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The Premier Magazine for the Building Transportation Industry in India

ELEVåTOR WÅRL­D India Issue 4, Volume 12

Redefining Luxury With VT Focus on Accessibility

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Redefining Luxury With VT by Sheetal Shelar Patil Architect Ajay Nahar talks about the upscale cabs that wow prospective buyers in the 25-story Excalibur by Nahar in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai.

FEATURE 54 Journey to Johannesburg

by Shem Oirere photos by Anitha Raghunath Inaugural GLE Expo Africa creates success to build on.

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Enhanced Accessibility by Amish Mistry

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Leveraging VT Options by Yash Pandya

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Portals to Divinity by Amish Mistry

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The Rising Role of IoT by Rushil Dahisaria

Formula for Growth by Yash Pandya

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E2 Forum Debuts in India by Sheetal Shelar Patil

ISO/TC 178 Plenary Meeting 2019 in Frankfurt and Implications for the Future by Louis Bialy

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Protect Yourself From Lift Accident Harassment by Rajnikant Lad

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NAREDCO’s 15th National Convention by Yash Pandya

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Turning Tide by Yash Pandya

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Poised for Growth by Cem Öztürk

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Inovance Acquires BST, Merges It With Monarch by Anil Kumar “Smart” City Going Vertical by Sheetal Shelar Patil

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Mega-Scale Projects Need Suitable Building Transportation by Ar. Dikshu C. Kukreja

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Editor’s Overview

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Calendar

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Inside India News

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Regional News

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Product Spotlight

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Marketplace

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Source Directory

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Advertisers Index

Contactless Position Supervisor Unit by Lee Freeland Unfamiliar Territory by Yash Pandya

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Editor’s Overview The View From the Top. . . Is Spectacular! by Vijay Pandya “Aâ€? for accessible, “Bâ€? for breathtaking, “Câ€? for comfortable. That’s the sort of thing you might hear when senior citizens in India teach the alphabet to their grandchildren while recalling recent trips to shrines or heritage structures. There used to be a time when certain wonders — natural or manmade — were meant to be gazed at wistfully from a distance by the elderly, small children and those between these two age groups who were physically handicapped. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. From a scenario where vertical-transportation (VT) facilities like elevators were available at only a few religious shrines or heritage structures (like forts at extreme heights), the number of such facilities has been rising slowly yet steadily across India. This is applicable to modern structures, as well. With families in India increasingly going nuclear, the elder generation is no longer opposed to the next generation staying in a house of their own after marriage. The only stipulation is that the building should have an elevator so they can come over to see their grandchildren at regular intervals without arthritis posing an insurmountable obstacle. Similarly, single-screen theaters being replaced by multiplexes enable three generations to watch movies together, thanks to the inclusion of elevators and escalators. Then, there are residential projects where lifestyle amenities are located on the terrace level and car parking in the basement, so elevators effectively serve multiple purposes. Mixed-use developments have retail, office and hospitality spaces linked by a well-planned combination of elevators and escalators. Public spaces, too, have been transformed, with existing railway stations getting much-needed elevators and escalators installed, akin to the metro corridors where such VT facilities are a given. People are opting for compact elevators over stairs for internally connecting two levels of a duplex, because this actually saves space. While real estate development is gradually getting back to a steady pace, with government policies providing an impetus, infrastructure projects and niche segments, like private elevators, along with a recent entrant — affordable housing — have opened up new opportunities and avenues. In such a scenario, the future of this industry can be summed up in one word: limitless.   đ&#x;Œ?

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2019 December International Elevator & Escalator Symposium Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV December 3-4 To submit a paper, email paper@ elevatorsymposium.org. For more information, or to register or book a booth, email info@elevatorsymposium. org or visit www.elevatorsymposium.org.

Exhibitions Center Cairo, Egypt April 9-11 For more information or to book your stand, visit liftcityexpo.com.

May Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Shanghai, China May 4-5 For more information or to submit papers, visit www.liftsymposium.org.

September The Elevator Show Dubai World Trade Centre Dubai, U.A.E. September 7-9 Organized by AFAG and Elevator World, Inc., the event intends to showcase the latest technology and design every two years. For more information, visit website: www.elevatorshowdubai.com/en. Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Highgate House Northampton, U.K. September 13-16 For more information or to submit papers, visit www.liftsymposium.org.

World Elevator & Escalator Expo 2020 China National Exhibition and Convention Center Shanghai, China May 6-9 United 2020 George R. Brown Convention Center/ For more information, visit website: January Marriott Marquis www.elevator-expo.com. IRAN LIFTEX Houston, TX Ascen.tec Tehran Permanent September 23-24 Mediterranean International Fairground This convention/exhibition is hosted by the Exhibition Center Tehran, Iran National Association of Elevator January 23-26 Paiania, Greece Contractors (NAEC), International May 22-24 Association of Elevator Consultants, For more information, contact organizer This annual international exhibition for Mehrmass Exhibition at 98-939-5252Canadian Elevator Contractors Association elevator technologies is organized by 142 or email: Mehrmassco@gmail.com and Elevator U. For more information, Technoekdotiki/T-Press. Email the or visit website: mehrmass.com/ contact Alesa McArthur of NAEC at toll organizer at tpress@tpress.gr and find iran-liftex-2020. free: 800-900-6232, phone: 770-760-9660 or more information at ascen-tec.gr/en. email: Alesa@naec.org, or visit website: February www.naecconvention.com.   đ&#x;Œ? June 10th International Seminar on Elevcon October Elevators and Escalators Grandior Hotel Prague Koosha Center of Applied Science and Eurasia AsansĂśr Prague, Czech Republic Technology CNR Expo/Istanbul Expo Center June 16-18 Tehran, Iran Istanbul, Turkey February 20 For more details or to register or submit October 21-24 an abstract or workshop proposal, visit For more information, visit website: For more information about the fifth website: www.elevcon.com. en.symposia.ir. “International Elevator, Escalator Industry and Technologies Exhibition,â€? visit Vietnam Lifts & International Elevator website: asansorfuari.com. Elevators Expo 2020 & Escalator Expo Hanoi International Bombay Convention & November Center for Exhibition Exhibition Centre International Sourcing Exposition for Hanoi, Vietnam Mumbai, India Elevators and Escalators February 27-29 June 18-20 Hall 4 For more information or to register, For more information or to reserve a Bombay Exhibition Centre contact organizer Advertising and Trade booth, contact organizer Messe Mumbai, India Fair Joint Stock Co. at phone: Frankfurt at website: ieeexpo.in. November 5-7 84-364048302 or 84-904811648 or messefrankfurt.com. This new international exhibition will be email: minhchau@vnexpo.com.vn, or organized by TAK Consulting. For more April visit website: information, contact TAK Mathews at vnexpo.com.vn/lifts-and-elevators. Lift City Expo phone: 91-9820180551 or email: tak. Egypt International mathews@takconsulting.net, or the event

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Inside India News

Urban Accessibility News from The Times of India: metro areas move to ease vertical mobility.

Escalators, Lifts Planned at 22 Locations in Shimla Municipal Corp. (MC) Shimla is planning lifts and escalators at 22 locations to ease vertical mobility, particularly at crowded stretches such as between Mall Road and Lower Bazar. MC Shimla identified locations used by 5,000-6,000 pedestrians each day where the equipment should be installed and appointed a team of three engineers to assess feasibility. The city received expressions of interest from two companies in the contract, which includes two years for installation and commissioning and eight years of maintenance. Construction is expected to commence by January 2020.

Inaccessible, Dilapidated FoBs Troublesome in Noida Noida’s foot overbridges (FoBs), in many cases, lack lifts or escalators, are dilapidated and are poorly placed. In September, Noida had 23 FoBs, with seven additional ones under construction. Including mandatory lift installation, most contracts allow private agencies to build, operate and transfer (BOT) FoBs within 10 years. Many under BOT contracts have not had lifts installed. Noida officials recently asked agencies to remove advertising from 13 poorly maintained FoBs. In response, some began installing lifts, but “much is left to be achieved in terms of accessibility and design,” the source observed.

Safe-T Rider Offered in Three Additional Languages The Safe-T-Rider program has been introduced in three more regional languages by the Elevator & Escalator Safety Trust (EEST). Those languages are Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu. The trust has reached more than 300,000 children and 32,827 adults across India on the safe use of vertical transportation. The program is an 8-min video presenting the Safe-T-Rider as a hero who teaches children how to ride elevators and escalators safely. The DVD was unveiled by D.L. Nagaraja, chief electrical inspector, Bangalore, Karnataka; C.N. Usha, deputy electrical inspector; H.V. Amith, assistant electrical inspector along with Shobha Yaduraj, state president, Karnataka Elevator Manufacturers Association. This addition will help EEST reach out to children in the south. The video is also available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati and Tamil. EEST invites support from individuals and corporations associated with the Indian elevator and escalator industry, buyers and users. Visit donations.eest.in to make a tax-deductible donation.

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Inside India News

Majors A growth strategy and an accolade

Johnson Lifts Pursuing More Rail Infrastructure Projects Johnson Lifts, in a move to maintain growth, plans to pursue more metro projects and modernizations of railway stations, The Economic Times reported in August. With the real estate sector slowing, Johnson Lifts has turned to government projects, winning INR2.5 billion (US$35 million) in orders for multiple phases of the Mumbai Metro, and another INR1.2 billion (US$16.8 million) for modernizations at stations of the Western and Central Railways. Also, the Times of India reported the company had landed an order of INR2.1 billion (US$29.4 million) to install 225 escalators in the Bengaluru Metro Phase 2 stations. The project calls for 113 escalators for the 13 stations on the Byappanahalli-Whitefield line, 46 across seven stations on the Mysuru Road-Kengeri line, 26 in three stations on the Nagasandra-BIEC line and 40 throughout the five stations on the Yelachenahalli-Anjanapura Township line. Yohan K. John, director of Johnson Lifts, said, “Over the last couple of years, the builder segment in residential real estate has seen subdued demand with few takers for projects, but there has been significant growth in opportunities due to major urban infrastructure programs.” He said the company expected to have billing revenue of INR20 billion (US$280 million) for the current fiscal year, up from INR18.5 billion (US$260 million) the previous year.

22-Year-Old Man Dies in Lift Accident in Ambala A 22-year-old man who was a resident of Jharkhand died in a lift in a wholesale cloth shop in Ambala on September 7, NDTV was among news outlets to report. At work in the shop, the man was reportedly using the lift to move a bundle of cloth to an upper story when he became trapped and suffered fatal injuries to his neck. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Schindler India and South Asia President Honored The fifth edition of The Economic Times 40 Under Forty Awards featured Ashok Ramachandran, president, Schindler India and South Asia in the list of “40 Under Forty” young business leaders of 2019. He said, “Success is in Ashok Ramachandran was honored on The creating an environment, Economic Times “40 Under Forty” list. process and system to ensure every person, from top managers to the on-ground team, succeeds in the organization’s growth overall. I am overwhelmed by this success and do look forward to encouraging my team to take active steps in contributing to the society by introducing active measures through Schindler India.”

KONE Expands ITEC With New Pune Facility KONE inaugurated a technology and innovation center in the Sangamwadi area of Pune that will serve as an extension to its India Technology and Engineering Center (ITEC) in Chennai, Construction Week Online reported in October 2019. KONE was attracted to Pune due to its emergence as an educational hub that draws students and professionals from India and overseas to research institutes focusing on information technology, management and training. At the Pune center, KONE plans to start hiring engineers and eventually bring more than 120 new employees onboard. ITEC is where KONE remotely monitors its 24/7 connected elevators and escalators, and the Pune center promises to further strengthen ITEC’s capabilities. KONE India Managing Director Amit Gossain observed promised “stronger research, technological development and engineering collaboration here in India, we can serve the growing Indian market with even more innovative solutions.”


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Inside India News

Railways VT installation continues at stations across the country.

MMRDA Marks Milestone in Metro Escalator Project

New Escalators Part of Chandigarh Station Makeover

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) marked a milestone when it installed the first of 82 escalators across 13 stations along Metro Line 7 at the Bandongri station, The Hindu reported in August. The station is the first along the Dahisar-Andheri corridor (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2018) to be completed and was scheduled to be inaugurated by September. Most stations along the corridor will have six escalators, with Shankarwadi and Pushpa Park outfitted with eight each. MMRDA is also installing 105 escalators on Metro Line 2A, with most stations outfitted with six escalators each. Slated for completion by mid-2020, the corridors are expected to ease traffic along the Western Railway between Dahisar and Andheri. An MMRDA spokesman said all the new units conform to European norms and “present world-class safety features.”

Over the course of the next two years, the Chandigarh railway station is in for an “airport-like” makeover that will include such amenities as escalators, elevators, an air-conditioned elevated concourse, new roads, modular toilets, subways and a food plaza, The Tribune reported in August. The INR1.35-billion (US$18.9million) project conceived by the Indian Railway Stations Development Corp. (IRSDC) will include two “end blocks” that will be connected by the elevated concourse. The official said the concourse would be air-conditioned and will have a waiting area, washrooms, a food plaza and other commercial spaces. “We want to completely change the experience at the railway station. It should feel like walking into an airport or a mall,” the official said. For passengers deboarding at the station, two subways will be constructed to enable a separate exit. The IRSDC will also construct 10 escalators and four lifts on the end blocks and the platforms. The project will be funded by leasing about 14 acres of railroad land surrounding the station. “There is a plan to integrate the surrounding areas with the railway station. We want to monetize railway land and make it commercially viable. We are looking at mixed-used development of the land,” said V.B. Sood, chief general manager (civil) at the IRSDC. The proposed leases would be for 99 years.

Escalators, Lift Coming to Mohali Station The INR15.6-million (US$217,600) budget to install escalators and a lift at Mohali railway station in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar has cleared, The Times of India reported in August. Railway sources said the lift is likely to be installed near the ticket-booking and inquiry counters close to the station’s entrance. Dinesh Chand Sharma, divisional railway manager of Northern Railway, Ambala division, said: “The tenders have been called, and the work will be carried out by the engineering wing of the railways. The motive is to attract more and more passengers to Mohali railway station and provide better passenger amenities at the station. Lifts and escalators will also help specially abled persons to reach the platforms easily.” An inspection by Northern Railway General Manager T.P. Singh was performed last year and focused on the need for improvements in security and public conveniences. Constructed in 2006, the station has seen gradual growth in both passengers and trains.

NFR Upgrades Include Lifts, Escalators During a September meeting with 11 members of parliament in Guwahati, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) General Manager Sanjive Roy shared details of how NFR is making the systems across six northeast states more user-friendly, The Sentinel reported. In addition to NFR achieving 92% train punctuality — the highest of all zonal railways — and bringing WiFi capability to all stations, NFR installed eight lifts and five escalators at three stations over the past financial year. In addition, NFR is planning 35 lifts and 16 escalators at other stations. Continued

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Borivali Station Gets New Escalator; Three More Planned During a ceremony in August to inaugurate a sixth escalator at the Borivali station of the Mumbai Suburban Railway, Member of the Legislative Assembly Gopal Shetty announced that three more escalators will be installed, part of official efforts to make the station an airport-quality facility, Mumbai Live reported. Shetty said more improvements designed to increase comfort for commuters are being planned. The source added that another escalator was inaugurated at Dahisar station, and that railway officials said other improvements are planned there, as well.

VT Equipment Supports Stations Along Nagpur Metro Expansion New vertical-transportation (VT) equipment supports stations along a new, 11-km expansion of the Nagpur Metro from Subhash Nagar to Sitabuldi, The Times of India reported. Trains carrying MahaMetro officials and journalists were scheduled for a trial run

in August. Three stations — Lokmanya Nagar, Subhash Nagar and Institution of Engineers — are each outfitted with a lift, an escalator and a staircase from ground to concourse levels on one side, and an escalator and a staircase on the other. Two escalators and four staircases are situated from concourse to platform at each station. At the Sitabuldi station, there are six escalators and two lifts.

Escalators, FoB for Northern Railway’s Bathinda Station All seven platforms at Northern Railways’ Bathinda Junction Railway Station are getting escalators, and a foot overbridge (FoB) will be built, Tribune News Service reported in August. Residents of Parasram Nagar and Partap Nagar will have direct access to the station, which they had long demanded. A spokesman for a railway users group said that tenders for both escalators and the FoB have been awarded to a Bathinda-based company, and work is expected to be complete within about a year.

