Empire State Building” in NYC submitted by Otis (Elevators, Modernization) ♦ “Jewel Changi Airport” in Singapore submitted by Schindler Singapore (Escalators, New Construction) ♦ “San Diego Convention Center” submitted by KONE (Escalators, Modernization) ♦ “Riosol Hotel” in Gran Canaria, Spain, submitted by thyssenkrupp (Inclined Lifts) ♦ “Yacht Obsession” in Mystic, Connecticut, submitted by Gillespie (Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts) ♦ “Mega Elevator” in Tel Aviv, Israel, submitted by ELMAS (Special-Purpose Lifts) ♦ “Device for Assessment of Technical Condition of Guides” in Chełm, Poland, submitted by The State School of Higher Education – The Institute of Technical Sciences and Aviation (Elevators, Upgrades and Repairs) Submissions for the 2021 contest will be accepted beginning in April at www.elevatorworld.com/poy until September 30. The transportation-system portion of the project must have been completed within two years of the opening of the contest (April 2018 or later).

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The Jewel Changi Airport won in the Escalators, New Construction category in the EW 2020 Project of the Year contest.


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China Nanning, Tianjin, Nanjing, Changsha and Chongqing are home to important contracts and projects. KONE 154 Units for Metro Line in Nanning KONE has won a contract to install 154 units for the first phase of Metro Line 4 in Nanning. The 24.6-km-long line will have 19 underground stations, four of which will be connected to other metro lines. KONE will equip 10 stations with 29 MonoSpace® elevators and 125 TransitMaster™ 140 escalators. The contract includes five years of maintenance. Three metro lines are currently in service. In the future, the Nanning metro system will include a total eight lines. The first phase, being developed by Nanning Rail Transit Co., Ltd., is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 and, once open, will serve about 100,000 passengers per day. Nanning is the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China.

74-Unit Deal for Project in Tianjin KONE has won a contract to supply 74 total units to Tianjin Pingan Teda IFC, a luxury mixed-use development planned in Tianjinm, the company announced in November 2019. The development will have two towers, rising 313 m and 240 m in height, and will bring office space, apartments and high-end shopping to the city. KONE will deliver 54 elevators for the project — 12 MonoSpace®, 37 MiniSpace™, four MiniSpace DoubleDeck and one MiniSpace Transformer — as well as 20 TravelMaster™ 110 escalators to the development. The complex will also be equipped with the E-Link™ monitoring system, and the contract includes two years of standard maintenance. KONE will provide 74 units to the Tianjin Pingan Teda IFC project in Tianjin; rendering courtesy of KONE.


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The developer, Tianjin Meiyin Real Estate Co., Ltd., is focusing on sustainability by incorporating energy-saving solutions. The complex will offer Tianjin’s first boutique shopping center, which will encompass themes of art, culture and ecology. The 68-story residential building will have leisure spaces among its amenities. Tianjin Pingan Teda IFC is scheduled for completion in 2022.

Design for New District in Nanjing Includes Supertall Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) revealed the design for a new mixed-use district in Nanjing that includes a 500-m-tall supertall mixed-use tower, Architect reported in November 2019. Scheduled for completion in 2025, South HeXi Yuzui Financial District and Tower also includes 100-, 155-, 220- and 350-m-tall office towers, and an 86-m-tall residential tower. The supertall design draws inspiration from the nearby Yangtze River with an exterior that reflects light, mitigates wind and optimizes views. Including an observation area providing 360˚ open-air views, it is being built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification, with features such as multiple green spaces and rainwater harvesting.

South HeXi Yuzui Financial District and Tower; rendering © AS+GG

Changsha Hua Center Phase II Complete Huayuan Group’s “urban life center” project in the center of the old city of Changsha is complete and ready for occupants, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reported in November 2019. The Hua Center Phase II, at Jiefang West Road, Taiping Street and Pozi Street, includes ground-floor retail Continued

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space, offices, sky lobbies and other amenities. The design was inspired by the mountains in Zhangjia Jie and features two towers that are staggered and twisted with uneven setbacks. A link bridge connects the 99- and 133-m-tall towers.

The Hua Center Phase II design features two towers that are staggered and twisted with uneven setbacks; image courtesy of Aedas.

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A trio of towers inspired by the “Lord of the Rings” (LotR) franchise is rising in Chongqing, DailyMail reported in November. The project, which features a circular glass corridor resembling the “Eye of Sauron,” consists of three 107-m-tall (350-ft-tall) towers. The ring-shaped corridor is suspended 99.8 m (327 ft) above ground, supported by the three towers. This project, which will house office space upon completion, is part of Chongqing’s Xiantao Big Data Valley, a technology park covering 494 acres.

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The project, which features a circular glass corridor resembling the Eye of Sauron, consists of three 107-m-tall (350-ft-tall) towers; image courtesy of China MCC5 Group.


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Tokyo New projects open, get underway around the city. Mixed-Use High Rise Opens in Shibuya Shibuya Scramble Square, a 230-m, 46-story tower in the Shibuya Station District Redevelopment, has officially opened, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) reported in November 2019, citing Japan Property Central. The mixed-use tower will house 213 retailers within the first 14 floors and two basements. Levels 17 through 45 will offer a total of 73,000 m2 of office space, the most of any building in the Shibuya region. There are also observation decks on floors 14, 45 and 46, which offer views of Mount Fuji and other sights of Tokyo. Shibuya Scramble Square was designed by Nihon Sekkei, Kengo Kuma & Associates and SANAA Architects. Two other buildings, the 61-m Shibuya Scramble Square Center and the 76-m West Building, also part of the Shibuya Station District Redevelopment, are set to be completed in 2028.

Transit-Oriented Tower Development Breaks Ground Ground was broken in November 2019 on the 265-m-tall, 49-story Toranomon Hills Station Tower, part of Mori Building’s US$3.6-billion redevelopment project centered around a new subway station set to open in June downtown, Japan Property Central reported. OMA designed the high rise, which will offer office and retail and a hotel within 250,000 m2. Scheduled for completion in 2023, this portion of the redevelopment also includes a 12-story building with apartments on the upper floors and commercial space on the lower ones. Toranomon Hills Station Tower will be the tallest structure in the vicinity of the new Hibiya Subway Line station.

Toranomon Hills Station Tower; rendering by OMA

SHIROKANE The SKY Complex Under Construction Three condominium towers are under construction in Tokyo’s Minato City, and sales have begun, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reported. The east tower of the complex, called SHIROKANE The SKY, will rise 45 stories and 156 m above ground. It will yield 1,247 units and a penthouse valued at JPY500 million (US$4.7 million). The west tower will be a 19-story building, and a separate, low-rise building will also house a medical facility.


The 46-story Shibuya Scramble Square has opened; photo via CTBUH.


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Embracing the Future

by Sheetal Shelar Patil photos courtesy of KONE Elevator India SSP: KONE recently inaugurated a manufacturing facility for elevators in Tamil Nadu. What was the overall investment, and what are the project details? AG: Our new facility is in SIPCOT Information Technology (IT) Industrial Park, Pillaipakkam, Sriperumbudur, near Chennai. The facility was built at an investment of INR4.5 billion (US$62.6 million) and is designed for capacity based on demand. The factory is equipped with the latest technology in production. The largest in India and South Asia, the facility has been designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources. SSP: How will this impact the company’s bottom line, and to which markets does the facility cater?

Gossain in his office


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KONE Elevator India Managing Director Amit Gossain (AG) talks to your author (SSP) about his outlook for India and how the OEM’s new facilities are helping meet demand.

AG: This facility will support the growth of India and neighboring countries, as it will produce world-class elevators. To start, it will cater to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, followed by additional export markets. The plant meets all global standards and is capable of catering to the market needs of any country. SSP: KONE India has also introduced Vastu Shastracompliant elevators. How were they conceptualized and what parameters were involved? Do you feel such concepts will significantly influence purchase decisions of customers in a country like India? AG: The I Mono and I Mini offerings are based on the concept of the five elements (earth, air, water, fire and sky) inspired by Vastu Shastra in terms of aesthetics. I MonoSpace® is a machine-room-less elevator for low- and mid-rise applications traveling at 1.6 m/s, up to 90 m. KONE I MiniSpace™ is a compact machine-room elevator for lowand mid-rise buildings moving at 1.75 m/s, up to 90 m. Both have a maximum passenger capacity of 15. The company remains focused on innovation and is very optimistic about the Indian market. While designing its products for this market, the company provides a unique mix of global expertise and Indian requirements. Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian practice. Most Indians believe in it and look for Vastu-based solutions when buying homes, land and products. SSP: An extension of KONE’s India Technology and Engineering Center (ITEC) was recently set up in Pune. What are its implications for the company and the elevator industry overall? Were there any specific reasons for selecting Pune? AG: An extension of the ITEC operating in Chennai, the new ITEC in Pune will further strengthen our capabilities


KONE’s new manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu

and competencies in digital services and enterprise IT. Its operations will revolve around enterprise monitoring, service management for IT solutions and digital development competencies for smart People Flow solutions. Co-creation with startups and technology partners will be a big part of the ITEC. Pune, due to the presence of several well-known educational institutions, has emerged as a major educational hub in recent years, with nearly half the international students in the country studying there. Research institutes for IT, education, management and training attract students and professionals from India and overseas. SSP: KONE India has focused on leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT). What are the key decision drivers, and how do you see this benefiting not just the VT industry, but real estate development? AG: At KONE, we leverage IoT by using real-time data and analytics as preventive maintenance gets smarter. It also means improving the customer experience through real-time transparency. For users, it means a better, personalized experience through the whole elevator and escalator journey, from access to destination. We have a history of innovation in areas like technology, safety and eco-efficiency. At KONE, we adopt a digital culture, and, with customers and partners, co-create new products and services. It is an area in which we intend to lead. Another aspect of digitalization is the potential to improve speed and efficiency, and our ITECs and

manufacturing units bring innovations closer to customers, getting new services and solutions to the market faster. SSP: What are your expectations for the government to introduce more stringent norms and regulations for the elevator industry? AG: Safety is extremely important when operating and using elevators and escalators. Over time, the organized players in the industry have defined and implemented stringent codes to help ensure the safety of their products, and that equipment is maintained and inspected according to their respective codes. It’s time the government brings uniform guidelines across the country for elevator and escalator safety norms. Global companies and many Indian companies follow strict safety norms as per a country’s cultural sensitivity. However, there are unorganized players that don’t necessarily meet any criteria, as there are no uniform norms. At KONE, we have global policies, processes and guidelines in place to enable our business activities, including subcontractor operations, to be organized and conducted in a structured and globally harmonized way. SSP: How do you see the recent announcement by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to grant INR250 billion (US$3.48 billion) for completing stalled real-estate projects impacting the elevator industry? AG: It’s a step in the right direction and a welcome move that should help create a positive sentiment in the real estate sector — one of the major contributors to the Indian economy. It will have a positive multiplier effect on numerous ancillary industries. This is a signal that Real Estate Regulatory Authorityregistered projects will need to be completed on time. These funds will help pending real estate projects, further boosting job creation in the sector and the more than 250 ancillary industries dependent on it. It clearly shows the willingness of the government to come forward and help developers, builders, supporting industries and, finally, the consumers/homebuyers. SSP: Do you see an increase in infrastructure projects like metros and airports driving demand for elevators and escalators? AG: With the growth in infrastructure and the construction industry, we are confident the elevator and escalator market will also grow. The rate of growth will depend on the rate at which the government takes action, as well as the economic situation globally and in India. Advancements in the infrastructure and construction industries will augment the growth in the elevator and escalator market. SSP: How would you quantify the overall Indian market for elevators and escalators? What are your expectations for its performance in 2020 and beyond? AG: The Indian elevator and escalator market is at about 50,000 units of new equipment sold. The scope of growth for the vertical-transportation business is bound to increase in 2020 and beyond, with many houses required with the government’s focus on housing for all, urbanization and an increase in commercial buildings. Currently, there is a general slowdown, but I feel it’s short-lived, as India needs growth, and all future policies of government are aimed at achieving that growth. Continued

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Maciej Kranz, EVP-Chief Technology Officer, KONE Corp., and Amit Gossain, managing director, KONE India, inaugurating ITEC Pune.



At KONE, we are positive about this growth and continue to invest in products, services and facilities to meet growing demand. SSP: What is KONE’s vision of the importance of India in overall operations? AG: India, the second-largest elevator and escalator market after China, is a very important country for us, given the various initiatives taken by the government to boost housing and infrastructure. KONE enjoys a more than 20% market share in India and envisages it growing in line with the growth of the industry. The main growth driver is rapid urbanization of the country. With initiatives announced by the government, like housing for all by 2022, we expect a number of residential projects to come onboard in the next three to five years. This provides a huge scope for our business. To meet growing demand, we have set up this factory with increased manufacturing capacity. We also significantly invest in R&D and provide trained manpower.

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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.


Developer Perspectives for 2020

Ashok Mohanani (AM), chairman of EKTA World and vice president of NAREDCO Maharashtra, shares insights with your author (YP).

by Yash Pandya


EKTA World is a real estate firm that has grown over the last 33 years. From humble beginnings as a real estate consultant to a stalwart in today’s real estate fraternity, Ashok Mohanani has been instrumental in the growth of the organization. EKTA World continues to create memorable parts of city skylines. It constantly works toward creating memorable projects complete with flats in Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra. The group’s success stories include residences Lake Homes, EKTA Meadows, EKTA Terraces, Lake Superior, EKTA Empress, Ecstasy I and II, and Eminente. It has also built residential complexes in the western suburbs between Bandra and Dahisar in Mumbai, the upmarket NIBM Road at Pune and a global residential township near the heritage site of Pandav Leni at Nashik.

