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The Premier Magazine for the Building Transportation Industry in India

Issue 2, Volume 12

The Escalator Celebrates 125 Years IEE Expo 2018



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COVER STORY 44 A Trip Through Time and Around the World This Readers Platform celebrates the

125th anniversary of the escalator. submitted by thyssenkrupp Elevator

FEATURE 64 IEE Expo 2018

Seventh edition and first under Messe Frankfurt umbrella stays true to established format, brings added excitement. by Vijay Pandya



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VT and the Future City by Amish Mistry


Apartments: To Go High or Low by Yash Pandya


To the Next Level by Yash Pandya


A Memorable Milestone by Yash Pandya


Borrowed Aspirations by Amish Mistry


Leveraging Technology for VT by Sheetal Shelar Patil


Elevator Cab Decoration Planning Issues by Samson Babu

Bridging Design With Technology submitted by KLEEMANN


Meeting the Need by Yash Pandya


No More Ropes to Break by Martina Belmonte



Impacts of Policy Changes on Real Estate in 2017 by Yash Pandya

“Make in India” Thrust by Sheetal Shelar Patil





Editor’s Overview




Inside India News


Regional News

106 Product Spotlight 109 Marketplace 111 Source Directory 112 Advertisers Index

Focused on Growth by Sheetal Shelar Patil

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ELEVATOR WORLD India is a quarterly magazine published by E­ levator World, Inc., Mobile, Alabama (U.S.) and Virgo Publications, Bangalore (India). Virgo Publications is a sister organization of Virgo Communications, one of the organizers for IEE – International Elevator & Escalator Expo. Elevator World, Inc. is the premier publisher for the international building transportation industry. Since the inception of ELEVATOR WORLD magazine in 1953, the company has e ­ xpanded core products to include ELEVATOR WORLD India, an ­extensive network of websites, a weekly e-mail newsletter (ElenetŽ) and the SourceŠ, the most inclusive industry directory. Publishers – Anitha Raghunath, Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick, T. Bruce MacKinnon International Publishing Co. – Elevator World, Inc. Indian Publishing Co. – Virgo Publications Editorial International Managing Editor – Angela C. Baldwin Consulting Editor, India – Vijay Pandya EW Editorial Staff (U.S.) – Lee Freeland, Kaija Wilkinson, Matt Irvin EW India Correspondent - M.J. Mohamed Iqbal Contributors – Sheetal Shelar Patil, Yash Pandya, Amish Mistry, Martina Belmonte, Samson Babu Printing, Distribution and Commercial Operations Commercial Directors – Anitha Raghunath and G. Raghu (India) Advertising Sales and Marketing Anitha Raghunath and G. Raghu (India) – T. Bruce MacKinnon, Lesley K. Hicks, Scott O. Brown, Cleo Brazile (International) Brad O’Guynn, Caleb Givens (Marketing) Susan Crigler (Education Products) Production and Internet EW Staff (U.S.) – Lillie McWilliams, Christen Robinson, Claire Nicholls, Matt Overstreet Administration Anitha Raghunath (India) Emma Darby (U.S.) ELEVATOR WORLDŽ and ELEVATOR WORLD India™ are registered trademarks and all rights reserved. CopyrightŠ 2018. For permission to reprint any portion of this magazine, please write to the publisher at Elevator World, Inc., P. O. Box 6507, Mobile, Alabama 36660, USA or at Virgo Publications, Virgo House, 250 Amarjyoti Layout, Domlur Extension, Bangalore, India 560071. ELEVATOR WORLD India is published in the interest of the members of the elevator industry in India, to improve communication within that industry and to further continuing education of members of that industry. ELEVATOR WORLD India publishes articles by contributing authors as a stimulus to thinking and not directives. ELEVATOR WORLD India publishes this material without accepting responsibility for its absolute accuracy, but with hopes that the vast majority of it will have validity for the field. The ideas expressed therein should be tempered by recognized elevator engineering practices, standards, codes and guidelines. Publication of any article or advertisement should not be deemed as an endorsement by ELEVATOR WORLD India, ELEVATOR WORLD, the publishers at Elevator World, Inc. or Virgo Publications. Printed by Sri Sudhindra Offset Process, No.27-28, 8th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore - 560003, Karnataka, India. ELEVATOR WORLD India will be published quarterly in 2018: February 16, May 16, August 16 and November 16. Advertising and subscription information is available at elevatorworldindia.com.

Editor’s Overview Strengthening Bonds and Fortifying Alliances by Vijay Pandya The winds of change are blowing across India’s real-estate markets with visible transformations in every aspect, including the elevator and escalator industry. The metamorphosis has been largely attributed to the new regulatory environment, with the “Make in Indiaâ€? initiative playing a significant role. The Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) has almost completed its first year, and its ramifications for the elevator and escalator industry have been manifold. Gone are the days when a fly-by-night builder could arbitrarily change specified amenities. Now, it’s all by the book, with every aspect updated on the authority’s website. Now, the developer is being held responsible for elevators and escalators for a much longer period than before. So, there’s far greater interaction happening between developers and elevator manufacturers/suppliers, because the vertical transportation has to be long lasting and adhere to minimum quality standards. Many railway modernization and new metro projects are being implemented. This has escalated the demand for elevators and escalators to a considerable extent. However, the norms for providing elevators and escalators for such projects have been tightened considerably with Make in India being a prerequisite. The bottom line is that operating from a distance and routing products or services through a representative company based in India is no longer a workable proposition for companies across the globe. Providing low-grade elevators to small-time builders by offering cheaper price tags is also a thing of the past. So, established OEMs are being invited for identifying mutually beneficial strategies by leading developers, while distributors for overseas brands are being taken over and rechristened as Indian subsidiaries through formal alliances. The real-estate industry is getting together and gearing up for business in the post-RERA era. As mentioned in the previous issue, affordable housing is being promoted by the government in a big way, so there is a scope for good-quality elevators across the price spectrum. As is the case with automobiles, there will be opportunities at the entry level, midsegment and top-end luxury level. Get ready to seize them!  đ&#x;Œ?

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Elevcon Hotel Sofitel Berlin, Germany May 22-24 Details and registration information for the 22nd world congress of the International Association of Elevator Engineers is available at www.elevcon.com.

The bustling metropolis of Jakarta, Indonesia, will host the Indonesia Lift & Escalator Expo on July 11-13, at the Jakarta International Expo.


Indonesia Lift & Escalator Expo Jakarta International Expo Jakarta, Indonesia July 11-13 For more information, contact organizer Wahyu Promo Citra via phone: (62) 21-7892938, fax: (62) 21-7890647 or email: info@wpcitra.co.id, or visit  ina-liftescalator.com.

International Lift Expo, Korea Kintex Seoul, South Korea October 23-26 More information will be at goo.gl/ wzznbU when released.



Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Northampton, U.K. September 19-20 For more information on this annual event, which offers an opportunity for speakers to present peer-reviewed papers on the subject of their research, visit liftsymposium.org.


Global Lift & Escalator Expo 2018 International Convention City, Bashundhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh October 4-6 For more information, email: dev@virgo-comm.com; raghu@ virgo-comm.com or visit website: www.gleexpo.com. CTBUH 2018 Conference JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Dubai, U.A.E. & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia October 20-25 For more information on the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) conference, “Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism,� visit website: ctbuh2018.org.


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International Elevator & Escalator Symposium Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel Yesilyurt/Istanbul, Turkey November 15-16 The theme for this inaugural expo, sponsored by Liftinstituut Solutions B.V. & Elevator World, Inc., is “Safety and New Technologies.� For more information, or to register, submit a paper or book a booth, email info@ elevatorsymposium.org or visit www. elevatorsymposium.org.

AsansĂśr Istanbul TĂźyap BylikdĂźzĂź Fair and Congress Center Istanbul, Turkey March 21-24 For more information on the 16th iteration of the biannual event, visit website: asansoristanbul.com.    đ&#x;Œ?

2019 March Eurasia AsansĂśr Fair CNR Expo Istanbul, Turkey March 20-23 For more information, contact organizer CNRExpo at www.asansorfuari.com. Experts from around the globe will gather in Northampton, U.K., on September 19-20 for the Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies.

Inside India News

Industry Trends News from The Hindu: growth drivers, OEM plans highlighted.

Domestic Housing, Infrastructure Projects Propel VT Sales Demand for housing and infrastructure is expected to result in increased sales of elevators and escalators in India, of 7% and 66%, respectively, this year, based on insight gathered at the International Elevator & Escalator Expo 2018. Accounting for more than 80% of domestic elevator demand, the residential sector will be favorably impacted by a lower goods and services tax on affordable-housing projects. Schindler India Managing Director Uday Kulkarni observed elevator sales are expected to increase from 56,000 last year to 60,000 this year. Driven by demand from metros and railways, escalator sales are expected to increase “sharply,” from 1,800 last year to 3,000 this year, he said. Otis India President Sebi Joseph said a commitment to increasing the pace of urbanization through metro, railway and airport expansion promises to fuel growth.

Otis CEO Interviewed In an interview with Judy Marks, named CEO of Otis in October 2017 (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 1st Quarter 2018), insight was given into her desire to instill startup culture in the company with “connected” technology that will predict user needs. She said Otis is seeing demand pick up worldwide, especially in India. Here, stabilization of some financial metrics and economics are facilitating recovery. As Otis evaluates how to invest for what Marks calls “the digital economy we are in today,” it intends to harness its approximately 70,000 units in the country and local facilities, which include a head office in Mumbai, factory in Bengaluru, R&D facility in Hyderabad, 80 service locations and nearly 3,000 employees. Additionally, Otis’ locally supplied escalators and Gen2 elevators will be rolling out from the Bengaluru facility in coming months. Marks said that as Otis works “to become a leading digital industrial company,” it wants to use its 68,000 employees around the world “to lead and be local everywhere.” “We have 33,000 mechanics making 120,000 visits to customers every day,” she added. The plan is:


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“. . .to see where they can add value and make improvements. We should be able to take that information, fuse that, understand where customers’ needs are going, predict that and get there first. That’s what startups do. They look at things from a different perspective. They offer solutions that haven’t even been applied to certain industries.”

FOB With Escalators Applauded in Growing Gurugram Construction of escalators at a new foot overbridge (FOB) at Signature Tower, a key intersection in the growing city of Gurugram, drew a positive response from observers, who said such measures can help prevent pedestrian traffic fatalities, the Hindustan Times reported. Gurugram police report that of the 257 traffic deaths that occurred from January 1 to August 1, 2017, 187 were pedestrians. The National Highways Authority of India is building underpasses and flyovers with FOBs at three Gurugram intersections, Rajiv Chowk, Iffco Chowk and Signature Tower, the latter of which is slated for completion by April.

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Inside India News

Railways Efforts continue to improve passenger flow, and PPPs are sought in Delhi.

New Rail Section Expansion Begins Work has begun to double and electrify a 25-km stretch of rail that will complete the project between Maduri and Chennai, The Times of India reported in January. Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, who participated in a ceremony launching the work, said the section, part of just one of three such projects, should be finished this year. He continued, “With the three doubling projects sanctioned, all major routes from Chennai to Kanyakumari via Madurai and back and via Thiruvananthapuram will become fully electrified double tracks in three to four years.” Along with the rail expansions and electrifications, Gohain said 84 escalators and 61 lifts had been commissioned at stations. Work was in progress on 32 escalators and 26 lifts as of January, he said. The national government typically splits the cost, 50/50, with state governments on such projects, but Union Minister of State for Shipping and Finance Pon Radhakrishnan said that the three doubling and electrification projects were fully funded by the Government of India, considering the financial condition of Tamil Nadu.

♦♦ Central Railway (CR): At Pune Station, four additional escalators will join an existing one, and two elevators will be installed. Escalators will be installed at Talegaon, Pimpri, Shivajinagar, Akurdi, Miraj and Kolhapur stations. CR has 74 escalators, 47 of which were to be ready by March and 214 to follow, and 38 lifts, with an additional 17 planned by March. ♦♦ Southern Railway: At least 12 stations in Chennai’s suburban rail network are likely to get escalators, including Tiruvallur, Avadi, Chengalpet, Guindy, Arakkonam, Pazhavanthangal and Chromepet. The three-decked Central Metro in Chennai, described as the city’s “mother of metro stations,” is getting 35 escalators and 15 elevators. ♦♦ Western Railway (WR): WR has 38 escalators, with three scheduled to have been ready by March and 131 to follow, and 26 lifts, eight of which were to be ready by March.

Rail Ministry Investing Big in Vertical Transportation With the aim of providing better amenities, the Railway Ministry will make a budget provision of INR34 billion (US$532.4 million) to install about 3,000 escalators and 1,000 elevators at all major urban and suburban rail stations in the country, The Economic Times reported in January. According to the report, 372 escalators will be installed in the Kandivali, Matunga, Bandra, Churchgate, Dadar, Elphinstone Road, Mahalakshmi and Jogeshwari stations in Mumbai, with 2,589 planned for stations across the national rail network. The source said that criteria for escalator eligibility at stations were recently changed from an earnings basis to the annual number of footfalls. With the change, stations that have 25,000 or more passengers per year are eligible for escalators. The Times of India (TOI) observed that means nearly all stations in Mumbai will get escalators. TOI provided further detail about escalators’ locations under the new budget, including: Pune Station; photo by Superfast1111


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First Down Escalators and More for Mumbai Stations Mumbai’s first escalators to descend from foot overbridge (FOB) to platform were installed by Central Railway (CR) at the Dadar and Thane stations in January as CR strives to prevent tragedies like the Elphinstone stampede (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2017), the Mumbai Mirror reported. Stations getting down escalators include Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Kalyan. Twenty-four escalators were set to open in February, and another 12 in March, including two more at Dadar. CR is allotting funds for escalators based on the number of passengers stations see per year, rather than revenue generated.

DMRC Seeks Private Partners to Care for Phase IV VT Equipment Delhi Metro Rail Corp. (DMRC) is seeking private companies to service, maintain and clean the approximately 285 lifts and 340-plus escalators that are part of the Phase IV expansion connecting the suburbs to the inner city, DNA India reported in March. Companies selected under the public-private partnership (PPP) will sign a 37-year lease and be required to provide services to the vertical-transportation (VT) equipment from 4 a.m. to midnight each day. The DMRC has also been decorating lift shafts in stations along the upcoming Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar corridor with artwork as part of an ongoing beautification effort.

Indian, Japanese Firms Partner on Gurgaon High-Rise Project Sumitomo Corp. of Japan and India’s Krishna Group have come together as Krisumi Corp. on the first phase of a 5,000-home development in Gurgaon, Global Construction Review reported. The source said Sumitomo is the first Japanese corporation to build condominiums in India. Phase One will consist of a pair of 35-story towers on a 2.1-ha site containing 433 units. Scheduled for completion in 2021, the towers are designed to attract middle-class buyers in what is described as an emerging city in the Delhi Capital Area, where office buildings and high-rise condominiums are proliferating.

Artwork at the Moti Bagh Station on the Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar Metro corridor; image from DMRC

Improvements, Issues Indian news outlets recently reported on VT improvements and issues at stations in the west-central and southern regions, respectively. In the west-central city of Indore, officials unveiled an array of improvements, including new elevators and escalators at platforms 5 and 6 of the Indore Junction station, The Free Press Journal reported on March 17. The Times of India reported on March 18 that elevators and escalators at many FOBs in the southern city of Hyderabad are inoperable. Given as an example were escalators at the FOB at the LV Prasad Eye Institute, which “causes a major inconvenience to senior citizens.”

The Gurgaon development is planned in eight phases on 26 ha.; rendering from Krisumi

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Inside India News

Accidents Mishaps result in broken bones, head trauma.

Five Injured in Lift Mishap at New Delhi Teaching Hospital Officials at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi are investigating a March incident at the college in which a lift’s stopping mechanism failed, and the unit fell from the second floor to the pit, resulting in injuries to five people, News 18 reported. There were 20 people onboard when the incident occurred. The injured — two with suspected fractures — were transferred to AIIMS’ emergency department. According to AIIMS, its lifts are under a maintenance contract, and the one in question had last been inspected on February 27.

Four Year Old Severely Injured in Chennai Escalator Fall A four-year-old boy fell from the sixth to the third floor between an escalator and staircase at a textile showroom in the Porur area of Chennai on January 24, The Times of India reported. He was hospitalized with severe injuries to his head and legs. While the boy’s mother was shopping, he ran off to play near the escalators, stepping on and falling through a piece of plywood that had been installed between the escalator and staircase to temporarily close the gap. After the incident, showroom managers permanently fixed the gap with concrete.

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Security Cameras in Kochi Metro Elevators Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. (KMRL) plans to install security cameras in its station elevators “without delay,â€? in response to a January incident that exposed lack of proper surveillance, The Times of India reported. In that incident, KMRL was unable to provide police with CCTV footage of a molestation that allegedly occurred in one of the lifts. KMRL stated the move will improve security as it continues to deal with an inadequate number of security personnel, which are provided by the police.   đ&#x;Œ?

Regional News

Dubai Tall construction and new plans continue to thrive in the City of Gold.