Kalpataru Launches Luxury Tower in Thane Kalpataru, leading developer of premium and luxury real estate, announced it will be launching a new luxury tower called Camellia. It will be located on the 5.4-acre Kalpataru Paramount project, near Kapurbawdi, Thane, magicbricks reports. Camellia is the third tower to be launched in the project and will offer three configurations for two-bedroom luxury apartments across 33 floors. The towers will feature the “chamfered triangleâ€? design, which is a triangle with flattened corners. This ensures each apartment has an independent view and does not look into another. Designed by Kiran Kapadia, the project will feature amenities including two clubhouses, an infinity pool, a toddler pool, a poolside cabana, a gym a spa, a fitness center, multiple activity and game rooms, a children’s play area, a multipurpose court and a party hall.   đ&#x;Œ? A rendering of Kalpataru Paramount; photo courtesy of Kalpataru

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Regional News

Middle East Big contracts let for Kuwait and Dubai

Otis to Supply 190 Units for Kuwait Airport’s New Terminal

KONE to Equip Dubai Luxury Two-Tower Development

Otis Kuwait has been awarded a contract to supply 190 elevators for the new Passenger Terminal 2 at Kuwait International Airport, the company announced on September 16. The contract calls for the installation of 171 Gen2™ units with capacities up to 5000 kg and 19 heavy-duty elevators with capacities up to 11 T. The units feature Otis’ ReGen® Drive, Gen2™ flat-coated steel belts and Pulse™ monitoring systems. The scope of the contract comprises all elevators within the new terminal. The KWD1.31-billion (US$4.34-billion) project will greatly enhance the capacity of Kuwait International Airport and establish it as a new regional air hub. The 708,000-m2 building is designed to handle 25 million passengers per year and will play a key role in boosting air traffic and meeting the growing demand for air travel services in Kuwait. The general contractor is LİMAK İnşaat Kuwait SPC, which is being contracted by the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works. Completion is expected in 2022.

KONE has won an order to deliver 25 elevators to Address Harbour Point, a high-end twin-tower development in Dubai, the company announced in September. The towers, part of the Dubai Creek Harbour Community, will offer serviced residences and a five-star hotel, and are expected to house up to 200,000 residents. Address Harbour Point is located on the northern cape of Creek Island Dubai, near Dubai’s Creek Marina and downtown Dubai. The towers will stand 212 and 255 m tall and offer residents direct views of the Dubai Creek Tower observation tower currently under construction. KONE will deliver 11 3000S MonoSpace® elevators and 14 MiniSpace™ elevators. The towers will be equipped with the E-Link™ remote monitoring facility management system, which allows constant monitoring of the vertical-transportation system’s status. Address Harbour Point is being developed by Emaar Properties PJSC, and it is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Otis is supplying 190 elevators for the new Passenger Terminal 2 at Kuwait International Airport.

KONE has won a contract to supply 25 elevators to Address Harbour Point, a two-tower luxury residential and hotel development in Dubai; rendering courtesy of KONE.

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KONE Wins Order for Singapore’s Central Boulevard Towers KONE has won an order to deliver 47 elevators and escalators to Central Boulevard Towers, a mixed-use development in Singapore, the company announced in August. Central Boulevard Towers will provide Grade-A office and retail space to Singapore’s Central Business District and is being developed by Wealthy Link Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of IOI Properties. KONE will deliver 37 Minispace™ elevators, six MonoSpace® elevators and four TravelMaster™ 110 escalators to the development. KONE’s UltraRope® hoisting technology will be installed on 19 of the elevators, and 24/7 Connected Services will help predict issues for preventive maintenance and increased equipment uptime. Additionally, the building will be equipped with KONE’s facility-management E-Link™ system to provide tenant service, and the company’s Destination control system, which reduces elevator waiting and travel times. The project is scheduled for completion in 2022.

Turkish Firm to Build Tallest Skyscraper in Central Asia Ozguven Architecture, a Turkish firm, is set to build Central Asia’s tallest skyscraper in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, The Nation reports. The tower, named Tashkent City, will be 215 m (705 ft) high and have 50 stories. According to the founder of Ozguven, 500 people, including engineers, professors and experts, are working on the project. Construction of the building is expected to cost US$150 million. The project will call for 190 m3 of concrete and 25,000 T of iron.

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Regional News

Business Important moves are made in investments, personnel and more around the world.

Schmersal Thailand Established in Bangkok The Schmersal Group, headquartered in Germany, recently established Schmersal Thailand Co. Ltd. in Bangkok. The new subsidiary will support Schmersal’s distribution partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and supply Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and South Korea with machine safety products and solutions. In addition, certified safety engineers from tec.nicum, Schmersal’s service division, are onsite. Schmersal Thailand’s customers include companies in the food and beverage, pharmacy, personal-care, robotics, steel and automotive industries. “The Thai market and the entire Southeast Asia region offer great potential,” Schmersal Thailand Managing Director Prasad Kulkarni observed. “The ASEAN countries represent one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.”

Hyundai Elevator Invests in South Korea, Vietnam Hyundai Elevator will be relocating its headquarters and production factory in South Korea, the manufacturer announced in August. A new smart factory will be built on 150,614 m2 in Chungju’s Fifth Industrial Complex in North Chungcheong Province. Applying Internet of Things and Big Data technologies, it is expected to produce 25,000 units. It will also include the OEM’s logistics center, which will be moved from Cheonan. The company says its current headquarters in Incheon, which has underpinned its history since the company’s founding in 1984, will be sold. It adds that it is now the seventh-largest global manufacturer and installed its 700,000th elevator in South Korea this year. In Vietnam, Hyundai Elevator entered into a strategic partnership with Hoa Binh Construction Group JSC (HBC), one of the largest construction companies in the country. Under the contract, Hyundai Elevator acquired 25 million shares (11.3%) of the group, becoming its third-largest shareholder. HBC will adopt Hyundai Elevator’s products for future projects for which it serves as construction developer and prefer them for design, construction and architectural participation projects.

Hitachi Growing, Bullish on Cambodia

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Hitachi Elevator Cambodia Co. (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 2nd Quarter 2017) — a joint venture of Japan’s Hitachi, Thailand’s Siam-Hitachi Elevator Co. and Cambodia’s CMED Group Co. — is growing and bullish on the Cambodian vertical-transportation market as the construction sector booms, the Bangkok Post reported. Hitachi Elevator Cambodia plans to sell 150 units in, compared with 50 units its first year (2017) and 100 in 2018 2020 as high-rise buildings multiply. The company aims to capture 25% of the highly competitive market by 2021. Cambodia’s construction sector, which expanded from 6-7% annually over the past five years, is fueling growth. Hitachi Elevator Cambodia reports residential projects account for half of sales, casinos, 30% and hotels/resorts, 20%.

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Otis, in the process of separating from United Technologies Corp. as a standalone enterprise, has named Rahul Ghai as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Yahoo Finance reported in September. In a company announcement, Otis called Ghai an accomplished CFO with proven experience and expertise across financial functions, including investor relations, accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, taxes and treasury. It noted that Ghai has managed and negotiated mergers and acquisitions and has a solid background in contributing toward earnings growth in an S&P 500 company. “Rahul has joined us at a pivotal time as we prepare to drive growth and shareowner value as a stand-alone company,” said Otis President and CEO Judy Marks. “He has outstanding public company leadership experience and brings to Otis a deep understanding of the needs and expectations of the investor community.” Ghai most recently served as senior vice president and CFO of Harris Corp. Prior to that, he held executive-level finance roles at Aetna and United Technologies. He will report directly to Marks.

Otis is on track to separate from U.S.-based United Technologies and become an independent company in the first half of 2020.

EHC Names Altmişdört to Lead Turkey Operation Oshawa, Canada-based EHC Global, a maker of escalator handrails and other components, has named H. Eren Altmişdört to the newly created role of general manager, EHC Turkey. Based in Istanbul, Altmişdört will report to Norman Rosnersky, EHC managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “We are very pleased to welcome Eren to the EHC team as we continue to invest in our local presence, sales and customer service infrastructure in Turkey and in other strategic markets throughout the EMEA Region and around the world,” Rosnersky said. “In his new role, Eren will manage EHC’s operations in Turkey and will lead the implementation of EHC’s strategic corporate goals and strategies throughout Turkey and neighboring markets.” Altmişdört comes to EHC with more than 35 years of sales and management experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Istanbul University in Turkey. Altmişdört

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China KONE announces hundreds of units; work in Shanghai is ongoing; tall plans made for Hangzhou.

KONE 268-Unit Order for Shanghai Metro Line 15 KONE announced in July that it will deliver 268 escalators and elevators to Shanghai’s newest Metro Line 15, which, once completed in 2020, will form part of the world’s longest masstransit rail system. KONE will equip 16 stations with 203 of its heavy-duty TransitMaster™ escalators and install 65 of its MonoSpace® elevators across all 30 stations. The project is being undertaken by Shanghai Rail Transit Line 15 Development Co., Ltd. Serving the western areas of the city, the line will be 42 km long and have 30 underground stations. It will accommodate about 1 million individual trips on a typical weekday and will have its terminal stations at Gucun Park in Baoshan District and Zizhu Hi-Tech Park in Minhang.

TravelMaster110® escalators. KONE will also install its E-Link™ monitoring system. The contract includes two years of standard maintenance. The JiNan PingAn IFC project is expected to be completed in 2022. The developer is Ping An Real Estate Co., Ltd., and the architect is Hanjia Design Group Co., Ltd. Continued

VT for 70-Story Tower in Jinan KONE announced in September it has won an order to deliver the vertical transportation (VT for) JiNan PingAn IFC, a new mixed-use development in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province. Rising 360 m and comprising 70 stories, JiNan PingAn IFC will become the second-tallest building in the city and will bring office space, a hotel and a high-end shopping center to the CBD. The tower is expected to accelerate the development of the area. KONE will deliver 44 MiniSpace® and 16 MonoSpace® elevators, and 14

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KONE has won a contract to supply 60 elevators and 14 escalators to the JiNan PingAn IFC tower in Jinan; rendering courtesy of KONE.


Three-Tower Project Going Up in Shanghai Construction has begun on Huamu Lot 10, a mixed-use project consisting of three 180-m-tall office towers in Shanghai’s Huamu Civic District, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reported in August. The towers, sitting atop a retail podium, are part of a 279,000-m2 project that will also have a central plaza and new museum. The Civic District is undergoing a major renewal effort that includes revitalizing the Zhangjiabang Canal. Already a cultural center in Shanghai, it is expected to draw 5 million people per year when the work is complete. The towers are being designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and are seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold and China 3 Star sustainability benchmarks. “To ensure tenant wellness, we designed every floor with full-height glass for ample daylight and great views, operable windows for fresh air and thermal comfort, and amenities such as roof gardens and art galleries,” while saving energy, KPF Senior Associate Principal Katsu Shigemi, the senior designer of the project, said. The project is on track for completion in 2022.

Huamu Lot 10 includes three 180-m-tall office towers atop a retail podium, a new museum and a central plaza that connects with surrounding cultural institutions; image courtesy of KPF.

KPF Creates Innovative Design for UNESCO Site KPF worked with its Urban Interface research and design group to create an innovative design for the multitower West Lake 66, on which ground was broken in September in Hangzhou, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reported. Taking shape between UNESCO World Heritage site West Lake and the Grand Canal, the development includes five office towers ranging from 11-30 stories, as well as a hotel, public parks and a mixed-use podium. The first phase of West Lake 66 is set to be partially complete in 2022, with design for phases two and three scheduled to begin in 2020. “The concept for the project was instigated by the challenges of the site, which is buried behind a main boulevard and nestled between a series of overscaled buildings,” KPF Design Principal Jeffrey Kenoff said. “The design capitalizes on this seclusion and the need to redirect pedestrian flow by carving an active greenway through the site.”

West Lake 66; rendering by KPF

One Bangkok to Boast One of Region’s Tallest Towers Developers TCC and Frasers Property are bringing a massive, multitower mixed-use development to a prime spot in the heart of Bangkok that will boast one of the tallest buildings in Southeast Asia at 430 m, Thailand Construction News reported. With a design team led by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 2nd Quarter 2017), the multibillion-dollar One Bangkok will include five office towers, three residential buildings, five hotels, four shopping complexes and numerous public areas, supported by new infrastructure being built by the Thai government. The development is expected to partially open in 2023, with full completion anticipated in 2026. Approximately 50,000 office workers, along with international tourists, are expected to flock to One Bangkok.

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One Bangkok, a development of TCC and Frasers Property; rendering by SOM


Regional News

Tokyo The city is seeing a lot of construction activity in every stage.

Rebuilt Iconic Hotel Reopens The Okura Hotel, a Tokyo landmark, has been reborn with a blend of old and new structures that preserved much of the original building’s decor, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) reported on September 16. The original Okura, which opened its doors in 1962, in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, was a luxury hotel that A newly opened complex that includes a was beloved for its 41-story hotel tower and an 18-floor Japanese ambiance. A office structure marks the return of plan to rebuild the Tokyo’s beloved Okura Hotel. Many of the hotel, in conjunction original hotel’s materials, including fixtures, were preserved for the with further development, meant the renovated site; image courtesy of CTBUH. original building would be demolished, much to the dismay of its legion of patrons. The architect, Yoshio Taniguchi, son of the hotel’s designer, went to great lengths to preserve as many of the artistic touches, recreating the lobby with many original fixtures and materials that made it what many considered a Japanese Modernist masterpiece. If the lattice for the shoji paper windows, the silk wall tapestry and the chairs and tables are familiar, it’s because many of these pieces were restored from the original; those that are true to the classic design. To comply with modern building regulation while maintaining the lobby’s original feel, an elevator was hidden in the steps for a wheelchair lift, and sprinklers were tucked into the ceiling. The Heritage Wing, an original

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structure, maintains the familiar Japanese traditional style, while a new, 41-story Okura Prestige Tower includes 368 rooms and suites following a more Western fashion. The complex also includes a new 18-story office tower, clad in glass (as is the Prestige Tower), and a museum. The goal of the owners in the renovation and renewal of the site next to the U.S. Embassy was to have it ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The hotel has hosted every U.S. president since Richard Nixon, except for Donald Trump, who took office after the renovation had commenced. The price tag for the project was JPY110 billion (US$1 billion).

WTC Tower, Part of Larger Redevelopment, Progressing The 39-story World Trade Center (WTC) South Building in front of Hamamatsucho Station is rising quickly, and another, 40-story tower, the WTC Main Building is planned on the block, Bluestyle reported in August. They are part of a larger redevelopment project known as Hamamatsucho Station Square covering three blocks known as A, B and C. The WTC buildings cover block A; the nearly complete 29-story Nippon Life Hamamatsucho Clare Tower, B; and a 40-story condominium tower on which glass curtain-wall installation has started, C. An existing WTC building on the site is set to be demolished and replaced by a 200-m-tall tower. Continued

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Tallest Building in Japan Planned Mori Building Co. has unveiled plans for a redevelopment project in central Tokyo that includes what would become the tallest building in Japan, Kyodo News reports. The 330-m-tall skyscraper will include both office and residential space for the Azabudai-

Toranomon district, and is set to be completed in March 2023. The full project that includes the tower is expected to cost JPY600 billion (US$5.6 billion) and include a hotel and an international school on an 8.1-ha site. Rival company Mitsubishi Estate Co. is planning to build a 390-m-tall building in Tokyo in 2027 that would then take the distinction of tallest building.

“Smart Cityâ€? Project Breaks Ground in Hanoi A 108-story tower is the centerpiece of a massive “smart cityâ€? project in Hanoi that broke ground in October, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) reported, citing The Leader. A joint venture between BRG Group and Sumitomo Corp. is undertaking the US$4.2billion urban planning project in the Vietnamese capital, a development set to cover 272 ha. The project, to be spread across 11 km, will be built in five phases and is expected to be fully complete by 2028. The first phase, a 72-ha development, will include the centerpiece tower, a fsinancial services structure with a lotus design. A new metro line will connect the project with Noi Bai International Airport, with a transit hub serving as a focal point for new hospitals, schools and other facilities.   đ&#x;Œ?