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YP: How is connectivity-boosting infrastructure development by the government influencing real estate development? AM: The government has taken several measures to boost infrastructure development. It is one of the key factors that boosts the growth of real estate in cities. Infrastructure is a chief segment that propels the overall development of an economy. The demand in the real estate sector principally depends upon accessible infrastructure facilities. Smart cities, metros and monorail projects and Housing for All are related initiatives taken by the government. YP: To what extent does this imply increased scope for vertical transportation (VT), as elevators and escalators will be a given in airports, metro and railway projects, along with residential buildings, office spaces, malls, etc.? AM: Whether it is a residential project, office building, stadium or other publicly accessible building such as a mall, hotel or hospital, the customer experience for visitors from the time they enter the building through the time they leave is of utmost importance. Nothing impacts a building’s overall functionality, safety and value quite like its VT system. YP: What are your expectations for real estate and, therefore, VT, related to the same during 2020 and beyond? AM: This market is estimated to grow at an approximate compound annual growth rate of 6% during 2018-2024. With most cities going the high-rise way, VT is of paramount importance. Factors are its capacity, speed, maintainability and safety. The Internet of Things in commercial, residential and industrial sectors is having a positive impact on the emerging ecosystem of nextgeneration elevators and escalators. Smart lifts are the need of the hour; they are designed with intelligent

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abilities to serve beyond VT. They are further equipped with security systems like biometrics, floor destination control grouping and access control. YP: How has the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) transformed real estate development? To what extent has it influenced VT selection and decisions? AM: The implementation of RERA has gone a long way in formalizing the sector and inspiring consumer confidence in India. In the pre-RERA era, the sector was highly fragmented and unregulated. The grievances of the home buyer and seller were usually addressed in the consumer courts, if at all. Lack of regulation made investing in real estate an intimidating

experience. But, with the onset of RERA in the country and stricter rules and guidelines, only credible and reputed developers will last in the market. The choice of VT is subject to a host of factors, as mentioned above, and dependent on the kind of development being undertaken. Among other things, safety will be a top priority. YP: How is VT taken into consideration at the projectplanning stage at EKTA World? What are the selection parameters, and at which stage is the final decision taken? AM: VT is a function of many facets, like building height and number and density of apartments. We at EKTA World use KONE and Schindler elevators for our projects. For EKTA Tripolis at Goregaon, which is a 40-story high rise, we have tied up with KONE for its smart lifts that have a destination-control system, and Mitsubishi Electric with access control and private elevators for our uber-luxury project EKTA Invictus. 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.

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Retrofitting Urban Infrastructure

Your author makes the case that FoBs be outfitted with VT.

by Amish Mistry; photos by Sarvesh Titame The progress of any nation is greatly influenced by its transportation infrastructure. An efficient transportation infrastructure system can play a huge role in speeding up that progress. Transportation infrastructure can be divided into three main categories:

1) Air 2) Sea 3) Land (including roadways, rail network and pedestrian transit) Each mode has its own unique challenges, which need to be constantly addressed to continuously maintain, as well as upgrade, the system’s efficiency. But the challenges are most pronounced in the last category — land transportation — especially in urban areas. In cities, land transportation must be designed to facilitate ease of vehicular traffic, as well as smooth pedestrian transit across road networks. As cities

grow, vehicular load on roads increases, along with a simultaneous increase in people movement along and across these roads. If this demand is not properly addressed, it can lead to severe situations like road mishaps, which is evident from statistics that show the number of daily road accidents within cities. Another major area of focus is traffic congestion where vehicles and humans cross paths. Invariably, this creates a situation in which traffic signals are employed to halt vehicular traffic to allow people movement. Hence, vehicular traffic intermittently comes to a halt, thereby affecting speed of movement. This also translates into burning more fuel, creating more urban air pollution, and leads to a loss of valuable working hours. To address this situation, more flyovers and bridges are built to allow continuous vehicular movement, and foot

A deserted FoB; pedestrians in India are often disinclined to use FoBs.


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People crossing the road at Sion Station despite the availability of a FoB

overbridges (FoBs) are constructed for safe human transit. While flyovers and bridges are smoothly integrated into existing vehicular traffic, since they become a part of the road network, in most urban areas, FoBs are highly inefficient in easing human transit. An inefficient human-transit system has a direct bearing on the efficiency of vehicular transit. There are many reasons people are reluctant to use a FoB. Chief among them are that people are inclined to not use the system, feel insecure about using the system and have physical limitations in terms of using the system. The first reason is purely subjective. It is up to individuals to understand the system is meant to help them cross roads safely. The system could be designed in a manner that using it becomes indispensable. The second reason could be addressed by installing security cameras and having personnel guarding the structure to avoid untoward incidents, especially concerning women and children. The third reason is, by and large, the main reason a large number of people avoid using FoBs. Typically, FoBs are built at a minimum 5.5-m height — the equivalent of climbing two floors. This is a deterrent for a host of people, including those with disabilities, the old and infirm, people with children holding their hands and those carrying goods and luggage. Invariably, these people are compelled to cross streets at road level. A classic case is the FoB near Sion Station in Mumbai. The road from the station is heavily trafficked, as it connects to the Eastern Express Highway. Abutting the station is a school and, next to it, a medical college. As the FoB stands nearly 6 m, accessed only by staircases, it has a very low density in terms of human movement. Schoolchildren, along with parents holding them and carrying school bags, invariably choose to cross the road at ground level. In addition, people who want to reach the station as early as possible try to save time by crossing at road

level. Thus, despite the FoB being in place, there is still human and vehicular congestion on the streets, defeating the purpose of having an FoB. This FoB is just one of many across the city. The structures have been built at a cost but are essentially irrelevant because of their inaccessibility and the general public’s disinclination to use them. This situation can be rectified by installing elevators and escalators. Vertical-transportation (VT) equipment can be introduced during the design stage or retrofitted in the existing infrastructure. This will encourage people to use the FoB despite their physical limitations. More people using the system will influence others to follow suit. As the FoB starts being used frequently, road traffic will lessen. This will ensure smooth vehicular passage, leading to increased efficiency in fuel consumption and working hours. Thus, the entire transportation system will witness a great surge in efficiency, and positively impact the progress of the nation. Thus, even if there is a marginal increase in FoB cost to accommodate VT equipment installation, it will be greatly offset by the increase in fuel efficiency and working hours. Most importantly, it will lead to a huge reduction in traffic-related human mishaps and casualties. For, nothing is more valuable than human life. 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 Emerging Technology and Infrastructure Development

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Permanent works progress at Cuffe Parade Station

THE TRANSFORMATION OF MUMBAI METRO Cdr. Ashish Saxena (AS), senior deputy general manager (E&M), MMRCL, shares perspectives on Mumbai’s first underground metro line and the significance of vertical transportation for such projects with your author (SSP). by Sheetal Shelar Patil SSP: What are the aspects that set the Mumbai Metro Line 3 (MML3) project apart? AS: Though 2,150 trains carrying millions of Mumbaikars to their destinations hurtle through the city, for the 7.5 millionodd commuters, every day brings with it the challenge of searching for space in a train that cannot hold a pebble more. Time has truly come for “the lifeline” of Mumbai to change Metro to a grade-separated, rail-based mass rapid transit system. MML3 is one of such key projects to improve the transportation scenario in the financial capital of India. The project, a 33.5-km-long corridor running along Colaba-BandraSEEPZ, envisages to decongest the traffic situation in Greater Mumbai. It aims to provide a mass rapid-transit system that would supplement the inadequate Mumbai suburban railway system by bringing metro closer to the doorsteps of the people. With full-scale operations of MML3, the city would witness significant reduction in traffic volumes, and the local transit facility would get a boost. Upon completion, this fully underground corridor with 27 stations would connect six business districts, 30 educational institutes, 30 recreational facilities and domestic and international airport terminals. It will have five interchange points for suburban railway and one each for monorail and Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1. MML3 has been envisioned to provide modern transportation for the 21st century. State-of-the-art technologies are to be harnessed during construction to ensure protection to existing building structures. To ensure no trespassing on the tracks, the stations would be provided with platform screen doors. They would also be facilitated with contactless automatic fare collection machines. MML3 is one of the most complicated projects in the world due to the extremely constrained areas in Mumbai through which the line is aligned. The challenges of taking care of heritage buildings, water pipelines, sewer lines, dense residential areas, narrow roads, hard rock and heavy traffic in Mumbai during construction activities are only some of the issues. But, all these challenges are being overcome with both innovative and traditional engineering practices. SSP: What has been the progress made so far, and when can we expect it to be operational?

AS: Work on MML3 is divided into 20 packages, out of which 18 have already been awarded. The tendering process of the Saxena remaining two packages is in progress. The works under the awarded packages are in various stages of design and execution. Overall, about 50% of the project has been completed. This can be broken down as 70% of tunneling work and 82% of excavation work having been completed. Works on 21 Cut and Cover stations are in progress, along with work on 5 NATM stations. Work in the depot is 25% complete. Phase I of the project (from Aarey to BKC) is planned to commence by December 2021, and Phase II (from Dharavi to Cuffe Parade) is planned to commence by June 2022. SSP: What is the significance of escalators and elevators for the project? AS: Since MML3 will be completely underground, with the platform level as deep as 20-25 m from the ground/street level, fast, smooth and safe circulation of passengers in and out of the system is of paramount importance and a prime objective of the system design. The escalators and elevators to be provisioned for MML3 are going to be the key components of the system to ensure this objective. SSP: How many escalators and elevators will be installed for the Mumbai Metro III project? Can you give us other details on them, such as how they were selected? AS: MML3 is planned to have 475 escalators and 185 elevators installed. The contractors were selected through a rigorous process of international competitive bidding following the guidelines and standard bidding documents promulgated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the project, along with the Government of India and the Government of Maharashtra. The prospective bidders were first shortlisted through a prequalification process based on key technical, financial and contractual criteria. The bids were then invited from the prequalified bidders following a single-stage, two-envelope process. The technical bids were evaluated first based on the technical criteria/specifications per the tender documents. Bids that passed the technical evaluation were approved by JICA and then evaluated for their financial attributes. After obtaining approval of JICA on the financial evaluation reports, the contracts were awarded to the lowest evaluated bidders. Continued

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Birdseye view of Vidhan Bhavan Station

Birdseye view of Hutatma Chowk Station in the congested Heritage area of South Mumbai

SSP: Which challenges are involved in installing escalators and elevators for the underground stations? AS: Installing escalators and elevators in underground stations is more challenging and complicated as compared to installing them at elevated or at-grade stations. Some of the typical challenges are: ♦ Lowering of equipment (cutting out space, lowering methods, etc.) ♦ Movement of equipment within the station ♦ Limited space (requiring custom designs) ♦ Lighting/illumination arrangement (due to working in dark areas) ♦ Confined spaces, which require more accuracy in installation SSP: Given Mumbai’s climate, especially during the monsoon season, what would the operation and maintenance of elevators and escalators entail? How will this be managed/supervised? AS: Due to high footfalls anticipated in MML3, it would be imperative that all escalators and elevators are kept in operational condition continuously during operation hours. To ensure this, MML3 is adopting the philosophy of predictive maintenance, rather than preventive, maintenance. This means there will be real-time online health monitoring of the various critical components of these systems by both MML3 and the contractor’s maintenance teams. In case any critical component is showing signs of degradation of operational health, its fault alarm would autogenerate and be sent to concerned personnel through a text or app. The component would then be examined as soon as possible by a maintenance team and be repaired or replaced to minimize the risk of it becoming defective during


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operation and resulting in system shutdown during operating hours. Furthermore, Mumbai is known for its heavy rainfall and flooding during its long monsoon season. This brings its own complexity in operations and maintenance of any electrical/ electronic system. A few related challenges are: ♦ Risk of ingress of water in electrical/electronic panels, particularly those close to metro entry/exit points: this requires special arrangements in the design of the station entries and exits. ♦ Keeping the system safe from high humidity due to long spells of wet and humid conditions: this is being ensured by designing the systems with required Ingress Protection ratings and blowers in the panels/areas where required. ♦ Keeping the escalators and elevators clean, as a huge amount of muck, soil and mud comes with the passengers entering the stations. Requirement of more cleaning means more downtime, which has to be managed during nonrevenue hours so passengers are not inconvenienced during revenue hours. ♦ During wet conditions, special care would be required to keep the surfaces of the elevators and escalators dry. SSP: As public infrastructure in Mumbai improves, do you see the role of elevators and escalators at metro stations increasing? AS: There is a major push on the infrastructure front across Mumbai. At present, there are 12 metro lines under various stages of tendering/design/execution in the city. There are plans to integrate these lines with various existing public areas and other modes of transportation. This would require seamless

Birdseye view of Churchgate Station, which is to provide connectivity with a local suburban train station

Birdseye view of Vidhan Bhavan Station in front of the Maharashtra State Assembly Building

movement of passengers between these connected areas and metro stations, as well as within the metro stations, which would be feasible only by provisioning heavy-duty elevators and escalators at all these places. This means there is a huge demand for escalators and elevators from these metro projects being executed at Mumbai. SSP: Which kind of escalators and elevators are suitable for public places like metro and railway stations, and what are the parameters considered by Mumbai Metro Rail Corp. Ltd. (MMRCL) when selecting them for such places? AS: In a city like Mumbai where there is limited possibility of expanding the road infrastructure, suburban train services have been the only mode of mass transportation. But, the suburban train system also has the limitation of being fixed in its alignment along the old railway infrastructure. Furthermore, suburban train services have already reached their maximum capacity. Hence, the mass rapid transit system projects being constructed in Mumbai connecting the areas that do not have rail connectivity are going to be the lifeline of the city. As the population of Mumbai increases each year, and the new metro lines are going to cover the city’s unconnected areas, it is anticipated that these metro lines will be fully loaded from their first day of operation. This would mean that for almost 20 hr per day, the elevators and escalators will be operating continuously. To cater to that heavy passenger load and operation time, heavy-duty escalators and elevators would be required for these metro lines. Such escalators typically have a much larger, heavier truss structure, increased chain and motor sizing, heavier step/track construction and a larger, heavier handrail drive system that, combined, make these units