Work on Fifth-Tallest Building to Start This Year Construction is scheduled to begin this year on what will be the world’s fifth-tallest building, ConstructionWeekOnline reported in March. The 122-story, 570-m-tall tower, being developed by Azizi Developments at a site on Sheikh Zayed Road, will house residential apartments, topped by 22 floors for a luxury hotel. The developer is in consultation with architectural firm Atkins to finalize the design and plans to begin construction in the third quarter. The AED3-billion (US$816-million) skyscraper is scheduled for completion between 2021 and 2022, though Azizi is hoping to deliver the building on a fast-track basis, as quickly as 39 months.

is “at the doorstep” of the 1.1-million-sq.-ft. Ittihad indigenous nature park.

US$163-Million Contract Let for Aykon City Tower Damac Properties has awarded a US$163-million contract to China State Construction Engineering Corp. for the main construction of a tower at its Aykon City master development, ConstructionWeekOnline reported. The work has already begun on the Dubai high rise, to include 53 residential floors, two basements, a ground floor and 10 podium levels, in addition to a dedicated lifestyle and entertainment level. Site preparation is complete, with main construction work estimated to use more than 11,000 T. of steel and 94,682 m3 of concrete. The 372,000-m2 Aykon City plan consists of residences, serviced apartments, a hotel and office space on Sheikh Zayed Road near the Dubai Canal.

Mixed-Use Tower on Palm Jumeirah Nears Completion Developer Nakheel announced in February that concrete work on its Palm Tower on Palm Jumeirah was more than 80% complete, with 42 of 50 floors delivered. The remainder are expected to be delivered by the third quarter of 2018. Located in the heart of the famous artificial archipelago Palm Jumeirah, Palm Tower will have a 289-room St. Regis hotel on the first 18 floors with approximately 430 residences above. Its rooftop complex will boast an infinity pool, public-viewing deck and fine-dining restaurant. Palm Tower


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Construction lifts make their way up and down Palm Tower on Palm Jumeirah; image courtesy of Nakheel.

40-Story Residential Tower Forges Ahead Shoring, piling and excavation have been completed for the 40-story MB Residence in Jumeirah Lakes Towers waterfront community, putting the project on track for completion in late 2019, ConstructionWeekOnline and Arabian Business reported. MAG Lifestyle Development, the development arm of MAG Group, in a deal with Ali Mousa & Sons Contracting, has completed 20% of construction since July 2017. MAG CEO Talal

Moafaq Al Gaddah said that MAG’s “meticulous approach to timely project delivery” resulted in completion of the enabling works. When completed, MB Residence will have 472 apartments, as well as amenities such as a gym, sauna and outdoor swimming pool.

Emaar Properties Managing Director Ahmad Al Matrooshi said the project offers people the “opportunity to experience a new lifestyle.” Sales launched in January.

Emaar Beachfront from Emaar Development

Developer Sweid & Sweid’s first Banyan Tree Residences for the Middle East, a 32-story residential tower in Hillside Dubai, is moving forward, with Core Savills appointed sales agent, with construction reaching the fourth floor in January and sales set to start in February, ConstructionWeekOnline reported. On track for completion in 2019, the structure will have 244 apartments, including duplex units with private outdoor terraces and full-floor penthouses. Amenities will include cantilevered pools and a residents-only clubhouse and spa. Civilco Civil Engineering & Contracting Co. is the general contractor.

Sweid & Sweid’s first Banyan Hill Residences for the Middle East in Hillside Dubai

33-, 26-Story Towers on Private Island Emaar Development plans to bring “Miami Beach-style” living to Dubai in the form of the 10-million-sq.-ft. Emaar Beachfront, 33- and 26-story apartment towers on a private, gated island off the coast, Arabian Business reported. Residents will have access to a 1.5-km beach, beachside play areas, swimming pools, gyms and podium parking. Describing Emaar Beachfront as one of a kind,

The Wittur Group has appointed Antoine Doutriaux as CEO and Johann (Hans) Koenigshofer as chief operating officer (COO) and member of the Executive Management Team of Wittur Group. Doutriaux, a previous leader at Valeo Thermal Systems and Zodiac Aerospace, has experience in various high‐tech industries, comprehensive strategy deployment, and leading and transforming global organizations. He has also developed international businesses via acquisitions and streamlining of purpose‐built organizations and processes. Doutriaux was most recently CEO of Zodiac Seats at Zodiac Aerospace. He succeeds Gerrit Marx, who stepped in as interim CEO in June 2017. Koenigshofer most recently worked as executive vice president of operations for all land business of Palfinger AG, an Austrian manufacturer of hydraulic lifting, loading and handling systems, most known for cranes. There, he held various positions in Austria and China, and gained responsibility for Asia in 2015. He has also directed operations for power-sports products manufacturer Bombardier Recreational Products; bearings, engine components and industrial solutions manufacturer Schaeffler; and ENGEL Injection Molding Machinery, an Austrian family business with worldwide operations. Doutriaux

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MB Residence by MAG Lifestyle Development in Jumeirah Lakes Towers

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Regional News

China Industry makes investments and gets jobs, while government takes steps to change it.

Hyundai Breaks Ground for New Shanghai Plant South Korea’s Hyundai Elevator Co. has broken ground for a new plant in Shanghai that company officials said will more than triple its output capacity in the huge Chinese market, Pulse reported in March. The company said it was launching construction of a new, KRW120-billion (US$112.5-million) elevator factory on a 123,564-m2 site in Jinshan Industrial Park that would have an annual capacity of 25,000 units per year; Hyundai currently produces 7,000 elevators annually in the Chinese market. Hyundai said the plant will employ the latest manufacturing techniques, including machine learning and Internet of Things technology. It will have an R&D center and a 175-m-tall test tower that can test 14 elevators. Completion of the factory is scheduled for late 2019.

largest shopping center. There will also be a six-story skybridge with restaurants, landscaping and swimming pools. KONE is supplying 14 MonoSpace® and 86 MiniSpaceTM elevators, and eight TravelMasterTM escalators, along with a destination-control system. Expected to be completed in 2019, Nanjing Golden Eagle World is being developed by Golden Eagle Retail Group, built by Shanghai Construction Group and designed by East China Architectural Design Institute (ECADI) and Frederic Rolland Architects. KONE Executive Vice President of Greater China William B. Johnson said the company is proud to be part of a “new landmark in a city that is known as one of the four great ancient capitals of China.”


Hyundai released this rendering of its new Shanghai facility, which is expected to open in late 2019.

KONE Lands 108-Unit Order for New Nanjing Landmark KONE has won an order to supply 108 units to Nanjing Golden Eagle World, an office/hotel/retail development in Nanjing that consists of 76-, 67- and 60-story towers with a base housing Asia’s


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Designed by ECADI and Frederic Rolland Architects, Nanjing Golden Eagle World includes three towers and a skybridge.

Remarkable SOM Design for Hangzhou Wangchao Center “Programmatic, structural and environmental criteria” drove the striking design by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for the Hangzhou Wangchao Center, a 288-m-tall, 54-story mixed-use tower set to be complete in 2021 in the heart of Hangzhou, host of the Asian Games in 2022, designboom reported. SOM observed the structure, housing office, hotel and retail space within its 125,000 m2 is adjacent to one of the city’s new subway stations and signifies its future as a new, global destination. Its distinctive, rippling silhouette is the result of a structure that “minimizes wind loads with eight mega columns that slope outward to create large, flexible floorplates.”

Governments Subsidizing Residential Elevators Governments in Beijing and Hangzhou are subsidizing installation of residential elevators to accommodate their growing elderly populations, The Beijinger and Shangai Daily reported, respectively. In Beijing, district governments plan to subsidize approximately 200 new units in nearly 30 neighborhoods in the Haidian District. These will join 214 elevators added in 2017 in Beijing’s northern jurisdiction. Approximately 100 elevators are planned in the Fengdai District. The Hangzhou government, meanwhile, is providing subsidies of approximately 40% for each elevator, estimated to cost US$76,994. The Hangzhou government hopes the Huajiachi community, which has more than 500 residents older than 80, will help kick off the effort to install more than 250 elevators throughout the city in 2018. Additionally, an agency has been set up in Shanghai to help get elevators installed in older residential buildings, Shine reported in March. About 220,000 buildings in Shanghai lack elevators, and of the one million households within these buildings, nearly 40% include residents more than 60 years old. The agency, the Jiajiale Elevator Installation Studio, was created because residents who were requesting elevators for their buildings — and even government officials — were confused about the procedures to have the work approved. The newly established agency has summarized an “elevator installation process” that smooths a procedure that will cut the approval process time to three months. The typical CNY700,000 (US$110,570) cost of the installation will be divided among residents according to a formula that will charge more to those living on higher floors, but the city will subsidize 40% of the amount once the elevator is ready for use. City regulations require that 90% of a building’s residents agree to the project before elevators can be installed.

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Beijing Company Testing Pay-Per-Ride Elevators A construction company in Beijing is testing a novel way to finance the installation of elevators in older residential buildings that previously did not have them: users would pay for each time they ride. According to BBC News, quoting the Beijing Daily newspaper in February, at least 11 lifts are being installed in old residential buildings in the city’s southern Daxing district that previously had only stairs. The new elevators will work “like passengers scanning a card on a public bus,” charging users to ride them when they wave a card across a sensor. Fangrong Shengtai Construction Co. said the program means elevators can be installed in older buildings without a need to directly charge for construction and maintenance fees. Passengers will be charged the equivalent of about US$0.03 each time they ride. The report noted that many apartment complexes in China built before 2006 were not equipped with elevators, adding that some 2,264 multistory buildings in the Daxing District alone were built without them.


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Organizers Liftinstituut Solutions B.V. and Elevator World, Inc. invite vertical-transportation (VT) professionals to the inaugural International Elevator & Escalator Symposium (IEES), set for November 15-16 at the Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel in Yesilyurt/Istanbul, Turkey. Professionals from the elevator and escalator industry, architects, developers and owners are welcome to participate in the program that will cover the topics of safety and new technologies in the VT industry. Experts will present papers during sessions spanning the two days, and companies will show their newest innovations in an associated exhibition. Those wishing to present papers should send their abstracts by to paper@elevatorsymposium.org no later than June 29. To register to attend or book a booth, information can be requested from info@elevatorsymposium.org or by visiting www.elevatorsymposium.org.

Regional News

Malaysia A supertall for Kuala Lumpur, government safety campaign and new training facility make headlines.

Park Hyatt to Occupy Future Tallest

Officials Launch Safety Campaign

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts plans to occupy the top 17 floors of Malaysia’s future tallest building, the 118-story Merdeka PNB 118 in Kuala Lumpur, with a Park Hyatt hotel, the Malaysian Reserve reported. Permolean Nasional Bhd (PNB) is developing the tower and plans to occupy 42 of 83 office floors, leasing the remaining 500,000 sq. ft. Helping make the area what PNB Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar described as “the new business and lifestyle district in Kuala Lumpur,” the hotel will have approximately 230 rooms, including suites and serviced apartments, as well as 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Construction had reached the eighth floor in March, and the property is slated for completion by 2021.

During an October 15, 2017, event to mark the launch of a safety program, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) in the state of Perak noted it had checked 240 escalators and 993 elevators since the beginning of 2017, The Sun Daily reported. In all, there are 408 escalators and 1,383 elevators in use in Perak. DOSH director Mohd Hatta Zakaria, speaking to reporters during the event, said that no injuries or accidents had been reported as a result of maintenance or safety issues. “The department has not taken action against building owners for non-compliance,” Mohd Hatta said during the event at at Angsana Mall. He said such events would be held twice a year to educate the public on the safe use of elevators and escalators. “We will identify buildings where large crowds converge,” he said. The safety campaign was launched by Assemblyman Aznel Ibrahim, who urged parents who bring their children to shopping centers to watch them carefully. “Untoward incidents [on elevators and escalators] could happen without adults’ supervision,” he said. “In case of emergency, the child would not be able to reach the relevant buttons to seek assistance,” he added.


Merdeka PNB 118, designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects and RSP Architects


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(l-r) Perak state DOSH Director Mohd Hatta Zakaria and Pengkalan Hulu Assemblyman Aznel Ibrahim launch an escalator safety awareness campaign at Angsana Mall on October 15, 2017; photo courtesy of The Sun Daily.


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KONE Inaugurates Training Center KONE inaugurated KONE Academy in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, in March, describing it as the latest KONE training center to open exclusively for the Malaysian market. KONE CEO Henrik Ehrnrooth and Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific Axel Berkling were joined by Malaysia’s Deputy Director General of Occupational Safety Haji Omar bin Mat Piah for the occasion. Spanning 9,400 sq. ft., the training center will have a classroom for soft skills and lecture-based training, two mock-up elevator shafts for hands-on training, an e-learning center, motor simulators and a product showroom. KONE told ELEVATOR WORLD India approximately 2,000 people are expected to visit either the academy or showroom each year.

Smart Singaporean Skyscraper a “Tropical Green Oasisâ€? A 51-story, 280-m-tall mixed-use skyscraper under construction in Singapore’s Raffles Place has a striking design designboom describes as a “tropical green oasis.â€? Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Carlo Ratti Associates are behind the concept, with Singapore firm RSP serving as project architect. CapitaLand Ltd. is the developer. Containing 635,000 sq. ft. of office space, nearly 300 residences, a two-story food market, retail and public space, the building’s façade peels back to reveal lush greenery at the base, core and rooftop. In addition to ample communal space, the structure will be outfitted with sensors, Internet of Things and artificial-intelligence technology to provide a “seamless user experience.â€? đ&#x;Œ? Completion is anticipated in 2021.   

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Walker Steps Into COO Role at thyssenkrupp Elevator


Peter Walker has stepped into the chief operating officer (COO) role at thyssenkrupp Elevator as a member of the board for the company’s global Elevator Technology business area. He previously served as CEO of the Asia-Pacific business unit since 2005. As a business-area board member, Walker will play a key role in simplifying complex business processes in the elevator and escalator business and streamlining thyssenkrupp’s product portfolio. This includes reducing the number of elevator and escalator models. A native of Sydney, Walker joined thyssenkrupp in 1995 after studying economics and electrical engineering. He was in charge of business in Australia and New Zealand starting in 1997 and, since 2003, was responsible for “significantly expanding� business in that region as both COO and CEO.


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Skyscraper incorporating plenty of greenery in Raffles Place in Singapore; image by BIG, courtesy of CapitaLand

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Bridging Design With Technology Cyprus hosts KLEEMANN event.

submitted by KLEEMANN KLEEMANN held a “Bridging Design With Technology” presentation in Cyprus on March 16. The lift-system manufacturer held the event at Carob Mill in Limassol, Nicosia, where it was attended by architects, consultants, developers and construction companies’ executives from all over Cyprus. The purpose of the event was to present innovative products and services that combine

advanced technology with careful design. During his speech, Group General Manager Ioannis Sanidiotis redefined the context of KLEEMANN’s presence in the Cypriot market and stressed the importance of maintaining a local presence in Nicosia. Group Commercial Director George Moschovakis and Commercial Manager, Greece and Cyprus, Kostas Papadopoulos presented on Continued


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KLEEMANN’s product range and custom projects, as well as its design and four-week delivery times for standard products. The presentations were completed with KLEEMANN Sales Consultant in Cyprus Athena Fragou elaborating on the way the company combines technology with design. A specially designed area presented the KLEEMANN Virtual Reality Experience application, which ushered guests to a virtual travel to four of the company’s major projects around the world and let them feel the experience of moving in these lifts.


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Particularly, users experienced the feeling of movement inside a special 17-mT cabin in Moscow’s Kremlin; a custom panoramic cabin in Portsmouth, U.K.’s Mary Rose Museum; a unique cabin in a Norwegian oil rig; and a cabin in the KLEEMANN Tower designed by Andreas Zapatinas. At the cocktail party afterward, guests had the opportunity to walk around the KLEEMANN gallery, see photos of key reference projects around the world and discuss products and customizations with đ&#x;Œ? company representatives.   


No More Ropes to Break Innovations are ushering in a new era of building transportation.

by Martina Belmonte “The entire history of skyscrapers contains an homage to the inventors and pioneers of the elevators,” said Francisco Mujica[1] in 1977, and these words are still relevant. In fact, the elevator, made safe by Elisha Graves Otis more than 160 years ago, is based on a very simple and still-unaltered principle: a cabin connected to a counterweight by a rope that moves on a pulley, allowing motion. The typologies of this are numerous, but whether these systems are an electric lift or a piston hydraulic system, the overall concept has not changed. In many cases, cabins must be contained within a vertical shaft that goes through a building across the entirety of its height to provide service to every level. Recently, however, the concept of the passenger elevator appears to have been rewritten in a

completely new way with the first — and probably not the last — ropeless elevator, MULTI (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2017). With MULTI, the cabin moves along predetermined guides, thanks to a linear induction motor that, like in the Shanghai Maglev Train, activates the motion along a track, eliminating the need for cables or counterweights. But, taking away the cables is not the only innovation of the new system. It also borrows on the TWIN system technology, developed in the early 2000s, that allows cabins to move at the same time within the same shaft without the risk of collision. The most substantial innovation of the ropeless system, however, is that with cabins no

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are connected by a two-story skybridge.