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IEE Expo 2020 A platform focused on the “real business” of the industry

submitted by Messe Frankfurt India is the world’s secondlargest market for the elevator and escalator industry, and the International Elevator & Escalator (IEE) Expo is one of the largest shows in this segment. A proven platform with seven successful editions means business has been consistently on the move for the exhibitors. This is where customers and decision makers meet. This is where real trade takes place. The financial capital Mumbai will host the 8th edition on February 27-29, 2020, at Hall No. 1 in the Bombay Exhibition Centre. The acquisition and success of IEE Expo under the Messe Frankfurt banner in 2018 emphasized the need for knowledge exchanges and thought leadership within the sector, leading to the launch of the Indian edition of Messe Frankfurt’s E2 (Elevator & Escalator) FORUM in Mumbai, held in August 2019 (p. 37). Messe Frankfurt focuses on working for the benefit of the industry by harnessing its decades of experience and powerful team of advisors and influencers. The launch of E2 Forum in India was thus found backing from a strong Advisory

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Committee representing a mix of elevator OEMs, real estate developers, a fire safety association and the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (CREDAI-MCHI). The advisory board conceptualised themes that have a future-oriented relevance to the sector and the increasingly digitalised interfaces of building automation. It also played a key role in shaping up the first E2 Forum in India for knowledge exchange as an extension of the IEE Expo to facilitate technology exchange. Building on this concept, the IEE Expo 2020 will see a series of knowledge sessions and panel discussions co-organised by Messe Frankfurt India and CREDAI-MCHI that will bring real estate developers, builders, architects and town planners face-to-face with technology specialists to facilitate business networking.

IEE Expo Talking Business Architects, builders and city planners have confirmed they have their calendars marked for the eighth edition of the expo to finalise sourcing for their upcoming projects. Moreover, the IEE expo team met with members of the industry in October to gain exclusive insights on their key ongoing projects and sourcing plans for 2020.


While the Rahejas revealed they are on the lookout for features like good cabin interiors, adequate lighting and safety features, no-jerk elevators and energy-saving lifts for multiple projects across the city, the Ajmera Group highlighted two of its flagship projects coming up in Wadala and Kanjurmarg for which their teams will visit IEE Expo to source mobility solutions that involve seamless security features and larger cabins. Speaking about sourcing for their ongoing projects for Arihant Alishan (55 levels) and Inspire (40 levels), Akshay Agarwal said they are looking forward to the innovations at IEE Expo, as partnering with companies for the right fit of elevator technologies can change the customer experience. Boman Rustom Irani, chairman & managing director, Rustomjee Group, has also confirmed his visit to IEE Expo 2020. He pointed out that, while service, quality, durability and safety are paramount, he is keen to work with manufacturers/brands on how to make the elevator an interesting space. Interestingly, the role of component manufacturers for elevators is progressing, as controllers, sensors, door drives, variablevoltage/variable-frequency inverters, remote monitoring, traction, automated doors and gears are leading to innovative advancements. With major component players confirmed for the expo, the innovative displays of elevator components will be a major highlight. From the corporate side, IEE Expo received interesting insights and visitor confirmations from Larsen and Toubro and Godrej Properties, among others. Breaking down their demands from the elevator and escalator manufacturers, Punam Ingle, senior manager — procurement, Godrej Properties, shared: “Currently, we are working on 28-30 projects running across different regions of the country. Innovation is always a priority,

but we are also looking out for other value additions that are aesthetically pleasing for people entering the elevator.â€? With the government focusing on infrastructure upgradation and expansion plans across the city, the IEE Expo team learned during its visitor campaign that Mumbai Metro is going to add 1,600 km to its network, either in various implementation phases or in planning stages, in the coming years. Ashish Saxena (AFV), senior deputy general manager (evaluation & management), Mumbai Metro Rail Cooperation Ltd., shared: “Besides traditional features in elevators, we are particularly looking at sourcing technology [that] comes with predictive maintenance and regenerative energy, which will ensure [the] economy of electrical energy is being utilized. From the maintenance point of view, we are looking at features with remote monitoring and alarm systems.â€? D.K. Shrivastav, chief materials manager, Western Railway, added: “High capacity is a basic requirement for railways, and our upcoming projects will see the installation of escalators at stations and railway buildings, which we are planning to procure. As a purchase manager, we would like to see innovations and interact with relevant companies at IEE Expo and hope there is good competition when tenders are submitted for the projects.â€? With the industry’s biggest buyers confirming to visit IEE Expo 2020, the organisers are now working on exciting developments and value additions for exhibitors who have signed up. As of September 2019, over 75% space has been sold out with prime locations secured that will soon be transformed into magnificent real-life samples of elevators and escalators to give visitors a personalised experience of the latest high end technologies.   đ&#x;Œ? • Issue 4, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com

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Company Spotlight

Formula for Growth Infrastructure projects have key role in success of Johnson Lifts.

by Yash Pandya opportunities available, owing to the major urban infrastructure development programs. The growing opportunities have attracted many multinational players, hence bringing in stiff competition in terms of excellence and efficiency. Johnson is proud to stand through this competition and yet be preferred.” Director Yohan John pointed to the company’s growth over the past 10 years: “In 2009, Johnson clocked sales turnover of INR4.2 billion (US$58.8 million) with 5,200 units; in 2019, we crossed INR20 billion (US$280.6 million) with 12,000-plus units being delivered, thereby ensuring a marketleading share of over 20%.” From two factories in 2009, Johnson has expanded to four factories in 2019, with

Jagannathan

With a comprehensive product range in elevators and escalators, Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd. has experienced exponential growth over the past 10 years. The company has provided infrastructure to public service projects across India and has done 12 metro projects, 27 airport projects and more than 800 elevators at railway stations, manufacturing more than 12,000 units annually. Apart from its presence in five other countries (Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Dubai and Myanmar), Johnson covers India through 54 branches and 10,000 employees. Executive Director V. Jagannathan noted the efforts Johnson has made to stand out among a crowded field: “There has been significant growth in the

Lift access to a subway station in Chennai

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Subway escalators

Transit stations require heavy-duty escalators.

Moving walks enable efficient movement.

combined facilities that produce 16,000-plus lifts per annum, John said, adding: “Foreseeing the growth in lift requirements and the need for heavy-duty escalators, a new, integrated, fully automated lift factory is now ready for production at a 140,000-m2 facility at Sengadu, Tamil Nadu. It will be able to produce an additional 6,000 lifts per annum. Also, an additional line for heavy-duty escalators has been installed at the Oragadum factory. This additional line will be able to produce 500 escalators per annum.” The central government’s schemes on major urban infrastructure programs in India, like metro rail projects, UDAN (regional airport development and connectivity scheme) and the modernization of airports, railway stations, bus terminals and foot overbridges at important junctions has given rise to a great opportunity for heavy-duty escalators used in mass transportation

systems in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune and Western Maharashtra, John said, adding: “Johnson heavy-duty escalators have been running successfully in several suburban stations and other stations across Maharashtra for more than five years, and the design bears testimony to the continuous rugged usage of 20/7-hr, 365-day operation. Now, Johnson will also provide lifts and escalators for stations between Belapur and Pendhar, Dahisar to DN Nagar, Siddhi Vinayak to Cuffe Parade and Andheri East to Dahisar East of the metro rail project, comprising 287 escalators and 138 lifts valuing INR2.47 billion- (US$34.7 million)-plus. For Central Railway, Johnson will be providing 115 escalators and 129 lifts for the stations between central line CST Mumbai to Lonavala suburban, and for Western Railway, we will be providing 65 escalators valuing INR1.2 billion- (US$16.8 million)-plus.”

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Johnson: Processes and Procedures

Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd. says the following processes and procedures have helped ensure its position in the market:

Selection The selection process is in three stages: 1) Prequalification: Evaluation is as per previous experience, organizational infrastructure, capability and past performance in similar projects. 2) Technical qualification: This is based on meeting the significant standards, tender requirements, meeting all specification parameters, tight completion schedules, organizational infrastructure capability and “Make in India” guidelines. 3) Commercial qualification: Based on the lowest-price bid.

Challenges Elevated Stations ♦♦ Require close coordination with various agencies, such as civil, electrical and system providers working together simultaneously during the project stage until completion

Over the past three years, the company has established additional service centers, introduced mobile service vans and implemented real-time smartphone service, thereby rendering timely quality service to customers. V. Sivakumar, general manager, Johnson Western Region, noted the advantages these developments have provided: “This has helped Johnson expand its presence geographically in Maharashtra, and satellite offices have been set up in the ShridhiSolapur-Kolhapur belt, due to the increased business from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. To cater to this market, Johnson launched competitive models to accommodate elevators in compact lift shaft sizes and machine-room-less elevators.” Elaborating on the significance of escalators and elevators for metro projects in Mumbai, Jagannathan explained that Mumbai is a high-density city across 120 km, with people traveling across it from the suburbs. The existing rail lines stretch from the Western, Central, Khopoli and Harbor lines. With the construction of new metro lines — for example, Line 3, SEEPZ to Colaba underground corridor, Line 7 on WEH and Line 2A — elevators and escalators are provided in the stations for mass passenger transportation.

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♦♦ Require meeting safety and environmental standards in construction sites ♦♦ Require meeting fixed project timelines without delay for better revenue operation

Underground Stations In addition to the challenges faced in elevated stations, underground stations present unique problems: ♦♦ Limited access and space availability for transporting heavy-duty escalators to installation locations ♦♦ Glass elevators and escalators with glass balustrades are preferred, as they are found to give users more confidence and comfort.

Maintenance Efforts for Mumbai’s Climate For its installations in Mumbai, Johnson provides a monthly preventive maintenance schedule with a predefined checklist and timely replacement of worn components to ensure troublefree performance in the face of the city’s heavy traffic and monsoons.

Because they must be able to handle heavy loads and usage, elevators and escalators in mass transit environments must be heavy duty. Facilities that serve mass transportation require fast, efficient movement of people, frequently through multiple levels. The demands in infrastructure projects are specialized and highly technical. They call for meeting international safety standards with high-end specifications, energy efficiency and reliability. Jagannathan, noting that Johnson is the only manufacturer of heavy-duty escalators in India, said that its 56 years in the country give it a market-leading position that enables it to sense demand and financial opportunities. This, he said, has fostered strong demand for Johnson in this segment. 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.


Events

E2 Forum Debuts in India August event marks launch with 20 speakers to a capacity crowd braving Mumbai’s torrential rain. by Sheetal Shelar Patil When it rains, it pours. This aptly describes the monsoons in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, where the E2 Forum fittingly made its debut in the country on August 2. An overcast sky, thundershowers and flooded roads couldn’t deter the top guns of the elevator and escalator industry, along with prominent members from the realty sector — many based in cities across India — from reaching the venue, Hotel Courtyard by Marriott. Reflecting the indefatigable spirit of the city, the torrential rains were described as “a shower of blessings by the Almighty to mark the launch edition.” Messe Frankfurt’s E2 Forum Mumbai, an extension of the International Elevator & Escalator (IEE) Expo, was spread over several sessions, highlighting cutting-edge trends, sustainable options and safety solutions with 123 delegates in attendance addressed by 20 speakers. The daylong knowledge-oriented seminar hosted by Messe Frankfurt India and the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry

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(CREDAI-MCHI) focused on need-of-the-hour topics and discussions leading to potential solutions that can contribute to overall development in the elevator and escalator market. After the traditional lamp-lighting ceremony, the inaugural session focused on the challenges and solutions in the current market scenario, along with emerging market opportunities. Sridhar Rajagopal, director — sales, marketing & strategy, Otis India, explained the key elements that will drive elevator growth are already in place; now, it is just a question of implementation. Referring to elevator density in public spaces, he pointed out that there is a lot of potential in such aspects as annual maintenance contracts and modernization. Vaibhav Pitale, senior vice president, new installation business, Schindler India, concurred, stating that elevators are catering to the “smart” requirements of the country, the growth opportunities for which are huge. Soon, not only will vertical transportation be in demand in the

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metros, it will exist in tier-2 and -3 cities, as well. We are in a phase of sluggishness in between, but that will change soon, he said. This was followed by a session on “Technological and Digital Advancements in Elevators and Escalators in Line With Industry 4.0.” Talking about high-speed elevators and the challenges that come with them, Ian Smith, vice president, special projects, thyssenkrupp Elevators AG, Asia Pacific office, shared: “Due to the lack of space and increasing population, buildings will continue to get taller, and this will create the need for highspeed elevators. These advanced elevators do come with their problems, but we are facing those challenges by changing the technologies from [their] conventional ways.” The next session was on building architecture and design in line with current trends in elevators and escalators. Good infrastructure leads to smarter cities, and the interdependency of the real estate and elevator and escalator industries attracted leading developers who gathered to create a strong future for Indian buildings. Innovation, aesthetics and safety were the key themes discussed. Prominent companies, like Godrej Properties, K Raheja Corp., Lokhandwala Construction, Marathon Real Estate and Wadhwa Group, were in attendance to gauge information about current trends and developments in the elevator and escalator industry. Hari Easwaran, head — contracts and procurement, Larsen & Toubro Realty, shared: “Safety, somehow, has been the tone and the central message of the entire forum. As far as innovations are concerned, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things [and] destination-controlled

devices need to be used for most of the diagnostics, unlike the manual interfaces. The elevator industry has been abreast about these changes, and it has been moving forward with giant paces within this segment.” After that, architect Ajay Nahar, managing director, Nahar Projects and partner, Nahar Group, made a detailed presentation on “How an Elevator Can Change Your Life: New Design Ideas and Implementations” citing the Excalibur by Nahar project as a case study (p. 40). After lunch, G. Shanker, president, Madras Consultancy Group, moderated the session on “Sustainable Solutions for a New Era of Urbanization — Smart Cities.” “Maintenance and Safety — Issues, Solutions and Global Best Practices” was the theme of the next session, in which Dominic KP, national president, Fire and Security Association of India, underlined the need for greater awareness and fire drills with participation by all residents. The forum’s last session featured “RED [‘Real Estate Dialogue’] Talks” by CREDAI-MCHI, where real estate developer AgneloRajesh Athaide, chairman, St. Angelos VNCT Ventures, informally shared his life experiences in a motivational manner through a spirited question-and-answer session, which included Easwaran also fielding questions from the audience. The proceedings concluded with a networking dinner. As the delegates dispersed, the topic of conversation was gathering on the forthcoming IEE Expo, to be held at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai on February 27-29, 2020 (p. 90). Continued

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Architect Ajay Nahar talks about the upscale cabs that wow prospective buyers in the 25-story Excalibur by Nahar in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai.

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They say the first impression is usually also the last, and this is especially applicable to residential real estate purchase decisions, where site visits play a key role. With new projects redefining the city skyline, vertical transportation (VT) considerations also go way beyond just the mobility aspect. Architect Ajay Nahar (AN), managing director, Nahar Projects and partner, Nahar Group, speaks with your author (SSP) on the rising aspirations of home seekers when it comes to lavish residences and how the role of elevators has evolved in tandem. He cites the company’s Excalibur by Nahar project in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, as an example of elevating the overall experience to a higher level of luxury. SSP: Why did you decide to make elevators an integral part of the site visit at Excalibur? AN: The show flat of our Excalibur project at South Mumbai was created at a higher level to give the potential customer a firsthand experience of the entire project. The underlying principle behind show flats being at a higher level is that visitors can experience the panoramic view of Mahalaxmi Racecourse (built in 1883 on 225 acres and home to the five Indian Classics derbies) and the Arabian Sea, which they would have as residents of Excalibur. Hence, we made elevators an integral part of the site visit and started the process of showing the flats only when the elevators were completely installed. The two passenger elevators were positioned and designed in a way that the customer gets an extravagant experience upon entering the cabin. It has an LED screen that currently displays construction videos and highlights of the project to keep the customers engaged as they are transported to the show flat. It also provides basic information about the project at the same time. SSP: Were the look and feel of the passenger elevators planned to be in sync with the overall project ambience? AN: When we decided to build a luxurious project like Excalibur, our brief was very clear: we balanced every aspect of it, which was important to maintain the brand uniformity. Hence, we thought of providing the same type of imperial feel right from the building entrance to the elevator lobby and waiting area to each elevator lobby on each apartment floor. Most elevators have a stainless-steel hairline finish or some other hairline finish. These would not provide the elegant look we wanted this lobby to have. Continued

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Excalibur by Nahar, which has 37 exclusive apartments measuring around 1,433 ft2 each, will have only two apartments on each floor. A penthouse will adorn each top floor, and all will face the Mahalaxmi Racecourse to maintain exclusivity. With its parking floors camouflaged with grilles, Excalibur’s design is juxtaposed with its pointier namesake. Amenities include a sky garden, Jacuzzi®, garden café and bar, walking and jogging track, fully equipped health club, virtual play area, executive lounge, conference room, salon services, juice bar, and cigar den.