Use of the New Austrian tunneling method for platform construction at Hutatma Chowk Station

capable of maximum performance at full-load, around-theclock capacity. Similarly, heavy-duty elevators are typically designed with gearless permanent-magnet synchronous motors with 180 motor starts per hour for 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. Such elevators should be designed for a minimum 1 million operations per year. To ensure contractors have the capability to supply the heavy-duty escalators and elevators required, their past proven experience of supplying similar equipment is scrutinized during the prequalification process. Further technical evaluation of their bids against the technical specification per the tender document is also conducted. Proof of satisfactory performance of such systems for a reasonably long time in other similar environments is sought from the contractor in the form of a client certificate. SSP: In terms of traffic flow and public transportation, Asian countries like Japan, Vietnam and China resemble India. Do you foresee India adopting any of their strategies? AS: MML3 has appointed a consortium of four reputed international companies (AECOM, Padeco, Louis Berger and Egis) as general consultant for the project. This consortium brings with it experience of executing metro projects in various countries across the globe. Apart from that, all the contractors employed in the project are either reputed multinational companies with a presence in India or in a joint venture or consortium with international players in respective fields. Hence, MML3 is adopting all the best practices followed in similar metro projects, not only in the Asian countries you mention, but also in any other country across the globe. • Issue 1, Volume 13 • elevatorworldindia.com



Heritage and Headway

Architecture team talks about how the ancient holy city of Nashik is transforming and the implications that has for the VT industry.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil When a small town develops and gradually transforms into a small city, there is fear that the essence of what it once was will become lost. Nashik, the third-most-populous city in Maharashtra behind Mumbai and Pune, with approximately 1.48 million residents,[1] has managed to achieve a rare balancing act: retaining the ambiance of a quintessential religious hub as it enters the modern era. This is reflected in Nashik’s real estate, with the focus shifting from bungalows to standalone buildings that are getting higher each year. Nashik-based father/daughter architect duo Vijay Sankhla and Prachi Chintan Vasani Sankhla of Sankhla Associates shared insights on a city holding onto its heritage as it transitions to higher buildings and what this means for the elevator industry. Given the current real estate market in Nashik, there is considerable demand for elevators. Infrastructure

development is expected to help further transform the real estate market in the city, resulting in greater demand for elevators and enhanced educational initiatives regarding the use of vertical-transportation (VT) equipment and safety dos and don’ts. Vijay Sankhla said several government norms have impacted the design of high rises and their VT equipment. For educational entities, the government requires 40% of its land be set aside for a playground. This has resulted in construction of high-rise institutional buildings, which led to demand for higher-capacity elevators than the ones previously called for, which each had a maximum capacity of six persons. Increasing high-rise construction is due to an increase in population and, in some areas, higher allowable floor space index (FSI). FSI is the ratio of built-up space on a plot of land

Destination One, a shopping mall in Nashik designed by Sankhla Associates


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Nashik Meets the Challenge The Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India promotes cities that provide core infrastructure and a decent quality of life. The mission’s Smart City Challenge required cities to present a proposal for development — area-based, focusing on a specific area in the city, and pan-city based, encompassing all parts of the city. Nashik ranked 11th in the pan-city part of the challenge. Being a part of the Golden Triangle (Mumbai, Pune and Nashik), it offers diverse employment opportunities, along with good infrastructure and a responsive local government.

The evolving Nashik skyline; photo by Savitr1915 for Wikipedia

relative to the size of that plot of land. Governments use it to guide development: for example, allowing higher FSI in areas near public transit to encourage transit-oriented development. Like other growing cities, Nashik has seen upward fluctuations in allowable FSI, which has led to taller construction in some places. As they have in Mumbai, people in Nashik now accept high rises, as long as they are outfitted with high-quality VT, Vijay Sankhla said. When it comes to the variety of VT options being incorporated, he shared that some elevators in Nashik are small, machine-room-less (MRL) systems. MRL elevators are usually used in bungalows or ground-level-plus-two-floor structures. Nashik falls under the Air Force Funnel Zone, which means tower height restrictions. Still, the architects say they are incorporating MRL systems into slightly taller buildings as developers add floors to maximize FSI. One such project is the mixed-use Hari Nakshatra residential and retail development. Here, Vijay Sankhla says, both MRL systems and platform lifts for material transportation throughout bigger stores are being used. It’s a trend he believes will continue. Vijay Sankhla also highlighted that Nashik was recently declared the most unpolluted city in India — thus, the most livable. As a result, the real estate market is flourishing. People from Mumbai and Thane are buying apartments in Nashik as second homes, as prices are comparatively very reasonable. Due to ample available land and increases in FSI, high-rise buildings are increasingly being designed, opening up greater opportunity for the elevator industry. Nashik residents are becoming very accustomed to elevators, and there are many elevator manufacturers and assembly companies to cater to their needs, he said.


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Prachi Chintan Vasani Sankhla

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Referring to low-rise structures that utilize VT, Vijay Sankhla observed: “In bungalows, we use compact home lifts for the comfort of elderly people, residents and visitors. People who are sick or disabled, and even those who need to carry luggage to higher floors, find these lifts useful. Usually, row house plots are small — less than 100 m2 — and they also have to accommodate a parking area. Therefore, we design row houses atop stilts, and it’s common for us to provide a small lift if the structure is at least two stories tall.” Nashik is known for its historical importance and heritage manifested in various religious events like Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, and rituals performed at Ramkund and Godavari Ghats. Various aspects of Nashik’s topological heritage include the Godavari River and its awe-inspiring banks in the heart of the city. Prachi Chintan Vasani Sankhla explained that access to Nashik’s heritage structures must be available to every person, regardless of physical ability. Access to these heritage sites can be provided for those with disabilities and the elderly with minimum encroachment on the structures. Provision of access to these structures can increase the cognizance and appreciation of the city’s cultural, social and economic background. Sankhla opined that ramps or lifts are the best aids by which to increase accessibility to heritage structures. If not at the front elevation, they can be located at the sides using compatible materials that blend with those structures. Stairlifts can also be an option for wheelchair users who wish to visit

Jeevan Baug residential project, designed by Sankhla Associates in Nashik independently. Along with this, the surrounding landscape can be designed around it to amalgamate both the structures. For areas where access is required only from ground to plinth level, platform (instead of enclosed) lifts can be provided. Every individual has the right to ingress heritage structures and, for that matter, even public spaces, she said. Authorities should ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against or distanced from accessing these places, she affirmed.


[1] wikipedia.org/wiki/Nashik

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Implications for VT

Heads of leading OEMs and real estate industry stakeholders share insights.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil

Pravin Rao, Director, Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd.


Your author (SSP) had a brief Q&A session with the Mitsubishi executive (PR). Following are highlights of their exchange. SSP: How does the government’s connectivity booster development thrust — that is, the push to build infrastructure designed to promote transportation — imply increased scope for VT, as elevators and escalators will be a given in airports, metro and railway projects? PR: The scope of VT is always there in infrastructure projects. VT acts as a backbone that helps in the flow of people, effective usage of floor space, etc. The main concern regarding VT would be the safety of the passenger and quality of the product. Nowadays, VT purchase decisions cannot be made based just on the lowest price, a practice known as L-1 theory. Different factors, like safety, quality and reliability, are taken into account. SSP: What are your overall expectations for the VT industry? PR: We forecast a total market demand of elevators and escalators in 2020 of 65,000 units, and 5% growth is expected from year 2021 onward. SSP: Any new developments in Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd.?


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PR: In April 2019, we launched the NEXIEZ-LITE machine-room-less (MRL) elevator, an Indian-produced model that does not require a machine room, for midand low-rise residences, office buildings and hotels in India. Now, both machine-room and MRL options are available from Mitsubishi’s domestic-made product. Considering common and emerging requirements, like replacement of aged elevators, we keep developing new features to cater to such markets.

Junichi Kyushima, Managing Director, Toshiba Johnson Elevators (India) (TJEI) Excerpted from The Toshiba Newsletter 2.0: “India’s tremendous infrastructure growth is being propelled by construction, from undulating business hubs to marvelous residential complexes. As India’s skyline touches newer heights, faster, stronger and more-reliable elevator systems are becoming a prerequisite for the real estate sector. Although India is the world’s second-largest elevator market, it is still in the nascent stages, with average annual sales volume of just upwards of 50,000 units. This untapped potential renders India as the fastestgrowing elevator market in the world. By 2020-2021, the Indian market is expected to grow 35-40%, crossing the 70,000 elevators per annum mark. But the growing market is also throwing up new challenges, such as an emphasis on energy-efficient products and gearless elevators. With tall buildings being the current trend, providing faster elevators is essential. The need for innovative and eco-efficient products is also increasing, with the ‘Green Building’ concept gaining significant ground in India.


With all the buzz about quickly advancing technology, ELEVATOR WORLD India realized that some of the country’s leading figures in vertical transportation (VT) and real estate possess unique perspectives that can give us insights into what lies ahead. We have gathered some of their thoughts here.

Abhineet Seth, Founder and CEO, Abodekraftz


“Be it an apartment high rise in Mumbai, Gurgaon or Noida, a low rise in Delhi or independent bungalows, the Internet of Things (IoT) in elevators is soon going to be a sim-card-in-mobile-phone kind of feature. You’ve so far seen actor Amitabh Bachchan using his mobile phone to switch on his air-conditioner and geyser on television during the advertisements. Now imagine this: You’ve invited guests to your home, and they are scheduled to arrive at 8 p.m. You send them a one-time password and QR code that allow them to enter the apartment complex without being hassled by security guards, follow an automated building map system that guides them to a designated parking spot, walk to an elevator and, using the QR scan, ride straight to your — and only your — floor. Welcome to the next level of IoT in the real estate building management system (BMS). “Premium hotels have been using limited floor access through card scans for a while now. This will soon be replaced by QR scans or may simply be profile scans. The elevator, equipped with full scanners, will automatically take passengers to the floors that host their suites. Some elevators may use a simple voice instruction to take the rider to the authorized floor. “BMSes are going to be the first and fastest gainers of IoT in real estate infrastructure, and elevators form a very critical focus area — not only in terms of access control, but also in ensuring safety standards, timely fault recognition and even automatic summoning of maintenance teams for timely attention.”

“Comprehending the evolving preferences of Indian consumers, Toshiba, through its [joint venture] TJEI, is introducing elevators that are more connected and more efficient. . . . TJEI conducts a rigorous ‘Seven-Step Quality Check’ for installation and adjustment at every project site, earning it a zero-accident record in India. . . . Rigorous skills training is undertaken by the Japanese engineers for the Indian engineers. TJEI has expanded its product portfolio to cover all spectrums of the market — from the premium to the upper-middle elevator market. TJEI is focusing on two segments: the premium and luxury segment, where TJEI is already an established brand, and the mid-rise building segment, including offices,

promise of a new day.”

Manish Mehan CEO & MD, thyssenkrupp Elevator (India)


Interior Design Tech Talk

commercial spaces and residential condominiums. This is where TJEI will further consolidate its market position in the upper-middle segment with products ‘Made for India.’ “. . .We will augment our focus on ‘Made-for-India’ products and consolidate our presence in India by setting up a multipurpose facility in Chennai that will act as [a] training center, distribution center and reliability center, among other roles. With a commitment to providing safe and efficient VT through our. . . global product range, TJEI turns on the

“The Indian VT industry’s future looks promising, with hopes for good market growth fueled by positive developments on the government policy front. Noteworthy of these are the infrastructure status awarded to affordable housing [a government designation that offers tax benefits, access to funding, etc.], the drive on urbanization and the ‘smart city’ concept. “The additions of affordable housing’s infrastructure status, increased carpet area, redefined income definitions to boost supply in the market plus the extension of the 100% tax holiday under section 80-IBA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to March 31, 2020, will give a strong impetus to the VT industry. “The real estate sector in India is expected to reach a market size of US$1 trillion by 2030, from US$120 billion in 2017, and contribute 13% of the country’s gross domestic product by 2025. Retail, hospitality and commercial real estate are growing significantly, providing the much-needed infrastructure for India’s growing needs. The big areas of growth in real estate in 2020 and beyond could come from low-cost housing, smart cities and commercial real estate. There have been some positive developments in low-cost housing. Maharashtra has launched nearly 104,000 units with an investment of INR156 million (US$2.2 million), while Gujarat and the National Capital Region will put up another 70,000 units with a similar investment. “Under the Smart Cities program, a total of 100 cities will see the program positively impacting the lives of nearly 100 million dwellers with high-quality core infrastructure and a more sustainable quality of life. “The past two years have seen strong growth in commercial leasing activity in such cities as Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and Pune, with about 40 billion ft2 of space absorbed. All these factors will contribute to the growth of the VT industry, too. “India is planning to start 100 additional airports by 2024. Along with this, the proposal includes the 1,000 new routes that will connect with smaller towns and villages. To build airports over the next five years, the Government of India has committed investments of INR1 trillion (US$14 billion), which will boost the growth of the Indian VT industry. “As congestion in urban transport networks rises in tandem with population increases in cities, city governments are under Continued