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There is a need for something new, a revolution of the elevator — a “game changer” — to allow the progress of a building to respond to, and meet the needs of, the new modern society. longer being limited by cables and counterweights, they will now be capable of both vertical and horizontal motion. This means that a 160-year-old principle dictating elevator systems is no longer relevant. Alternative paths can now be created, with cabins passing over each other through intersecting routes. This will allow a reduction in the number of shafts, with the cabins moving within a looped system in which one shaft is dedicated to ascending and the other to descending. This option could be thought of as a “safer” version of the paternoster, a conveyance once called the “mechanical dinosaur of vertical transport.”[2] The paternoster is a perpetually moving system in which cabins, placed in succession, circulate within two shafts, thanks to the use of a pair of pulleys: one at the top and one at the base of the system. The peculiarity of the paternoster – and the main reason for its abandonment – was that passengers had to jump in and out of the cabs to use it, so the system did not stop at the various floors and there were no doors to either the floor or the cabins. The level of efficiency of the system was very high, but the level of danger was so high that their construction and use were banned in 1994. With elevators free to move in multidirectional paths and not constrained by limits of height dictated by the weight of rope and counterweight, developers and architects can increase the buildings’ rentable space or reduce the overall footprint of the building. The opportunities presented by a ropeless system allow The Equitable Building in NYC; photo by Fletcher6 via Wikimedia Commons us to ponder some major questions: “Now that buildings are not constrained by the presence of a conventional lift system, what will happen to the skyscrapers and cities of the future?” and “Which new topologies for buildings and transportation will now be made vertical-transportation system was considered a key factor in its available?” overall development. The building was in line with the The elevator is the “backbone” of the tall building, and a change contemporary trend in New York City (NYC). The 241-m-tall to the overarching principles of the elevator itself will mean tower arose from a U-shaped podium. To facilitate all the offices, altering the “genetic DNA” of tall buildings, calling into question all the servant spaces and other amenities were placed together at the the rules and achievements that have been established over the intersection of the various “arms” of the building. Moreover, for past 160 years. Moreover, it should not be forgotten that, although the first time, the building’s internal transportation system was it takes time to identify the correct strategy, the balance of the divided into two separate sectors of 27 levels each. First, people system’s components and the appropriate technologies to use, the must travel to the upper sector through an express elevator, then records in heights of buildings have largely been a consequence of transfer to local service elevators to reach their destination floors. advancements in the elevator technology available at the time. The Woolworth Building set the basis for what is now known as a sky-lobby-plus-local-service configuration, which is the most History teaches that the key to the success — or failure — of these widespread solution to manage the circulation of taller and huge investments is dictated by the efficiency of the internal complex buildings. When put in place at the Woolworth Building, distribution system. The Woolworth Building and the Equitable the main aim was the reduction of the Building can be considered notable The elevator is the “backbone” of waiting time for service to the upper examples of this concept. levels. In reality, and probably owing to The Woolworth Building, when the tall building, and a change to a lack of experience, the elevator completed in 1913, became a record, the overarching principles of the system designed for the Woolworth both in terms of height and dimension. Building was one of the most inefficient elevator itself will mean altering Moreover, it stands as one of the first examples of a project in which the the “genetic DNA” of tall buildings. ever proposed. It is said that company Continued

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The Twin Towers

The Empire State Building

founder F.W. Woolworth once had to wait more than three hours to reach the main hall from his office at the upper levels of the tower. The Equitable Building was constructed just two years later, and the design was guided and defined by a clear aim: “We want the new Equitable Building to have the name of giving the best elevator service of any building in the world. . . . The elevator service will determine the height of the building.”[3] For this reason, Charles Knox, the first elevator consultant ever hired, determined that the most convenient height would have been ensured with a maximum of 36 stories – five fewer than proposed by the developers – which would be serviced by 48 elevators. The design of the building simply followed the design of the elevator system. The cabins and other service spaces were located in the middle of the building, arranged in two zones crossed by the main corridor. The remaining space was filled with the offices, and the final output resulted in an H-shaped building with the dynamic and beating heart of the internal transportation in the middle. Immediately after the construction of the Equitable Building, NYC decided to introduce a new regulation — the Zoning Law — to better manage the construction of this building type, thus

avoiding a lot of neighborhood problems, such as buildings shading each other (dictating the failure of the lower buildings) or creating dark and suffocating streets at the ground level. It should be noted, however, that this civic sense probably was not the real reason for the Zoning Law: “The motives behind such regulation appear predominantly economic/speculative in character. They can be found in the action of a lobbying group with headquarters located a few kilometres north of the Equitable Building. The properties of the affiliates of the 5th Avenue Area Merchants Association have threatened the ‘hordes of factory employees’[4](Weiss,1992) whose companies recently moved Uptown after an increase of property values in Lower Manhattan. Moreover, the same real-estate businessmen, first reluctant to placing limits on building dimensions, quickly changed their minds when they saw that the value of a property was frequently jeopardized by a new taller or more fashionable skyscraper built in the immediate neighborhood. Such selfpreservation, joining with the understanding that the proximity and height of buildings could cause a series of dangerous fires, overthrew the last and strongest opposition to Manhattan’s characteristic laissez-faire attitude.”[5]


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Regardless of the reasons, the application of the Zoning Law determined the form par excellence of tall buildings of that period, known for their setback or, more informally, wedding-cake-like topology. In fact, it stated that buildings had to move back gradually as they grew in height, according to an imaginary diagonal departing from the middle of the street. However, the code also stated that in a portion equal to 25% of the site, there were no more limitations in height: “The problem becomes one of two buildings with the vertical circulation of the top building running through the lower as an express service.”[6] The various alternatives, depending on the shape and location of the lot, were summarized in Hugh Ferris’ famous illustrations in which it is evident that the design of the whole building was driven by the main tower. In fact, it should be said that the Zoning Law led to the birth of the service core as it is known today: a portion of the building that circumscribes everything that can be classified as service and, above all, not rentable: the elevator system, the stairs (now used only in emergency cases) and other amenities. Again, examples of the deriving consequences of this building evolution could be easily found in the next record tall building of that time, which remained the tallest in the world for more than 40 years: the Empire State Building. It was designed and built in less than 21 months, a record likely to remain unbeaten for a building of its height: “The program was short enough — a fixed budget, no space more than 28 ft. from the window to the corridor, as many stories of such space as possible, an exterior of limestone and completion by May 1, 1931, which meant a year and six months from the beginning of sketches. The sizes of the floors diminish as the elevators decrease in number. In essence, there is a pyramid of nonrentable space surrounded by a greater pyramid of rentable space, a principle modified, of course, by practical considerations of construction and elevator operation. . . . The elevator system was one of the keys to both the general arrangement of the plan and to the height to which the building could rise. The critical point in the plans [determined] the number of cars. . . . ”[7] Unfortunately, the construction of the Empire State Building coincided with the deepest economic crisis America had ever experienced: the Great Depression. Few skyscrapers were built in the following years, but, despite this, there were some technological innovations in the elevator sector worthy of note. With the economic recovery, the 1950s were marked by the advent of the International Style that represented a break with the past. Mies van der Rohe was the guide of this period; his projects of the time perfectly sum up the new topologies and progress for tall buildings: “In the 1950s, advances in technology and changes in architectural ideology liberated the tall office building from its dependence on nature and site. Fluorescent lighting and airconditioning were as important to the transformation of postWorld War II skyscrapers as were the elevator and steel-cage construction to the first tall office buildings of the late 19th century.”[8] This can be seen in many examples, from the Lever House and the IBM Plaza to the blazoned Seagram building, and up to all the succeeding tall buildings until the oil crisis in 1973.

The Woolworth Building in NYC

Buildings were now fully transparent and sealed prisms — thanks to the curtain wall and ventilation and air-conditioning systems — where the structure stepped back and found the main alley in the center, which now became a constant in the structural system of skyscrapers. This new charge has been later further confirmed by the studies conducted by Fazlur Kahn in the 1960s. So that “with the introduction of different lateral load-bearing systems after the 1960s, the service core concluded its process of morphological and functional development. This process was followed step-by-step and often influenced the evolution of the skyscraper itself. It has finally brought the service core to assume its characteristic central position within the building.”[9] From that moment on, the buildings continued to grow and change slightly according to the trends at the time. There were experiments with new forms, perhaps aimed at reducing energy consumption or meeting some other ideal. The key principle, however, has remained unchanged: the elevator had to move up and down inside the building to make it livable, regardless of its shape or height. The diffusion of lifts has been so widespread that, today, they can be found in even the most conventional and smallest buildings. In skyscrapers, whatever the function, designing the flow system is critical to managing the big peaks of the daily demand. Continued


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At the Interlace in Singapore, the skybridges are habitable spaces; photo by Jérémy Binard via Wikimedia Commons.

This rendering from thyssenkrupp illustrates a possible configuration of the MULTI system.

As the Woolworth Building demonstrated, an inefficient internal traffic management system could lead to the failure of a project. Following in the footsteps of what has been learned over the years, the more efficient and streamlined transportation system is one that alternates between a fast distribution, the express systems, and a slower system, the local elevators. The Twin Towers of New York are still considered among the most successful examples ever realized. In fact, each single tower was divided into three separate sections, each of which had a sky lobby. From the ground floor, express elevators carried passengers directly and exclusively to the lobby of the reference section, where they had to change to the local system, which would then lead them to their final destinations. The system is very efficient; so much so that it is still the most used today, especially in very tall buildings or buildings containing

different functions. However, in some cases, it causes problems of unbalanced spaces occupied by different shafts. But, then, how could the ropeless system be applied? Which should be the most credible applications? The first possible application of ropeless systems could be just to create a continuous loop of cabs throughout the building, perhaps with intermediate interchange levels. Cabins could stop only at the lobbies, where passengers would find the conventional local system. So, instead of having more shafts dedicated to express systems, a pair of shafts could be enough for the entire building. Cabins could also be added or removed from the circuit according to needs and demand. This kind of application could have considerable success in very tall, recordbreaking buildings. There could be a further advantage that these multidirectional systems could solve. As 9/11 highlighted, tall buildings can suffer a great limit: the entrance point is also the exit point, as they are single standing units without any contact or relationship with surroundings. Any kind of interruption of the central column, containing elevators and stairs, would prevent people from exiting – or escaping – from the building. It should be noted that an alternative solution was already successfully proposed a few years before the collapse of the Twin Towers. It was in 1998, when the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur became the tallest buildings in the world. As always, this is not just a new goal in height, but also an example of new design strategies, topologies, and — in this case, not surprisingly – a new vertical distribution scheme. The Petronas Towers are connected at height by a two-story sky-bridge. “These levels make up a major ‘sky lobby’ elevator changeover zone, where building occupants traversing the upper half of the tower change from low-zone to high-zone elevators. All visitors and staff requiring floors above 42nd floor have to change elevators at this sky-lobby level. Due to the double-deck nature of the Petronas elevators . . . this sky lobby also needs to occur across two levels — 41 and 42.”[10] Moreover, thanks to this bridge, the footprint of the elevator shafts has been reduced, as the two towers effectively work together, and their circulation system is unique. In buildings such as the Petronas Towers, a ropeless, multidirectional internal transportation system could be a great advantage to the system’s efficiency. First, there would be a substantial reduction in the size of the service core, as more cabs could travel within the same shaft. This would increase the rentable area and could even reduce the overall footprint of the building. Moreover, the transition from one building to another should become the tall-building standard, and a direct connection with urban transportation systems could be achieved, thus making these iconic elements no longer isolated and indifferent, but continually connected with the surroundings and much more integrated into the city system. Since the construction of the Petronas Towers, this topology of interconnections between building elements seems to be an increasingly popular approach by contemporary architects and designers. It is no coincidence that many of the proposals made for the new One World Trade Center proposed connected buildings to create complex and dynamic projects. But, while those proposals remained unrealized, examples of towers connected to multiple Continued


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A paternoster in use in Prague, Czech Republic; photo by Ludek via Wikimedia Commons

levels are becoming more and more frequent as an alternative to isolated towers. The interesting thing is that these horizontal links are no longer considered as simply pedestrian crossings, but spaces integrated into the overall design, loved and lived in by the inhabitants and considered major elements to benefit the quality of the life within these buildings; a “plusvalore.” Whether they are panoramic terraces or swimming pools, such as the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, or common spaces, such as the cafés, gyms, etc. that connect the seven towers of the Linked Hybrid, or the hanging gardens and social spaces such as those in Pinnacle@ Duxton, SkyHabitat or SkyVille@Dawson, these could represent the trend for the building of the future. These special links and relationships give extra character to a building that was missing in the past. The most extreme example of this new approach to tall-building design can be seen in The Interlace, a residential building in Singapore that takes these interconnections to a further level of complexity; here, the “sky-bridges” became livable buildings themselves. Regardless of whether this is an extreme approach, the results have been successful, and as the acknowledgements received at its inauguration testified: “It demonstrates dramatically the real opportunity tall buildings have for creating quality urban space at height, if we can only break down our preconception of designing skyscrapers as standalone, unconnected icons.”[11] These buildings are examples of a new, experimental trend among designers of tall buildings. However, even if the circulation they are aiming for is more complex, dynamic and layered, the main distribution is still managed by a conventional transportation system. These buildings seem to be sending out a message that the “pioneers and inventors of the elevators” need to receive: that there is a need for something new, a revolution of the elevator — a “game changer” — to allow the progress of a building to respond to, and meet the needs of, the new modern society. Some pioneers are responding to this demand now that designers and architects are formulating a new balance, forms and schemes. All aspects of design and transportation must be respected, and building lift systems must be redesigned accordingly. The way of


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using the system will have to be rethought; maybe even the position of “lift-boy” (elevator operator) will see a resurgence to teach people how to move inside these new buildings. An adaptation period will inevitably be necessary, just as that which happened with the first lifts. In fact, although cabs were attached to a cable, and despite Otis’ lock system, the users, especially at the beginning, continued to prefer the stairs, scared of the possibility of falling due to a cable breaking. However, it was precisely the presence of this cable that reassured the souls. If the cable is no longer there, and the cabins “float” along the prescribed paths, it may take time for passengers to learn to use and trust this revolutionary transportation system. The existing links may even be extended to the urban fabric, creating new ways of living and moving within the city and between buildings. Perhaps, as it had been when Otis avoided the fall of the cabin with its safety system, the modern “pioneers and inventors of the elevator” have appeared again at the right time, responding once again to the needs of contemporary society. Maybe it will become necessary to clean the dust from the archives and examine proposals and scenarios designed and conceived by great artists, critics and architects of the past, such as Corbett, Hilberseimer, Nieuwenhuys and Sant’Elia. Maybe their ideas of an interconnected city — stratified and dynamic — could become more real in the next few years. The tools and knowledge to reach such great visions are going to be available soon; it is the time to open a new chapter in the evolution of “vertical transportation” — if we can still even call it that — and, therefore, of buildings, cities and human behavior. Stay tuned. Martina Belmonte, M.Arch, is a Ph.D. student at the IUAV University of Venice whose research topic is vertical transportation. She is a research assistant at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

References [1] Mujica, F. History of The Skyscaper, Da Capo Press, New York, 1977. [2] Imorde J., Lampugnani V. and Simmet J. Vertical: Lift Escalator Paternoster: A Cultural History of Vertical Transport, Ernst and Sohn, Berlin, 1994. [3] Weisman, Winston. “A New View of Skyscraper History,” The rise of an American Architecture, 1970. [4] Weiss M. “Skyscraper Zoning: New York’s Pioneering Role” Journal of the American Planning Association, volume 58, No. 2, 1992. [5] Trabucco, Dario. “Historical Evolution of the Service Core,” CTBUH Journal, 2010, Issue 1. [6] Corbett, H.W. “The Planning of Office Buildings,” Architectural Record, 1924. [7] Lamb, William. “The Empire State Building,” VII. The General Design, 1931. [8] Willis, Carol. Form Follows Finance, 1995, Princeton Architectural Press. [9] Trabucco, Dario. “Historical Evolution of the Service Core,” CTBUH Journal, 2010, Issue 1 [10] Wood, Antony, “Alternative Forms of Tall Building Evacuation,” NIST Conference, May 2007. [11] Wood Antony, “Alternative Forms of Tall Building Evacuation,” NIST Conference, May, 2007.

Industry Dialogue

Zhang Lexiang at IEE Expo 2018

“Make in India” Thrust China’s Canny aims to expand its presence in the growing market.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil When the entire world is focused on the Indian growth story and eyeing a slice of the pie, why would the other contender for exponential growth lag behind? While companies based in China have been regular suppliers of elevators, escalators and their components to India for quite some time, they are now looking to accelerate the process. Interestingly, and rather ironically, the factor fueling these endeavors is none other than the “Make in India” program. If you find this difficult to comprehend, well, join the queue. That’s why ELEVATOR WORLD India is interacting with some of the stakeholders in an effort to demystify the seemingly complex concept, which turned out to be quite logical in the end. Sajal Gupta is senior vice president and country head for business development and the escalator business unit for Autometers Alliance Ltd. Regarding the program, and a partnership with China’s Canny Elevator, he explained: “Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s clarion call and ‘Make in India’ policy is being proactively implemented by the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. He is (l-r) Sajal Gupta and Richard Zhu meet at the recent International Elevator & Escalator Expo 2018 in Mumbai.