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The thronelike couch in one of the two passenger elevators

Here, the enhanced look of the lobby was achieved by creating space inside the elevators, even adding a chandelier to go with the mood. Since the height of the building, floor to floor, is 12 ft, we kept the elevators’ height at the same level. Therefore, a chandelier was also very important to “break the volume” of these high cabs. Also, when we say the experience should be luxurious, since the occupancy in the building is low, and there are only 34 apartments, by adding sofas and keeping the lift speed at 2.5 mps, we will be able to achieve that without reduced capacity. So, we planned sofas for comfortable seating. They delight senior citizens. Air-conditioning (AC) is also very important when you are playing with volume, because normal elevators have a ceiling fan or side blowers that would not cool this volume sufficiently. So, we installed AC to help continue this total experience of luxury. SSP: What has been the feedback so far from potential homebuyers and industry stakeholders? AN: I think the feedback so far from potential homebuyers, as well as industry stakeholders, is excellent. The first word everyone says when they enter one of the lifts is “magnificent”; that is something you express when you have not seen anything like this before. That is what we wanted, and we have achieved it. SSP: What is the significance given to elevators in the project? AN: Significance is given to the elevators, because in most luxury projects, elevators are not emphasized as a part of the luxury experience. The quantum of cost that goes into elevators is negligible, compared to what we use in our lobby; therefore, it was never an issue. Of course, a lot of credit goes to the elevator company we partnered with: first, for not mentioning its name as a branding element and using the Excalibur name instead. They were

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Nahar: The Man and the Company Founded by Chairman Sukhraj Nahar in 1973, Nahar Group is a veteran in the Mumbai construction industry. For the past 18 years, it has been under the leadership of architect and developer Ajay Nahar, a graduate of the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, with a master’s degree in Construction Project Management from the U.K. Being an architect and an avid traveler, he keeps himself up-to-date with innovations and materials around the world and sources them himself. He has bagged three awards: Young Architect of the Year 2010, Best Business Practice by Accommodation Times in 2014 and Young Achiever Award-South Mumbai by Real Estate Icons for Excalibur by Nahar.


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very understanding about calling the elevators “Excalibur.â€? It adds to our whole element of suspense and surprise when the name seen is “Excaliburâ€? and not, say, “XYZâ€? brand. Hence, it was very significant for us to design the elevator, including the hall buttons, call buttons and other items, the manufacture and installation of which was executed very well. While designing the project with our consultant, we identified the number of passengers for whom the elevators were supposed to be designed. Since we were going to put a sofa in two elevators, the capacity would decrease, so we purposely told our architect to design slightly bigger elevators. This way, we accommodated all the features we wanted inside them. We also increased the speed; although 2 mps was suggested, we decided to take our elevators to 2.5 mps. It was important to take the elevators right up to the terrace to provide access at the mezzanine level and terrace levels, so we got approval for the same. Also, we decided to not opt for machineroom-less elevators, as it’s unfair for triplex or duplex flat or penthouse owners to have a person coming for service on their level. Therefore, we opted for elevators with a machine room so the terrace and last floor are equally luxurious without the chance of servicing happening there. Other key technical features of the elevators are: ♌♌ Permanent-magnet synchronous motors said to consume 40% less power than traditional geared machines ♌♌ Slotless button sills that do not allow dust ♌♌ Remote monitoring with wireless internet access ♌♌ High leveling accuracy ♌♌ Duplex control ♌♌ Touch-type buttons In addition to the aforementioned cues, the design includes: ♌♌ Access-card control ♌♌ Custom-branded interiors ♌♌ Laser pattern etching of the brand logo on the doors and other branding elements ♌♌ An LED TV ♌♌ Artificial intelligence   đ&#x;Œ? • Issue 4, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com

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Legal Issues

Protect Yourself From Lift Accident Harassment Speaking to building owners, building managers and society office-bearers about contracts and accidents by Rajnikant Lad In case of any lift accident in which death is Considering that society office bearers’ posts reported, the lift service provider and society are honorary, they should be kept aware of office bearer may come across numerous important procedures and precautions, which problems and have to face a lot of hardship until can be of great help to them in such accident the accident investigation concludes. Even then, cases. If they know the procedure, those involved are not tension free until the responsibilities and contractual obligations and court case ends. keep good records, they can save themselves The service provider, being in the same field, from post-accident harassments/liabilities. knows the process involved in such cases well Let us study and note important activities and will be well-equipped with required involved and the precautions one has to take in resources. handling elevator contract and accident The lift is used by the person who suffers the situations: accident and is maintained by the lift service 1) Before finalizing a lift service contract, ensure provider. The accident could be caused by the service provider has a valid (for the reasons such as component duration of the service contract However, as the failure, safety bypass and period) lift service contractor improper use or rescue license issued by the inspector custodian of the procedure. It can be labeled of lifts office/appropriate building, the building either technical failure or government authority. The negligence. manager is answerable license should include details There is no direct role of the of the lifts in the building. It to a lot of things. society office bearer in any is also important to ensure all accident case, except for a few things like: lifts in the building have operating licenses service provider recommendations not followed, issued by the local lift inspector/appropriate valid service contract, proper instructions government authority. display, etc. However, as the custodian of the 2) During the service contract period, ensure building, the building manager is answerable to the lift is inspected by a lift inspector once a lot of things. a year and that a health report of the lift(s) If you are an office-bearer, especially is issued. The service provider should chairman/secretary, of any housing society, you also carry out a yearly safety check and will be put through a lot of trouble/mental overall equipment audit, for which a copy harassment after any accident in the lift until the should also be provided. Ensure that the conclusion of any investigations. Even after the recommendations/requirements made by investigation is over, there may be legal the service provider during its service visit proceedings in which the presence of the are fulfilled in a timely manner, and keep all chairman/secretary is required until the case is previous service reports signed by the service concluded. provider. Finally, ensure that the service

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Finally, ensure that the service provider gives safety training to as many users as possible at least once a year. provider gives safety training to as many users as possible at least once a year. 3) During routine service, ensure the technician coming for lift servicing has a valid wireman license and proper personal protective equipment. Also, ensure a valid service contract is in effect with the service provider, and keep records of the monthly service report signed by the service provider. Witness all safety checks. 4) In new installation, ensure that the lift operating license is placed in the lift cabin. 5) In upgradation/modification, confirm with the service provider whether the work needs lift inspector approval. If so, get the required permission before taking up the work and get final approval on work completion. 6) In case of an accident, contact the service provider and follow its advice. Do not tamper with any physical evidence, follow the proper rescue procedure as recommended by the service provider and inform police and the lift inspectorate. Keep records of all persons visiting the accident location. 7) Safeguarding points: get third-party insurance for the lift, keep a trained lift technician on hand to operate the lift, provide important contact numbers inside the elevator cabin, ensure the intercom is in working order and ensure the emergency light/ alarm are in working order and working on DC supply (not on single-phase AC supply). Keep records of lift technicians/ engineers visiting the site, including in and out times, with briefs of actions taken/work done.

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Events

NAREDCO’s 15th National Convention Mission of “Housing for All” receives a big boost in New Delhi.

by Yash Pandya The National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), an organization that guides the real estate sector under the aegis of the Government of India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, held its 15th National Convention on August 19-20 at the Taj Palace hotel in New Delhi. The theme, “Housing For All 2022: Real Estate Inflection Point: Readying for the Future,” was in sync with NAREDCO’s objectives, including promoting India’s housing and real estate sectors with transparency and accountability. This, according to NAREDCO, will benefit all customers. In his welcome address, NAREDCO Chairman Rajeev Talwar pledged the

organization’s full support of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s call to provide housing for every Indian in the country. He said he hopes to realize this goal by 2022. NAREDCO President Niranjan Hiranandani reiterated this stance. Noting the organization’s deep appreciation of policy reforms such as demonetization, regulatory mechanisms and the Goods and Service Tax, he expressed confidence the real estate sector will contribute to accelerating the country’s annual gross domestic product growth to greater than 10%, which will help India become a more developed nation. G. Kishan Reddy, union minister of state for home affairs, observed:

G. Kishan Reddy, union minister of state for Home Affairs, and Om Birla, speaker of the Lok Sabha, along with the NAREDCO leadership team at the launch of a joint report by NAREDCO and KPMG titled “Disruptions in the Real Estate Sector in India”

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“Providing a house with basic amenities is Durga Shankar Mishra, secretary, Ministry of Housing and the topmost priority of the government of PM Urban Affairs (MoHUA), revealed the government is working Modi, to which all stakeholders of the real toward amending several provisions of the Real Estate Regulatory estate sector need to make their contribution. In Authority (RERA) to benefit all stakeholders, including developers this context, I compliment NAREDCO for and homebuyers. taking up a very pertinent agenda during its MoHUA organized several regional RERA workshops attended national convention.” by Mishra, as well as the minister of MoHUA. Mishra said: Om Birla, speaker of the Lok Sabha “We received very valuable input at these workshops. Based on (House of the People), acknowledged the this input, we feel there is a need to bring about many changes in crucial role of the real estate sector in RERA. We will initiate discussions again and make relevant contributing to national economic amendments to make the law more effective. development and ensuring employment of “When we held regional workshops, we saw that some RERA millions. He underlined the need to remove authorities are active, some super active and some inactive. So, at misconceptions about the developer these events, we decided to encourage interaction among various community, which has been criticized due to RERA authorities. For example, every state RERA authority can some developers defaulting on project learn from the good work being done by others, such as the completion dates and failing to meet Maharashtra RERA. Regional forums have been established and homebuyers’ expectations. More developers, mutually beneficial meetings have been held in many places.” he said, should Union Minister of embrace the low-cost housing model. Environment and RERA has been a resounding The inaugural session also witnessed Forests Prakash success, but since it is 2-yearthe launch of a joint report by Javadekar said the NAREDCO and multinational ministry plans to old legislation, we should not accounting and professional services continue expect it to solve all problems company KPMG titled “Disruptions in streamlining the the Real Estate Sector in India.” environmentalat one go. NAREDCO Vice Chairman Parveen clearance process for Jain said: real estate projects. “Emerging disruptions in the Prior to 2014, he said, environmental — Minister of State for Indian real estate sector have led the clearances were stumbling blocks. “The Housing and Urban Affairs industry to an inflection point, where average time to clear projects was 640 paradigm shifts are emerging in the days,” he observed. “After we took over, Hardeep Singh Puri way real estate businesses operate now we made environmental-clearance and in the future. Being the second-largest employment-generating processes so easy that, now, it takes only 108 days.” The ministry’s industry, the real estate sector needs to take some rigid steps in the goal is to reduce it further, to 60 days. near future to revive itself. I believe the government is taking steps The minister emphasized that small procedural delays can be toward newer technologies, and advanced financing mechanisms eliminated without compromising on environmental clearances. are coming to the forefront. These need deeper exploration and “Our priority is both environmental protection and development,” adoption to accrue major gains for the real estate industry.” Javadekar stated. “It is only then that our country can achieve a Speaking at a session titled “Emerging US$5-billion economy,” he said. “That’s why the suggestions of Construction Technologies,” Amrit Abhijat, institutions like NAREDCO are so important. We are bringing joint secretary of Pradhan Mantri Awas about a regime change. We will introduce fewer conditions but Yojana (PMAY), Union Ministry of Housing ensure their fullest implementation.” and Urban Affairs of the Indian The overarching mission to provide a Administrative Service, underlined the home for each Indian household by 2022 is a significance of cost-effective, energyhighly ambitious one that faces formidable efficient, sustainable new technologies in challenges. Still, Minister of State for making PMAY a resounding success. PMAY Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh is a government initiative to provide Puri announced his ministry plans to meet affordable housing to the urban poor by building 200 million this target two years in advance, by 2020. Out affordable homes by March 31, 2022.[1]. Under PMAY, the of 100 announced Smart Cities — a mission government is looking at investment of up to INR700 billion that includes “Housing for All” — the (US$9.9 billion), Abhijat said. “Affordable housing has clearly government will be able to roll out 50 by December 2019, he said. emerged as the answer to the problem of the economy,” The United Nations (UN) estimates 706 cities worldwide will he observed. have at least 1 million residents by 2030,[3] when India is also required to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Continued

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Being the second-largest employment-generating industry, the real estate sector needs to take some rigid steps in the near future to revive itself. — NAREDCO Vice Chairman Parveen Jain

The joint NAREDCO and KPMG report

The SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals set by the UN General Assembly in 2015 for 2030. “We are confident we will be able to abide by the 2030 SDG agenda well before 2030,” Minister Singh Puri stated. Pointing out RERA has removed many aberrations from the real estate sector, Puri said: “The cleanup process has started. RERA has been a resounding success, but since it is 2-year-old legislation, we should not expect it to solve all problems at one go. We are in the process of streamlining RERA procedures further. But, by and large, the regulations have come to be accepted by all stakeholders.” Clearly, the stage is set for major transformation in the pace of real estate development, with vertical transportation now playing an integral role, even in the affordable housing segment. Going forward, demand for elevators is expected to rise exponentially.

References [1] wikipedia.org/wiki/Pradhan_Mantri_Awas_Yojana [2] www.un.org › urbanization › the_worlds_cities_in_2016_data_booklet [3] UN.org>assets>pdf>the_worlds_cities_in_2018_data_booklet

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Real Estate

Turning Tide Various factors usher in a positive era for the real estate and VT sectors.

by Yash Pandya The proverb “It’s always darkest before the dawn” definitely applies to India’s real estate sector. Regulatory measures initiated to increase transparency and accountability — including demonetization, the Real Estate Regulatory Authority and the Goods and Services Tax — had a snowball effect, confusing potential buyers and rendering them fence-sitters. Doomsayers took the opportunity to declare a possible market collapse, which again deterred people from finalizing purchases. Consequently, concerns were raised about the verticaltransportation (VT) sector. With the final quarter of 2019 upon us, two things are obvious: for starters, light is, at last, visible at the end of the tunnel. Next, the government has finally stepped forward to intervene, announcing measures to provide an impetus for real estate development. In response, developers shared insights on their expectations for 2020 and after. Commenting on recent announcements by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Manju Yagnik, vice chairperson of Nahar Group and vice president, National Real Estate Development Council (Maharashtra), said: “After two consecutive announcements to reverse the national economic slowdown, there is movement in the real estate sector with the ‘going for growth’ initiative. Having announced an addition to external commercial borrowing (ECB) norms for the affordable-housing sector, the government is now relaxing guidelines for the same to facilitate financing to all potential homebuyers across the country. This is promising and should result in movement on stalled projects. A special [financing] window is now being put into place to provide funds to

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stalled Non-Performing Asset (NPA) or National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) projects that are almost complete but stuck due to lack of last-mile funds. It is a smart move on the government’s part to allocate professionals from the housing and banking sectors to run this window.” Manoj Gaur, managing director, Gaurs Group and chairman, Affordable Housing Committee, Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), agreed, opining that announcements to boost the housing sector are welcome. He expects several mid-income and affordable housing projects that are progressing slowly due to lack of funds will be expedited as a result of setting up the special financing window, to which the government and outside investors each will contribute INR100 billion (US$1.4 billion). Relaxing ECB norms for affordable housing should also boost demand as the cost of housing finance company funds will be lower, he added. Omaxe Ltd. CEO Mohit Goel said the finance minister’s announcement of a special window of INR100 billion (US$1.4 billion) for projects that are 60% complete, non-NPA and non-NCLT will likely help ensure speedy delivery of projects. The measures will boost homebuyer confidence, he observed. Moreover, the prevailing yield on 10-year treasury bills is hovering around 6.6-6.7%. The government’s decision to link home loans to this yield effectively means an interest-rate reduction for government employees, which constitute the majority of homebuyers. Goel feels this also augurs well for the sector ahead of the festive season.