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continual pressure to reduce road traffic congestion and combat the costs it imposes, in terms of immense waste of time, energy and environmental resources. thyssenkrupp’s ACCEL moving walk has been developed to address this need in the current multimodal transportation network of large cities. “ACCEL is a system for accelerated speed between destinations, such as terminals and stations, promising on-time access to public transportation, practically from the commuter’s doorstep. These systems allow commuters to leave their cars at home, saving time, resources and stress. “The system is unique: passengers enter walking at a regular speed but are accelerated at higher speeds to the other end. Applying linear motor technology from the Transrapid magnetic levitation (maglev) trains, the ACCEL transportation system will facilitate fast access to metro stations, making it possible to have a station entrance at less than 600 m from any commuter, attracting up to 30% additional passengers. In airport terminals, ACCEL can cut current transit times between gates. “The ACCEL transportation system facilitates the building of passenger feeders to existing metro stations, making them easily accessible, even to commuters who do not usually use the metro due to its distance from their locations. Metro system capacities can now be maximized with new access points, and implementing ACCEL as an alternative to building expensive additional stations or carving complex underground connections can result in a significant decrease in the number of road transportation vehicles in use. “ACCEL also benefits airport operators looking to improve transit times between gates or between distant parking bays and the airport. With no waiting times or barrier gates, passengers need only 140 s to cover a distance of 270 m, instead of the earlier 415 s, resulting in time savings of 66%. It eliminates the need and high costs associated with providing buses, automated people movers, or sky-trains for distances up to 1.5 km. “ACCEL can transport as many passengers as typical fully automated cabin systems — up to 7,300 passengers/h in each direction — and combines smooth speed changes and the highest safety requirements for passenger transportation. Using a band of overlapping pallets, each of which expands to three times its original size, ACCEL’s revolutionary linear motor maglev technology ensures that passengers step onto the belt at normal walking speeds of 0.65 m/s (2.35 km/h), accelerate smoothly up to 2 m/s (7.2 km/h), then decelerate back to normal walking speeds before leaving the system. For passengers who continue walking while on the belt, speeds of up to 3.3 m/s (12 km/h) can be achieved.”


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Realty Perspectives by Developers Ashok Gupta, Chief Managing Director, Ajnara India Limited “The government and authorities have been very active on the infrastructural front. It has been widely accepted that infrastructure and connectivity play a major role in the upliftment of any region. The more you bring regions close to each other, the better demand distribution is observed. Demand of ancillaries like elevators, lights, cement, etc. also increases in the region.”

Deepak Kapoor, Director, Gulshan Homz “The current infrastructure development has been designed keeping in mind the transit-oriented development model, and one can say that the work is on making cities more smartly developed. The current government has been very keenly working on infrastructural developments during its tenure, and the speed at which this project has been completed is very remarkable. This will not only ensure renewed interests in the regions, but also open further avenues of developments.”

Vikas Bhasin, Chief Managing Director, Saya Homes “Connectivity is the sole factor that determines the success of the real estate sector. The Government of India has been very active on the infrastructure front, which includes elevated roads that not only give joy to daily commuters in the region, but also to homebuyers. The demand in the real estate sector principally depends upon accessible infrastructure facilities. Good infrastructure holds the ease of convenience in respect to the indispensable utility services, along with access to schools, shopping, healthcare facilities, entertainment, etc.”


Style Considerations

Architect Tripat Girdhar shares his perspective on evolving VT technology as it impacts building design.

by Yash Pandya In 2009, architect Tripat Girdhar and Umesh Sharma cofounded The Design Studio, a leading architecture and interior design firm based in Chandigarh. Girdhar’s inventive designs not only reinterpret India’s architectural roots and traditional acumen in context, but also present Indian architecture on a world stage. The firm is known for a versatile body of work ranging from architecture and interiors of residences and corporate offices to retail and hospitality spaces. In a recent interview, Girdhar shared some perspectives on vertical transportation (VT) in light of emerging technology and infrastructure development. He noted the importance of VT for moving goods and providing comfort for people, adding that elevators are key to the success of high-rise buildings. Said Girdhar: “The Design Studio’s experts consider a variety of elements when designing a VT strategy project, including customer necessities, occupancy rates for various types of construction, elevator cabin power, waiting times and ways to enhance lettable space in the building without sacrificing elevator efficiency, cost-effectiveness and energy consumption. Each occupant of a commercial high-rise building needs to take lifts at least four times a day: in the morning, at lunchtime and after office hours.

“We offer services for all types of buildings, including retail, commercial, residential, hotels, hospitals, transport terminals and mixed-use developments. We deliver hydraulic elevators, geared and gearless traction elevators and machine-room-less (MRL) elevators for new-build projects, as well as for existing buildings, where we can help with equipment assessments and maintenance, and offer advice on improvement and modernization. In a residential building, for example, in addition to the people themselves, furniture movement, cargo delivery and security must be taken into account.” Of course, these aren’t the only factors. He continued: “Use of VT in a large building is critical to success, because elevators take substantial space and thus affect the amount of lettable space in the tower. Nevertheless, the building must have adequate elevator capacity to function properly. This is particularly true for tall, slender buildings and mixed-use developments. “The estimates of our engineers must take into account the range of occupancy rates, which could include buildings used for shopping, schools, hotels and apartments. Occupancy levels vary greatly from trading floors to the executive suite, for instance, to high-end condos to social

The Atlantis, a residential project designed by The Design Studio, will be the tallest building in Mohali, Chandigarh.


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Architect Tripat Girdhar says VT considerations are important to the design of high-rise buildings.

housing. Designers typically assume an elevator cabin capacity of 80%, but this drops to 60% in hotels where people will have luggage and, intriguingly, in external glass elevators that give vertigo sufferers more space. Waiting times must also be taken into account, with reasonable times ranging from 25 s in offices to 30-50 s in hotels and 45-90 s in residential floors.” Girdhar made a particular point of raising the possibilities available through improvements in VT technology. He said: “With the constant growth of supertall buildings, advances in elevator design are developing rapidly. Double-decker elevators have increased capacity, and triple-decker models are being built, while other designs include two cabins traveling within the same shaft independently. Some innovations allow energy to be extracted from the counterweight of an elevator and reused elsewhere, while advances in control technology enable passengers to reach their destination in the lobby so that the system works out the perfect travel profile for each elevator. The invention of carbon-fiber super-strength belts means that a single elevator can now reach over 1,000 m, whereas there was a time when the use of steel cables meant the height an elevator could cover was restricted to 100 m.”

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Design Studio Innovation The Design Studio’s latest project, The Atlantis, will be the tallest building in Mohali, Chandigarh, Sector 82. It will be bordered by a 100-ft-wide road on the front side and a 164-ftwide road on the opposite side, situated near Manav Rachana School. The Atlantis has been conceptualized as a green building: the project is open on two sides suitable for all seasons and close to nature. A new, innovative feature being used in this project is the elevation changes. The design includes sunshades on the front elevation of the building that rotate with the sun horizontally over a window or vertically in front of a window to reduce solar heat and glare, while allowing daylight views. Sunshades deliver energy savings during daylight hours, and installing them in building façades marks new a phase in architectural design. Aluminum shuttering with shear-wall technology and the good coordination of unplasticized polyvinyl chloride windows are elements that help Atlantis achieve a design that is costeffective, reduces the burden on the developer and gives the end-user a great apartment in which to live.

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Focus on Emerging Technology and Infrastructure Development

EYE ON NAVI MUMBAI Ashok Chhajer (AC), chairman and managing director of Arihant Superstructures, shares perspectives with your author (SSP) on development in the planned city and the role elevators play.

Night view of the top portion of Arihant Clan Aalishan


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Clubhouse at Clan Aalishan

by Sheetal Shelar Patil


images by Arihant Superstructures Ashok Chhajer is the chairman and managing director of Arihant Superstructures Ltd., Arihant Group. He is an entrepreneur with a love for construction, design and building business models. He has guided projects from sands to development, making Arihant Superstructures a well-known name in real estate in Navi Mumbai, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Jodhpur. He has delivered 50-plus projects totaling 7.7 million

ft2 and more than 9,000 homes. He has spoken on real estate topics in The Economic Times, the NDTV Real Estate Forum and Business World. He is also chairman of the Jain International Trade Organisation. The Economic Times recognized him with the ET Business Icon 2019 award. In addition, the GROHE Hurun Report India Real Estate Leadership Summit 2019 honored him for his contributions to the affordable-housing sector. Continued

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Arihant Clan Aalishan

Arihant Aspire




Type of Development

53-story towers

42-story towers

Number of Structures



Total Units




Key Amenities



Number of Elevators Elevator Types Elevator capacity Considerations when selecting elevator


Car Parking System


Contemporary Persian Theme A Grand Life

A Lifestyle Project Organic World in Which to Live

• Large studios and one, two and three bedroom, hall and kitchen (BHK) units • Three towers: Zeenat, Baraz & Kaveh • Double-height entrance lobby inspired by Persian architecture • The KOLUP – Grand Club inspired by Persian luxury • Proposed supermarket • High-speed elevators • 24/7 security system • Video door-security system • Five-level car park • Fire escape chute for self-evacuation

• Large studio and two-BHK units • Eight, 42-story towers • Two acres of landscaped garden • G+3, exclusive clubhouse with grand lobby and two glass lifts • Six-level car park • Advanced security with 24/7 CCTV surveillance • Fire escape chute • Bus duct for electricity supply

• Gymnasium • Swimming pool with separate children’s pool • Unisex aroma spa • Mini theater • Aerobics, yoga and meditation area • Indoor sports club with chess, billiards and cards • Pairi Daeza Persian garden with sitting area • Badminton and squash court • Children’s daycare center • Library • Business lounge with Wi-Fi connectivity.

• G+3 level clubhouse – De Palo, • Gymnasium with modern equipment • Lobby with luxury lounge • Banquet hall • Waiting area • Spa and steam sauna • Private theater

• Landscaped area with herbal boulevard and Zen garden • Landscaped party lawn • Pairi Daeza – The Persian Garden • Senior citizens’ garden with pergola sitting areas • Children’s outdoor play area • “Rain dance” arena with water fountain

• Covered badminton court • Yoga and meditation room • Cafeteria • Squash court • Business center • Community center • Children’s play area • Open-air amphitheater for performances • Buddha Park with sitting areas • Maze garden with tree canopies for kids • Pet garden next to jogging and cycling track

15 passenger, four fire

32 passenger, eight fire

Automatic passenger lifts — AC variable-voltage, variablefrequency drives with high-performance and regenerative technology and low power consumption

Automatic passenger lifts − AC VVVF with highperformance and regenerative drives and low power consumption

Passenger: 8-13 persons/ fire: 15 -20 persons

Passenger: 8-13 persons/Fire: 15-20

Safety, comfort, efficiency, elegance, speed

Safety, comfort, efficiency, elegance, speed, effectiveness

• Provision for CCTV cameras inside cabins • Firefighter control operation with alarm bell • Overload detection system with voice warning • Voice annunciator for elevator position and status information, background music between speech announcements, MP3 format speech and music files, multiple languages, etc. • Earthquake emergency operation • Automatic car call canceling and false call canceling • Car arrival chime • Abnormal-speed-protection function

• Provision for CCTV camera inside cabins • Firefighter control operation with alarm bell • Overload detection system with voice warning • Voice annunciator for elevator position and status information, background music between speech announcements , MP3 format speech and music files, multiple languages etc. • Earthquake emergency operation • Automatic car call canceling and false call canceling • Car arrival chime • Abnormal-speed-protection function

Five-level car park

Basement and podium parking

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Arihant Clan Aalishan brings to mind the skyscrapers of NYC.

SSP: What is the significance of elevators in your company’s projects? Are they considered a lifestyle amenity? AC: They are an important aspect of our projects, as they are the lifeline for residents to travel between buildings’ lobbies and their respective homes. Since the dawn of time, humans have sought a way to efficiently transport freight and passengers to different levels. With humans moving from essential to luxury living, even elevators have become a lifestyle amenity. SSP: Do you see buildings getting even higher in the near future? How will this impact elevator selection? AC: High rises have unique advantages and limitations. In the near future, there will be a mix of high- mid-rise buildings, but elevators will remain the key component in residential complex design. These elevators could get more features to boost projects’ lifestyle quotient. Be it energy-efficient elevators in a

high-rise tower, enhanced safety components or noiseless and vibrationless elevators, these features are coming. SSP: With Real Estate Regulatory Authority implementation, which aspects do developers need to keep in mind about elevators in their projects? AC: At Arihant, we put customer safety first. We enter into minimum five-year contracts with contractors, suppliers and service providers to cover liability. SSP: As Navi Mumbai is easily reachable from Mumbai and its peripheral areas, what are the future prospects of this location in terms of high rises and the need for elevators? AC: For at least a decade, Navi Mumbai will continue to be among India’s top three hotspot growth centers for investment. According to the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs Ease of Living Index, the high-tech city is the second-best in the country in which to live. The city has 50% open and green space and is a perfect location for both living and doing business. Hence, it will continue to attract high rises served by elevators that are technically enhanced and outfitted with safety features. Arihant has two ongoing high-rise projects in Navi Mumbai: in Kharghar (said to be the most developed node of Navi Mumbai) and Panvel. Arihant Clan Aalishan is among the top high-rise towers in Navi Mumbai, with 53-story towers that resemble the skyscrapers of NYC. Arihant Aspire at Panvel is a 42-story complex consisting of eight towers. The table on the previous page gives some specifics about each project, including their elevator systems.