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strongly advocating it for making the country self-reliant and the exponential creation of jobs in high-technology areas. ‘Make in India’ is represented by the techno-lion symbol or logo, which was unveiled about three years ago by this government. Now, they are insisting on the condition of ‘Make in India’ in all the government tenders. Canny, one of the world’s top 10 and China’s industry leader, plans ahead by considering every kind of situation. They are now planning to come to India along with us. We are still discussing various aspects, including supply-chain development, etc., but indigenization and value-addition in India will be jointly pursued for fulfilling the ‘Make in India’ condition, as per the wish of the top brass of the Government of India, right from the prime minister to the railway minister. We fully accept the situation and would respond to this challenge.” Richard Zhu, Canny’s vice president for marketing, noted: “China is the largest market for both elevators and escalators. All the international brands are manufactured in China. We learn from and combine strengths with them, and improve our technology continuously. We have developed our own designs and technology based on our knowledge. Similar to China, in India, you have large numbers of passengers, so, most of the time, the running escalators have overloads. So, when it comes to the technology

A photo illustration showing Canny’s main manufacturing facility.

Canny’s 288-m-tall test tower at the company’s Headquarters Industrial Park Wujiang Core Components Industrial Park in Suzhou, China; next to the tower is an outdoor escalator test tower.

Canny’s 50-m-tall escalator test tower in Suzhou

part, we need to consider the overload situation happening a lot in the Indian market and ensure that the design is made accordingly. The running conditions also influence our design, so we need to consider the special running conditions in India.â€? Emphasizing the potential in India, he notes that it is emerging as the second-largest elevator and escalator market in the world, just after China. In the past two years, Canny has developed a great deal with its international partners and now has a strategy to cooperate with the local partners by considering their special local conditions and requirements, which are different from China’s. “We will also consider special national requirements, like the Make in India policy, to develop according to the national government requirements,â€? he said. According to Zhu, Make in India is a very deep subject. He said of it: “At present, we are seriously researching the policy and exploring the best way to follow it so that we can expand our business in India. We know the industry development in India is becoming very huge, but we believe it is a long-term policy, and will also take some time to improve the ‘ease of doing business.’ China today is the world’s largest elevator and escalator manufacturer, but this has happened by the work and efforts of more than 30 years. Similarly, the ‘Make in India’ policy will take some more time to proliferate.â€? Zhang Lexiang, Secretary General, China Elevator Association, comments: “We are looking at ‘Make in India’ through railway and metro projects. The main segment that we are looking at is heavy-duty escalators. We are even drafting out a new code for it. The escalator experience is still very new to the Indian people. When I surveyed the Delhi Metro sites, I observed several problems, like people sitting on the steps of the moving escalators and some people putting their hands on the railing as armrests, and so on, which all can be very dangerous. So, there is still a lack of awareness, which needs to be created among the users. However, there is a lot of demand in the Indian market for elevators and escalators, which is a good thing that will lead to improving operational throughput, efficiency and passengers’ comfort.â€? Canny, founded in 1997, integrates design, development, manufacturing, sales, installation and maintenance. Its products cover more than 99% of the common elevators and escalators in the market, and now focus on residential buildings, commercial buildings, hotels, shopping malls, rail hubs, etc. It has established 54 overseas agents, and its projects include metro and rail stations in several countries, including India (Delhi Metro) and Turkey, đ&#x;Œ? among others.    • Issue 2, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com



Germany-India Connection Kübler India inaugurates Pune facility, celebrates 10 years.

submitted by Kübler Kübler India Automation Pvt., a 100% subsidiary of Germany’s Kübler Group, started out small and gained considerable momentum. The management team and family members who own Kübler Group attended a celebration in Chakan, Pune, on November 22, 2017, to mark 10 years in operation and inaugurate a new factory and sales center. In attendance were employees, customers from across India, distributors and suppliers. The presence of the German owners underscored the significance of the event. In their speeches after the ribbon cutting, Lothar and Gebhard Kübler promoted their vision of an even stronger Indian subsidiary, serving customers in the local market and worldwide with engineering, manufacturing, new products

(l-r) Lothar and Gebhard Kübler cut the ribbon.


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and a rapidly growing customer base with “superb” sales and service. With more than 45 employees and 1,500 m2 of office and production space, Kübler India has grown to be an important cornerstone for Kübler Group. Delivering hundreds of thousands of products from the local facility since its inception, Kübler India has achieved order reliability higher than 98%. The company prides itself on delivering orders within 48 hr., if required, with no surcharge. Products, which are developed and manufactured in India, are sold domestically and internationally, and known for their robustness. Teams of sales, service and repair staff are in place in cities throughout India.


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Kßbler’s Kaizen Culture, striving to create continuous improvement in which all employees are actively engaged, is firmly established in India. Thus, the corporate culture, despite cultural differences between Germany and India, is the same. This helps ensure quality on a daily basis and contributes to improving the company as a whole.

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submitted by thyssenkrupp Elevator Imagine a world where the dream of being transported upward via a moving staircase was simply that — a dream. Urban mobility would look significantly different today, and be far more complicated, had it not been for a man who, while attempting to create New York City’s (NYC) first double-decker subway, came up with something even more important. More than 125 years ago, Jesse Reno invented the first working escalator, which was patented on March 15, 1892. The first escalator, then known as an incline elevator, was installed on the Old Iron Pier at Coney Island in NYC on January 16, 1893. The moving stairway elevated passengers on a conveyor belt at a 25˚ angle and traveled only 7 ft. The escalator ran for two weeks at Old Iron Pier before moving to the Brooklyn Bridge. It is estimated it carried 75,000 passengers during its two weeks at the Old Iron Pier. Today, more than 100 billion people in the U.S. use escalators every year. Technology has led to great design diversity. Traversing 790 m, Hong Kong’s Mid-Level Escalator Link is the world’s longest escalator system. The longest individual escalators are found deep underground in the St. Petersburg metro system, where the conveyances are up to 138 m long and 69 m high.[1] In Prague and some Russian cities, people travel on escalators at high speeds, with some moving passengers at 0.9 mps.

Fine-Tuned by thyssenkrupp The technology Reno developed 125 years ago has been fine-tuned over the years by companies including thyssenkrupp. Today, thyssenkrupp solutions are installed all around the world, in huge numbers. If all thyssenkrupp escalators were joined together, they would be long enough to scale a mountain with a height of 500 km. Escalators range from only 890 cm long up to one that measures 53.68 m. Escalators spanning just three or four steps are often used in palaces or museums. There are “royal mode” escalators designed for kings and queens that easily start and stop with the press of a button and even mobile solutions that can be carried around the world in airplanes. (Remember the Saudi king’s golden escalator?) Mobile escalators can be carried onboard aircraft for use at any airport in the world. With their own emergency generators, they are completely self sufficient and need not be connected to an airport’s power supply. The first mobile escalators were made by thyssenkrupp Elevator in 1983 for the ailing Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko. thyssenkrupp escalators can be found in the most extreme and unlikely locations. The highest location thyssenkrupp has installed an escalator is in the Alps, where the conveyance is fitted with anti-slip treads to prevent skiers from falling. There are even underwater installations: Continued


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A celebration of the 125th anniversary of the escalator

Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi

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Ascendas Park Square Mall in Bangalore

Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar

“Up-over-up” escalator, front view, at Antwerp Central Station in Belgium

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium escalators offer a unique experience.

Inventor Jesse Reno’s “moving stairway” debuted at Coney Island in NYC in 1893.


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Style in industry: escalators at the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex (ZCMIC) in Essen, Germany

Another view of the escalators at Indira Gandhi International Airport

at Shanghai’s Ocean Aquarium, visitors travel through a transparent underwater tunnel on two thyssenkrupp escalators, allowing them to focus on the sea life around them. Installations in hotter regions of the world feature cooling units for the handrails. Form and function drive the design of escalators. Moving walks can be combined with escalators to create an “up-over-up” escalator. The longest such installation is 10 m long and can be found at Antwerp Central station in Belgium. Escalators with just one balustrade, and, therefore, one moving handrail, are permitted in restaurants, because staff carrying trays have only one hand free. thyssenkrupp’s first suspended escalators were installed at Westminster Court in London. Mounted on connecting rods attached to the dome of the building, the escalators crisscross the open space of the atrium. Some installations are all about style. One of thyssenkrupp’s most striking is in Harrods department store in London, where spectacular Art Deco cladding make the escalator an attraction in itself. The layman probably doesn’t realize all escalators are custom made. There is a standard, basic structure, but height, width, incline, speed, motor and energy efficiency vary depending on customer specifications. Sometimes, time is of the essence: thyssenkrupp’s fastest delivery was for a state visit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where two escalators were delivered and in operation within two weeks.

Generating Jobs Today, approximately 155,000 people are employed in the elevator and escalator industry worldwide. In Germany alone, there are approximately 18,000 such employees. In Hamburg, thyssenkrupp runs Germany’s only escalator factory. The company also maintains approximately 25,000 escalators in Europe. A mechanic cares for up to 40 escalators per month. In Germany, escalators have only been manufactured in serial production since 1950. Before that, they were built onsite by hand. The first escalators left the Hamburg plant in 1951. In Europe today, there are more than 136,000 escalators installed — 35,600 in Germany. An average escalator’s lifespan is up to 30 years before it has to be modernized, but there is still growth ahead, with some additional 5,500 new escalators coming online every year in Europe. The global escalator market is experiencing moderate growth. The escalator’s 125th birthday is an occasion for thyssenkrupp to celebrate, look back at history and into the future with potential technical developments that continue to make urban mobility smarter.

References [1] Wikipedia. “Escalator” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escalator).

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VT and the Future City Architects discuss how elevators fit into sustainable design in a world where cities can only grow “up.” by Amish Mistry India, along with other South Asian countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan, is witnessing massive population growth in major cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Karachi and Dhaka. This is also happening in Tier II and III cities, which is alarming. According to UN Habitat’s “Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures, World Cities Report 2016,” India is going to have more than 300 million new, urban residents by 2050. Assessing the situation, the report observes, “The attendant amount of additional greenhouse gases would have consequences on climate change. The alternative, if challenging, is to build denser, low-infrastructure, low-energy cities.” But, as with the entirety of South Asia, India also has limited land mass compared to its rate of population growth. So, the most viable option for the future, in terms of human habitat, is going to be high-rise buildings. We are already seeing high-rise buildings quickly Rather than being multiply in major unidimensional, simply cities like Mumbai. In order to keep transporting people pace with from floor to floor, population density, vertical is the only elevators become trajectory for all multidimensional by new construction, with vertical becoming an integral transportation part of common (VT) the key player in carrying people recreational spaces. to higher floors. Until now, — Elizabeth Calabrese elevators accounted for only about 5-8%


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percent of an entire building’s energy use. But, as cities grow higher and higher, the number of elevator trips made daily will keep increasing. As of now, approximately eight billion elevator trips are made daily around the world. With this number due for a big increase, the demand for elevator energy supply will also increase. Over the years, elevators have grown more energy efficient, and there’s a lot of research toward continuing to reduce their energy requirements. As elevator usage becomes more frequent, the role of the elevator in overall design is gaining traction. Presented here are the perspectives of three architects, who shared their views on the future of green buildings during the recent Greenbuild Conference in Mumbai.

Elizabeth Calabrese, Principal, Calabrese Architects, Inc.: Toward Truly Generous Architecture “An optimistic and just future for all will rely on architecture that is both ecological and biophilic, responding to its occupants and surroundings as a balanced, healthy ecosystem while fostering our need as a species to connect with nature and each other. “Elevators allow for extensive verticality. From a biomimetic standpoint, this verticality can provide unique opportunities for high rises to respond like trees, waterfalls and mountainsides. Stacked levels of plumbing can facilitate the incorporation of gray and black water systems. Power can be created from photovoltaics and wind, like trees reaching high above the forest floor. For every action there is

The Kolkata skyline as it appeared a few years ago; photo by Kolkatan

an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, as elevators rise using energy, they can create energy as they descend. “We can wrap high rises with a second skin — a bio-layer — creating vertical parks and growing spaces, natural shade, dynamic light patterns, abundant nature, paths and stairways for walking and exercising, nodes for pausing or gathering, embracing our interconnectedness to all and to each other. “Elevators could then be employed to connect these vertical parks. So now, we are making the elevator multifunctional. Rather than being unidimensional, simply transporting people from floor to floor, elevators become multidimensional by becoming an integral part of common recreational spaces. “We have the brilliance and technology to create structures that give more than they take, truly generous architecture. Time is of the essence.” Elizabeth Calabrese has been in the design industry for 30 years. Based in Burlington, Vermont, she has national and international projects to her credit. She is a leading educator in biophilic design and believes that ecology and biophilia belong at the foundation and core of professional design programs.

Veronica Anderson, Pioneer in Geodesign: The City as a Body With a Musculoskeletal System “Elevators are unique in the building as a whole. They bring a static construction to life, activating the third dimension of transportation and maximizing the useful space a parcel contains. If we look at the city as a body, we can observe a number of different systems working together in tandem to make life and living the dynamic experience we know and love. A city has transportation and infrastructure, which could be compared to the muscles and skeleton of the human body. The functioning of the musculoskeletal system of our cities and buildings is greatly impacted by elevators, which enable VT and can provide structural support. Continued

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“A building’s elevator is like its spinal cord, a mechanism that carries information and vital nutrients up and down throughout the body. This compelling metaphor can remind us how important a healthy and efficient elevator is for sustaining a building’s ability to function. “Architects looking to create buildings that will be a great return on the owner’s investment can look to their elevator design for huge energy and cost savings in the long-term maintenance of the building. Looking at the elevator as a vital, central element and an asset to the overall functioning of the building helps maximize the huge amount of energy and space the mechanism requires. Understanding these machines as assets to the building infrastructure that support and transport the occupants can help the architect and engineer work together to achieve sustainability. “Integrated project delivery that encourages the many disciplines involved in designing a building to work together along the way toward the final concept and design is made possible through such a shared understanding. When designers of all specialties can appreciate both the spirit of sustainability and the value of mechanical systems, clients are happier and building users are more productive. Sustainable spaces are ones that benefit their users, making their lives happier, healthier and more efficient. “Elevators can play an important role in the long-term utility of buildings and public spaces, which ultimately contributes to the success of urban environments.” Veronica Anderson brings extensive knowledge of sustainability, geographic information systems and architectural design to create resilient urban ecosystems. Her work on sustainability, the environment and geodesign has received regional and international recognition.

Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030: Integrating Sustainable Thinking at the Architecture School Level Edward Mazria’s Architecture 2030, a think tank developing real-world solutions for 21st-century problems, hosted the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series and 2030 Districts movement in North American cities. Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher and educator.


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“Architecture schools have to transform. In many schools, Architects have this happened some time ago. got to be able to Back in the 1970s, we had an oil design a building that crisis. It was a global crisis, but hit the U.S. pretty hard. It was integrates with the also a manufactured, rather than a real, crisis. At the time, environment. those in organizations starting to investigate the problems — Edward Mazria were technical people. They were members of the engineering, science and governmental communities, rather than the design community. During that time, solutions were not architectural, but technological. “Then, the crisis ended, and there was interest, but not a lot of it. Now, we have another crisis, one that is not manufactured, but real and planetary. As the global population continues to grow, there is a critical need for sustainability, resilience and reduced energy consumption. Initially, the people who were investigating this were researchers and scientists — not so much designers. When it did enter the design realm, it didn’t go into what we call ‘studio culture.’ “Studio culture is the design studio sequence system in all architecture schools. It’s the most important course, and carries the most credits. Since the urgency of the situation [shifted more toward] technology, it became an add-on course, so it didn’t enter studio culture. Rather, it became a separate set of courses, such as ones focusing on environmental-control or solar-energy systems. It became a seminar course that didn’t go into much detail. “In some cases, a special design studio would deal with the issue. But that’s not good enough. So, when we talk about education and need all architects to be able to design this way, it has to integrate all aspects of how to address the global population crisis from an architectural point of view. Just like in the design studios, you’re taught to think about structures, so that when you design a building, the building stands up. “Architects have got to be able to design a building that integrates with the environment. It heats itself, cools itself and all those things. But that part was not being taught for a long time. Now, more and more schools are beginning to integrate it.” 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.