Ensuring Trained Manpower for VT by R.V. Joshi India’s elevator market is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of more than 8% in the next three-four years due to increasing urbanization, rising construction of high-rise buildings, a growing real estate sector and infrastructure improvements in major cities. The government’s focus on building high-class infrastructure, coupled with government initiatives such as “Smart Cities,” are also expected to drive demand for elevators. Further, the Government of India is also focusing on airport and railway-station modernization, and this is also projected to drive the VT market, which is good news for manufacturers. To meet the consequential increase in demand for trained lift technicians, Mumbai-based Lalji Mehrotra Technical Institute (LMTI) started its Lift and Escalator Mechanic course in academic year 2017-2018. This course is offered by the Maharashtra State Board of Vocational Education. LMTI had encouragement and cooperation from both the elevator and electrical industries from the beginning. Their active participation in the course through various activities, like delivering guest lecturers for the students, organizing field and factory visits and conducting campus drives, highlighted the need for such a course. Some of the students have been hired by leading elevator companies.

This positive industry response, as well as in forums like the lift and escalator division of the Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association, only highlighted the need for such a course. Based on industry needs, LMTI decided to start a two-year, full-fledged ITI course for lift and escalator mechanics, making it the first institute in Maharashtra to do so. Upon getting government affiliation in mid-2019, LMTI started this course in academic year 2019-2020. Going forward, LMTI expects to meet the industry demand of trained manpower through this newly introduced course. R.V. Joshi is head of the lift and escalator department, LMTI.

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Trainees onsite at Johnson Lifts

Pradeep Aggarwal, cofounder and chairman, Signature Global, and chairman, National Council on Real Estate, Housing and Urban Development of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, observed the latest announcements will help the government achieve its objective of “Housing for All by 2022.” Government efforts to boost affordable housing also include an

additional deduction of up to INR150,000 (US$2,115) for interest paid on home loans taken through March 31, 2020, for the purchase of a home valued at up to INR4.5 million (US$63,483). This promises to increase affordable-home sales in tier-II and -III cities, he underlined. Continued

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At least one new launch reflects the renewed optimism. Tulip Infratech, one of the leading real estate development organizations in Gurgaon, recently announced Tulip Leaf, a single, 20-story tower housing 80 luxurious, three-room apartments and lavish amenities. Tulip Leaf will have four apartments on each floor served by two high-speed elevators, both of which will be within the residential tower in the central core. Lifestyle amenities include water features, a swimming pool, a club, a community center, a shopping arcade, a children’s play area, a skate park, a cricket practice pitch, a jogging track, tree-lined roads and walkways, a yoga deck, landscaped green lawns and ergonomic street furniture. The development is located on a 60-ft-wide road in Sector 69 of Gurgaon, touching the Southern Luxury residential project Tulip Leaf; image courtesy of Tulip Infratech Peripheral Road. It is about 0.5 km away from a proposed metro line, and easily accessible from provisions demanded by the real estate sector have finally been put DLF Cyber City, airports and other parts of Delhi. It is in close on paper, especially the direct linking of repo rates to interest rates. proximity to schools, colleges, hospitals, entertainment It was a constant complaint of both homebuyers and real estate destinations and more. industry professionals that, while the Reserve Bank of India was Amit Modi, director, ABA Corp. and president-elect, reducing rates at regular intervals, banks were using it to shore up Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India, their bottom lines, rather than passing it to the end consumers. western Uttar Pradesh, shared: Hence, homebuyers were always left in the same situation.â€?   đ&#x;Œ? “We really appreciate the recent steps announced by the finance minister to boost the housing sector and are happy that certain

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Events

JOURNEY TO JOHANNESBURG Inaugural GLE Expo Africa creates success to build on. by Shem Oirere photos by Anitha Raghunath The inaugural Global Lift & Escalator (GLE) Expo 2019 Africa, organized by Virgo Communications & Exhibitions, Ltd., was held on August 27-29 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, attracting various international vertical-transportation (VT) companies, government officials, experts and property developers eager to explore the lift and escalator solutions available in the market, or to take in an overview of the industry in South Africa and across the continent. Considering this was the first exclusive lift and escalator industry event in sub-Saharan Africa, the turnout was good, with more than 63 exhibitors from Turkey, Germany, China and South Africa, among other markets. About 1,400 people attended the three-day event. “We were extremely happy with the event and the outcome,” said Anitha Raghunath, director, Virgo Communications & Exhibitions Ltd. “All exhibitors were satisfied with the quality of visitors and the overall business generated, and they spoke very highly of the event and arrangements, too.” Some of the exhibitors who spoke with ELEVATOR WORLD were optimistic the event was an eye-opener for the manufacturers and suppliers of VT components and services, and that it provided a solid forum for them to

South Africa Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, second from left, leads other dignitaries in the ribbon-cutting.

South African traditional dancers entertain delegates and exhibitors during the opening ceremony of the expo at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africa Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi delivers his speech to officially open the expo.

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Guests listen as an exhibitor discusses his company during a tour of the booths.

Renier Buys, from South African Elevator Co., tries out “a better view” in the form of virtual-reality goggles.

network and interact with commercial and residential property developers keen on acquiring new or replacement quality lifts and escalators. “We are here to look for reliable partners for long-term operations in the region and also explore the South African and African market,” said Vivian Zhang from the overseas sales office of the Sino-German joint venture Kasper Elevator Co., Ltd. For Aayesha Rakim of Durban, South Africa-based Escalators for Africa, the expo was more of a launching pad for her company: “We are new in the market, but we have recently signed an agreement with a Chinese supplier of escalators, and we will expand our supply and even installation operations in South Africa.” Her company also designs, installs, services and maintains all types of escalators. Germany-based Schaefer GmbH’s international sales representative Felix Sango said the expo provided an opportunity for his company, which has been active in a number of African countries, to get to know the market better and learn how Schaefer products can best serve the region’s current market needs. “The current clients we have in the African market are those who approached us, but, now, we are out to reach prospective

Delegates and panelists engage during a panel discussion on the “Current and Future South Africa Lift Industry.”

customers and demonstrate how Schaefer products can provide solutions to their VT requirements,” Sango said. A three-day program, which ran alongside the exhibition, was loaded with expert presentations and a detailed overview of the South African VT industry, which is the largest in sub- Saharan Africa. Several international and local speakers spiced the event with powerful presentations touching on the South African lift and escalator market and how it fits in with the international VT space. The topics ranged from women in South Africa’s lift industry, to the role of European lift standards in promoting innovation. South Africa government officials, led by Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi, gave an account of the current disposition of the country’s lifts and escalators, noting, “A lot needs to be done to ensure the safety and reliability of lifts and escalators through desired standards.” Nxesi gave an opening address that focused on the existing market potential of the South African VT market, and why the Continued

Expo visitors enjoy drinks during a dinner given on the event’s second day.

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expo should be regarded as an opportunity to explore this market potential. He continued: “GLE Expo 2019 Africa is befitting South Africa, as it creates an opportunity for global players to explore the African market, engage prospective buyers, network with regional players and expand business in the continent. The Department of Employment and Labour supports this expo, since we believe it will boost manufacturing of lifts and escalators in South Africa and support our priority of economic transformation and job creation.”

The minister said South Africa’s Department of Public Works is responsible for more than 90 buildings, but: “We have been found wanting as a government in this area, especially when it comes to our lifts and escalators, which is a very critical area. In order for the lifts and escalators to serve us properly, effectively and safely, they require periodic planned maintenance and, hence, we must ensure that we appoint competent people to these roles and responsibilities.” According to Jacob Malatse, director of Electrical Engineering at the Department of Employment and Labour, this year’s expo Continued

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Some of the delegates listen during an address by one of the speakers.

was “an opportunity to make people start to see what is happening in the lift and escalator industry in Africa and South Africa.” He said the main challenges facing the South African VT industry are “dysfunctional lifts and escalators and a low level of maintenance,” but he assured that these have been given priority through reviewed and strengthened regulations and a revamping of the department’s inspection unit. “The fact that we have old lifts and escalators that need to be replaced provides opportunity for foreign manufacturers and suppliers to explore the South African market and bring in modern lifts,” he said. Lynnette Vermaak, quality manager overseeing solutions for elevating at the South African National Accreditation System, gave a moving presentation on women in the country’s industry, and addressed the question of what women bring to the table. According to her, the answer is “compassion and empathy, generosity, teamwork, tolerance, intuition and gut feeling. It is not about treating women as equals, it is about celebrating and harnessing the differences.” Top industry players at the expo gave powerful presentations on the industry’s ideal practices and the current status of some leading global markets — particularly China, which is grappling with overproduction from the country’s advanced production facilities, according to Lexiang Zhang, secretary of the China Elevator Association, who gave an overview of China’s international elevator market. “China lift and escalator manufacturing is benefitting from the growing overseas elevator markets supported by low-cost production of high-quality and high-tech manufacturing and a complete supply value chain,” he said. However, in China and other markets outside Europe, a debate on the standards rages. Dennis Lindeboom, international account manager, Liftinstituut (Netherlands), took delegates through the role of European standards in promoting industry innovations. He said that, within the European Union, Lifts Directive 2014/33/EU is mandatory; no deviation is allowed. Meanwhile, the underlying EN 81-20/-50 “form one voluntary way to comply with the legal requirements of the directive.” This, he said, means deviation is allowed, as long as it is approved by a Notified Body. Lindeboom went on to say the European system enhances innovation, because the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU provides

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safety goals and, thus, is only performance-based. “This is the big difference with areas outside Europe, where legislation for lifts and safety components for lifts is based on prescribed standards that are often mandatory,” he said, adding, “In Europe, manufacturers may choose to follow either the EN 81-20 and EN 81-50, or to include innovation in lift technologies proven by risk assessments.” More insights came from Guntram Begle, senior vice president, Schindler Ahead and Schindler Digital, who talked about Smart Urban Mobility, which he said must incorporate the safety and security of the building where the lifts and escalators are installed: “In the past, we designed controllers to move people from one point to the other, but, nowadays, we have state-of-the-art destination-control systems that enable people with permission to go to certain floors, and this is part of a smart building. At Schindler, we are not talking of the Internet of Things, where machines talk to machines, rather, we talk about connecting people.” Virgo Communications and Exhibitions, Ltd. balanced the busy first two days of presentations, sealing of deals and contentrich discussions, with a sumptuous dinner accompanied by a variety of drinks that continued flowing freely for the better part of the evening of the second day. This proved to be an excellent opportunity for invited guests — speakers, exhibitors and delegates — to get better acquainted with one another on a personal level. The partying did not deter delegates and speakers from turning up early on the last day of the expo to listen to a convincing presentation by Tasneem Motara, Gauteng Provincial Government Executive Council member in charge of infrastructure development. She told the delegates of the department’s ongoing plan to transform the delivery of infrastructure projects and asset maintenance, which, if successful, would create additional opportunities for lift and escalator manufacturers and suppliers. This was followed by a lively panel discussion on the current and future outlook of South Africa’s VT industry, which crowned the three-day event. Raghunath said planning is underway for the second GLE Expo Africa in 2021, and that the “dates are under discussion and will be announced soon.”

Shem Oirere is a freelance writer who covers construction, energy and general-infrastructure sectors in Africa. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a diploma from the London School of Journalism. Over the past 16 years, he has covered news for such national papers in Kenya as Kenya Times, The People, Weekly Review and Daily Nation. As a freelance journalist, he has written for such publications as World Highways, Engineering News-Record, International Railway Journal, Windpower Monthly, Sun & Wind Energy, Water21, World Cement, Bridge & Design Engineering, Dredging and Port Construction, World Pumps and Water, and Waste Water International.


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Enhanced Accessibility Analyzing an architecture student’s initiative

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junctions like Dadar and Andheri. Moving people from one point to another is a major issue confronting these stations. Krishna Jani, a final-year student of Balwant Sheth School of Architecture under the able guidance of architect Atrey Chhaya, undertook a study of Andheri, a heavily congested station, to provide a future-centric solution for people moving within, and to and from, the station by way of vertical transportation (VT). Andheri is one of the most crowded stations, as it serves as a hub to lines that run to the harbor and western Mumbai. With the recent introduction of the Mumbai metro, many people commute toward eastern Mumbai from here. Andheri is in the vicinity of business districts such as Jani

Mumbai, besides being the largest city in India, also happens to be one of the most populated urban areas on the planet. The estimated population density of the city is 20,482 persons per km2, and the total estimated population as of 2019 stands at 24.5 million, which is more than the populations of Bahrain, Cuba, New Zealand and Oman combined. Thus, there is a huge load on the infrastructure. Also, as the real estate rates are among the highest in the world, a major chunk of the population lives in the suburbs and extended suburbs. Consequently, people travel long distances to their workplaces every day, with suburban local trains being the major mode of transport. According to a report, Mumbai Suburban trains carry around 7.4 million passengers per day. The stations can be unimaginably crowded, especially terminals like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Churchgate and Thane, as well as major suburban


Aerial view showing the network of escalators, elevators, moving walks and connecting bridges for pedestrian movement

(top to bottom) Escalator access to the station from the main road; view showing the connecting bridge between escalators and elevators within the station

Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone and Chakala, besides also having a number of educational institutes, commercial offices, multinational companies, business parks, production houses and shopping malls with multiplexes. Consequently, over the years, Andheri has become a core for economic activities, owing to significant growth of commercial and residential spaces. Being one of the city’s busiest suburban railway stations, it receives a daily footfall of nearly half a million. The limited entry and exit options are congesting the foot overbridges (FoBs) during peak hours. The skywalks have not helped disperse the traffic, because they are not being used as much. One of the major focuses of Jani’s project was to study the impact of mechanized multiple exit and entry points on both the east and west sides of the station, while employing VT. Escalators and elevators would be strategically positioned to work as multiaccess points for people to move from platforms to FOBs without creating congestion at any point. Also, with the introduction of moving walks on FoBs, the movement of people would not only quicken, but the old and infirm, as well as the physically challenged, would be given a measure of relief.

Overall, if people have more options while transiting to and from the station, crowd dispersal will be faster, and traffic movement will be comfortable and easier. Another major impetus of her study was on providing a solution that is not just designed for efficiency, but also keeps future growth in mind. As the population of the city continues to grow, the design of the building-transportation system keeps this growth in mind to reduce the gap between future infrastructural resources and increasing density. Finally, this study provides a classic example of how technology, if prudently employed, can serve to alleviate many urban-related issues, especially in a heavily populated city like Mumbai. 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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Leveraging VT Options Designers discuss their ideas on facilitating access and mobility. by Yash Pandya

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Saxena

Sagar Saxena, project head for Spectrum Metro, explained that in these days of a relative slowdown in the industry, developers have started focusing on different aspects of construction and design to make themselves stand out. Universal design is one such aspect that has been gaining a lot of traction in the community. The beauty of universal design is that it is accessible to nearly everyone. This increased focus on universal design ensures each user can utilize the product in a barrier-free approach. Ashok Gupta, chief managing director, Ajnara India, Ltd., shared that, since accessibility awareness is rising in society, there have been more demands for accessible housing. He added: “However, as per our research, it is not possible for accessible housing to exist in a vacuum. Disability-friendly housing needs inclusive infrastructure to go hand-in-hand with it. A person’s life merely begins at home; they need the same universally user-friendly approach in the public realm, as well — for example, barrier-free shops, marts, and public transit.” Gupta

Anand

Ease of access is the buzzword in real estate development. From malls and supermarkets, to residential buildings and office spaces, this aspect is being addressed at the initial planning stage of new projects, and even existing structures are being refurbished to make this happen. Developers and designers have shared some insights with ELEVATOR WORLD India on how they are improving accessibility and mobility by providing vertical and horizontal transportation in the form of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, both indoors and outdoors. Swadesh Anand, director of engineering, procurement and construction, Paradigm Realty, emphasized that efficient elevators, escalators and moving walkways are critical components for different project segments, such as townships, residential/commercial spaces, malls, etc., because they make accessibility so much easier for people in both residential and commercial spaces. This is especially true for senior citizens and people with disabilities. The challenges faced by the residents of townships/residential spaces, such as covering the distance between the main gate and their respective towers, can be greatly eased by horizontal transportation.