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First Milestone Apex national VT body AILUF holds inaugural AGM. by Sheetal Shelar Patil

P.N. Solanki, assistant director of the MSME Development Institute in Ahmedabad, addresses the AILUF AGM and “Function Utthan.”

As the saying goes, “Well begun is already half done,” and this adage applies perfectly to the All India Lift Upliftment Federation (AILUF). Since its formation in 2018, the apex body working at the national level for the lift industry has been going from strength to strength, with more than 1,000 members across all segments of the industry. December 17, 2019, marked AILUF’s first milestone, as it completed one year of incorporation as a section 8 company, and held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) and “Function Utthan” at Pandit

Solanki speaks during the event.


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Dindayal Upadhyay Auditorium in Ahmedabad. Senior dignitaries, including chief guest S.R. Nalawade, superintendent engineer, Mumbai/Pune Circle Government of Maharashtra, and guest of honor H.H. Khoja, chief inspector, Lifts and Escalators, Government of Gujarat, were in attendance. Addressing the function after AILUF’s maiden AGM, President G.R. Phulari said: “It gives me immense pleasure to welcome all lift-related stakeholders of India along with government officials and lift and component manufacturers from different parts of the country. All of us know that the Indian lift industry is expanding very fast and becoming bigger and bigger every year. Now, lifts are not a luxury, but a necessity. This industry is needed across the country in different geographical and temperature conditions, [and] with different vertical requirements, like height, speed, load, etc.” Phulari pointed out that a few states have compulsory licensing and maintenance, while others only have guidelines. For a variety of reasons, elevator users are dealing with such problems as accidents, poor maintenance and others. Similarly, lift manufacturers and installers are also facing problems, such as with civil design of construction projects and noncooperation for maintenance contracts. They also are dealing with component-related quality and service issues. Said Phulari:


AILUF’s inaugural AGM and “Function Utthan” was held at Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Auditorium in Ahmedabad.

“It was very serious concern that motivated us to have a common national platform to discuss and resolve many of the above subjects and to see that innocent lift users should not lose their life. Parallel to this, the field workforce is a backbone of the industry, and many a time, they become victims due to accidents at the lift well site, either at the time of erection or maintenance. Therefore, after discussions, we decided to make a common platform for the lift industry at a national level, and, in December 2018, AILUF was designed and incorporated as a section 8 company.” According to Phulari, AILUF’s long-term aim of forming state-level chapters and component chapters, where everyone

working in the vertical-transportation (VT) industry — from helpers to managing directors, and companies, whether Indian or multinational corporations working in the country — can join this virtual cluster and work together to address the issues of accidents, safety, quality, standards, testing, servicing, skills and many more so the industry can become globally competitive. He added: “I am of the opinion that we just made this platform [AILUF] available to the country. I would like to commit on behalf of my team [that] this is your own organization, where I consider everyone working in this Industry is a part of it, and, together, we all have to make it happen.” Continued

The event got off to an auspicious start, with AILUF office bearers and dignitaries gathering to light the traditional lamp.

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Reflecting the national membership of AILUF, the program commenced with all those gathered standing up for the National Anthem of India.

AILUF Vice President Pankaj Shah described it as proud moment for all those gathered, adding: “At AILUF, we believe that all have equal importance. This is not the platform for doing direct business, but for discussion about the next generation. On behalf of the entire federation team, I would like to commit, this is your federation, whether you are a member or not, but your joining will be the strength. AILUF will work on the principles, ‘Of the industry, for the industry, by the industry.’ We are planning state-wise and zone-wise, as well as segmentwise, chapters for strong networking. It will have lift-segmented chapters for erectors, installers, electricians, contractors, assemblers, component and lift P.B. Parmar, assistant director of manufacturers and traders for the MSME Development Institute in Ahmedabad, addresses better bonding and resolving the gathering. of issues. “We will work for global competitiveness by matching global standards, testing and certification of facilities for making products in India and selling them to the rest of the world at exportable quality. We are not here to oppose any brand or product. Multinational corporations are also important for our country. AILUF is much concerned about accidents involving lift workers and lift users and wants to create awareness related to


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AILUF in a Nutshell Pankaj Trivedi, honorary secretary, explained that AILUF is working for an accident-free, safe, ethical and globally competitive Indian lift industry. The emphasis is on both exportable components and import substitutes, so any world-class manufacturer can “Make in India” and sell to the rest of the world. Creating awareness related to AILUF’s goals is a key objective. The endeavor will be to achieve standardization in manufacturing, safety, application, servicing and testing of lifts and components. This will necessitate interacting with the Indian state and central governments, and international authorities for the lift industry in the country. Testing facilities across the country will help with compliance with national and international standards. AILUF will also work for employability, skill development and certification toward a harmonized and cluster-based manufacturing system for better productivity, cost-effectiveness and attractive aesthetics. AILUF will also make efforts to promote zero-defect and zero-effect principles, intellectual property rights, Lean manufacturing, innovations and technical collaborations.

the safety and security of human life with regard to lifts. Let us work together for an accident-free lift industry in India.” A.B. Chaudhary, deputy chief electrical inspector of lifts and escalators, said the Gujarat government is set to introduce an online approval system for lifts. Chaudhary also stated that various amendments in lift-related laws are also in the offing and would be announced in a few months. The function concluded on a positive note and set the stage for an exciting second year for AILUF and initiatives passed forward for the overall lift industry’s benefit.


Case Study: e-novation Centre Satya Priya Yadav (SPY), CEO, e-novation Centre, shares insights with your author (YP). by Yash Pandya


Satya Priya Yadav has combined his professional training in geography and regional development with in-depth knowledge of Gurugram to implement niche commercial real estate projects. Since 2000, he and RSP Developers have offered integrated turnkey infrastructure solutions to multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises and startups in Gurugram/National Capital Region (NCR). He leads a team that pays attention to detail and delivers solutions from conceptualization, to implementation, to handover and maintenance during tenancy. Yadav’s aim is to raise the bar further with the development of the e-novation Centre. Given the rising trend of innovation and R&D labs moving out of the folds of their parent entities, the goal is to meet the special requirements of organizations for establishing innovation, R&D and training facilities. With the e-novation Centre, Yadav says he has fulfilled his vision to provide an advanced, efficient, green, sustainable and integrated hub to help companies innovate. RSP Developers is a real estate development and management group founded in 1996 by Raj Singh Yadav and Satya Priya Yadav. The organization has developed more than 1 million ft2 of office space in sectors 18, 44 and 75 of Gurugram. The company places innovation at the core of its strategy to develop niche, sustainable products that are not available in the NCR’s real estate landscape. Its client list includes the BMW Group, Encore, Droom, IFF, Koovs, HFCL Infotel Ltd, Swiggy, Exicom, Orange, Punj Lloyd, Tellabs and Fibcom. YP: What are the aspects that set the e-novation Centre apart? SPY: e-novation Centre, India’s first state-of-the-art hub exclusively dedicated to corporate innovation, R&D and training, is being built in the institutional area in Sector 75, Gurugram. Spread over 12 acres, the corporate innovation hub built by RSP Developers is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-rated center. The environmentally friendly facility has nearly 75% open space with extensive green cover, as well as water recycling, waste management and renewable energy on the campus, making it self-sufficient in all requirements. The e-novation Centre has facilities for setting up corporate innovation labs, R&D labs, incubators, accelerators, centers of excellence, information-technology (IT)/IT-enabled services units and training centers.


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Innovation labs, R&D units and training modules are now stepping out of the fold of parent companies and headquarters and gaining their own independence and agility to combat disruption, compete with startups and stay competitive in the market. At the e-novation Centre, we recognize the clear and present requirement for a conducive environment for companies to innovate. The BMW Group has already set up India’s largest automobile training center in the first block of the facility. This is also one of the few BMW training centers for management, brand, sales, products, process and technical trainings. It has a current capacity of approximately 14,000 training man-days per annum, which is expandable in the future, owing to the future-ready infrastructure of the campus. The 1-million-ft2 infrastructure is spread over six blocks; the first is already in use and operational, while the second and third are ready for occupation. The center is planned such that it can adapt to varied requirements, from built-to-suit space, single floors, multiple floors, blocks, standalone buildings and residential facilities for walking to work. It is strategically located owing to the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority’s initiatives to develop the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) along the lines of Golf Course Road. The planned construction of a cloverleaf to connect the SPR with the Dwarka Expressway, providing an alternate access to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is currently 28 km away via NH-8, will prove beneficial to the area. Also, with two underpasses and three flyovers to ease the traffic flow along the SPR, we see a surge in corporates moving to this area. YP: How have you been leveraging advances in technology keeping the environmental impact in mind, while providing vertical transportation (VT)? SPY: Elevators have a significant impact on the environment but are the only solution to VT in high-rise buildings. With seven floors, including basement parking, the e-novation Centre is a mid- to high-rise development. There are four vertical cores, which provide access independence to the blocks, and the elevators are optimally placed in these cores. In general, elevators account for 5-17% of a building’s energy consumption, and it is imperative that the heat generation and energy losses, primarily originating from the elevator brake system, are channeled toward green energy sources. Currently, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems are used to cool the brake systems of the elevators in the e-novation Centre. However, green elevators will be a key focus in the future. YP: What is the significance of elevators in the project? Continued


VT Specifications Total number of elevators: Eight Brand: Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd. Types: Six passenger lifts and two service lifts Capacity: Four lifts have the capacity to carry 20 passengers, while two have the capacity to carry 10 passengers each. The service lifts have capacities of 1,360 and 680 kg. Placement: In four well-distributed vertical cores

SPY: The positioning of the elevators significantly contributes to balancing the load distribution and vertical movement within the buildings. The service lifts function in a separate core and in isolation. YP: Looking at 2020 and further ahead, do you see buildings in Indian metros getting even higher, and how would this impact the decisions regarding elevator selection going forward? SPY: As availability of land in metropolitan areas is reduced, real estate prices will increase. With a limit on horizontal spread, it is clear that the expansion in metros will go upward. In taller structures, the selection of elevators will determine the circulation efficiency within a building. With elevators being the only means to practically move throughout a building, important factors, which will impact decisions about elevators, will include the appropriate and optimum size, speed, green certification and servicing. YP: Which elevator aspects are considered when designing the project? SPY: The elevators have been positioned to facilitate and hasten the access to each block and floor. They are only a few steps from the entry point of each block.


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The Second Annual International Elevator and Escalator Symposium gathered experts who shared their knowledge over two full days.

by Angela C. Baldwin The second annual International Elevator and Escalator Symposium (IEES) took place on December 3-4, 2019, at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Hosted by Elevator World, Inc. and Liftinstituut Solutions B.V., the two-day event welcomed more than 100 attendees from around the world in an intimate setting where knowledge and experience were shared through presentations, a panel discussion and an exposition. The symposium’s theme of “Safety of Elevators and Escalators During Their Life Cycle: Maintenance and Inspection” informed the 20 presentations delivered by company representatives hailing from 10 countries. During the opening session, Marco Waagmeester, Liftinstituut Solutions CEO, discussed the theme choice, which was carefully considered by event organizers and the IEES technical committee when planning IEES 2019, saying: “What is Las Vegas about? Gambling. That is the opposite of what we are about. We do not gamble with safety. We are here to promote safety. Maintenance and inspection are interrelated, so it is no coincidence that we are speaking about these topics in relationship to safety.” Elevator World President/CEO T. Bruce MacKinnon reiterated Waagmeester’s sentiments, and welcomed attendees, speakers and exhibitors to the first IEES to be held in the U.S.: “We began this event in 2018, holding the first IEES in Istanbul. We are excited to work with Liftinstituut


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again this year in the U.S. on the important topic of safety. We have some interesting people here, including experts from elevator companies and consultancies around the world, Nevada’s chief administrative officer for elevators, members of the Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund, a representative from Walmart and many more. We hope you enjoy the knowledge-sharing over these two days.” The symposium’s first presentation, “The Role of Maintenance and Inspections in Risk Reduction,” was delivered by Louis Bialy of Louis Bialy & Associates. Bialy discussed the risks to personnel, the troubling trend of increased elevator-related fatalities in construction from 2003-2016, and how risk assessment can play an important role in safety. “Every life is important, and much work has been done to increase safety. The maintenance and inspection of elevator equipment is imperative in order to ensure safety,” he concluded. Bialy’s presentation delivered a wide view of the symposium’s theme, and the segue to Robert Kaspersma’s discussion of “Innovative Designs: Challenges for Inspection and Maintenance?” was a natural one. According to Liftinstituut’s Kaspersma, “With innovative designs, you start with a risk assessment, the topic of Lou Bialy. Innovative design is part of our industry. It is essential that not only safety for the riding public is guaranteed, but for the maintenance engineer and inspector, as well.”

Attendees and presenters of IEES 2019

Members of the Elevator World and Liftinstituut teams prepare for IEES registration: (l-r) T.Bruce MacKinnon, Süleyman Özcan, Brad O’Guynn, Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick and Bülent Yılmaz

T.Bruce MacKinnon welcomes the crowd.

Marco Waagmeester invites everyone to enjoy the first coffee break.

Liftinstituut’s Dennis Lindeboom talks with Walmart’s Kobus DeWet during a coffee break.

More than 100 attended the second annual IEES.