Real Estate

Apartments: To Go High or Low The link between pricing and demand for residences in high rises with elevators is examined.

by Yash Pandya The list of parameters one has to consider previous mindset, they were seen opting for before making an apartment purchase decision apartments on the highest available floors. can sometimes be quite lengthy, with too many While this metamorphosis would have aspects to contemplate at one time. Pricing, thrown any uniformed person off balance, any however, remains the number-one decision commuter using public transportion or keeping driver and rightly so. After all, it basically the radio on while driving to work would just dictates whether you can afford a certain move on with a knowing smile. These MMR apartment. But, did you know there is a link commuters were being bombarded by between pricing and the demand for residences advertisements for real-estate projects day and in high rises with elevators? night, across media ranging from posters in The concept of floor rise is well known, and trains to radio spots conveying a new concept: its implications for the elevator industry tend to all-inclusive pricing with no floor rise. vary depending on the In the postcity. The floor-rise One of the most comprehensive demonetization concept in the Mumbai and detailed among the RERA scenario, developers still Metropolitan Region reeling from the double (MMR) normally means websites deployed to date, the impact of the Real Estate that you have to pay a MahaRERA portal has become (Regulation and higher rate per sq. ft. Development) Act when you select an a valuable tool for end users (RERA) and the Goods apartment on a higher and investors during the and Services Tax (GST) floor. You pay more for a came up with this simple better view, natural light decisionmaking process. solution. After all, it was and more ventilation. the “add ons” like stamp duty, registration On the other hand, in the National Capital charges and the new GST that were holding Region, one actually pays less for buying a home potential buyers back. on a higher floor. The reason is frequent power No sooner would they decide on a particular failures, which force residents to climb stairs, apartment than the additional costs would be rather than take elevators. Therefore, priceincurred, taking the final price beyond their conscious or senior-citizen apartment buyers reach. So, having a fixed price that could be seek out low-rise buildings. One could probably conveyed to potential buyers made sense. Losing make the case for this reducing the overall the incremental floor-rise amount was worth it if demand for high rises and, therefore, elevators, the new concept and resultant improved to a marginal extent. transparency attracted buyers. The bottom line: In this aspect, 2017 witnessed a role reversal if this concept holds, there will be greater in the MMR. Even budget-minded house demand for new high rises and elevators in the hunters made a beeline toward high-rise projects in the peripheral areas. Contradicting the MMR.


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Commenting on the impact of recent policies, Ramesh Nair, CEO of JLL India, opined that RERA has undoubtedly made India’s real-estate market advance toward enhanced transparency. After the act was declared, Maharashtra was the first to adopt it by launching a “MahaRERA” portal (maharera.mahaonline.gov.in). One of the most comprehensive and detailed among the RERA websites deployed to date, it has become a valuable tool for end users and investors during the decisionmaking process. This efficient adoption of RERA has benefitted the MMR the most. Post RERA, apartment details are provided only on the basis of carpet area, making it easier to compare one against the other. This ensures that homebuyers don’t get tangled up in the confusing and misleading jargon of “built up” and “super built up,” and have a standard area comparison that is physically measurable.

Understandably, buyers gravitate toward RERA-registered projects, even if they are not constructed by a reputable developer. It is also observed that many buyers who were earlier “fence sitting” are now taking the plunge with an enhanced sense of security and transparency. Yash Pandya reflects the changing paradigm of new-age journalism, which is part storytelling, part statistical data and part what the future might hold. Though based in Mumbai, he has traveled abroad extensively and considers himself a “global writer” who is not constrained by geographical boundaries.


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Industry Dialogue

To the Next Level Arkel India is a new JV between Tangent and Arkel of Turkey.

by Yash Pandya A rising trend is visible in India: After a few years of testing the waters through local distributors, global brands are deciding to take the plunge and set up subsidiaries in the country. The decision has become much easier, thanks to existing business relationships that just need to be taken to the next level. As this issue of ELEVATOR WORLD India was being finalized, we received notification that Turkey-based Arkel, leading manufacturer of elevator control systems, opened its Indian subsidiary on March 28 in Vadodara under the name Arkel Electronic India Pvt. Ltd. The joint venture ( JV) was created between Tangent Technologies, which has represented the brand in India since 2014, and Arkel.

With the support of Arkel Head of Sales & Marketing Alp Can, Arkel cofounder Melih Küçükçalık and Chairman Cenk Coskunturk shook hands with Tangent Managing Director Anurag Gupta to establish Arkel’s legacy in the Indian market. The JV is taking over all existing activities of Tangent in the market and aims to enlarge its operations across India. Arkel India will launch a full range of elevator-system solutions thanks to local operations in Vadodara. Elevator control panels and related electronic elevator parts will be assembled in the 10,000-sq.-ft. facility. Services offered include training, commissioning and repair of elevator control systems. After an inauguration ceremony, Gupta and Can (AG & AC) shared their perspectives on the new company’s formation and plans with your author (YP). YP: What sets Arkel apart from other companies in its segment? AG & AC: Compared to its competitors, Arkel is a young company. It was established in 1998 in Turkey when the elevator industry was transforming from mechanical Continued

(l-r) Aydin Isitan, International Sales manager, Arkel; Anurag Gupta, managing director, Arkel India; Alp Can, managing director, Sales & Marketing, Arkel India; and Melih Küçükçalık, Arkel cofounder, cut the ribbon at the inauguration ceremony.


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to electronic solutions. Its founders have experience in the elevator industry. Based on correct analysis of the sector’s needs, Arkel designed user-friendly, cost-effective and trouble-free solutions in control boards, as well as variable-voltage, variable-frequency inverter units. Thanks to their adaptability, the products have been quickly accepted


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in the market and become preferred. Arkel is global pioneer in the design and manufacture of integrated elevator control units. YP: What were the primary decision drivers for Arkel to join with Tangent to set up Arkel India? AG & AC: India is an emerging market that offers good opportunities for expansion. Arkel’s product range

is very suitable to the market needs. With its experience in automation/ elevator-industry applications, efficient aftersales operations and a qualified team, Tangent was the ideal partner. Tangent has also been very efficient in marketing and distributing Arkel products over the last four years. Arkel and Tangent share the same vision of a business based on customer-centric products and services. YP: How important is the Indian market for Arkel? What are the attributes or parameters that make this country different from Arkel’s other markets? AG & AC: Arkel’s main markets are basically Turkey and Europe. Turkey’s market dynamics are very similar to India’s as an emerging market with increasing demand from the construction/real-estate sectors. Arkel is ready to share its experience gained in the field. India also offers good opportunities for investors with its well-trained, high-profile engineering community. Therefore, India will be a business model for Arkel for its future global operations. YP: What is the significance of setting up Arkel India for the Indian market, as well as for Arkel itself? AG & AC: The Indian elevatorcomponent manufacturing market will welcome foreign investment into the sector. It will encourage other potential investors to consider similar investments. For Arkel itself, it will be the first foreign subsidiary outside of Turkey. We would like to make this a success story and realize that success globally in the future. YP: How does the Vadodara location give Arkel India an edge? AG & AC: Vadodara is one-hour driving distance to Ahmedabad, which is a hub for local elevator component suppliers and installation companies. It is also a short flight to Mumbai and Delhi, which are main elevator markets. It is also a good city in which to live, with good education, medical services, culture and a cosmopolitan environment for foreign nationals. YP: How would you describe Arkel’s vision and strategy for the Indian market? Continued

Arkel in a Nutshell ♌♌ Founded in 1998 in Turkey, Arkel Elektrik Elektronik san. ve TİC A.Ş. manufactures lift control cards, control panels, emergency rescue systems, inspection and alarm sets, and designs other electronic equipment for the elevator sector. ♌♌ Arkel has become one of the preferred suppliers in Turkey, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ♌♌ Being a preferred solutions supplier to elevator companies worldwide and with the aim to be a world brand in its industry, Arkel has now started to establish subsidiaries. ♌♌ India, as the world’s second-largest growing market after China in the elevator industry, offers an opportunity for the company to achieve its global ambitions. ♌♌ India and Turkey are natural partners in trade, as they have longstanding cultural and economic ties. India has the potential to offer attractive returns for foreign investors due to strong economic growth.

AG & AC: Arkel will supply newgeneration, cost-effective, locally assembled control systems. Supplying components to panel assemblers is also possible. The mid-term target will be to assemble components here in Vadodara and gradually increase local content of the systems over time. Technology transfer will also follow. YP: How would you describe demand for components for elevators/escalators in


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the present scenario? How is Arkel positioned to meet that demand? AG & AC: The demand for elevator components will rise by 25-30% in the next four to five years, considering the increase in demand for new elevators and modernization of old ones. The demand for high-rise and faster elevators will push local manufacturers to employ high-quality products from companies like Arkel. Arkel has already positioned itself in the market

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in Goregaon, Mumbai. A musical extravaganza that culminated with guests grooving on the dance floor was the highlight of the evening. Mody said of the event: “Being a trading company, this celebration was all about interacting with the customers, as well as companies from whom we buy products. We had planned it three months in advance, as

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many of the guests would be flying in from abroad. In terms of the companies, we invited guests from Fermator, as we are their largest distributor in India; then, there is Dynasil from Spain, BST from Shanghai, [and] Sicor [from Italy]. There were 30 foreigners and 256 of our customers from all across India. It was a thanksgiving party from us for all these people, and they were all very happy; they congratulated us for 12 đ&#x;Œ? successful years of business.â€?   

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Borrowed Aspirations Your author looks at how the elevator has become an influential factor in residential property pricing. by Amish Mistry Besides economic factors, geographic skylines of these cities have changed drastically. conditions, climate patterns and cultural ethos, Hitherto slumbering towns are now vying for sky the growth of a city is largely defined by the space. There is that sudden rush to make their collective ambition of its populace. Every city presence felt, at least on the national scene, if can be narrowed down to the units that make up not immediately on the global map. As a result, its suburbs and neighborhoods. These units are people’s aspirations are drastically changing, made up of individual buildings. Within the city, fanned by a continuous barrage of information these buildings are divided into commercial through television and, mainly, the Internet. (offices, hotels and shops), institutional (schools Most people in these towns now want to own and colleges), hospitals and residential an SUV, road conditions notwithstanding. They categories. Residential buildings make up the want to shop in malls or plazas and buy groceries largest component of a city. Depending on the at brand outlets. Thanks to advertising, brand population density and vehicular traffic, these awareness is on an upswing. Patterns of living buildings can vary from individual bungalows to are rapidly changing. multistory high-rise apartments. In India, thanks to a rising economy and Ideally, an individual tenement (bungalow/ concerted efforts to lessen the small individual unit) is one of the Hitherto slumbering best places to live. One owns the load on major metro cities, Tier-2 and -3 cities are towns are now vying dwelling, as well as the plot of land witnessing healthy growth. on which it sits. One is free to for sky space. Over the last two decades, the carry out any alterations with the approval of local regulatory authorities. Besides the authorities, one doesn’t need any other person’s approval, unlike an apartment society, where meetings and voting must take place before taking any course of action. The standards of living are also far better in an individual tenement than in an apartment. Rooms typically have multiwall fenestration, leading to better light Surat skyline; photo by Rahul Bhadane


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and ventilation conditions than in apartments, where major rooms higher than others. This is not unusual: By and large, most schemes have single wall openings. have pricing that depends on floor rise and the views afforded. But, One could use the terrace space for leisure, growing food or there was another factor playing a major role in commanding a generating energy through renewable sources like solar and wind, higher premium. Believe it or not, it was the humble elevator. which, in turn, could translate into financial gains. By and large, Elevators in apartments have become a part of the price/value living in an individual tenement far outweighs living in an equation, which makes sense. People want a spacious, attractive apartment. elevator. What I learned, however, is that these locations Trends in these growing cities show that people are opting to experience regular power outages. That means having quality live in apartments, rather than individual tenements. One of the elevators with good backup facilities ensures people are never left biggest drivers is borrowed aspirations, stranded. which is nothing but a rush toward living Ease of maintenance is another These towns are usually hard like big-city dwellers (who have no decision factor related to the elevators. pressed to find elevator choice but to live in apartments). Thanks These towns are usually hard pressed to to this mindset, people are, in fact, mechanisms required for higher find elevator mechanisms required for selling their tenements to live in higher functioning. Thus, an elevator functioning. Thus, an elevator apartments. This has led to high-rise company that provides consistent quality development in cities like Ahmedabad, backup services is preferred, even at a company that provides Vadodara and Surat. premium. Also, even though these cities consistent quality backup During my visit to Ahmedabad, I was are growing, their residents are quite scouting for an alternate residence. My apprehensive about buying apartments in services is preferred, even at a mind was set on buying a tenement, but societies where they might be paying premium. the local brokers insisted I see some of higher maintenance due to elevators the upcoming apartment projects. consuming more power, leading to Though I was not going to buy an apartment, the architect in me inflated bills. So, elevator energy consumption also comes into was keen to see what was so “happeningâ€? out there. Almost all play. Hence, in retrospect, it is not difficult see how the elevator apartments I saw were in prime locations within a radius of 2 km. has become an influential factor in residential property pricing. The ground conditions, neighborhood, local amenities and square One can safely say the elevator is also playing a role in providing a footage were all virtually the same, though some were priced “liftâ€? to the real-estate market.   đ&#x;Œ?


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Seventh edition and first under Messe Frankfurt umbrella stays true to established format, brings added excitement.

The event drew big crowds.

(l-r) Wolfgang Marzin, president and CEO, Messe Frankfurt GmbH and Raj Manek, managing director, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. and executive board member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd.; image courtesy of Messe Frankfurt/IEE Expo

by Vijay Pandya They say change is the only constant in life. It is only when we look back after the passage of time that it becomes obvious. The seventh edition of the International Elevator & Escalator (IEE) Expo 2018 at Mumbai’s Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) was the first by Messe Frankfurt GmbH after the event organizer acquired it from Virgo Communications and Exhibitions (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 2nd Quarter 2016). Although it was a familiar expo held at a familiar venue, the February 27-March 1 event sizzled with energy as the real-estate industry stepped forward to play a bigger role, international participation saw a marked increase, and attendees came away with business leads and an optimistic outlook. Change was visible at the inauguration ceremony itself, where the dais had more property developers and consultants as honored guests than one would normally expect. Change was also noticeable in the speeches, which reflected the updated regulatory scenario in


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Attendees check out what’s on display; image courtesy of Messe Frankfurt/IEE Expo.

participation by 20%, along with a list of insightful fringe programs planned for the show, we are confident that our exhibitors and visitors will benefit.” Addressing the delegates, Ramesh Nair, CEO and country head, JLL India, predicted major demand will come from residential and new commercial concepts like co-working space. By 2022, he explained, 20% of overall demand is expected to come from coworking space. There is big opportunity in residential space, as well, particularly affordable housing, with demand for 10 million apartments per year. Further, he said, the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act will bring transparency to the sector, which, in turn, will attract foreign direct investment. The inauguration ceremony witnessed association heads and developers on the dais, including Deepak Goradia, vice chairman and managing director, Dosti Realty, and vice president of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India-Maharashtra Nair

India for the elevator and escalator industry, as well as real-estate development in general. The three-day event witnessed a confluence of stakeholders trying to interact and find a way to navigate the new norms. The reverent atmosphere and crowded conference hall during the traditional lamp-lighting ceremony made it clear why the Indian vertical-transportation (VT) market is the second largest worldwide. Wolfgang Marzin, president and CEO, Messe Frankfurt, said he appreciated the tradition, and the fact the expo began on an auspicious note. He also expressed happiness that G. Raghu and Anitha Raghunath, who had originally conceptualized the expo, were present near the front row at the inauguration. Raj Manek, managing director, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. and executive director and board member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd., shared: “We are happy to announce that the first edition of IEE Expo under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella has been successful in bringing the top players from the VT sector to the Indian market, facilitating business and networking to cater to the demands of a fast-developing nation. Looking at an increase in international



Chamber of Housing Industry (CREDAIMCHI); Domnic Romell, director, Romell Group, and secretary, CREDAI-MCHI; Dhaval Ajmera, director, Ajmera Realty & Infra Ltd. and Sonal Shah, chairperson of Women’s Wing — CREDAI-MCHI.

CREDAI-MCHI President Mayur Shah conveyed: “CREDAI-MCHI takes great pride in joining hands with Messe Frankfurt as they host their first edition of the IEE Expo in Mumbai. Covering technological advancements and new product developments related to safety, speed, advanced control systems, passenger convenience/comfort and energy efficiency for high-rise buildings, IEE Expo is the perfect platform that brings the industry together, under one roof, to network, discuss issues and collaborate.” As the event progressed, visiting dignitaries included Chandrakantdada Patil, cabinet minister of Revenue Relief and Rehabilitation, Public Works, Government of Maharashtra, who observed that Maharashtra is the ideal place for events like IEE Expo that promise to “take the industry to the next level.” With projected growth of more than 50% in the next four years, the Indian elevator and escalator sector attracts worldwide attention. IEE Expo 2018 reflected this, with 174 exhibiting companies from 10 countries that included India, China, Germany, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S. to exhibition space that had increased by 15%. Leading players including Fujitec, Hitachi, City Lifts, AVCAM Corp. Ltd., Creestaa Elevators India Pvt. Ltd., Fermator, Gefran, Mas Industries Pvt. Ltd., Montanari, Monteferro, Otis and Schmersal were present. Real-life samples of elevators and escalators were on display and operational Continued

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Audience members settle in.

Ramesh Nair, CEO and country head, JLL India, gives a presentation.