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Interior Designer Abhineet Seth, founder and CEO, Abodekraftz, a complete space-transformation company, pointed out that climbing stairs at public places, or even in homes, can be difficult for the old and disabled. A solution is the chairlift, or stairlift. Installed alongside the railing or side wall of a stairway, such devices easily carry one person at a time. However, it should be noted that the license requirements for installing such lifts vary from state to state, and required documentation norms must be checked and followed. The addition of elevators in old and existing apartments, or even houses, is seen as a major need today. As per erstwhile laws in India, a lift has not been a statutory requirement for buildings with four or fewer floors. However, Indian consumers have felt a need for lifts, even for two or three floors. This is especially true among the elderly and disabled. So, for us as designers, we need to come up with the right space and plan to enable installation of lifts within existing homes and apartments. Even low-rise government-constructed apartments (Delhi Development Authority flats, etc.) have this critical need. Occupants have even started dividing the expenses of installing such lifts in proportion to the floor level at which they reside, Abhineet revealed. So, all stakeholders in the real estate sector are now focused on ensuring VT in new projects, regardless of their height, while also augmenting or adding it where it is absent. The elevator market has received a much-needed impetus, and seems set to soar even higher in the near future.   đ&#x;Œ? Seth

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Dheeraj Jain, director, Mahagun Group, opined that in order for developers to truly integrate themselves into the accessibility revolution, it is vital they keep in touch with end-users of the property to understand how they access its various facets. This sharing of information will not only act as a knowledge resource for developers during construction and design, but will also emphasize the user-oriented approach to accessibility. Gaurav Sanghavi and Harsh Pote, cofounders, Pentaspace Design Studio, underlined that vertical transportation (VT) is facilitating higher density in cities by allowing developers to build higher and create skyscrapers. Escalators and moving walks in public places ease transport to various levels, connecting function and space in mixed-use developments. This has also helped transportation for the elderly and disabled. With the advancement in technology in this segment, various innovations, such as inclined lifts and pod transportation, are conceivable on the drawing board. Diagonal transportation, such as inclined lifts, helps designers conceive different-shaped floorplates and movement between them. These lifts can be used as design elements and on the external façades to create a breathtaking experience for those traveling in them. One such example is the Eiffel Tower. Pod transportation continues to be a focus of research. Current experiments look into its possible uses in public transportation, but Sanghavi and Pote say if it is successful as a personal-transportation system, the grids or its circuits can lead to various complex designs. They also pointed to the chairlift as a solution for the elderly and disabled, if ramps or elevators are not provided or possible.

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Portals to Divinity An elevator provides safe and easy transportation for those wishing to worship at the Babulnath temple. by Amish Mistry There’s a beautiful saying: “Never lose faith. Just when you feel like giving up, God sends a miracle.” Miracles come in various forms. For the devotees of the Babulnath temple in Mumbai, it appeared in the form of technology — vertical transportation, to be precise. Indeed, it is a miracle of technology that an elevator block could be accommodated with an ancient temple complex like Babulnath. Babulnath is one of Mumbai’s oldest temples, situated on a small hillock near Girgaum Chowpatty. It is estimated that the temple idols were consecrated in the 12th century. Lost and safely hidden in the depths of history, the idols were rediscovered during the period of 17001780, when the first temple was built. Shiva in the form of the Lord of the Babul tree is the main deity in this temple. The faithful climb up it to obtain the blessings of the Lord. It is also possible to take an elevator up to the temple.

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To climb up the temple, one must ascend 108 steps, which is quite a climb, especially for the old and infirm, as well as families with children. The elevator comes as a boon for them. Built more than 25 years ago, the elevator block hosts two elevators, which have been very thoughtfully accommodated within the limited space available inside the complex. Each has a carrying capacity of eight people. Every day, approximately 500 people visit this facility. A 75-year-old visitor said, “I can climb down the steps, but climbing up is difficult. Thanks to the availability of the lift, I have been able to visit the temple and maintain an uninterrupted devotion for the last 35 years.” This is a sentiment echoed by many seniors who go there daily to offer worship at the temple. Rohit Desai, an octogenarian, says, “Thanks to the elevator, I can still come to the temple and


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I CAN CLIMB DOWN THE STEPS, BUT CLIMBING UP IS DIFFICULT. THANKS TO THE AVAILABILITY OF THE LIFT, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO VISIT THE TEMPLE AND MAINTAIN AN UNINTERRUPTED DEVOTION FOR THE LAST 35 YEARS.

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Shiva in the form of the Lord of the Babul tree is the main deity in this temple. The faithful climb up the temple to obtain the blessings of the Lord.

offer my prayers every morning along with my caretaker.� For him, the elevators are truly a portal to divinity. Bharat Marafatia, a retired senior bank officer who serves as a manager at the temple complex, said: “During the holy month of Shravan, we have around 80,000 to 100,000 devotees visiting the temple every Monday. Thus, at that point, the elevator enables seniors, disabled people and families with kids to easily access the temple at the top and offer their devotion. [Many] VIP dignitaries also visit the temple on these days. So, even from a security point of view, the elevators enable us to take them to the top safely. On the day of Maha Shivratri, the temple is visited by around 350,000 devotees. So, you can imagine how beneficial the elevator is for all the devotees coming to worship on these auspicious days.� The elevators are also manned by full-time attendants to aid with any kind of emergency that could occur with seniors and other physically challenged people who may have difficulties even operating the lift.

To climb up the temple, one must ascend 108 steps. The elevator comes as a boon for the elderly and handicapped.

A nominal fee of INR1 (US$0.01) for a two-way elevator ride helps ensure smooth maintenance of the service. The salaries of the attendants, regular servicing of the lifts and electrical bills are taken care of through this fee. This has allowed the elevator service to be rendered a self-sustaining mechanism. Also, charging a fee is a deterrent to any untoward element looking for a free joyride. Finally, the elevator installation has been a very noble service to the devotees by the patron, who provided the resources to build the elevator block. One can’t help but be reminded of an old Quaker proverb: “You lift me and I’ll lift thee, and we’ll ascend together.â€? Seriously, no pun intended.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Events

Poised for Growth Inaugural Indonesia Lift & Escalator Expo highlights the country’s construction sector.

by Cem Öztürk The inaugural Indonesia Lift & Escalator Expo brought dozens of vendors to the Grand City Convex Center in Surayaba, Indonesia, on July 10-12. The event, held simultaneously with other exhibitions also organized by WP Citra, was host to representatives of verticaltransportation (VT) companies operating in Indonesia, as well as from across the region. About 40 booths were set up, and included international companies from China, South Korea and Turkey. Several seminars were held simultaneously with the expo, offering information about developments in the VT industry and the overall construction sector. Foreign visitors included industry professionals from the Asia and South

Asia regions, including South Korea, China, Taiwan, India and Malaysia. Several seminars were held related to the elevator and construction sector during the three days of the Indonesia Expo. Simultaneous construction-industry events were the Indonesia Building Mechanical & Electrical Expo, the IndoSolar + Photovoltaic Techonology Expo & Forum, the Indonesia Smart Security Fire & Rescue Expo and the Indonesia Steel Building & Metal Structure Expo. These events were directed at the heating, ventilation and airconditioning industry, as well as the energy efficiency, renewable energy and buildingservices sectors.

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Dignitaries participate in the opening ceremony of the Indonesia Building Mechanical Electrical Fair in Surayaba, Indonesia. The inaugural Indonesia Lift & Escalator Expo was part of the event, which took place in the Grand City Convex Center.

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Indonesia’s Appeal The Indonesian construction sector, which has shown significant growth thanks to several infrastructure projects in recent years, has the potential to become a center of attraction for investors. With a population of 260 million, Indonesia is the fourthmost-populous country in the world, following China, India and the U.S. In addition, the construction sector in Indonesia is developing quickly because of the country’s rapid population growth and need for housing and infrastructure. Recent figures indicate there are more than 100,000 contractors in Indonesia, 90% of which are small contractors. Companies in the sector are experts in basic construction, especially in the construction of houses, and they cooperate with foreign companies in projects requiring

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high-level engineering and experience. Low-cost labor provides a competitive advantage for local companies. In terms of the elevator industry, Indonesia appears to be a valuable market now and in the future. While this might make the country attractive for investment in the VT sector, Chinese companies enjoy an advantage of their proximity to Indonesia, which may make it more difficult for companies from other countries to enter the market. Cem Öztürk is project manager for elevator.com.tr, a newly established digital media site in Turkey. He is a longtime veteran of the publishing and broadcasting industries.


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Inovance Acquires BST, Merges It With Monarch The director of Inovance’s Indian operations shares the rationale behind the company’s decision to acquire BST and plans for growth in India. by Anil Kumar The acquisition of Shanghai BST by Shenzhen Inovance, both of China, is an important development for the global elevator industry. BST — a manufacturer of human machine interfaces, inspection boxes, hall lanterns, mechanical door headers and cabling solutions — is to be merged with Suzhou Monarch, Inovance’s existing elevator business unit that specializes in elevator controllers and gearless drive technology. Monarch’s NICE series, part of its “Integrated Solutions” — an all-in-one concept that combines both elevator controller and drive in a single package, boasts an installed base of more than 2 million worldwide.

Why Monarch BST? Monarch’s factory, where it generates revenues of more than US$500 million, is ISO 9001 certified, while BST’s manufacturing facilities enjoy ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS

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18001 certification. All Monarch BST facilities are highly automated. For example, BST’s mechanical door headers factory makes heavy use of industrial robots, and the company implements regular automation assessments to ensure manufacturing efficiency. Monarch BST’s R&D teams in India have developed specific products designed for the local market. This local strategy is replicated globally, for example, with the recent investment of Inovance Technology Europe in significant R&D capacity in Germany.

Customer Benefits Monarch BST sees several core customer benefits coming out of the merger. The first is being a one-stop solution center: Monarch specializes in providing elevator controls — primarily, integrated controller and drive solutions, as well as specialized gearless drive technology for elevators. BST specializes in


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operating panels, buttons, hall lanterns, displays and cabling solutions. It also maintains a skilled aesthetics-design team specifically for “user-facing” products. The second benefit is that Monarch and BST’s product ranges are complementary. There is no product overlap, and both are focused on the core area of elevator control solutions. This means customers who buy elevator product packages will enjoy the easiest possible product integration, and it also gives Monarch BST the capability to deliver customized solutions. The third benefit is that combining the facilities means Monarch BST boasts a comprehensive global web of sales offices, service centers and distributors, enabling provision of comprehensive sales and support on every continent.

Monarch BST Tomorrow Ambitions for Indian and global growth were key to Inovance’s decision to acquire BST. Monarch BST is number one for elevator drives in India, putting the company in the top tier of Indian elevator solution suppliers. Meanwhile, its share in China is more than 40%, making it the biggest elevator control solutions provider in the world’s biggest elevator market. From a global perspective,

Monarch BST holds a share of over 30% of the elevator control solutions market and is rapidly expanding, opening new facilities every month. As mentioned in a previous article (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 2nd Quarter 2019), Inovance recently established a new head office complex in Chennai to bring all HQ operations — such as sales, service and R&D — under one roof. Since then, the company opened new offices in Mumbai and Delhi. It underlined its commitment to India this August with its annual India distributors meeting in Kerala, where Indian elevator distributors had the chance to talk strategy with senior Inovance elevator specialists from China and Europe. Anil Kumar is director of Inova Automation India.

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Real Estate

“Smart” City Going Vertical Once a preferred location for first-time homebuyers, Kalyan-Dombivli now draws those seeking amenity-rich high rises. by Sheetal Shelar Patil Located on the outskirts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Kalyan-Dombivli is one of the zones short-listed to be developed as one of 100 “smart” cities in India under the Smart Cities Mission. While the area was initially known for its low-cost horizontal development pattern, the trend has begun to reverse in recent years. Not only are the structures now catering to a higher economic strata of society, the

Vertical living is the trend in Kalyan-Dombivli, a burgeoning “smart” city on the outskirts of the MMR.

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presence of reputed builder brands has seen high rises coming up at a very fast pace, as well. Along with the metro project, whose bhoomi poojan (auspicious groundbreaking ceremony) was done by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi last year, the new structures are redefining the skyline, enhancing the quality of life and opening up what was a previously almost nonexistent market for quality vertical transportation. Kalyan-Dombivli has always been considered an ideal residential destination for first-time homebuyers, but now, with an increasingly upmarket image, it has begun attracting new residents from across the MMR. The high-rise projects offer such amenities as clubhouses and lush greenery and, along with elevator access to plush penthouses and duplexes, provide an incentive to seal the deal on upscale homes, rather than the earlier, cheaper pricing proposition. (In fact, many residents cheekily refer to the belt as KalyanDombi-Valley in a term that evokes the luxurious Aamby Valley hill city near Lonavala.) According to analysts, the reason behind the escalating demand for real estate for this belt is its strategic location, well-connected to Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. Kalyan is a major junction with peripheral links, such as to Kasara Karjat, that provide connectivity to other cities, including Nashik, Nagpur and Pune.


Taller buildings are becoming more common.

The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI) refers to its Kalyan–Dombivli Unit as MCHI-CREDAI KDU and organizes property expos on a regular basis to highlight the benefits of Kalyan-Dombivli was once a magnet for budget-conscious first-time homebuyers, but today the area draws those seeking more upscale residential options. settling there. These expos showcase real estate and financing options good infrastructure. Kalyan-Dombivli’s future is bright, and this for homeseekers. positivity extends to its peripheral areas. One sees projects today A 27-acre city park is planned in Kalyan, and the railway station that offer the best of both worlds in Kalyan-Dombivli: modern may soon be revamped along the lines of Thane’s, which has construction and superb architecture in an area moving toward elevated bridges for bus stops connected to the station. The coming becoming a smart city featuring high-rise real estate development six-lane Mankoli-Mothagaon-Thane bridge will allow travel in sync with the concept. between Thane and Kalyan-Dombivli to be covered in 15 min. Going forward, it has been envisaged that, as a smart city, Ongoing and planned infrastructure projects, such as the Kalyan-Dombivli will offer a perfect combination — infrastructure Kalyan/Bhiwandi/Thane Metro, construction of a bridge from with modernity rooted in tradition. The projects developing in the Mankoli and Ranjgoli Junction, the Govindwadi bypass road, area are reasonably priced and offer elite residential options with expansion of National Highway 4 and the Kalyan Ring Road to easy connectivity to social infrastructure facilities like shopping avoid internal traffic congestion clearly indicate that Kalyanmalls, hospitals, restaurants, banks and educational institutions. Dombivli has the scope to emerge as a smart city in coming years, Spokespersons for MCHI-CREDAI KDU say the region has the MCHI-CREDAI KDU office affirms. awakened from years of quiet slumber to evolve into a real estate The main reason for the growth of Kalyan-Dombivli was the hotspot now bustling with new skyscrapers.   đ&#x;Œ? shortage of space for horizontal growth in Mumbai. Across the MMR, homeseekers are looking for new developing areas with • Issue 4, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com

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Product Spotlight

Contactless Position Supervisor Unit CEDES looks to transform how elevator safety works with a simpler solution five years in the making. by Lee Freeland iDiscovery is a new product from CEDES that serves as “a position supervisor unit.” Together with the company’s absolute positioning system (APS; aka shaft information system), it “takes over the safety-relevant functions of an elevator” in only one system, the company says. It also does not need prerequisite products installed. The result of a five-year-long project by CEDES and its partners, its main advantage is “significantly reduced complexity” in the hoistway. This leads to quicker integration (via the CANopen DS417 protocol), installation, teaching, maintenance, and greatly decreased material and labor costs, the company explained. The test elevator has already completed more than 1.2 million rides this year alone in what the

company says is an illustration of the straightforward configuration of iDiscovery in the field. A “teach process” can be started at any time, regardless of car position, and even a single ride past the position-indicator clips and rated-speed clips provides the device with all the information required for configuration. Lars Kollmorgen of Kollmorgen GmbH, a control systems manufacturer and longtime collaborator with CEDES, said of the product: “We have been testing the product live in elevators since the end of 2018. . . . It’s a very versatile and multifunctional product. It’s very easy to install, and that’s why we believe in the success of iDiscovery.”

Forty business representatives from nine different countries attended iDiscovery’s coming-out party.

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In addition to being given a tour of the company’s Landquart factories where 100% of iDiscovery is manufactured and tested, pre-launch event attendees were shown how the safety device works in detail.