Dr. Lee E. Gray, professor of Architectural History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, built upon Bialy and Kaspersma’s presentations, adding historical context with “Elevator Maintenance and Inspection: Recommendations, Regulations and Codes 1890-1940.” Making light of what he thought might be a drier presentation than the two that came before, Gray said, “I have no sexy slides but a more straightforward history of elevator codes. This presentation is a slice of history of the evolution of codes all over the world.” Indeed, Gray took the audience from Denmark to Australia, from Berlin to Finland and from the U.S. to Italy, in a journey that was anything but dull. The morning session was broken up by a coffee break that also gave attendees a chance to visit the symposium’s 11 exhibitors. The exhibits lined the walls of the back half of the ballroom, making it convenient for all concerned. The first of four drawings took place at the end of the morning coffee break. The lucky winner received US$100 in cash, considered useful considering the ample gambling options an escalator ride away. The papers that followed Gray’s included “Contributing Factors That Can Lead to Diminished Safety of Elevators and Escalators During Their Life Cycle” by Max Guijt of Shanderry Elevator and Escalator Consultants in Ireland, who compared the failures of Boeing’s 737 MAX to the elevator industry. “Those flying the plane did not understand the technology and the

computer systems,” he said, leading to accidents the pilots couldn’t prevent. “Doesn’t the same happen in the elevator industry? Of course.” He gave graphic examples of cases he has worked on as an expert witness and discussed the role of and need for quality control systems. He closed by saying, “We can and shall do better.” Erol Akcay of Liftinstituut Solutions U.A.E. discussed “Maintenance, the Correct Approach to Raise the Quality,” explaining corrective, rather than preventive, maintenance is still common. “Regular service staff is not allowed to take initiative regarding unusual conditions,” he said, adding “Maintenance must become more alterable.” The day’s lunch, served in a ballroom adjacent to the meeting room, was filled with the chatter of an engaged crowd. Conversation vacillated between the morning’s sessions, personal business experiences and, because it was too good not to discuss, the food. While the morning session was moderated by Liftinstituut’s Marjon Oosting, the afternoon was led by Bialy. The two made quite a team, with Oosting’s enthusiasm contagious and Bialy’s knowledge and experience inspiring. Bialy introduced the first afternoon speaker with aplomb, and the course was set for the rest of the day. Mohamed Ibriham of Toshiba Elevators explored the topic of “Safety in Vertical Transportation Systems — An Enduring Journey,” followed by Charlie Slater of ATIS Elevator Continued

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Mitsubishi Electric Vantage Genemek International Association of Elevator Consultants Janus Graffiti Shield Formula Systems Castrol Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund Elevator World Liftinstituut

Day Two

Inspections LLC in the U.S., who discussed “U.S. Elevator Inspections: Judged by the Jurisdiction.” Naohiko Suzuki of Mitsubishi Electric Corp. presented “Remote Maintenance Service of Mitsubishi Elevators,” a topic that inspired many follow-up questions. The afternoon coffee break ended with the day’s second drawing, which gave a lucky attendee US$200 credit to be used in the Elevator World bookstore. When everyone was settled, the afternoon session continued with Kevin Brinkman of NEII and Brian Blackaby of B. Blackaby and Associates discussing “Elevator and Escalator Industry Cybersecurity Best Practices.” Onur Artikoglu of Otis Turkey talked about “Technological Influence Over Sustainable Maintenance” and Reinier Geradts and Jeroen Bazuin of DLR Adviesgroep B.V. from The Netherlands co-presented on the topic of “Maximize Reliability and Continuity of Building-Related Transport Solutions.” The welcome dinner that evening took guests outside of Bally’s to Caesars Palace, a short walk or limousine ride away. The weather was cool and perfect for those already dealing with snow at home, and with Las Vegas brightly lit and fully decorated for the impending Christmas holiday, spirits were understandably high. And, Carmine’s NYC Family-Style Restaurant did not disappoint. With a warm and friendly atmosphere and excellent food and service, the restaurant provided the perfect cap on a fine day. It was hard to remember we weren’t in Italy, the restaurant was so authentic — that is, until the Elvis impersonator and two showgirls arrived. Guests lined up for photos with the ladies and pseudo “King.” A concert of Elvis favorites followed and kept guests entertained through much of the meal. It was a memorable evening, and, for many, one captured on camera for posterity.

Carl Burch of GAL Manufacturing Corp. opened day two with his presentation on “Faulty Door Contact Circuit Monitoring.” The hot topic, a particularly big one in NYC, garnered him many questions from the audience. Emre Koroglu of Merih Asansor in Turkey also discussed doors in “Increased Safety and Predictive Maintenance by a Door Driver Featured with Wireless Connectivity and Remote Monitoring.” He stressed the need to reduce the risk to field employees. “We need to do the maintenance properly. The goals are risk reduction, maintenance integrity and predictive maintenance. Lift your expectations for safety for field employees and end users.” The day’s next speaker, Manuel Diez of TÜV Rheinland, joked that it was not usual to be a speaker at an event put on by your competitor, in this case Liftinstituut. But, Diez said the desire to talk about the work of TÜV Rheinland and ISO was too great to pass up. “To standardize globally is a huge initiative. It is something that has never happened before, and we are on track to achieve it,” he said. Diez went on to talk about his company’s thoughts on safety, saying: “Controlling only the initial quality of the product has proved not to be sufficient to grant safety for the lifetime of the product. … Nothing we do is so important that we cannot take the time and effort to do it safely.” Following the morning coffee break and a drawing for Apple Airpods, where the lucky winner was thrilled to have scored such a coveted Christmas gift for one of his children, Onur Continued

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Dinner guests enjoyed conversation and ambience at Carmine’s NYC Family-Style Restaurant.

Artikoglu of Otis discussed “FlexGrouping — The Ultimate Flexibility of Proof Buildings,” where he explained SuperGroup, a dispatching system that can be used with double-deck elevators, and more. Robert Cuzzi and Harry Vyas of VDA then took to the stage to talk about “Successful Implementation of a Mandated VT Periodic Inspection and Testing Program to Improve Safety and Reliability — Emulating the NYC Model.” Before beginning his presentation, however, Cuzzi took a few moments to comment on the symposium: “I am happy to be here. This is a great symposium. Really great. I have heard a lot of great presentations over the past day and a half, and I think we all agree our goal is no accidents, no fatalities. What we want is a non-event. In that same way, New York took a hard look at what it was doing and made the difficult choice to change it.” In TAK Mathews’ “Fireman and Evacuation Elevators and MRLs” presentation, he discussed the challenges of machine-room-less (MRL) elevators in evacuations: “There are risks when [MRLs] are used for evacuations that are different from other elevators. We need to stop denying it and accept that we have a problem. Firemen around the world need to be educated on the complexities of MRLs.” Many attendees took the opportunity to pose Following lunch, for pictures with the Las Vegas showgirls Formula Systems’ at the IEES dinner.


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Cornelius Walls did double duty, presenting his own paper, “Meeting Code Changes with Game Changing Technology” and that of Elevator Safety Solutions’ John Koshak, who was unable to attend. Koshak’s paper, “3-Dimensional Hoistway Door Protection,” was admirably presented and provided a natural segue to Wall’s own presentation. Both sparked discussion from the crowd. The symposium’s last individual presentation came from Albert So of the University of Hong Kong. So discussed “Development of a Real-Time Elevator Brake Monitor,” inspired by an ongoing project resulting from a fatal accident in Hong Kong that was caused by brake failure. Before the closing panel discussion, one final drawing gifted a lucky winner with one free ticket to the IEES 2020 in Amsterdam, valued at US$1,000. Panel members included Bialy, who acted as moderator, Artikoglu, Kaspersma, Mathews and Brennan Paterson, chief administrative officer of Nevada’s Department of Business and Industry’s Mechanical Compliance Section, a unit with responsibility for regulating elevators, escalators and moving walks. The discussion was wide-ranging

Dinner guests posed with the “King.”

(l-r) Brennan Paterson, Artikoglu, Bialy, Kaspersma and Mathews

and passionate and brought the day to a fine close. Bialy ended the discussion by saying: “There are no bad guys here. We are all good guys trying to do the right thing. This has been a superb symposium. It gives elevator personnel around the world a chance to interact and move out of the boxes we live in and share ideas, thoughts and experiences.” MacKinnon agreed, saying in the symposium’s closing session: “We hope you found value in this event. Doing this kind of thing is not our main business, but it brings value to the industry, and safety has been important to EW since our beginning. We thank the speakers, attendees and exhibitors.” Waagmeester thanked everyone on behalf of Liftinstituut and invited all to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for the IEES 2020 scheduled for December 7-8. For more information, visit elevatorsymposium.org.

Many attendees asked questions of the speakers throughout the symposium.

Lee Gray

Louis Bialy

Robert Kaspersma

Carl Burch

Emre Koroglu

Manuel Diez

Max Guijt

Erol Akcay

Mohamed Ibrahim

Robert Cuzzi

Harry Vyas

TAK Mathews

Charlie Slater

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Monarch BST Aims High Following Acquisition by Inovance Reorganization efforts look to grow rapidly with combined solutions and R&D.

The Monarch BST elevator test tower in Suzhou, China

submitted by Monarch BST On October 15, 2019, at Interlift in Augsburg, Germany, Inovance Group, one of China’s largest industrial automation companies, announced completion of the acquisition of Shanghai BST, a supplier of electrical components for elevators. Additionally, Shanghai BST has merged with Monarch, Inovance’s elevator business unit, to form an elevator business platform for manufacturing and R&D (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2019). A well-attended press conference with food and drinks included giveaways sporting the company’s new logo. Presentations from both Monarch and BST were held in which representatives spoke to the crowd about the merger and its benefits to the market. Elevator revenues from the conglomerate now exceed US$500 million. Combining elevator control technology from Inovance’s existing elevator business unit, Monarch, with BST’s range of customer-facing electronic control components, will


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offer buttons and operating panels, inspection boxes, mechanical door headers and cabling solutions. The merged company, Monarch BST, offers many elevator control solutions, which are incorporated into the elevators of leading multinational and regional elevator OEMs worldwide. It specializes in elevator controllers and gearless drives. Its controller/drive NICE has an installed base exceeding 2 million units worldwide. Monarch BST will form a single elevator division within Inovance, seeking to offer complementary technology portfolios to allow easy product integration. This significantly widened product portfolio gives much greater capability for the creation of custom solutions and offers a one-stop solution center for elevator control products. Monarch BST’s global network of sales offices, service centers and approved distributors deliver sales and support across Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Bob Shao, CEO of Monarch BST, said:


(l-r) Monarch General Manager Feng C.T.; BST Sales Director Shelley Zhou; Monarch BST CEO and Vice President of Inovance Bob Shao; Secretary General of the China Elevator Association Zhang Lexiang; and Inovance Managing Director, International Business Chris Fong

“We are very excited that Inovance has acquired BST. . . . The benefits to our customers will be wide-ranging, but perhaps most important is the easy product integration that will be enabled by Monarch BST’s complementary technology. Additionally, the resulting global sales and support network will mean customers who need new components or technical support can access our products and expertise immediately, no matter where they are in the world. Joining Inovance is of strong benefit to BST, because the significant size of Inovance offers a. . . solid base of support and a strong source of expertise and investment into manufacturing and R&D. The NICE3000 We are aiming for rapid global growth. . . .” BST, founded in 1998, comprises three business units: electrical components, door systems and cables. The company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of electrical components for elevators and has customers in more than 83 countries. Now acquired by Inovance, it was merged with Monarch to form a comprehensive elevator business platform.

Monarch, founded in 2003, includes open- and closed-loop integrated elevator controllers, such as the NICE3000+, NICE1000+ and NICE100+, as well as the NICE900 integrated door-operator controller. Additional products include open- and-closed loop elevator drives MD380L and ME320LN, as well as the WISE310 escalator drive. Inovance, also founded in 2003, has offices, factories and R&D facilities in China, India and South Korea. It also has a dedicated European division, Inovance Technology Europe, with facilities in Germany, France, Italy and Turkey, allowing it to offer fast delivery and local support across the continent. Its large local engineering research team in Germany and secondary R&D team in Italy develop fully compliant European products designed for the local market. They are working on a variety of computer-numerical-control real-time machine-control products as their efforts rapidly expand to encompass high-end motion control, servos and drives.