Real-estate stakeholders at the lamp lighting: (l-r) Deepak Goradia, Dosti Realty and vice president of CREDAI MCHI; Ramesh Nair, CEO and country head, JLL India; Sonal Shah, chairperson of the women’s wing, CREDAI MCHI; and Domnic Romell, director, Romell Group and secretary of MCHI; along with CREDAI MCHI members

Deepak Goradia, vice chairman and managing director, Dosti Realty, at the dais during the inauguration ceremony


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in Germany — thyssenkrupp, Schindler and Otis, for example. IEE Expo is one of the largest shows we have in India. It is, in my opinion, a show with really big potential because of the growing real-estate, high-rise and mobility markets. And, of course, India is one of the world’s biggest economies. It’s growing, and it’s a young economy with young, happy people. So, it will continue to be one of the biggest shows in our portfolio. VP: How has the transition been from Virgo Communications to Messe Frankfurt? WM: I think the transition went well, because we listened to each other. They had the idea to establish the show. It’s their show. They are business people and self-employed. We are a tradeshow organizer only. We don’t own any magazines or anything. So, we had it easy, because we listened, and they wanted their show to be in good hands for the industry. My managing director in India, Raj Manek, and his team are used to listening. When we buy new shows and take on new industries, we try to be humble. This is why it went smoothly. Of course, we always try to upgrade. Every exhibitor expects the show to grow in size and visitor numbers, as well as programs that add value to their rising expectations. VP: What are the key changes exhibitors and visitors can look forward to in forthcoming editions of the IEE Expo? WM: This show is always being developed. The seventh edition was better than the sixth, and the sixth better than the fifth. The thing that is most important to us, and has been through the years [since 1907], is to listen to exhibitors, find out what they expect next time, what they liked and what they want more of. Fifty people from my Chinese organization are here right now, and we try to listen to the views of the Chinese pavilion and see what we can do better next time. VP: What are your future plans for the exhibition? WM: Our first goal will be to focus on India, then on neighboring countries. With the potential, location and power of India, this show can grow significantly. The logo of IEE Expo already promises quality, due to its many years in the industry. I don’t think we should change this. The logo is still the same but has the Messe Frankfurt expertise to back it up — our power, our people, our strengths and our international record. We carry on the heritage of the former owners. They were there during the opening ceremony, which makes me very proud. The baby is not theirs anymore, but they are still the parents. In my opinion, if things go right, if the expo goes right, then why should it change? We have opinion polls of exhibitors and visitors. What they want changed is what we’re going to change. The rest remains like it is.


VP: What has your experience been like so far? WM: I have been a tradeshow person since I graduated university. I grew up on the fairgrounds. To walk the expo, especially when you see the first edition, is always an occasion for goosebumps. A new show is like a new baby, and it’s a pleasure. VP: What were the primary decision drivers for Messe Frankfurt in acquiring the rights for the IEE Expo? WM: Messe Frankfurt is one of the oldest tradeshow organizations in the world. We have a large portfolio of technical shows, and, since elevators and escalators make up one of the driving industries, we looked for whoever was a good organizer for a famous elevator/escalator show. We found that in the former owners of IEE Expo, who decided to talk to us. The decision was made, and we took over, but we sustain a good partnership with them. It’s not our baby. Actually, it’s the industry’s baby. In India, 700 million people will be living in high rises very soon, and they’ll all need elevators and escalators. It’s a big industry, and we are very proud to be a part of it. We also do elevator and escalator events in Europe — one in Milan, Italy, and one in Frankfurt, Germany, our home base. We’re trying to become more a part of the elevator and escalator industry everywhere. VP: What is the significance of the IEE Expo in the overall portfolio of Messe Frankfurt and Messe Frankfurt of India? WM: We have 23 shows now in India, and IEE Expo is our largest in financial terms. We listen a lot to the former owners. Of course, many of the companies are based or have major presences

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“I came here with an open mind, but looking at the wonderful range of elevator and component manufacturers, I am completely stunned. This is a great opportunity for everyone from the industry to visit and get the most out of the exhibitors who have put on a fantastic show.” — Pritam Chivukula, director, Tridhaatu Realty & Infra Pvt. Ltd.

“The experience at IEE has been wonderful. The competition on this platform is really good, and we have had some good developers visit us. Going forward with discussions we had here, we are expecting positive business leads.” — Sheha Rewale, joint managing director, Creestaa Elevators

“I feel our stall was very well populated, and the products received very good response and recognition throughout the show. With the exposure we received from this show, we have set a sales target of 250 units for home lifts and related products for 2018.” — Mahmood Kazi, managing director, Mas Industries

“We thought it would not be so busy, but it was, and we hope to have a lot of new clients in the near future. Before this, we went to Germany. It was not so busy, but in India, people are visiting. We are going to participate in the IEE Expo again.” — Regina Durmaz, export sales manager, PROLIFT Asansör

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to give visitors a personalized experience of luxury and high-end technology. A total of 9,400 visitors were recorded, and they seemed happy about the technology and brands they got to witness firsthand. Interactive sessions covering key sectors within the industry were held across the expo’s three days. There were seminars where industry leaders like Gefran, Fujitec, Nidec, Otis, Hitachi, Intellithink, Wittur, Schmersal and Monteferro touched on vital topics within the industry, giving the attendees better clarity about the sector. Highlighting the current dynamics of the VT sector on the second day, Shanker Gopalkrishnan, president, Madras Consultancy Group, stated the elevator/ escalator market stood at US$115 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach US$175 billion by 2021. Major demand is expected from the affordable-housing sector, he

said, which needs innovative solutions to facilitate vertical real-estate growth. While day one featured a panel discussion on interdisciplinary coordination in planning and design of tall buildings, day two saw a workshop on elevators for firefighting and emergency evacuation and the introduction of section 5, part B in the 2016 National Building Code (NBC). Talking about amendments in the NBC regarding safety during building construction, Sanjay Pant, scientist and director, Civil Engineering, Bureau of Indian Standards, said: “The IEE Expo is a very interesting platform with a large number of players involved. The NBC, which was revised in 2016, has incorporated a detailed chapter on escalators and added a new chapter on [moving walks], structural glazing and asset/facility management. The panel

discussion that took place definitely went a long way in ensuring the code is properly implemented in the country.â€? Day three began with a surprise — an additional session where Niranjan Hiranandani, cofounder and managing director, Hiranandani Group, and national president, National Real Estate Development Council, shared that 51% of the population in India is moving to urban areas, which will lead to congestion and, eventually, result in aggressive growth in elevators. For now, he said, demand comes from the higher segment, but as “housing for allâ€? becomes more prevalent, “the bottom of the pyramid will grow faster, and that’s where elevator-industry professionals will have to be more cautious.â€? The next edition of IEE Expo will be held on February 27-29, 2020.    đ&#x;Œ?

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Leveraging Technology for VT Intellithink Industrial IoT Labs offers a new concept to the elevator industry.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil


Technology is synonymous with vertical transportation (VT), but to what extent can one leverage it, and how can hitherto unexplored aspects also benefit? An interaction with Sendhil Vel, CEO, Intellithink Industrial IoT Labs, and Sridhar Venugopal, the company’s chief technology officer (CTO), during International Elevator & Escalator (IEE) Expo 2018 (p. 64), provided insights on the process of facilitating companies on the journey to Industry 4.0. Vel has 25 years of experience in the manufacturing sector, and Venugopal has similar experience in the information-technology (IT) sector. Their experience mirrors what Vel sees as the genesis of Intellithink: “In the last two or three years, Industry 4.0 has been catching up in a big way. It is bringing the mechanical industry and IT together. But, then, these two are different. One is writing a core piece of code for programming; the other one is actually working on machines, so there is always a disconnection. It hinders organizations from thinking intelligently. And that is how we coined the name ‘Intellithink,’ to help customers think intelligently, through the products and for industry.” The company has been working for a year now on products, thought it’s only been registered for six months, Vel said. “We have two products: one is a field-service management application, and the other is a pure Internet of Things (IoT) product for managing large steel plants, small plants or any assets.” Vel said the

field service application can manage the complete gamut, from installing an asset to servicing it, and Intellithink supplies the software, mobility and IoT products through the entire lifecycle. Elaborating on the concept from a VT perspective, Vel points out that, typically, an elevator’s lifecycle, which starts with a bill of material and installation, would be anywhere between 18-20 years, or at least 15-20 years. “Our product actually gets in at that stage and pretty much continues until it is repaired,” he said. “So, during the installation stage, we help with mobility tools for the project managers and installation engineers to do the job right, to provide them information on apps or to capture what exactly is happening in the field.” Explaining the concept further, he said: “We are giving the management an ability to manage what they cannot see. The senior manager sitting in the office would not know what is happening in the field, but through our mobility solutions, he has clear visibility of what is happening there. Once the installation is over, these customers/clients pretty much go through the regular maintenance channel to become service customers. If there is a breakdown, they try to reach the call center, so the entire gamut is now managed through our platform.” According to Vel, the third aspect of this is the IoT equipment, devices inside the elevators that monitor usage, predict failures and customize service products based on this information. For example, consider two lifts installed at the same time: one running for about 8 hr. a day and the other for 12 hr. a day. Under traditional industry practices, both receive the Continued


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same service product. For the maintenance company, there is an opportunity to differentiate these two usages and provide better service to the customers. This, Vel said, is where Intellithink’s ability to allow asset owners to make the best possible service choices is utilized. “Our vision itself is to use insights and data and convert them into very profitable outcomes. So, we capture the data, drive insights, and, from those insights, we drive an outcome that leads to profit,” he said. Vel noted that the product is manufactured in India by Intellithink, and that it has undergone successful trials. “We are continuously testing it,” he said. As for the industry, he emphasized the ability to optimize business: “When it comes to the app, we have seen many usages. Regarding the benefits, one is optimizing business. To put it very simply, a service engineer could double his or her daily earnings. Then, we will be able to show a 10-12% increase in the revenue. If you take an 8-hr. shift for a technician, it is a mix of actual work and travel time. So, generally, the ratio is almost 40% travel and 60% work, and we will maximize the working part through our scheduling engine, which helps to reduce the travel time.” The technician in the field often comes up against issues that can be helped by the Intellithink app. “Many times, when on a service call, the mechanic invariably must search for parts,” he said. “We have a scheduling feature that forecasts the maintenance requirement of all the assets scheduled for repair for the next two months and look at parts availability to order them in time.” This feature, a function of the third advanced-planning module, virtually eliminates non-availability of parts, he said. A fourth feature, he added, is “knowledge management.” For example, a growing industry like elevators and escalators often has difficulty finding enough skilled workers, but Vel said Intellithink’s knowledge-management feature is addressing this problem: “We actually are capturing what the experienced technicians are doing, how they are solving problems and then importing the data into our modules so that the organization will be able to


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manage their knowledge, which otherwise would be mobile, going to other organizations or retiring.” Warranty management is another benefit, he said. Through the Intellithink service, elevator parts can be linked from the supplier to the warranty: “We have a (software) module where we use pure codes to link the part to the supplier and to an asset in the field. If the part were to fail, we have a company link back to the supplier. And, if we have back-to-back warranty management, it is easier to get a reimbursement from the supplier for the warranty.” Regarding the module, he noted: “It can operate on your browser and mobile device. We have a cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SAAS) model. So, we have mobility tools for the engineers in the field: apps that they can download and use for work orders, time management, payment collection, codes, references, etc.” The app is not reserved for field technicians and service personnel, however. Venugopal said there is, in fact, a wide range of potential users: “It could be a developer; it could be a maintenance service provider or manufacturer. We have a customer who is in the elevator industry; we have a customer who is in the medical device segment. So, it’s a mix. If customer owns an elevator, they would have an app that enables them to open a service ticket if the elevator is broken down by just scanning a QR code on the elevator. The app says, ‘this is broken down right now,’ and it gets escalated immediately. That is one facet to it. A second facet is being able to look at the services, for your assets, from any landlord or corporate perspective. Third, there is the ability to rate the service. This way, you have much more interaction with your customers. Suppose the customer has a breakdown, calls the service center and is told the technician will be sent, yet has no visibility in terms of the status of the service call. The app offers this visibility, which can lead to greater relationships. So, there is a customer involvement, as well.”



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Venugopal said the platform delivers value to businesses by streamlining service operations, displaying technician productivity and delivering a more-agile service operation: “Maybe you don’t need 100 engineers. We’re not trying to cut jobs. We’re trying to provide visibility into service operations. The mobile app gives you more interactivity with the customers. When you introduce that into a business-to-business space, you have far more interactions with your clients and let the customer see that you care. It’s a model for building customers.� Venugopal went on to clarify the cost advantage of using the app: “We’re building the framework for optimization and using cloud SAAS. There is typically no capital expenditure (CAPEX) outlay to this. There are some customers who ask for specific customizations, which we can do. But, pretty much, it’s simply about downloading an app or visiting a website. The data is yours. You walk away with the data if you don’t like it.� Vel said new concepts and innovations in the marketplace demand attention. For example, the recently enacted Real Estate Regulatory Act mandates certain things from real-estate providers that, if not addressed, can leave them open to legal action and large liabilities. Large developments, such as malls, apartment blocks or gated communities, require a professional approach to maintenance, in order to keep their lifts operating without problems. The asset owners also need documentation, in the event of an audit. The Intellithink platform was built for this, he said: “This platform provides a thorough electronic record, giving complete visibility regarding maintenance of the assets over a period of time — five years or beyond — leaving no doubt. This will help reduce liabilities for the large developers, because they are now responsible for five years.


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“A second awareness that we want to drive to the market is that the assets are actually built for a much longer life and require proper upkeep, so, by investing in maintenance, you are actually going to save money over a period of time. If you can manage the process, the assets can pretty much run for a longer life. That’s why you see a 35-year-old lift working fine in some apartments and, in other places, broken lifts after only 15 years. When you look at a 30-year period, the difference between buying once and buying twice is significant.â€? It’s clear, though, that this awareness, from the consumer perspective, is still not there, he said. If the customer has to pay a little extra to maintain it properly, it still saves money over a period of time. Vel said the smaller players in the market must have a “bigcompany mindsetâ€? and invest in technology: “For them to grow bigger, they need technologically strong backbones like the big players, or they cannot survive. That awareness in the smaller customers needs to be there, because that is the prime thing that I am seeing: the big guys will invest; they have the money. But, the small guys actually drive more employment than the big guys, and they need to increase employment, so they need to come into a very good technological platform.â€? Because Intellithink’s approach is outcome based, the smaller companies can take advantage of the new technology: “There is no more CAPEX: you will pay as the outcome comes. This is where we are different and why it is interesting for the small players. They are really in need of delivering an outcome to gain their living. This is a platform where they can really do that. “We found that the IT and the operational technology were still separate, but if the industry has to move into Industry 4.0, they need to talk and share hands. We also felt that the only way we could bring benefits to customers is to convert our data and insights into an actual product that will deliver results. The idea was to bring something more affordable and Industry 4.0 compatible.â€?   đ&#x;Œ?


Elevator Cab Decoration Planning Issues How the humble cab can become impressive and unforgettable

by Samson Babu Interior decoration and aesthetics of modern buildings and spaces play an important role, expressing the culture, value and brand identity of each building and its occupants. This mentality is often extended into the decoration of elevators. An elevator car is an uninteresting enclosed space; by decorating it beautifully, it is converted into a special space, and the elevator travel experience becomes impressive and unforgettable. Decorating an elevator car may look like an independent and easy task. However, there are various other elements that require consideration while designing and executing them. In this article, we will elaborate on the recommended practices for decorating elevator cars/entrances, while reviewing various coordination issues and code-related issues.

Car Area Versus EN 81-70 Prior to embarking on adding decoration panels to the elevator car, compliance requirements with respect to EN 81-70 should be considered. On premium projects, owners prefer to provide “full wheelchair rotation” within the elevator car, and this is possible per the accessibility code with a minimum car size of 2,000 mm wide X 1,400 mm deep. If additional decoration panels are added to the car, their thickness will reduce this size, making

compliance with “wheelchair rotation” unfeasible. However, if this is not avoidable, then it is preferable to select an even larger elevator car, which can both accommodate interior decoration panels and meet the dimensional requirements of EN 81-70. Interior designers often use up to 40 mm per wall for decoration panels, which includes the decoration panels and their fixing Z clips. This would mean the elevator car’s clear width will be reduced by 80 mm. It is recommended to use decoration panels with honeycomb backing, which reduce the net thickness and weight of decoration panels.

Cataloged or Custom It is recommended to select interior decorations offered by elevator suppliers whenever possible. There is no match to factory-finished decoration, as it is developed and manufactured by the same elevator supplier with the same level of quality assurance as the elevator equipment itself. Perfect finishing can be expected with respect to positioning, affixation, alignment, verticality, surface waviness, gaps and corners. Leading elevator suppliers have a wide range of attractive elevator decorations, consisting of stainless steel with etched patterns, textured

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Interior decoration panels shall not reduce the clear sizes required by EN 81-70.

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Stiffeners at the back of car body panels

stainless steel, colored stainless steel, colored glass, printed laminate and wood laminate. In case factory-supplied finishes are selected (and especially in case of stainless-steel panels), the elevator supplier should take care to provide the required stiffeners for the panels in order to avoid drumming noises from them. This may be either a metal stiffener welded to the backside of the panel, a commercial anti-drumming coating or a self-adhesive pad attached to the backside of the panel.