CEDES notes the SIL 3- and EN 81-20/-50-compliant position supervisor unit’s biggest advantage is “significantly reduced complexity.�

iDiscovery monitors include the position and velocity of the car, as well as status of the car and hoistway doors and additional status signals of the elevator, such as emergency operation and inspection control switches. In an unsafe condition, iDiscovery opens the safety chain. It also provides two additional output contacts that trigger an auxiliary braking device and an electronically activated safety gear. It provides: ♌♌ Door monitoring ♌♌ Leveling, releveling and preliminary operation with open doors ♌♌ Detection of unintended car movement via monitoring of the door-zone speed and the door zone of the target floor to ensure it is not left with open doors ♌♌ Overspeed detection with different speed limits ♌♌ Retardation control ♌♌ Final limit switches ♌♌ Bridging of door contacts for maintenance (bypass) ♌♌ Checking for faulty (bridged) door contacts ♌♌ Safety gear monitoring

A diagram of how iDiscovery operates

Pre-Launch Event While iDiscovery made its official debut at Interlift, the company said “guests from all over Europeâ€? came to see the product’s full potential in a “pre-launchâ€? event, held in Landquart, Switzerland, in September. Forty business representatives from nine different countries attended. According to Andreas Hunziker, CEDES managing director, this “proves the market has been waiting for a product just like iDiscovery.â€? The company added that guests noted “the increased level of safety offered by iDiscovery.â€? Improvements can benefit not only elevator passengers, but also technicians. Additionally, it is designed to be less complex and less time-consuming in terms of commissioning, which, in turn, leads to lower costs. Guests tried out the new technology for themselves in the factory’s simulation room and had lively discussions with Michael Schatt, CEDES APS project manager. Attendee JĂśrn Wittig of GAT Gemeinschaft Aufzugs-Technik eG remarked, “In my opinion, reducing installation time and, thus, staff costs, is the right way to go, and iDiscovery seems to offer a very clear advantage in this respect.â€? www.cedes.com   đ&#x;Œ? • Issue 4, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com

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TOSHIBA ELEVATORS: BUILDING A NEW TOMORROW

As high-rises keep growing taller, there is a mounting pressure on vertical mobility companies like Toshiba to reduce ride wait-times and to personalize the ride experiences. From undulating business hubs to marvelous residential complexes, as India’s skyline touches newer heights, faster, stronger and more efficient elevator systems are becoming a prerequisite to the real estate sector. To keep pace with the dynamics of the industry, Toshiba Corporation riding on its 140 years of experience, is introducing elevators that are more connected and more efficient.

THE TRIFECTA: PERFORMANCE, SAFETY, AESTHETICS Toshiba elevators excel on performance, comfortable ride, safety, environmentally conscious, aesthetics, and after sales support, which form the cornerstones of elevator industry. Toshiba elevators achieve superior ride comfort and safety through contemporary technology like the permanent magnet synchronous motor, drive system and roller guides that help in smoother elevator ride. Environmentally conscious issues such as, regenerative system, efficient drive system, reduction of hazardous material, and compliance to RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) standard; safety features like emergency operations for power failure, earthquake, or in case of fire, over-speed protection, door sensors etc., are some prominent features of Toshiba Elevators. Specialized certifications and in-house engineer training programs are conducted to keep the team upbeat with latest updates in elevator safety. Toshiba is known for its exclusivity of providing bespoke cabin interiors and hall designs. Toshiba’s ability to offer unmatched array of cabin finishes and ceiling designs has helped the company won many notable projects in India and around the world. India, which is the world’s second largest market for elevators, is also the fastest growing market for Toshiba. Through its subsidiary Toshiba Johnson Elevators India (TJEI), Toshiba is well placed to cater to all segments of Indian market, from high-end premium segment, to upper–mid segment. In last 6 years, TJEI has registered a Y-o-Y CAGR of over 10% to 15%. Continuing the growth trajectory, TJEI aims to achieve top market share in its targeted segment by achieving a sales target of 2,000 Mr. Tomohiko Okada, units per year by FY2022. Managing Director, Toshiba India

TAKING INDIA TO NEW HEIGHTS Understanding the evolving preferences of consumers in India, TJEI has expanded its product portfolio to cover all spectrums of the market – from premium to upper-middle elevator market. In India, TJEI is focusing on two segments – the premium and luxury segment, where TJEI has already established itself as a significant player; and the ever-growing mid-rise buildings of the Indian real estate market – the mid-sized offices, commercial spaces and residential condominiums, where TJEI will further consolidate its market position in the upper middle segment with products ‘Made-for-India’. Toshiba customized and designed a product especially ‘Made for India’ – ELCOSMO-TJ that is not only competitive in cost but also has a shorter delivery turnaround of three months. With an augmented focus on ‘Made-for-India’ products, TJEI plans to set up a Multi-Purpose Facility (MPF) that will act as design centre, training centre, and service centre amongst other roles. With its commitment to provide safe and efficient vertical transportation through its innovative, state-of-the-art global product range, TJEI endeavors to contribute to the growth of urbanization FOR THE NEXT INDIA

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Public Safety

Unfamiliar Territory Elevator awareness among consumers and the need for usage guidelines

by Yash Pandya India is in transition mode, where vertical transportation is concerned. On one hand, swanky towers with the latest elevators provide the best experience, made possible by advances in technology. At the same time, most of the older buildings, even in major metros like Mumbai, have outmoded open-grill-door lifts, in various stages of disrepair. Those using both would benefit from greater efforts in consumer education and awareness. Pooja Sharma, an entrepreneur who balances home and career responsibilities, opines that fire drills with an emphasis on elevator dos and don’ts should be conducted at all residential complexes. She asks, “We are all horrified at the thought of fire in our building premises, but if I ask you the emergency helpline number of your nearest fire brigade station, is it saved in your mobile?” Sharing the example of the Silver Oak project in Thane, where she resides, Pooja explains: “Earlier this year, there was a demonstration in our society conducted by the fire brigade. They advised us not to use the elevators during the time of such an emergency. Instead, one should use the stairs to escape from the building. In case of being trapped in the

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elevator, we need to press the alarm button for help and rescue. Silver Oak is a 10-story building, and a fire extinguisher is installed on each floor. We have a refuge space on the eighth floor of every wing, so in case of fire, if we are not able to use stairs, the guidelines are to stand in the refuge area and wait for the fire brigade.” In pre-millennium buildings with oldermodel lifts, incidents of getting stuck between floors due to power cuts or mechanical failures are a given, and the people trapped inside are often not aware how to manage the situation. They tend to overreact and end up complicating what is a manageable situation. In fact, having an older elevator can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. Since the grille allows the flow of air and light, there is no need to panic and start screaming. Even attempts to force it open and try exiting at the risk of being trapped in case it starts to move are unnecessary. This is because, unlike the solid-door elevators, there is no telecom connectivity issue. As cell phones can access signals, one can calmly call someone within the building and ask them to notify the maintenance team. Varsha Mayekar, a homemaker, thinks lifts are very useful and save much time compared to stairs. Echoing her views, engineering student Rohit Mayekar points out that, while lifts save time while accessing places at higher levels, in some cases, they are not maintained. A recent visit to his friend’s place entailed some discomfort, because the lift did not touch the ground floor level, stopping two inches before that.


The Silver Oak Society

The reality is that misalignment is one of the problems seen in most old elevators that are not properly maintained, and it is accepted as normal by the residents, who either raise or lower their first leg while exiting, depending on whether it has stopped several inches above or below the landing level. Visitors who ask why it is not rectified are given blank stares or shrugged shoulders in response, which trivializes the danger of tripping and falling. When residents upgrade to a modern lift with sensors and an automatic rescue device (ARD), the investment is pointless unless they are made aware of how to use these features. Gym trainer Vishwanath Chavan shares that, while old lifts with shutters are scary, the new ones with sensors can also cause some tense moments, as they sometimes do not work properly. Engineering student Saurav Salunkhe concurs, but with a disclaimer that, while the new lifts with sensors are better than the old ones, they should be maintained properly and cleaned regularly.

Low-rise and high-rise buildings in the western suburb of Kandivali, Mumbai

The Silver Oak elevator lobby

There have been cases where children overload the sensors by repeatedly keeping their hands between the doors and taking them back. Due to this, there is the chance people entering or exiting the elevator may get stuck between the doors. Similarly, while the ARD ensures the elevator will stop at the nearest floor, sometimes the people inside still force the doors open. This, too, can affect the mechanism, causing situations in which the doors do not open properly after a power outage. Tier 2 cities are at a different stage of the learning curve altogether. Pune-based media consultant Sameer Rajore shares that most buildings are a maximum of six floors. Since low-rise buildings are the norm, awareness regarding elevators and their usage tends to be quite limited. While this is a big problem in older buildings, the scenario in newer structures is quite different, as efforts are being made toward improving awareness. In both types of cities, people living in old buildings with only three or four floors opt for refurbishment to incorporate elevators so senior citizens do not have the strain of climbing stairs. However, they do not realize there are also recurring costs after the initial capital cost. Since they are used to paying a lesser maintenance amount, the additional cost of maintaining elevators and hiring an operator to facilitate senior citizens and small children is often difficult to manage. Reducing these costs by opting for cheaper maintenance or not hiring a lift operator is not advisable. Cheaper maintenance tends to be expensive in the long run, with regular breakdowns and spare parts requiring replacement. The absence of an operator can be fatal if a senior citizen or child encounters problems riding alone. So, it is important to explain to society that these recurring costs have to be borne with an elevator purchase. One way of guiding them to deal with these recurring costs is to suggest engaging an advertising agency that can set a small LED screen or monitor to run promotional advertisements. This becomes an additional revenue source and can help offset the additional financial burden. Inputs compiled by Sneha Salunkhe, a Mumbai-based media consultant who, having recently been through a harrowing experience of spending two hours trapped in an elevator during a power cut, affirms generators are a must, even in older buildings, to prevent such situations from recurring.   đ&#x;Œ? • Issue 4, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com

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Technology

The Rising Role of IoT Connected technology increasingly facilitates uninterrupted access to greater heights.

by Rushil Dahisaria Over the past 160 years, there have been few technologies that have had a greater footprint on society than the elevator. For many of these years, elevator technology witnessed relatively very little change, but the past few years have seen numerous innovations, and buildings have only been growing taller and taller. Elevators were not truly practical prior to the introduction of Elisha Graves Otis’ safety brake in 1853. From the very beginning, safety has been one of the major objectives, and it has determined the usage. The first elevator safety brakes were patented in 1861. Since then, many other elevator innovations, such as automatic laser-controlled doors, microprocessor controls and emergency stop buttons, have been developed. The industry is creating a strong niche in technological advancements and client usability. Without elevators, high-rise buildings and skyscrapers are useless. As the world population moves from rural areas to urban centers, elevators are becoming an essential standard mode of transportation. This has forced manufacturers to modernize their operations with faster and more efficient elevators that consume less time and energy. A breakdown in the elevator system can cause a significant impact on the way cities function. Increasingly, as smart cities develop further and important city centers use resources more efficiently with the help of the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence, elevators will become a key component. With city-level infrastructure becoming more intelligent, smart elevators will make it easier and faster for people to get around.

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Some companies have realized the importance of data and have begun utilizing IoT devices to improve the functionality of their elevator systems by making predictive maintenance easier, more cost-effective and less labor-intensive. One of the biggest advantages of IoT devices is that they provide large streams of data that can be processed in a fraction of the time it would take for a human technician to analyze, allowing quick maintenance requirement predictions and warnings about impending failures. Thus, IoT is making elevator maintenance more predictive, rather than reactive. IoT-enabled elevators are directly connected to the vendor and building maintenance servers. They monitor operating conditions and can provide valuable analytics on the number of trips, load weighing, number of door cycles, traffic trends, wait times, acceleration, deceleration, jerks, bumps, vibrations, harmonic analysis and more. Reports are generated based on hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly timeframes. The continuous flow of data from the monitoring devices also allows manufacturers and third-party service technicians to remotely monitor and diagnose problems, saving valuable onsite time. The IoT dashboard can generate logs and reports in a matter of seconds that can then be sent for further analysis. Since IoT devices are connected to a cloud service, they can identify problems even before the facility managers or building occupants notice anything is amiss and send notifications on mobile phones informing them about the issue in real time.


An IoT dashboard, accessible from a remote location, allows manufacturers, service companies and building managers to constantly monitor the function and status of a building’s vertical-transportation equipment.

Recently, Schindler released an app called myPORT that provides security by using a combination of building data and encrypted keys. This can provide high-level security to building management, since the elevator door opens only on designated floors. By adding sophisticated voice-activated systems, elevators can also be used by physically challenged people. IoT will reduce wait times, provide behavioral insights, increase product reliability, reduce frequent replacements and increase security, which will lead to greater accessibility to higher floors. With the world’s major cities witnessing a rise in density, buildings will need to become more and more efficient, and elevator companies may just provide us with the technology to do it.

Rushil Dahisaria is a product and innovation engineer who has followed the mantra of solving problems, designing and developing products in an innovative and a creative manner. This has helped him to see technology from a new perspective.


Events

ISO/TC 178 Plenary Meeting 2019 in Frankfurt and Implications for the Future ISO takes the initiative to develop standards for cybersecurity and new digital technologies as they impact the industry. by Louis Bialy Initial impressions of Frankfurt, Germany, are of a modern, bustling, industrious city with a spectacular skyline on the banks of the Main River. Frankfurt is, indeed, all of this and more. The city has roots stretching back hundreds of years. It was one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire, and German kings and emperors were crowned there from circa 1560 for more than 200 years. Frankfurt was always an important educational and cultural center. It was the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a poet, novelist, dramatist and statesman whose works are still held in high esteem. It is one of the world’s greatest financial centers, hosting the European Central Bank, Bundesbank, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, as well as the

Frankfurt Stock Exchange, which is the busiest in continental Europe. The Frankfurt International Airport is one of the busiest in Europe. Contemporary Frankfurt is a very diverse city, with residents displaying multiple ethnicities, cultural heritages and racial and religious backgrounds. While it is a model of modern architecture and life, it still retains an element of traditional culture and architecture. Based on its energy, diversity, creativity and economic significance, it is fitting that the city was selected to host the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee (ISO/TC) 178 Plenary Meeting and associated Working Groups (WGs) on April 1-5.

Frankfurt was an excellent location to deliberate and plan future work on international standards. Add to this the fact that it is home to Frankfurt Messe, one of the world’s largest trade fairs. Other major fairs held here include the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Music Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair, each the largest of its kind in the world; photo by Stefan Zinsmeister.

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Frankfurt’s historical Old Town; photo by Dr. Gero Gschwendtner

WG Meetings Preceding the Plenary Committee meeting, meetings of ISO/ TC 178 WG 4 Safety Requirements and Risk Assessment were convened by David McColl (Canada), WG 5 Escalator Safety Requirements were convened by Edip Kaci (Germany), and WG 6 Evacuation and Lift Dimensions were convened by Ari Ketonen (Finland). The main purpose of these was to continue the work assigned to the WGs, prepare updates on the status of the work and develop positions for presentation to the Plenary Committee.