Thin-film-transistor operating panels from Shanghai BST A montage of Monarch BST’s many products

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Spiritually Uplifting Your author presents a first-person account of a visit to the Saptashrungi Temple and the holy shrine’s funicular trolleys.

to 60-plus years old) can be akin to “Mission Impossible” and equally hazardous — if not more so. In some cases, the uneven, natural pathway is replaced with a proper staircase. But, even then, with steps sometimes numbering more than the combined ages of all family members, reaching the top can be a real test of endurance. One begins to wish for a modern-day miracle, in which prayers are answered, and all these problems get solved for existing and future generations. Well, occasionally, that does happen, provided one has the patience. The phrase “optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, as nothing can be done without hope and confidence” aptly relates to one such scenario in which there has, indeed, been a miracle, but one of technology leveraging a relatively lesser-known form of vertical transportation (VT). I am referring to the funicular trolleys installed to provide comfortable access to pilgrims at Saptashrungi Temple in Vani, 60 km from the city of Nashik in Maharashtra. The project was initiated by the Public Works Department, Government of Maharashtra (PWD), in 2010, but the placement and Funicular trolleys allow pilgrims to ride in comfort as they visit Saptashrungi Temple in Nashik. Before the trolleys became operational in 2018, a visit to the temple meant an installation work was delayed due to unforeseen arduous climb up hundreds of steps; those physically unable could be carried up in a doli. circumstances. Patience paid off, however, and it was finally completed and made fully operational in 2018. Surpassing all the challenges encountered, it became the by Sheetal Shelar Patil Visiting a place of worship, especially a revered holy shrine, first funicular trolley in India. is considered very auspicious, which is why we tend to do this It was constructed by the PWD and is operated by Suyog at every age and stage of our lives. Be it as infants, students Gurbaxani Funicular Ropeways Pvt. Ltd. as a build-operatehoping to ace important examinations, couples seeking transfer project in consultation with Promekhnizatse wedded bliss just after their marriage or senior citizens looking Consultants of Ukraine, according to PWD Deputy Engineer K.R. for a peaceful departure in their twilight years, visiting a shrine Kedar, as per an article on yourstory.com. R.R. Hande, the PWD for blessings is an integral part of the life cycle. superintending engineer in Nashik, told news service IANS that However, this is sometimes easier said than done in India, the funicular climbs an elevation of almost 330 ft, enabling where most of the shrines are classified based on accessibility: pilgrims to reach the top of the hill within 3 min. the more difficult and higher the climb required, the more Earlier, ascending the temple required making a grueling popular the temple. With the elder generation given to climb of 510 steps, which could take between one and two insisting on offering prayers at such specific spots, managing hours — more during weekends, when the temple attracts the entire family (three generations, usually aged below 6 years larger crowds — making it difficult for senior citizens and


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While there are some devotees who believe the temple being situated at such a height is a way of testing their faith and thus undertake the somewhat arduous climb up the stairs (myself included), it was, indeed, heartwarming to see that there is an option available to those who, for various reasons, would prefer to avoid it. After offering prayers at the temple, I opted for the funicular trolley on the way down and experienced its benefits firsthand. It is, indeed, a godsend for all devotees and a way to worship at a height that is closer to the heavens without undertaking the risk and hardship previously associated with it. People await their turn to board the funicular for the ride up.

children. Before the funicular, those unable to make the climb had to be carried up the steps in a traditional doli. While this ensured a livelihood for the villagers, lifting the doli was somewhat uncomfortable for them and the pilgrims. It was also a bit risky, given the number of stairs and height involved. In fact, the funicular trolley system is considered a savior both by the nearby villagers, for whom it is providing a decent level of employment, and by the people visiting to worship the goddess. To cater to the extra rush of pilgrims, PWD and temple authorities are building a parking lot at the base of the hill that can accommodate more than 200 vehicles, plus a market, eateries and other facilities and amenities. Separate lifts have already been installed to provide access to the parking lot.

Experiencing the Ride The ride up offers a view of the surrounding lush, green and often misty forests on all sides, reportedly teeming with rare medicinal plants and herbs. The rugged seven hill peaks that give the temple its name — Sapta (seven) and Shrungi (peaks) — come into view at the top, where Saptashrungi Devi’s imposing abode stands. This is also as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. The temple is many centuries old and features an idol of the 18-armed Saptashrungi Mata; the surrounding forests (Dandakaranya) even find a mention in the Ramayana. A recently published article in Business Standard featuring the Government of Maharashtra PWD said about 500,000600,000 devotees visit the temple during Chaitrotsav and Navaratrotsav. The pilgrims visiting on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays typically number 7,000 to 8,000, while the other weekdays see an average of about 3,000 visitors. The temple sits at a height of 100 m above the village. The funicular trolley system is a novelty in itself, the first of its kind in India, and provides a safe and convenient mode to reach the temple. The project cost was about INR314 million (US$4.4 million). The system consists of two bogies with a capacity of 60 riders each. It takes about 3-1/2 min. to climb the 168-m-long, 1.2-m-wide track from the village to the temple. There are two stations, one at the bottom and one at the top, which cater to the needs of devotees using the funicular. A 25-room guest house was built at the bottom as part of the project.

Riders enter the trolleys through automatic doors.

Ropeways have become common in India at many adventurous and holy spots, but the funicular trolley concept has yet to take off, perhaps because elevators remain a preferred VT mode here. Such trolleys are a common sight in European countries, such as Switzerland. Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country and home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. It is home to the most fascinating and steepest funicular trolleys and railways, which are used by nearby locals for daily transportation and by travel enthusiasts drawn to explore majestic beauty from towering heights. Continued

Seating aboard the trolleys is arranged in a stepped layout.

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A pair of panoramic elevators carry visitors to and from the parking area below the facility at the base of the funicular.

Those making the trek up by foot must navigate steep steps.

I found the funicular trolley system to be unique, because it is designed in such a way that the cabins automatically adapt to the inclination. The cabins and the seats of the funicular trolleys are placed in an ascending and descending order, providing comfort for the pilgrims, while avoiding any kind of jerking or falling incidents. Interestingly, one does not get a feel of steepness while traveling aboard the funicular. It reminds me of the amazingly designed The temple heights offer a sweeping view of the surrounding mountains and Stoosbahn funicular the village below. railway in the Swiss canton of Schwyz, a It could become a very famous spot for tourists, if VT were design India can look provided. Locals with whom I spoke shared that a survey has forward to in been conducted, but no other action had so far been taken. For the future. this very reason, many people just worship the huge idol placed There are many at a temple-like structure situated few steps away and other temples in and return back. around Nashik that I sincerely feel VT is a must at such holy places so people can have a great need for enjoy the view from the top and explore the locations on which VT. One of them is mythological stories are based. This also allows them to get the Anjaneri Mata Mandir, firsthand experience of being able to offer prayers at the actual the steps of which temple on the hilltop. require about 3 hr to My observation during the visit was that the route going climb. The temple toward the main temple at the top is very dangerous, as the mostly attracts visitor must cover three mountains on stairs that are barely trekkers, but with visible due to erosion caused by heavy rains. VT like the many mythological funicular trolley was possible at Saptashrungi Gadh, as the stories attached to temple is attached to the hills. Anjaneri Temple is at the top, this place, a lot of and one has to cross three mountains, along with extremely people come here narrow and steep patches, to reach there, so one might opt for a An imposing climb ropeway, as is the case with Auli in the Himalayas. to worship.


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Elevating an Ancestral Craft Jaipur Rugs Director Yogesh Chaudhary (YC) spoke with your author (YP) about how hand-woven rugs can fit into elevators and elevator lobbies. by Yash Pandya


Founded in 1978 by Nand Kishore Chaudhary with two time to leave someone impressed using a variety of design tools looms, Mumbai-headquartered Jaipur Rugs and, most importantly, a great elevator flooring selection. It is now has more than 7,000 looms and sells an excellent tool to elevate the sensory comfort and luxury feel rugs in more than 60 countries. The of an area. Often, areas like lobbies and elevators are the first handmade rugs are created by more than impression of a place. The right kind of rug can help create the 40,000 rural artisans, 80% of whom are perfect first impression. For a bespoke elevator, choosing the women. Today, the company states it right size, texture, color, pattern and shape of a rug can make “creates contemporary works of art by all the difference. collaborating with creative talents capable YP: Elevator interiors are being transformed synchronized of showcasing this ancestral craft with a with lobby areas. How can rugs and carpets facilitate this? new vision.” What do rugs have to do with YC: Using the same kind of rug for both the lobby and vertical transportation (VT)? Well, they can take elevators and elevator can create a uniform experience. Handmade rugs are elevator lobbies to a new level by using specific design also viewed as pieces of art, and the right kind of rugs in elements and materials, depending on the application. Jaipur elevators can make them doorways to luxurious spaces. Rugs Director Yogesh Chaudhary YP: Given the varying weather was recently part of a panel hosted conditions in Indian cities (Mumbai For compact, bungalow by the Mumbai store at which with its months of heavy rains, for experts addressed the most pressing elevators, high-quality hand- instance), what materials, colors and issues facing luxury brands, designs would you recommend for knotted rugs are perfect to including sustainability and each segment (residential, hotel, preservation of cultural art forms office) and why? lend a luxury look and such as rugmaking. Following the YC: Outdoor rugs made with provide high performance at polypropylene panel discussion, Yogesh Chaudhary and polyester are the same time. elaborated on how rugs fit into the great for areas with too much rain, VT equation. as they can withstand the wear and YP: With bespoke elevators and tear of such weather conditions. For the luxury quotient gaining prominence, how do you see the compact, bungalow elevators, high-quality hand-knotted rugs role of rugs and carpets in elevators becoming more are perfect to lend a luxury look and provide high performance significant? at the same time. For areas with high traffic, hand-knotted and YC: Elevator space doesn’t have to be boring. Even though a flat-weave rugs are recommended because of their durability. person’s experience inside an elevator is short, there is enough YP: What are the practical advantages rugs and carpets offer to elevators and elevator lobbies? YC: Often, lobbies can be noisy due to a lot of movement. Rugs are excellent noise absorbers and can greatly reduce noise levels. They can also make walking more comfortable and help minimize dust. YP: How do rugs and carpets epitomize luxury, and what are the current trends? YC: Hand-knotted carpets are works of art that you can walk on. The plush softness under your feet gives a space an instant sense of comfort and opulence. Rugs form the base of any room’s décor and instantly uplift the style quotient. Some of the prevailing design trends of the season include: ♦ Anti-Design, a term to express the need to not follow any design language but, instead, to follow the heart. The need to give importance to the hidden child, one’s own unique Most of Jaipur Rugs’ rural artisans are women, including Sonia Devi, right, of taste of the rebel hidden inside or one’s buried desires, all Aaspura.


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For a bespoke elevator, choosing the right size, texture, color, pattern and shape of a rug can make all the difference.

Weaver/artisan Madanlal of Aaspura

take the form of art, where there are no set rules. The trend is about finding beauty in something eclectic and being ironically chic. ♦ Rustic Fantasy: Homeowners are ready to splurge on artistic and personal handmade area rugs, which serve as a room’s statement piece. Original pieces allow weavers to explore their originality. Knowledge about the global market helps them create one-of-a-kind designs that are fresh, yet represent the mindset of the countryside. These rugs are considered unique art pieces. It is also interesting to note they are made from recyclable yarns. We can see a major shift toward sustainability. ♦ Playful Geometry: Playful geometric shapes provide extra dimension to a space. The mantra of this year should be

“purposeful irregularity,” supporting the philosophy of focusing on nonliteral, intangible emotions. Softly curved edges and molded shapes are part of this trend. It’s a softer and more tactile take on geometric patterns, where playfulness is the key. ♦ Going Bold: It’s time to lose your reluctance about statement colors and patterns. Bold is the new black. While flooring was once expected to be a neutral backdrop for the rest of your space, selecting a colorful statement rug will bring a muted color palette to life and allow the flooring to become the star of your room. ♦ Vintage Appeal: The 1950s and 1960s are back, characterized by a new appreciation for modern taste. Midcentury-modern décor is simple and functional. A rug with a floral design that includes artistic flourishes bridges the boundaries of various cultures and gives the room the exact amount of drama required. Designers rediscover vintage florals and bring them up-to-date with impactful scales and a romantic color palette. The style is about clean, sleek lines, found both in geometric and organic forms with accents of pastel, vintage colors.

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I N T E R L I F T 2 019 by Angela C. Baldwin

Records break, confidence reigns in “Lift City.” igns of the lift industry were everywhere in Augsburg, Germany, during the week of October 15-18, 2019, � literally. From the headrests in taxicabs to the sides of buildings, the “Lift City” logo was omnipresent. The host city assumed the new moniker for the duration of Interlift 2019, demonstrating its commitment to and enthusiasm for the long-running exposition. According to Augsburg Lord Mayor Dr. Kurt Gribl, the Bavarian city invests in the biennial event because it brings an economic boom, and Augsburg’s investment has never been bigger than for Interlift 2019, which inaugurated a new Hall 2 costing US$24.5 million. Gribl called it “a record investment in record time.” And, during the fair’s opening ceremony, Interlift organizers Thilo and Henning Könicke, managing directors of AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH, and Achim Hütter, president of VFA-Interlift e.V., thanked the city of Augsburg for its support as they ushered in the 14th and largest-yet Interlift. With unseasonably mild weather outside and impressive booths and a comprehensive VFA Forum inside, Interlift 2019 broke attendance and exhibitor records. Despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the U.S./China trade war and ongoing issues in the Middle East, the trade fair remained largely untouched by the political and economic issues of the day. Instead, organizers described an industry “unimpressed by economic downturns.” With enthusiasm and confidence, 577 exhibitors filled Messe Augsburg’s 46,500 m2 with colorful, interactive booths that showcased thousands of products ranging from elevator doors and cabins to monitoring systems and safety gears. While business was the order of the day, many booths also promoted socializing, with coffee bars, local treats and beer taps aplenty. More booths than ever before sported giant screens that played videos on loops, while company representatives expounded on their newest components or quietest elevators. There was so much to see, it was hard to know where to look first.


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Signs of “Lift City” were all over Augsburg, Germany, during Interlift week, from the sides of buildings to taxicab headrests.

(l-r) AFAG Managing Director Thilo Könicke, Messe Augsburg Managing Director Thomas Schmidt-Tancredi and AFAG Managing Director Henning Könicke speak during the Interlift 2019 opening ceremony.

According to Interlift outcome reports, visitors totaled 21,200 and hailed from 108 countries, with Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and France producing the most attendees. Total foreign visitors equaled 57%, a figure comparable to the 2017 iteration. According to European Lift Association (ELA) President Roberto Zappa, at its heart, “Interlift is a place where business and culture are exchanged.” Such exchanges were easy to see throughout the nine halls and particularly highlighted in the strategically placed country pavilions, like Italy’s, and in the Wittur CUBE. (See sidebar.)