Z clip mounting for the decoration panels

Car-Shell Finishes Each architect faces the question of which finish should be selected for the car shell: primed/painted or a superior finish. Because adding the decoration panels to the car shell ultimately hides its finish, it seems logical to select a primed/painted finish. However, the decoration details must be studied prior to finalizing the finish of the car shell. If there are multiple panels with gaps between them, the finish of the car shell will leak through the gaps. A similar condition exists at the corners, where the panels do not touch each other, and there are gaps at corners, exposing the finish of the car shell. In such conditions, suitable reveal strips (stainless steel or another finish) must be placed at the gaps to hide the car shell. Alternatively, the entire car shell can be in stainless steel.

Materials It is essential to choose the right materials to comply with the code requirements once the decision is made to custom manufacture the interior decoration. Elevator safety codes require the decorative materials to be nonflammable with limited reaction to fire. The decorative materials for the car walls, ceiling, accessories and flooring shall comply to low smoke-emission levels, limited contribution to fire and low production of flaming droplets/particles upon exposure to fire. It is recommended to avoid uncertified, low-quality, artificial gypsum boards and products with high contents of volatile organic compounds.

General Arrangement of Decoration Panels Decoration panels added to the elevator car shell may be affixed using various methods, including gluing and/or by using Z clips. It is not recommended to use Z clips made from wood. Lightweight aluminum Z clips are more durable. The decoration panels should be arranged with suitable clearances between adjacent panels to ensure easy installation/

replacement. Gaps between the panels may require special treatment, such as reveal strips. Corner posts are helpful in arranging the decoration panels with uniform dimensions with suitable clearance. Not enough clearance may cause squeaking (especially at the corners, if the decoration panels are installed without clearances) as the panels rub against each other. In many instances, interior decoration is not applied for the front return panels and car operating panels (COPs). The thickness of decoration panels should be coordinated so the COP is in line/ flush with the adjacent panels. Depending on the thickness of the decoration panels, the elevator supplier may be required to adjust its COP dimensions, and this must be coordinated early enough to avoid unsightly projections.

Weight of Car Decoration Care must be taken not to add too much decoration weight to the elevator system. More decoration weight must be compensated at the counterweight side, and it would ultimately increase the motor shaft suspended load. If there is excessive decoration weight added to a nominal elevator capacity, a standard elevator machine may not be sufficient. The elevator supplier may be required to upsize the traction machine, which, in turn, would affect the shaft size, shaft layout and cost. It is recommended to limit the decoration weight as shown below. Once the installation of elevator decoration is complete, the elevator supplier must make sure that the right amount of balancing weight is added to the counterweight. Otherwise, the traction machine’s motor will be overloaded. This will cause motor failure, as the motor draws more current than its optimal design limit established by the elevator manufacturer. Continued • Issue 2, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com


Flooring Decoration Elevator flooring is custom to reflect and continue the flooring pattern of the elevator lobby in most modern buildings, whether residential or commercial. The flooring is not supplied by the elevator supplier. A bare platform with a space provision (floor recess) for floor finish/tiles is requested from the elevator supplier. Often, the platform received from the elevator supplier is steel, over which the floor tile is laid with a grout or glue. To reduce a drumming sound on the flooring, it is recommended to request an underlay from the elevator supplier. Such flooring includes sound-absorbent plywood underlay up to 16 mm thick affixed to the platform. It must be noted that the plywood underlay shall be fire resistant and marine-grade quality to withstand the effects of moisture and humidity. In areas such as kitchens, hospitals and laboratories, hygiene is of utmost importance. It is difficult to clean and maintain the elevator car flooring at corners and at floor-to-wall junctions. For such locations, it is recommended to use “coved ends” for the flooring, in which the flooring is gently coved onto the adjacent wall and terminated at a capping seal. Such flooring prevents accumulation of dirt and bacteria.


Mirror stainless-steel reveal that can be seen between wooden decoration panels

Coved-end flooring eliminates the accumulation of dirt at corners.

A guide for the limiting of decoration weight (Numbers include all decoration elements, such as car walls, car floor, car ceiling and accessories.)


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Specialty lighting design for elevator cars by Fujitec

Interior-design (ID) architects also design lighting concepts and other themed special effects for elevators. Care must be taken to specify readily available fixtures, as specialty fixtures are difficult to replace. The fixtures should also be easily accessible for quick replacement and produce a minimum of 100 lux at the car floor level. Depending on project requirements, it may be required to install dimmer controls for the light fittings to allow fine tuning of lighting with respect to its surroundings. Where acrylic sheets are used as the lens for light fittings, the arrangement of the fittings should ensure there are no dark /bright spots on the acrylic lens. Acrylic sheets shall have high lighttransmission capability. To avoid yellowing of acrylic sheets, those selected should be of high quality with an ultraviolet protection layer. Heat generated by lights in the elevator should also be considered to ensure the car remains cool and comfortable. Installing too many fixtures might increase the heat generated inside the elevator car, and this must be verified at the design stage. Color temperatures of 2,400-2,700 K are required. It is recommended to avoid using incandescent lamps. Similar color temperatures can be achieved without generating much heat by using extra-warm-white LED lamps and appropriate dimming controls. Certain innovative projects include lighting embedded in the flooring. This must be carefully coordinated with the elevator supplier to allow for floor recessing, wiring and lighting installation. On many projects, decorative lighting is retained for both normal and emergency (power failure) conditions. It is recommended to include an “emergency light test switch” within the car controls to periodically check if the emergency lighting is in good working condition. The elevator supplier is required to study the lighting concept and make suitable provisions for power supply and space for mounting the ballast and uninterruptible power supply unit on the car.

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Ventilation Specialty lighting design for elevator cars; source: www.pinterest.com/eStruc

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Location of COP, complying with accessibility code EN 81-70

panels to the elevator car, it is possible to block these ventilation apertures. More often, the lower-level apertures are provided within the kickplate assembly. The elevator supplier should review the interior decoration concept with the architect and should ensure the decoration panels do not block the ventilation apertures. Some elevator suppliers provide the ventilation apertures at the elevator-car entrance column (front return panel). Since the apertures are visible to public view, this can spoil the aesthetics of the elevator car. It is preferable to hide the ventilation apertures as much as possible.

Emergency- and Accessibility-Related Issues The ID architect should carefully consider the disabled code requirements for elevators while developing the decoration concept. Each car is provided with an emergency-rescue opening on its roof, and any design for ceiling decoration should ensure the emergency-rescue opening is not blocked. The ceiling must be dismountable quickly, without use of special tools and without any assistance from passengers inside the elevator car. While it is often preferred to place the COPs on the front return panels, the accessibility code requires it to be located on the side panels for ease of access. Care must be taken not to place the push

Dome corner mirror inside elevator for wheelchair reversing; source: Safety-Security-Mirrors

buttons very close to the corners but maintain a minimum of 400 mm from the corners. Similarly, the placement of handrails should comply with accessibility-code requirements (i.e., within a height of 900 mm from the finished floor). The handrail should be discontinued at the location of the COP. Though the car flooring generally follows the lobby flooring, it must be ensured the flooring offers good grip and a nonslip surface. Usage of mirrors inside the car should be considered carefully to not cause confusion for the disabled/elderly. Any mirror panel shall not continue to floor level; its bottom edge shall be a minimum of 300 mm above floor level. All mirrors used within the elevator cars should have anti-shatter safety backing. Only laminated glass should be used when using glass for the decoration of elevator cars. This is to prevent injuries that may be caused from shattering. For added strength, tempered glass panels that withstand high impact forces may be used. For smaller elevator cars, where wheelchair rotation is not possible, it is recommended to install rearview mirrors (corner dome mirrors) at the corners of the elevator car to help wheelchair users while reversing out from the elevator car upon exit.

Door Panels Elevator car decoration also includes decoration concepts for the car- and landing-door panels. For custom finishes, the elevator supplier provides only primed (or stainless-steel) door panels from the factory. The special finishes are generally added to the door panel by 0.8-mm-thick door skins attached by adhesives. Care must be taken so as not to increase the weight of the door panels, as this could affect the door opening/closing performance. Especially in the case of large door sizes (such as 1,200-mmwide and 2,400-mm-tall doors), the weight of the door in itself is great, and adding decorative skins will increase the weight of the door panels. The elevator safety code restricts the kinetic energy of a moving door panel to 10 J. In certain premium projects, fast doors with high closing/opening speeds are utilized. In such projects, increasing the weight of the door will reduce the door speed to keep the kinetic energy within the required limit. Continued


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Protective drapes to protect car interior decoration; source: Kapok88

Aluminum door sill clad with stainless-steel sheet

Permanent hook installed on car panel for suspending protective drapes; source: Kapok88

Similar to the car body panels, elevator door panels should also be fixed with stiffeners to avoid drumming sounds.

Door Sills Damaged door sill with stainless-steel cladding

The industry standard is to provide door sills in extruded aluminum. However, it is recommended to manufacture superior finishes out of solid metal. Their description becomes, for example, “stainless-steel door sills, machined and polished.” Some elevator suppliers propose to provide aluminum door sills clad with stainless-steel sheets by local vendors. Since the addition of the sheet to the original sill reduces the door guide clearance, such practice is not recommended. Also, sills with thin cladding will suffer damage/dents with the use of trolleys. While this practice may be acceptable for light passenger use, it is not acceptable where high point/wheel loads are required (such as in freight elevators). Only solid stainless-steel door sills should be provided for use with freight elevators.

Protection of Decoration Panels It is essential to prevent accidental damage to car decoration panels by users and their belongings such as luggage trolleys, strollers, wheelchairs, etc. While handrails are always installed, it is not common to provide bumper rails on decorated elevator cars. Decorative bumper rail for passenger elevator cars


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Hall call station, mounted directly on lobby wall without a faceplate

Hall lantern lamp with custom shape in Burj Khalifa

Having a joint line above the COP is unsightly and should be avoided. Continued

Hall lanterns mounted directly on the transom panel without a faceplate; source: ASD/SKY


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requirements. The cars will be provided with permanent suspension hooks/pins installed inside the car to which specially fabricated protection drapes will be attached during furniture/ trolley movement. The protection drapes will temporarily protect the panels on all sides of the elevator car and be removed prior to returning the elevator to normal passenger use.

Service-Elevator Decoration

Push buttons should have high contrast from their surroundings.

Service passenger elevators are used for the vertical transportation of back-of-house support staff and equipment. Basic hairline stainless-steel finish is usually provided for their cars and doors. However, this finish cannot accommodate or withstand the abusive nature of service traffic. Dents and scratches will appear almost immediately, and the condition becomes worse as the elevator continues in service. It is recommended to use sturdier finishes for service-elevator cars and doors. Rigidized stainless-steel finish is one such finish available in a wide range of patterns. Rigidizing involves strengthening the panels by deep texturing, thereby increasing impact resistance. A rigidized finish can also hide scratches and dents. Checkered plate flooring is provided for service elevators in heavy-duty environments such as hotels. Alternatively, durable PVC tiles and stone flooring may be used.


Preformed snap button hole plug on a COP

Different types of hole plugs; source: FarnellMulticomp

Considering the difficulty of replacing a damaged panel (especially if it is of a specialty finish and avoiding elevator downtime is critical), the ID architect may consider adding decorative bumper rails that match the elevator’s decoration theme. On some projects, the decorated passenger elevator is also used for furniture movement and/or back-of-house traffic. It is recommended to include removable protection drapes for such

Where interior decoration involves unique/exclusive decoration, it is recommended to procure one additional set of decoration as a spare. Such specially made panels may not be available readily or even in the same country. In high-profile projects, it is necessary to replace damaged decoration immediately. When spare panels are available onsite, the replacement of panels can be completed quickly. Spares should also be considered for custom accent lighting, speaker systems, floor lighting, handrail lighting, handrails, suspended chandeliers, disco balls and other items that are part of the interior decoration concept. A list of spares must be prepared for each project, and it should consider each elevator car size individually.

Selection of Signal Fixtures Very rarely, the ID architect designs custom signal fixtures. In iconic projects like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the elevator hall lantern lamp is custom designed, reflecting the shape of the tower. The following general interior-decoration rules apply to signal fixtures: ♦♦ Fixtures shall have screw-less affixing means. ♦♦ The location of the fixtures shall comply with accessibility requirements. ♦♦ Select signal fixtures with colors that contrast with their surroundings. ♦♦ Other than standard elevator-operation buttons, all other buttons/key switches shall be hidden in a discreet cabinet. In general, all signal fixtures have their own faceplate, which is then mounted on a surface (may be a wall or car panel). On special Continued


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projects, such faceplates are not preferred. Rather, the push buttons/indicators are directly mounted on the surface. Though carrying out maintenance for such units is challenging, some high-profile hotel and corporate projects demand such arrangement. Such special projects also demand increased car clear heights, such as 2,600-2,900 mm. In its standard configuration, the COP does not continue up to and beyond the suspended ceiling, leaving a visible joint line. This is not desirable, as it spoils the aesthetic look of the car. The elevator supplier should fabricate the COP with special dimensions so the joint line is eliminated. Just as signal fixtures with high-contrast color from their surroundings must be selected, push buttons should differ strikingly from the adjacent material. Their visibility will be even worse when standard stainless steel/silver buttons are selected for a stainless-steel COP. Visually challenged users will have a hard time locating the push buttons’ operable area. While adding decoration panels to the left/right of the COP, consideration must be made for the operability of the panel for maintenance/repair. Hinged swing-open panels are most convenient but require swing space at the hinge. Some elevator suppliers provide a keyhole above the COP to keep the COP locked. These should be closed with removable buttons in stainless steel or steel in a color that matches the COP.

Conclusion Interior decoration of elevator cars is not just limited to the scope of an ID architect. It involves elaborate consideration of various technical/aesthetic issues related to the manufacture of the elevator equipment itself. Elevator cars must be decorated in full consultation with elevator consultants so the concerns are understood by the design team. The elevator consultant must be aware of the current trends and methods in elevator decoration and should provide practical guidance, considering both the project requirements and concerns from the elevator manufacturer in fulfilling them. Such “considered ID charter” for elevators will be easy for elevator manufacturers to follow and incorporate.

Samson Babu is technical director for VTME Vertical Transportation Systems Consultants in Dubai. He may be contacted at email: sbabu@ vtmeconsulting.com.





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stepping up their efforts in this regard. There are both government- and privately run ITIs. Among the frontrunners in providing opportunities for quality vocational training, ITI Kubernagar, one of the government’s ITIs, has obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification. Striving to produce an industry-ready workforce, which entails closer interaction with relevant industries, the institute has a lift mechanic course conducted in association with reputed manufacturers. In addition, ITI Kubernagar aims at a well-rounded education with personality development, soft-skills training and English and basic computer skills taught to all trainees. Worker safety is essential. It also arranges a safety seminar every year by different companies. Highlighting the significance of trained personnel in the current market, D.K. Parekh, B.Eng, director, Directorate of Employment & Training, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, states: “High rises are growing in urban areas. There is a great need for lift mechanics. ITI can cater to that need by introducing appropriate courses. ITI Kubernagar, Ahmedabad has been running the course since 2005. From 2017-2018

“Increasing fatal accidents in the state made the government think about and start such an ITI course, as there was not a single institute for supplying skilled manpower to this fast-growing industry.” — Nilesh Trivedi, elevator trainer, ITI Kubernagar

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we have introduced more ITIs in urban areas. We seek cooperation from all stakeholders.” Asha Patel, principal, ITI Kubernagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, emphasizes: “According to the world scenario, my institute is always there to fulfill the requirement of industries. A number of lift

manufacturing industries are in Ahmedabad, and interaction with them resulted in such a course for the very first time in India. We became a pioneer for this course. Moreover, we are training the students by means of day-by-day technology included in the industry. Our entire staff is managing all the parts of training in a disciplined way.”