Plenary Meeting The plenary meeting was opened by ISO/TC 178 Chair Dr. Gero Gschwendtner, who invited Sasha Shmiel of VDMA (German mechanical engineering association) to address the delegates. Shmiel welcomed all delegates to Frankfurt. He mentioned on behalf of the board that it was an honor for VDMA to host this meeting. He emphasized the importance of national, European and ISO standards to Germany and the world at large. He wished the delegates every success in their deliberations and hoped the meeting would meet their expectations and requirements. Dr. Gerhard Steiger, head of mechanical engineering standards for DIN (German national organization for standardization) and manager of the department of standards at VDMA, added his welcome of the delegates. He elaborated that VDMA is the association of Germany’s engineering industry. It represents the interests of Germany’s large capital-goods sector, including machinery, plants, system suppliers, system integrators and service providers. VDMA has 27 sectorial units, from lifts to combustion engines, pumps, valves, complete machines and machine tools. The mechanical engineering standards department is one of the largest at VDMA. The fact that this department supports many

secretariats at the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and ISO shows a strong commitment to standards development. VDMA has a comprehensive internal database for standards. The organization also drives innovation, particularly in new technologies such as smart manufacturing and additive manufacturing. VDMA is committed to harmonized European standards, as well as global harmonization whenever practical. Steiger wished the ISO/TC 178 members progress with their endeavors. Gschwendtner thanked Shmiel and Steiger for their kind words and their contributions to and support of ISO. He thanked them for hosting the meeting and acknowledged their excellent organization of the meetings. He then summarized the history of standardization in Germany in the context of the general evolution of standards worldwide. It is worthy of note that the formation of the first industry association in Germany was in 1879. This organization evolved; in the process, other organizations were formed. VDMA was founded in 1892. It has its headquarters in Frankfurt and now represents around 3,200 corporate members, making it the largest industry association in Europe. The existence of industry organizations led to the formation of standards-writing bodies. DIN can trace its roots (via several name changes) to 1917. Gschwendtner mentioned this was the 29th plenary meeting, the first having taken place in Paris in 1979. He welcomed all attendees and invited full participation. He extended a special welcome to first-time attendees. In this context, a warm welcome was extended to the Ethiopian delegation. Ethiopia has joined as an O-member. (O-members can observe the standards being developed and offer comments and advice, while P-members Continued

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actively participate by voting on the standard at various stages of its development.) It is the third African country to gain membership into TC 178. Gschwendtner also welcomed the Swedish delegation, which was attending as a P-member, and representatives from the liaison organizations: the Pacific Asia Lift and Escalator Association, the European Lift Association, Small Business Standards and other attendees. Committee Manager of ISO/TC 178 Eva Contival conducted the rollcall: there were 56 attendees from 20 countries and three liaison organizations. The delegations included six attendees from the U.S. and two from Canada. Gschwendtner presented a summary of ISO/TC 178 membership, marketing and key information. There are 55 member countries, of which 28 are P-members, and 27 are O-members. Poland, Sweden and Denmark are the latest of the former, and Ethiopia, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia are the latest of the latter. The largest proportion of new-equipment installations is in the Asia-Pacific area. The worldwide installed base of elevator equipment exceeds 16 million units. The value of the world market for new equipment and service exceeds US$73 billion per annum. Contival reported on behalf of the ISO/TC 178 secretariat and committee management on the work progress of TC 178, liaisons to various external committees and status of the systematic review of standards for 2019. She gave an update on the status of the documents in the preliminary, proposal, committee, enquiry, approval and publication stages of the standards development process. Contival reported on the liaisons with various CEN/ European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization/ISO/ International Electrotechnical Commission committees. Gschwendtner introduced and welcomed ISO Technical Program Manager Anna Caterina Rossi. Rossi mentioned she had attended several TC 178 plenary meetings over the years and was glad to be of help. She mentioned she is in regular contact with Gschwendtner and Contival and is up to date on the issues of concern to the members. Rossi mentioned that ISO was formed in 1947 and has developed more than 22,000 standards over the years. The ISO organization is engaged in the development of voluntary standards, the main benefit of which is to improve quality and best practices in industries. ISO recognizes that standards do not replace

regulations and, thus, the adoption of standards in any country or jurisdiction is purely up to the jurisdiction. ISO does not try to influence countries or jurisdictions to adopt ISO standards. Rossi gave a detailed presentation on several important issues relating to standards development under ISO. She elaborated on the role of project management and how this could help expedite the standards-development process. She mentioned that, in the 1960s, standards could take up to 10 years to develop. Nowadays, they are developed much more rapidly, while their quality remains at a high level. The development process includes a structured method for initiating and executing a standards-development project.

Reports From WGs The conveners of all WGs provided reports on the activities within their groups and the status of the projects with which they were engaged. The reports were informative and gave the committee a comprehensive understanding of the issues being embraced by the WGs. In general, the projects are proceeding to schedule and in line with the resolutions approved at preceding Plenary Committee meetings. Action plans have been developed for cases in which difficulties that could affect the outcome or schedule are being experienced. The WGs requested support for several initiatives, which resulted in various resolutions.

Resolutions The meeting was very productive, with the active participation of attendees resulting in the approval of 21 resolutions. Some of the more noteworthy resolutions are outlined below.

Risk Assessment Following the actions undertaken as requested through Resolution 005/2017 (New Delhi), TC 178 made the decision to open a new work item (NWI) for WG 4 to revise ISO 14798 to: ♦♦ Include risks related to building interfaces and environment ♦♦ Work with experts from WG5 and WG8 ♦♦ Address risk-reduction contribution of SIL-rated circuits ♦♦ Align it with ISO 8100-1/2 and EN 115 ISO 14798 will be renumbered as ISO 14798-1: Lifts (elevators), escalators and moving walks — risk assessment and reduction methodology – Part 1: General principles. Continued

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ISO/TC 178 leadership: (l-r) Edip Kaci (convener, WG 5); Barry Blackaby (convener, WG 10); Ari Ketonen (convener, WG 6); Anna Caterina Rossi (technical program manager, ISO); Gschwendtner (Chair ISO/TC 178); Eva Contival (ISO/TC 178 committee manager); Christian De Mas Latrie (former chair, ISO/TC 178); David McColl (convener, WG 4); Vincent Robibero (convener, WG 8); and Dr. Gerhard Schiffner (convener, WG 11)

A further resolution was approved for the registration of an NWI for the drafting of ISO TR 14798-2: Lifts (elevators), escalators and moving walks — risk assessment and reduction methodology — Part 2: Guidance and examples that will provide guidance for the application of ISO 14798-1. A resolution was also taken requesting WGs 5 and 4 cooperate to accomplish the work related to the Risk Assessment documents. Your author was appointed Task Group leader for both work items. A multidisciplinary team of experts will be assembled to carry out this important task.

ISO Prescriptive Standards The publication of ISO 8100-1/2 and ISO TS 8100-3 took place simultaneously after many years of hard work. This was an important accomplishment and involved the participation of experts from around the world. A resolution was taken to express gratitude to the leaders of this important achievement, namely: David McColl, Christian de Mas Latrie, Ian Jones and Esfandiar Gharibaan. Their support, dedication and diligence were invaluable in ensuring a favorable outcome.

Cybersecurity Given that the current situation of the worldwide market shows that cybersecurity is an important topic, ISO TC 178 resolved to start the development of a new standard on cybersecurity. The number and title will be as follows: ISO 8102-20 “Electrical requirements for lifts, escalators and moving walks – Part 20: Cybersecurity.” A ballot will be launched for the registration of an NWI. The resolution was approved with one abstention from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as this issue had not yet been discussed by the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG). (The resolution was unanimously approved at a subsequent meeting of the U.S. TAG.) With increasing interaction of building systems, including elevators, with the internet, the threats to elevator operation become more likely. It is, thus, important that a method of threat analysis and preventive action be considered at an early stage. This new standard will address such issues.

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New Digital Technologies ISO/TC 178 resolved to set up an ad-hoc group (AHG) to conduct a study in the field of “new technologies” dealing with digitalization, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence to be used within lifts and escalators. The AHG is charged with making a proposal to ISO/TC 178 at the next plenary meeting. This proposal should include: ♦♦ How ISO/TC 178 defines its position in this technology ♦♦ Envisaged work items to be registered ♦♦ Organization structure, including the possible establishment of new WGs ISO TC 178 will launch a call for convener and experts to start this work. The resolution was approved with one abstention from ANSI, as this issue had not yet been discussed by the U.S. TAG. (The resolution was unanimously approved at a subsequent meeting of the U.S. TAG.)

Conveners ISO TC 178 resolved to appoint Schiffner (DIN) as new convener of WG 11: Methodology for the Improvement of Safety of Existing Passenger and Goods Passenger Lifts. Secretariat support will be provided by Dieter Unger (DIN). Barry Blackaby, representing ANSI, indicated he would no longer be attending ISO plenary meetings and was resigning as convener of WG 10: Energy Measurement Standard. A resolution was taken declaring that the delegates and members of ISO TC 178 express their gratitude to Blackaby for the excellent work done, including the successful leadership of WG 10. Subsequently, Ari Kattainen was elected convener of the Cybersecurity WG and Kari Suihkonen was elected convener of the AHG on New Digital Technologies.

Future Meetings A resolution to gratefully accept the proposal from the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) to host ISO/TC 178 and its WGs for the next plenary meeting in the country was approved. The WG and plenary meetings will take place on Continued


VDMA has its headquarters in Frankfurt and now represents around 3,200 corporate members, making it the largest industry association in Europe.

The U.S. delegation: (l-r, back row) your author (chair), Geraldine Burdeshaw, Robibero, (l-r, front row) Blackaby, David Evans and Hank E. Peelle

October 19-23, 2020, with the plenary starting on October 22. SAC will announce the meeting place in April 2020. Possible venues for the 2022 meeting will be considered later. (Plenary meetings are held every 18 months.)

Closing Remarks From the Chair Gschwendtner again thanked VDMA for hosting the meetings and for the efficient organization. He commended ISO/TC 178 on the diligence of its members and on the progress that was made. He thanked the conveners and WG members for their hard work and commitment, as well as the delegates and the guests for their participation. Gschwendtner also thanked the resolution drafting committee (De Mas Latrie, Jones and Contival) and Rossi for her insights and guidance. He also thanked Contival in her capacity as committee manager for her ongoing hard work and dedication.

Implications for the Future and Concluding Thoughts Overall, the meeting was very productive and successful. Much work remains ahead as the state of the art advances. The organization of the meeting and its seamless flow was a tribute to VDMA, the organizing team, the leadership of Gschwendtner and the support of Contival. The leadership and efforts of the WGs was also a strong contributing factor to the quality and success of the meeting. Your author has attended many plenary meetings, as well as numerous WG meetings, since 1990. Much progress has been made during this time. Many standards of great importance to the elevator industry spanning a wide field of subjects and applications have been developed over the years. Such standards are voluntary and available for adoption or reference by interested jurisdictions or standards bodies around the world. ISO/TC 178 has been proactive in creating state-of-the-art standards that represent the cutting edge of elevator technology. Among these are

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performance-based standards, conformity-assessment standards and risk-assessment methodology, which are very helpful in safe, innovative product development. In the same vein, standards for programmable electronic systems in safety-related applications (PESSRA) for lifts, PESSRA for escalators and moving walks, and SIL-rated devices support an ever growing demand for electronicbased safety systems and devices. Its energy-measurement and ride-quality-measurement standards are further examples of the proactive culture of ISO TC 178. With this background, it is not surprising that ISO TC 178 is taking the initiative to develop standards for cybersecurity and new digital technologies as they impact the elevator industry. It is anticipated that this culture will continue as the future unfolds, thus ensuring the ongoing relevance and importance of ISO in the field of elevator standards. It is also noteworthy that the membership of ISO TC 178 and the participation in standards development has broadened over the years to include increasing involvement from the Asia-Pacific area, the Middle East and Africa. This participation augers well for the future of ISO TC 178 as a global contributor to the spectrum of elevator standards. With the meeting completed and the resolutions and plans decided, your author spent a quiet moment admiring the beautiful Frankfurt skyline from the banks of the Main River at dusk. The inspirational words of Goethe came to mind (with some liberty in the translation): “Knowing is not enough; we must apply our knowledge. Willingness is not enough; we must act. Whatever you can dream, you can achieve if you begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Your author could not help but muse that Goethe would have been pleased with what has been achieved in the place of his birth. Louis Bialy, PE, is president of Louis Bialy and Associates LLC. He has 53 years of engineering experience, including 39 years in the elevator industry and a 33-year career with Otis. He is an active member of and chair of the US TAG to ISO/ TC 178. He serves on the ASME Board on Safety Codes and Standards and on the ASME A17 Standards Committee. He holds a BSc (Eng.) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and an MEng. from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He was 1991 ASME Distinguished Engineer of the Year, the 2008 ASME Safety Codes and Standards Medalist and recipient of the 2012 ASME Distinguished Services Award. He has been elected as an ASME fellow.


Real Estate

Mega-Scale Projects Need Suitable Building Transportation Elevators, escalators and moving walks are vital to the nation’s evolving built environment. by Ar. Dikshu C. Kukreja The science and scale of projects in India has gone through an absolute transformation. Today, it is not uncommon to see projects up to 20 million ft2 with values easily in the range of INR20 billion (US$28.2 million) or much more. The same holds true in terms of height and number of floors. It is not uncommon today to see buildings of 30, 40, 50 or even more stories. All this has led to a need for modern and efficient transportation — both vertical and horizontal — for users of such buildings.

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This has also created a need for high-tech, sustainable systems that not only have reasonable capital costs, but corresponding operational costs. For example, some of the projects CP Kukreja Architects (CPKA) is doing of this scale warrant out-of-the box solutions. The East Delhi Hub project being designed by CPKA, a one-of-a-kind project conceptualized along the lines of the smart city, is one of India’s first transit-oriented development projects. The project is spread over 86 acres of land and has a built-up area of more than 15 million ft2,


India International Convention Centre; rendering courtesy of CPKA

including a 100-story tower. This requires innovative solutions for movement — both horizontally and vertically. Vertically, the towers range from 30 to 50 and even 100 stories. Horizontally, the project, because it is transit-oriented, has a mix of uses that requires fast movement of a large number of people. Similar to this are the needs for the projects of the India International Convention Centre (IICC) and Pragati Maidan, both of which are mega exhibition and convention centers coming up in Delhi. The IICC project has a value of INR220 billion (US$3.1 billion) and is spread over 225 acres. With this scale of project development happening throughout the country, it is important that the transportation industry keeps pace in terms of innovation and in coming up with sustainable horizontal- and verticaltransportation solutions. Dikshu C. Kukreja is managing principal, CPKA, an ISO 9001-2001 certified firm. He was the first architect honored with the Bharat Shiromani Award, presented earlier this year by Lord Swraj Paul in the presence of the ambassadors of Iceland and Slovenia. Aerial view of East Delhi Hub showing two metro stations on the grounds of the large project; rendering courtesy of CPKA

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Product Spotlight

Connectivity and Style KONE, Otis, Mitsubishi Electric and Maxton release modern solutions.

KONE Launches Connected Service in India

The KONE Care 24/7 connected service is now offered in India. It approaches maintenance and 24/7 connected services using the Internet of Things (IoT). The customizable portfolio of services and tools is designed to meet the needs of building owners and facility managers. Customers can request and customize services to match the specific requirements of their business, tenants or building type. This is intended to enhance speed, transparency and predictability. It uses the IBM Watson IoT platform for cognitive computing with the goal of providing fewer faults, faster repairs, shorter waits and a more personalized experience. The system enables vast amounts of data from elevator sensors to be monitored, analyzed and displayed in real time, improving equipment performance, reliability and safety. If it identifies the need for maintenance, it either alerts a technician immediately, or contacts technical support or customer service, depending on how critical the problem is. Customers are provided with notifications and reports of any actions taken to keep their equipment running. When previously launched in other markets, KONE President and CEO Henrik Ehrnrooth stated: TM

Otis Launches Upscale Elevator Line

Otis India is launching the Gen2® Life elevator for upscale residential and commercial buildings in the country, Otis India announced in August. Manufactured at Otis’ Bengaluru factory, the Gen2 Life is based on the company’s flagship Gen2 elevator system. Passenger capacities range between eight and 15 passengers with speeds of 1.5 and 1.75 m/s. Both machine-room and machineroom-less configurations are offered. “The robustness of the elevator design will allow users to opt for a rear glass door and

“This is just the beginning. With this platform, we will be able to bring new services and innovations faster to the market for our customers and consumers. Not only are we able to customize services based on our customers’ individual needs — with better predictability, planning and peace of mind — but we will also bring artificial intelligence for our services, which will help predict and suggest resolutions to potential problems.” www.kone.in

accommodate a large variety of customers’ demands for new aesthetics,” Otis India added. Two new variants to the Aura aesthetics theme (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2017) are offered as cabin interior options. Other special features include steel-coated, flat-belt technology; a compact gearless machine; Otis Pulse™ beltmonitoring system; and Otis ReGen™ drive. Otis India President Sebi Joseph said, “Otis introduced the Gen2 elevator in 2000, and, since then, has sold over 700,000 units around the world. . . thanks to the customers’ desire for ‘greener’ solutions.” www.otis.com/en/in

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Maxton Manufacturing Co. has launched the next generation of its elevator performance meter, the SafeTach2. After selling the previous generation for nearly two decades, the company has incorporated an app/node combination to bring the elevator performance meter to mobile devices. In addition to a positive case study highlighting reduced labor, the product has: ♌♌ Remote operation and data collection ♌♌ Full compatibility with hydraulic and traction elevators ♌♌ Report generation and distribution ♌♌ Data on three (X, Y and Z) axes ♌♌ Graphing of data and ride performance ♌♌ A boost to battery life with rechargeability đ&#x;Œ? maxtonvalve.com  

Due to the many improvements in the SafeTach2, Maxton is phasing out the original SafeTach as a sale item only supported through repairs and warranty consideration.

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