Exhibits As your author walked the winding halls of Messe Augsburg, each as interesting and inspiring as the one before, words from keynote speaker Frank Salzgeber, head of innovation and ventures office for the European Space Association, were continually recalled. His talk, “We Need More Space,” centered on change and “working until you get it right.” He encouraged the audience to welcome challenges, be skeptical of success and stay curious. And, he reminded them, “Innovation takes place on the edges.” Interlift exhibitors appeared to be quite an edgy bunch, as innovation was on display in no small amount. Continued

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Interlift 2019 took over Messe Augsburg during the week of October 15-18, 2019.

It was evident around every corner and along each corridor. There was: ♦ Aspar’s new overspeed governor ♦ Wurtec’s V2 False Car for use in mid- and high-rise rail installations ♦ Ametal’s MINILIFT®, a 3D model lift used to demonstrate the Aries Complete Lift System, as well as educate those entering the industry ♦ CEDES’ new iDiscovery that serves as “a position supervisor unit” and works with the company’s absolute positioning system to “take over the safety-relevant functions of an elevator” (ELEVATOR WORLD, December 2019) ♦ Cobianchi’s new safety gears with an easy-release mechanism ♦ Alimak’s new Alimak ME, a marine elevator featuring loading capacities of up to 1,600 kg that does not require a machine room

VFA President Achim Hütter


Keynote speaker Frank Salzgeber

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Gervall’s new overspeed governors and tension weights Serapid’s attention-grabbing car lift in action EMF Motor’s small, light home lift motor UVIS’ new TiTANO product, an antimicrobial coating for elevators (EW, December 2019) These products merely scratch the surface of what visitors saw on display or could touch and experience for themselves during the fair’s four days.

VFA Forum Running concurrent with the exhibition, the VFA Forum, located in the new Hall 2, featured 50 experts over four days speaking on a variety of subjects, with a focus on digitalization.

Interlift is a place where business and culture are exchanged. � ELA President Roberto Zappa

ELA President Roberto Zappa

Augsburg Lord Mayor Dr. Kurt Gribl

Despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the U.S./ China trade war and ongoing issues in the Middle East, the trade fair remained largely untouched by the political and economic issues of the day. Instead, organizers described an industry “unimpressed by economic downturns.” Interlift 2019’s opening ceremony took place in the VFA Forum area in the new Hall 2.

Credit Suisse’s André Kukhnin discussed “Investors’ View of the Global Elevator Market” at the VFA Forum.

Dr. Aleksey Gorilovsky from LiftEye explained the product in his VFA Forum talk, “Lift Eye � Real Time Panorama in the Elevator.” At the VFA Forum, TAK Mathews of TAK Consulting Pvt. Ltd. in Mumbai discussed the “Future of the Indian Elevator Market.”

Well-attended, it also highlighted international lift markets, including Poland, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, India, Africa and the U.S.; explained current changes to international regulations; and discussed international trends and technologies. Hütter heralded the Forum “a great success,” adding: “There were approximately 3,000 visitors, which is about a 30% increase from two years ago. We were worried because of the new location, which posed some initial noise issues that we compensated for, but it went very well.” At Interlift’s closing press conference, organizers stated they were pleased with the fair’s outcome. “We started out with

uncertainty because of the global situation,” Hütter admitted, “but, in the end, the numbers look very good, and there was good camaraderie.” AFAG Project Manager Joachim Kalsdorf agreed, adding: “On behalf of AFAG and VFA, I must say this was one of the most relaxed Interlifts in the setup phase. That feeling continued during the week, and then we had a very nice and successful exhibitor dinner at the WWK-Arena. Almost 600 attended, and everyone felt welcome. They were comfortable, and the food was very good.” Continued

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(l-r) Thilo Könicke, Segren Reddy, Anitha Raghunath, Henning Könicke and G. Raghu enjoying the exhibitor dinner. Guests were entertained throughout the exhibitor dinner.

Greeters welcomed exhibitors to the WWK-Arena for dinner.


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Henning Könicke also agreed that the fair was very successful, saying: “For the first time, the new topic of ‘Lift City’ was used, and it made everyone feel welcome in Augsburg, anytime and anywhere. This was a very international show with high-quality visitors. Interlift is still estimated by visitors as the leading industry trade fair.” According to a survey given during Interlift by GMM, 68% of companies rated their Interlift participation as a “1” or “2” out of “5.” Ninety-three percent of visitors rated their business results as “very good” to “satisfactory.” More than nine of 10 visitors were thoroughly satisfied with their visit and stated their willingness to attend a future Interlift as “very high.” Those are good results for organizers who will soon begin preparations for the next Interlift, slated for October 19-22, 2021.

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Your author (YP) recently had an exchange with Sumit Singhal (SS), vice president of real estate and infrastructure, TÜV SÜD South Asia, to glean his perspective on India’s elevator and escalator market. YP: What will the nation’s vertical-transportation (VT) market look like over the next few years? SS: The Indian market for elevators and escalators stood at US$1.2 billion in 2017 and is projected to cross US$2 billion by 2023 — a compound annual growth rate of 8.1%. Rising urbanization, the introduction of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), and government initiatives such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and the Smart City Mission have helped make India one of the fastestgrowing construction markets in the world. This, in turn, is driving demand for elevators and escalators.

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Gearless and machine-room-less elevators are growing at a faster rate than the geared type, and are expected to hold the major share in coming years. In the escalator/moving walks segment, escalators currently dominate the market, although moving walks are gaining popularity, with installations at airports and shopping centers. YP: What are some of the immediate issues faced by the industry, as you see them? SS: There are challenges faced by the VT industry, in light of real estate compliance in the post-RERA age, but these can be resolved even as we facilitate compliance and timely completion. The elevator industry will grow at about the same pace as residential and commercial space. Growth is also being fueled by consumer demand. Until a few years ago, elevators and escalators were considered a luxury. Now, however, they are deemed a necessity, even in low-cost and affordable-housing projects. This demand is coming largely from Tier-2 and -3 cities.


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INDUSTRY DIALOGUE The regulation pertaining to the safety guidelines for VT is currently only a recommendation; it must be made mandatory in the interest of safety. This could then be followed by revisiting the current process of seeking approvals or licenses for installing and using lifts. YP: What is the role of technology, and how can the VT industry best leverage it? SS: Technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), is a powerful tool today, when building designs are getting more complex and VT is in a state of strong innovation. The IoT is enabling such features as enhanced security systems, cloudbased predictive maintenance, interactive touch panels, biometric access control, energy efficiency and faster and easier movement in elevators. IoT monitors operating parameters, such as traffic trends, waiting time, number of trips, safety circuits, ride quality and others. They are analyzed in real time to enable predictive maintenance that reduces downtime and helps prevent accidents. In the future, IoT will also be able to incorporate behavioral insights and act accordingly, such as when there is an expected influx of visitors during conferences or peak-hour traffic. IoT will increase the reliability of the product and the efficiency of facility-management services. I expect we will see hybrid elevators — ones that move horizontally, as well as vertically — in coming years. IoT-enabled services will help the VT industry provide a superior experience to the riding public. YP: What are some VT applications on the horizon?

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SS: VT will see increased scope as elevators, escalators and moving walks will be a given in airports, metros and railway facilities. These transportation facilities are integral parts of the government’s program for developing smart cities. These are the kinds of infrastructure facilities that see heavy footfall daily and require efficient, reliable escalators and moving walks. Metro rail projects alone are expected to lead to a 20-25% rise in demand for escalators. The government’s push to improve public-transportation infrastructure in the 12th Five-Year Plan has also given a major boost to the VT industry. YP: How do sustainability and safety figure into the future of VT in India? SS: A top priority will be ensuring sustainability and safety in elevators, escalators and moving walks. Today’s user interface displays elevator operational status in real time and informs maintenance personnel when any operational anomalies or emergency situations are detected. TÜV SÜD’s Predictive Maintenance System predicts failures with operational, environmental and secondary data, thus enabling customers to take necessary steps to mitigate the risk of elevator failures. Furthermore, useful data, such as traffic studies, passenger identification and floor-usage distribution, among others, can help address the issues of long waiting times during peak hours and high energy consumption. Providing such levels of maintenance helps ensure the serviceable life of the equipment is achieved. This negates the need for premature major alterations or replacements, thereby reducing lifecycle costs.

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Making Things Better An elevator goes digital and an escalator step cleaner is upgraded.

KONE Replaces Elevator Series With Digital System ❮

KONE has released what it calls “the world’s first digital elevator series.” With standard built-in connectivity, the KONE DX Class is designed to be an integral and integrated building platform that offers intuitive, ambient and connected experiences that extend throughout the building. “The ability to adapt and upgrade the elevator experience according to needs now and in the future” is an advantage, the company said. The new series enables customers to tailor existing and add additional software and services for elevators throughout the lifetime of a building. One partner already announced is iLOQ, which KONE calls an “ecosystem partner.” Focused on digital locking solutions, the Finnish technology company uses an open application programming interface (API) to enable integration with data-sharing and reservation systems, as well as personal customer databases. KONE uses open APIs to combine physical hardware and digital services. These can be customized according to individual needs and preferences in a way KONE President and CEO Henrik Ehrnrooth called “mass-customizable.” He continued, “New technologies give us opportunities to create an integrated and easily adaptable building experience. As buildings evolve, the elevators can also evolve in ways we have not seen before.” Executive Vice President, New Business Tomio

One of the features of the new escalator step cleaner is its smaller size: at only 105 cm tall, it can be transported in small vans like the Ford Transit Connect and Volkswagen Caddy.


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In addition to the technology enabling dynamic display, sound and lighting options to transform the elevator’s ambience and interior, the DX Class features a new variety of design options and anti-stain, anti-scratch and antibacterial surfaces.

Pihkala added, “We are changing our business profoundly towards a platform business. This means combining products and services over the lifetime of a building, which is very powerful.” The product uses sustainable materials to meet greenbuilding criteria. It is already available in European markets and will be rolled out to other areas over the next two years, replacing the current KONE elevator range. www.kone.com

Updated Escalator Step Cleaner

Oxfordshire, U.K.-based Rosemor International Ltd. has launched the Rotomatic, an upgraded version of its escalator step cleaning machine. Focusing on eliminating what the company calls “the time-consuming aftercare,” the new machine offers automatic cleaning at the push of a button. This mode includes self-cleaning and a 10-s-per-step rapid-cleaning cycle. New energy-efficient drying takes place with a two-stage process using a turbine motor to suck wastewater and a powerful air blower to blast it away. Its touchscreen interface gives the operator enhanced control and status information, in addition to operational guides. Larger detergent tanks can now accommodate up to 20 l of detergent. The company looks to expand its 59-country reach with the Rotomatic, in addition to its T10 moving walk deep-cleaning attachment. Though originally made for the Rotomatic’s predecessor, the ET15B, the T10 can also be attached to the Rotomatic. www.rosemor.com


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ADCO CONTROLS Website: www.adcocontrols.com

JOHNSON LIFTS PVT. LTD. Website: www.johnsonliftsltd.com

ADON COMPONENTS Website: www.adoncomponents.com

JUPITER Website: www.jupitergroup.co.in

APPRO LUBES PVT. LTD. Website: www.approlubes.net

LIFT EXPO ITALIA Website: www.liftexpoitalia.com

APSON INC. Website: www.apson.co.in

MARAZZI (JIANGSU) ELEVATOR GUIDE RAIL CO., LTD. Website: www.marazziguide.com


MAYR ANTRIEBTECHNIK Website: www.mayr.de

BHARAT BIJLEE LIMITED Website: www.bharatbijlee.com

MESSE FRANKFURT Website: www.ieeexpo.com

BLAIN HYDRAULICS GMBH Website: www.blain.de

MONTANARI GIULIO & C. SRL. Website: www.montanarigiulio.in

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ELETECH INDUSTRIES Website: www.eletechindustries.com ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR SAFETY TRUST Email: info@eest.in ELEVATOR WORLD, INC. Website: www.elevatorworld.com EPIC ELEVATORS Website: www.epicelevators.com EREN MAKINA ASANSOR Website: www.erenmakina.com.tr ESKAY ELEVATORS (I) PVT. LTD Website: www.eskayelevators.com EURASIA LIFT Website: www.cnrexpo.com FLEXON ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR CABLES Website: www.flexoncables.com FLYBIRD TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD Website: www.FlybirdTechnologies.in GIOVENZANA INTERNATIONAL B.V. Website: www.giovenzana.com INDITECH SYSTEMS Website: www.inditechsystems.com INELEX Website: www.eforfair.com INOVA AUTOMATION PVT LTD Website: www.inova-automation.com

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Advertisers Index ADCO Controls....................................................................................................7 Adon Components........................................................................................11 Appro Lubes Pvt Ltd.....................................................................................37 APSON Inc............................................................................................... Cover 3 ARKEL ELECTRONIC INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED.................................31 Bharat Bijlee Ltd...............................................................................................23 Blain Hydraulics Gmbh................................................................................21 Canny Group Co., Ltd...................................................................................19 Epic Elevators.......................................................................................................5 Eren Makina Asansor Imalat San. Tic. Ltd. Sti.................................29 Escon Elevators Pvt. Ltd.................................................................. Cover 2 Eskay Elevators (I) Pvt. Ltd.............................................................................1 Flybird Technologies Pvt. Ltd...................................................................13 Giovenzana International BV...................................................................47 Inditech Systems Pvt Ltd...........................................................................65 Johnson Lifts Pvt Ltd....................................................................................51 Jupiter Enterprises.........................................................................................53 LIFT EXPO ITALIA SRL....................................................................................27 MAXTON ENGINEERING PVT. LTD.........................................................17 Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd...........................................9 Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd..........................................................35 Monarch BST.....................................................................................................61 Monteferro India Guiderails and Elevator Parts Pvt...................25 Schindler India Pvt. Ltd................................................................... Cover 4


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