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Explaining the process behind setting up the course and why he service and maintenance of a company’s elevators. ITI Kubernagar opted to make VT education his career, Nilesh Trivedi, B.Eng. achieved 100% placement for its first batch of students in 2005. (elect), elevator trainer, ITI Kubernagar, Ahmedabad, shares: They can get jobs related to installing, testing, servicing and “I wanted to do something different from conventional skilled maintaining various kinds of elevators in residential buildings, education, and that idea led me toward elevator education. shopping malls, airports and hospitals. Some are working in the Increasing fatal accidents in the state made the government think manufacturing industry, and others have started their own about and start such an ITI course, as there was not a single businesses. private or government institute for supplying skilled manpower to Initially, during admissions counseling, Trivedi realized it was this fast-growing industry. Ahmedabad is the difficult to convince parents there is a career Initially, during admissions central hub for the elevator industry, as there and future in the lift industry. Today, this is is huge infrastructure development in the counseling, Trivedi realized different, with no vacancy in the course, state. With the guidance and help of the chief even after increasing the available number it was difficult to convince lift inspector, associations and elevator of slots. Every year, 60 trainees are getting companies, we decided to start such a course parents there is a career and elevator-industry jobs in Ahmedabad city. in ITI Kubernagar, Ahmedabad, which is a The course was started in Baroda, future in the lift industry. premium institute in the entire country.â€? Rajkot, Surat, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Trivedi says he was given the responsibility Today, this is different. Mehsana and Palanpur, as well. Under a of starting an ITI lift-mechanic course by his public-private partnership, two lifts were donated by OMEGA and ORBIS lift companies and installed at ITI Kubernagar for training. However, the challenges didn’t end there. For starters, there was a language barrier to overcome, as the students had undergone their basic education in the Gujarati language. Moreover, in an industry as dynamic as elevators and escalators, the curriculum could become outdated within a short time. Trivedi elaborates: “Training needs passion. You have to update yourself as the technology changes very fast. The books available are in English, and the level is very high for an ITI student. Books in the local supervisor in 2005. This was the first time such a course had been language are required for ITI students to understand. A lot of work offered in the country. Initially, it lasted four months and included is still needed, along with efforts such as modernizing the posts for ITI students seeking to be electricians, fitters and workshop, providing more practical training and preparing electronics professionals. In 2007, it was extended to one-year literature in the local language.â€? students in their 10th year of undergraduate education. So, how does a trainer go beyond the basic teaching role to Starting a course is one thing, but sustaining it and keeping it inspire his students? For Trivedi, it was leading by doing. After industry relevant is quite another. Here, too, Trivedi found a great much hard work, Trivedi realized his dream of preparing two vacuum that urgently needed filling, so he working lift models — one microprocessorreached out to the industry. The outcome was and the other programmable-logicJob training is a part of good. He recalls: controller based. The effort was appreciated the syllabus during the “I contacted local and multinational by the industry and department, he says, companies to understand lift technology and resulting in a first-place prize in a model last three months, when the requirements of skilled manpower in competition that included categories for students receive handsAhmedabad. I received remarkable response solar-elevator and smart-braking systems. on training in erection, regarding their requirements, and that Trivedi says for students, alertness on the encouraged me to seek assistance. I visited Otis job and good personal traits, such as the service and maintenance Mumbai and prepared the syllabus. I got a lot ability to work well under supervisors, are of a company’s elevators. important. “We give them this knowledge in of help from Vandre Sir (the training director) and Salian Sir, (the general manager) from the employability skill subject at our Otis.â€? institute,â€? he says. “You have to ensure that your lift and its Job training is a part of the syllabus during the last three components are regularly assessed, tested and inspected at the months, when students receive hands-on training in erection, right time and in line with international standards.â€?   đ&#x;Œ?

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Impacts of Policy Changes on Real Estate in 2017 Association, developer and consultant perspectives are given. by Yash Pandya The real-estate sector was affected by so many policy announcements in 2017 that, at one stage, confusion reigned over whether the situation was one step forward, two steps back or vice versa. The demonetization aftermath, introduction of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), as well as amendments to the norms for affordable housing, were all newsmakers. As the year ended and 2018 beckoned, stakeholders took all four into consideration. Here’s a look at the topics highlighted during the last quarter of 2017.

demand for houses. This is further evident from the notable rise in the number of affordablehousing project launches in the first nine months of 2017, which only goes to show the scope of growth and progress the segment has made in achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of “Housing for All by 2022.” The National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) expressed its gratitude to the Government of India for increasing the carpet area (net usable space) limit for affordable housing for the Middle Income Group (MIG), under Modi’s Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY) initiative from 90 m2 to 120 m2 and Association Perspectives from 110 m2 to 150 m2, as well as extending the Jaxay Shah, president of the Confederation of income-tax provisions to cover projects Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India sanctioned on or before March 31, 2019. (CREDAI), opined that granting infrastructure According to NAREDCO, this will enable status to the affordable-housing segment during MIG homebuyers to avail themselves of a 4% the 2017 Union Budget rejuvenated the Indian interest subsidy on home loans taken from banks real-estate industry. Under this scheme, many for a house/flat with 60-120 m2 carpet area and a developers pitched in to meet the growing 3% interest subsidy on a house/flat with 120-150 m2 carpet area, which previously was 90-110 m2, respectively. This decision will now bring the entire demand for affordable housing under the Interest Subvention Scheme, accounting for almost 96% of total demand for housing in the country. NAREDCO also requested that the Indian government fix the GST rate for the CREDAI President Jaxay Shah addresses delegates at CREDAI Conclave 2015; image real-estate sector at 6%, captured from YouTube channel.


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Developer Perspectives


Ram Walase, managing director and CEO of VBHC Value Homes, Pvt. Ltd., described 2017 as a year of disruptions for real estate, with demonetization, RERA and GST. The industry is yet to fully recover from the shortterm effects of the reform measures. It would take about 18-24 months for the industry to recover from the effects of inventory overhang and regulatory interventions, he estimated. Yet, the disruptions are likely to drive the long-term metamorphosis of the sector. Listing challenges, he said that the land prices in urban areas are still higher for developing affordable housing. While RERA brings a lot of clarity with respect to the developer-customer relationship, more needs to be done to ensure a hassle-free approval process, land-record verification and stamp-duty rationalization. At the same time, India’s rapid urbanization promises a lot for the sector. The affordable-housing segment continues to provide good sales velocity. With RERA and GST, unfair arbitrage has been reduced, and players have a more level playing field. The current trend of limited new launches and muted price inflation should continue in 2018, Walase said. End-user demand,


especially in the affordable-housing segment, will continue to be a bright spot — primarily driven by PMAY subsidies and the favorable government policies for the segment. Amarjit Bakshi, managing director, Central Park Resorts, called 2017 a landmark year for the real-estate sector on the policy front. RERA was brought into the picture with a view to empower customers, provide more clarity on practices and have developers adhere to fair practices. It propagates a more trustworthy image of the real-estate sector. In addition to this, GST aims to avoid double taxation, curb black-money inflow and lower prices on new property. These regulatory measures had an adverse impact, causing the sector to experience lackluster performance last year. However, in the long run, these measures will prove to be beneficial for both consumers and developers, as there will be faster decisionmaking by consumers while buying properties, and only established players will exist in the market. The government’s focus on “Housing for All by 2022” will provide an impetus to affordable-housing projects in 2018, as many developers look to capitalize on the opportunity. Nandan A. Piramal, director, Sales & Marketing, Peninsula Land Ltd., emphasized that “Housing for All by 2022” has taken a colossal leap forward with the increase in the unit size of MIG houses and reduction of interest rates. The government’s move will benefit both buyers and developers, he said. Homebuyers can own bigger, completed houses at lower costs. Also, people in smaller towns and cities will now be able to afford higher-quality homes. With increasing demand for affordable homes, the industry sees upward growth in this segment in 2018, he added. Rohit Poddar, managing director, Poddar Housing and Development Ltd., emphasized that, in the past year, there has been transformation in the real-estate sector thanks to demonetization, RERA, GST and government initiatives. Demonetization had a strong, almost direct effect among those on the supply side; demand has been stable and slowly picking up in the past months. The long-term market dynamics for the real-estate sector are positive, particularly in the residential market, where costs are likely to remain stable over the coming months. There hasn’t been a substantial dip in prices in the prime market in the recent past, as margins are very thin. However, there has been some rationalization in the secondary market. Implementation of RERA and GST, as well as transparency and accountability in the sector, have increased significantly for influential investors. Because of this, they are looking at Indian real estate with renewed interest. Only trustworthy developers who conduct business with transparency will survive in the future. In 2018, the focus is likely to be on concluding existing projects on time and vetting existing inventory. This shows that demonetization has brought about a positive trend in the realestate sector, Poddar observed. Piramal



from the current rate of 12%. According to NAREDCO, capping GST at 6% will incentivize buyers waiting for completed properties (which carry a lower GST) in which to invest. NAREDCO Chairman Rajeev Talwar called it a “win-win situation for all,” continuing: “We feel a step like this would go a long way in boosting demand. The buyers stand to benefit, as developers would pass on the benefit to the buyers. The government also stands to benefit, as they will collect more tax because of increase in demand.” Under the special schemes for affordable housing, in partnership with the effective rate for housing projects with unit sizes up to 60 m2, the GST rate is currently 8%. “Land cost is the most significant part of the project cost in a real-estate project,” NAREDCO President Niranjan Hiranandani said. “The abatement of 30% for land cost is not enough, and it should be pegged at 50%, even though the land cost in cities like Mumbai and the Delhi National Capital Region may go up to 60-70% of the property cost.” According to analysts, the differential between the tax rates for a ready-to-move property and an under-construction one has compounded the problem. The GST rate for under-construction properties is 12%, whereas for ready-to-move properties, it is 0%. This makes the ready-to-move properties lucrative compared with under-construction ones. This, in turn, is translating into reduction in fresh and continuous demand. NAREDCO feels this would be taken care of if the GST rate for the sector is pegged at 6%.


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Implications for Elevators More projects with larger apartments will now come under the “Affordable Housing� category. This promises to boost real-estate development considerably, as this segment is the primary demand driver. This effectively means that more high rises will be coming up, thereby increasing the demand for elevators during 2018 and thereafter.

Consultant Perspective



Per Colliers Research, the demonetization wave seems to have settled down, and prospects for the real-estate sector look promising. During the past year, apart from demonetization, RERA has gone into effect in several states; there has been nationwide implementation of GST; and amendments in the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act have been enacted. Gagan Randev, national director, Capital Markets and Investment Services, Colliers International India, said he feels the introduction of RERA will be a game changer for the real-estate industry. It will support players who are focused and committed to the business and paying attention to their processes and cost structures. Further, logistics, warehousing and affordable housing are drawing the attention of both foreign and domestic investors who believe these sectors can ensure a healthy return on investment. The Indian residential real-estate market was shaken by the implementation of these long-awaited policies. However, the commercial market looks firm. The number of residential launches did not seem to improve in 2017, as most developers were engaged in adjusting their business processes in the post-GST and RERA world. However, these policies will bring much-needed transparency and corporate governance to the sector and have a long-term positive impact, Randev said. Surabhi Arora, senior associate director, Research, Colliers International India, shared that while real-estate developers are gearing up to adapt and thrive in this new economic environment, transparent pricing, timely completion of projects and certified real-estate professionals should help in attracting much more investment. This is likely to transform the real-estate market.  đ&#x;Œ?


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Industry Dialogue

Focused on Growth Creestaa Elevators’ Sneha Rewale speaks with EW India.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil


Sneha Rewale (SR), Joint Managing Director, Creestaa Elevators Pvt. Ltd., shared her vision for the company’s future and the strategy behind new developments with ELEVATOR WORLD India’s Sheetal Shelar Patil (SSP). SSP: What are your views on ethics, strategy and quality in relation to Creestaa as a company? SR: Creestaa is a technical joint venture ( JV) with an Italian company. Our strategy is to offer the best-quality, maximum-safety lifts at a very competitive price, and provide very prompt service when needed. As you will notice here, the displayed lifts are fully manufactured in India, thereby contributing to the “Make in India” scheme. SSP: How did Creestaa come to be? What were the areas of expertise then, and what are they now? What was the inspiration behind the transformation into a major industry like elevators? SR: Rewale Group has been in the manufacturing sector since 1993. Today, we are the largest manufacturer of precision sheetmetal and diesel gensets in the country, catering to the needs of giants like Mahindra & Mahindra. Sheetmetal forming is our core strength. We were seriously planning to be in the market with our own product and, after due diligence, we decided to step into this vibrant field of elevators (lifts) and make our mark. Hence, we selected an Italian lift manufacturing company as our technical joint-venture partner,


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and the fallout of this venture is on display here. As you will notice, they are surpassing the expectations of all concerned. Creestaa comes from “crest,” which means top/peak. The soft launch of our Creestaa Lifts was done at the International Elevator & Escalator (IEE) Expo 2016, and the inauguration was done by the Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister, Government of Maharashtra. SSP: What are the unique selling propositions (USPs) of your company that set it apart from established players in the market? What are your areas of focus and your plans for installing manufacturing units? SR: We offer customized elevators, as per the choice of the buyer, and to enable this, we have a dedicated area of 20,000 sq. ft. wherein we have a showroom displaying a variety of cabins, car and landing operating panels, ceilings, etc., which is unique in India. The customer can pick and choose. We have a manufacturing plant at Kagal, Kolhapur, that covers 38,000 m2. We have a dedicated in-house installation team trained by our technical JV partners in Italy, and we are relentlessly focused on reducing response time for service. We believe in quality installations, not just the numbers. SSP: How does your company plan to cater to the changing aspirations and needs of people and companies with which you will be partnering? SR: I believe that customization is a USP for Creestaa today, because the entire R&D setup and manufacturing is in-house, and, except for the machines, guide rails, ropes and safety products we import, the entire product is manufactured in-house. If you go to other brands that are established, for a normal product

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Chandrakant Patil, third from left, visits the Creestaa stall at IEE Expo 2018; seen here with team.

delivery, they will take two months, and, if it is customized, it will go even further — or they may even refuse. But, in our case, we deliver the product faster, including customization. At our (IEE Expo) stall, we received wonderful response to our live elevator, LCD panels and cabins; people have really liked it. The LCD panels offer a unique screen in India. It’s like a full 65-in. screen in our elevators. You can connect it to the WiFi; you can have live news updates and climate updates or any ads that you want; and, if you don’t want to use it like a screen, when switched off, it’ll work like a mirror. So, we are trying to see what more we can do and what novel things we can get in the market. SSP: As a new entrant, how do you foresee your company and the competitive elevator market? SR: Our Kolhapur unit itself has the capacity to manufacture 15,000 elevators a year. We are confident about the products. We foresee an increase in the market pre- and post-Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) and note that our prime minister is focusing on affordable homes. In India, relatively few people have good homes; hence, there is a huge potential for the elevator business. With all this in mind, we have built up the plant in Kolhapur and already done installations for big-name developers. As a company, we are focusing on Maharashtra, but shortly will be expanding to a pan-India basis. SSP: What are your company’s expansion plans? Have you undertaken any steps to include connecting your areas of operation? SR: We chose Kolhapur, as it is centrally located to service southern India, which will substantially reduce the transportation costs, as compared to if we operated from Pune. Maharashtra first, then pan-India operations is what we are looking forward to. SSP: What is your prime focus when it comes to dealing in elevators? SR: As there are elderly people and children who travel, safety has to be the prime priority and should be considered important. So, we focus quite a bit on that. We are going to have an 80-m test tower in Kolhapur. So, that’s the level of safety and aesthetics that we focus on.

SSP: What kind of approach is essential when dealing in separate segments of the elevator business? Is it innovating or introducing new technology? SR: Traffic analysis is very important for both residential and commercial buildings. For residential, the traffic flow would be mostly in the morning and evening hours, when people are going to, or coming home from, their jobs. But, for commercial buildings, it is for the entire day, so that’s the difference. Productwise, at the end of the day, it is traveling, so it doesn’t differentiate a lot. But, when we have a product, we pitch it. We have an elevator that has a proper LCD screen: a proper display where you can have your ads rolling in. This way, commercial buildings can generate revenue through their elevators. Say I have a mall, and there are many brands, but one brand wants to shoot an ad. I will charge it a particular amount to display it for those many hours, and I actually get revenue from it. So, I am generating revenue by installing an elevator. At the end of the day, it’s the same product, but we are seeing how many features we can put into it. The customer-delight approach is essential. SSP: Why is there a need for coming up with innovative concepts, and what does this do for the people who are using it and the real estate companies who are installing it for the audience? SR: Coming up with new concepts is the need of the hour. If you don’t do it, you will not be in the race. Like the huge screen, we are putting it in for commercial. But, there will be a time when even residential buildings will ask for it. They will want to put notices on it. Even in societies, if you want to put up your stall or something, and you want to advertise, there is a particular rent that you have to pay to the societies. The society has to pay the annual maintenance contract (AMC) amount at the end of the day for the elevators, so why not collect the AMC amount through the advertisement? Today, people might not appreciate it, but down the line in a few years, they will see it everywhere and actually think about it. It makes sense giving your maintenance to the OEM. So, you offer them a solution, maybe at a slightly higher cost as compared


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The expansive factory floor at Creestaa’s Kolhapur plant

The Kolhapur plant

to any local player. For example, if there is a car, and you give it to the company showroom, it’ll charge a bit extra, and if you give it to a local garage, they will charge a little less, but without any warranty of spares and service. Therefore, it is always recommended to choose an OEM who can offer warranty of the product and service. At the same time, offering a solution to generate AMC, they will certainly like it. These are a few things we are working on, and, of course, there are established players in the market. So, for someone to choose Creestaa, we have to offer something different and unique. If you keep innovating and keep doing new things, you excite people. That is what can attract people, and that is the reason why we keep working on new developments. SSP: How has RERA transformed the elevators market? Have you experienced a shift in the mindset? SR: RERA is a good act. I’m sure that the construction industry is going to come into a very organized fashion. Because, as of now, there are good organized players and unorganized players. But now, because of RERA, unorganized players have to become organized.


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For the multinational corporations, how it’s going to help is that the local players in elevators will vanish slowly. As owners will want a good-quality product on which they can rely for a longer period, this will be a positive step for the elevator industry. Of course, there was a slowdown because of demonetization, the Goods and Services Tax and RERA for a certain period, but I feel that it was for good, and now the real-estate market will observe an upswing. Sheetal Shelar Patil works with a content solutions agency, overseeing weekend sections, special features, news columns, magazines and theme pages for one of India’s leading Englishlanguage daily newspapers, as well as working with several business-to-business publications. A holder of a diploma course in journalism, Patil previously worked in administrative positions with various real-estate, hospitality and media enterprises.


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