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The Premier Magazine for the Building Transportation Industry in India

Issue 2, Volume 12


Elevator Escalator Expo 2019 Focus on Technical and Engineering Innovations


Contents 44

COVER STORY 74 Home Lift


FEATURES 44 Vertical Living and

Gulshan Ikebana by Nitin Agarwal and N.N. Singh A case study on the elevators of the

17-tower high-end apartment complex in Noida says a lot about community living and centralization.

Stepping Up to a Brave New World by Yash Pandya photos by thyssenkrupp thyssenkrupp MD provides perspectives on current real estate scenario and transportation innovations.


Impediments to Innovation by Yash Pandya

Elevator Escalator Expo 68 2019 by Vijay Pandya 70

Architect Perspectives by Amish Mistry



The second edition, held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, witnessed an industry convergence and the formal announcement of AILUF.


VT in Multitasking Mode


by Amish Mistry A home elevator maximizes space efficiency and user experience at architect Vijay Sankhla’s home office in Nashik.



Sweden’s Aritco presents design-led concepts such as this mood-lit shaft.

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Inditech: Talking to the Leaders by Sheetal Shelar Patil


A New Avenue for the VT industry by Sheetal Shelar Patil

62 Inovance

by Anil Kumar


Africa Rising


Rope-Sway Control for High Rises


Editor’s Overview




Inside India News

Adopting a Fluid Approach to VT by Akshit Parmar


Regional News


Product Spotlight

Destination: Upgrade by Vaibhav Pitale




Source Directory


Advertisers Index



Ramping up by Yash Pandya Looking Forward by Sheetal Shelar Patil





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

Editor’s Overview The Cause-and-Effect Syndrome at Work by Vijay Pandya What came first, the chicken or the egg? Is that glass of water half full or half empty? These are questions that can have more than one right answer, and, quite frankly, does it really matter? After all, you are going to consume the chicken and the water, regardless. Similarly, has the trend of skyscrapers going higher and higher been driving innovations in vertical transportation (VT) or vice-versa? When you think about it, what’s the difference, as long as you are enjoying the ride? The evolution and development of real estate in India has been reflected in VT, and the stage is set for both to witness exciting times going forward. From when Indians would recall visits to impressive towers and traveling in their elevators during a business trip abroad a year ago, now they are more likely to refer to the high-speed lifts with user-friendly features in the new commercial building they visited for a job interview in the same city yesterday. Another significant development is that real estate developers and VT providers are interacting in an organized manner with greater frequency than ever before. Globally successful industry forums, networking events and sourcing platforms are being introduced in India, while the existing local concepts are being ramped up, as well. Stringent regulatory norms have created an environment where survival of the fittest is the new normal, since maintaining elevators for five years is the new challenge. There is hardly any scope for the unorganized sector’s “fly-by-nightâ€? operators from either real estate or VT industries to survive — let alone flourish — in the current scenario. Yes, an atmosphere of uncertainty does prevail, given the ongoing general elections in the country, with many stakeholders having voiced reservations about whether they will see the new regulatory environment sustained or reversed. The important thing is that processes have been put in motion, and this is expected to trigger positive transformations going forward. The challenge now is to continue raising transparency and quality benchmarks; not just because the law says we have to, but because we want to. As the popular adage so aptly puts it, character is what you do when nobody’s watching!   đ&#x;Œ?

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2019 May Ascen.tec Mediterranean Exhibition Center Peania, Greece May 10-12 This new international exhibition for elevator technologies is organized by Technoekdotiki/T-Press. Email the organizer at tpress@tpress.gr and find more information at ascen-tec.gr/en.

September 18-19 For more information or to submit papers, visit www.liftsymposium.org.

October Interlift 2019 Messe Augsburg Augsburg, Germany October 15-18 For more information or to register, visit www.interlift.de.

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

CTBUH 10th World Congress Radisson Blu in the Aqua Tower, plus other venues in the city Chicago, IL October 28-November 2 Focusing on the theme “50 Forward; 50 Back,� CTBUH will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the event explores the most significant advancements in tall buildings and cities from the last 50 years, while inquiring into the future of cities 50 years from now. For more information, visit ctbuh2019.com.




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

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


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

2020 February 10th International Seminar on Elevators and Escalators Koosha Center of Applied Science and Technology Tehran, Iran February 20 For more information, visit website: en.symposia.ir. International Elevator & Escalator Expo Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre

Mumbai, India February 27-29 For more information or to reserve a booth, contact organizer Messe Frankfurt at website: ieeexpo.in.messefrankfurt.com.

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

September The Elevator Show Dubai World Trade Centre Dubai, U.A.E. September 7-9 Organized by AFAG and Elevator World, Inc., the event intends to showcase the latest technology and design every two years. For more information, visit website: www.elevatorshowdubai.com/en. Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Highgate House Northampton, U.K. September 23-24 For more information or to submit papers, visit www.liftsymposium.org.

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



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Business High-end commercial, residential sectors among growth drivers.

Mitsubishi Elevator India Targets 20% Market Share


Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd. aims to capture at least 20% of the premium market in the next three to four years as it seizes opportunities in the high-end commercial and residential segments, various news outlets, including the Business Standard, reported, quoting Deputy Managing Director Pravin Rao. Declining to disclose current market share, Rao observed demand for elevators in India was more than 50,000 units in fiscal 2018, with year-on-year growth of up to 6% forecast. Mitsubishi Elevator India expects tier II and III cities in non-metro areas to grow, fueled by factors like uninterrupted power supply. The company has an Indian factory where it manufacturers its NEXIEZ-LITE machine-room elevators (p. 92).

Dinacell Holds Presentations A presentation on the Omega NG load sensor/load limiter from Dinacell Electronica S.L. of Spain was held at Pai Vista, Bengaluru and The Fern, Mumbai, in February. Local experts attended and were welcomed by Sunil Baliga, CEO, Sree Gajanana Enterprises of Mumbai, which is the Indian distributor for Dinacell. Sree Gajanana has been in the elevator field for more than two decades, engaged in the supply of elevator kits and components and the manufacturing of designer elevator cabins, car-frame safety assemblies, operating panels, automatic doors and more. Omega NG, a complete system, can be


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installed on the elevator to provide load-weighing and rope-tension measurements. Ignacious Martinez, Asia head for Dinacell, presented on the importance of and measurement involved in maintaining rope tension.

EASA Opens Showroom in Delhi NCR EASA Elevators Pvt. Ltd. has opened a showroom in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) that showcases its range of elevators suitable for vertical transportation in homes, apartments, hospitals and commercial buildings. Dibyendu Podder, senior project engineer, shared that the range includes freight elevators for factories, automobile elevators and dumbwaiters. The “New Elite Series” was conceptualized for the lifestyle-elevator segment. New designs “Classic,” “Nature,” “Standard” and “Funky” have been popular and were designed to complement all types of homes and offices for modern-, classic-, retro- and contemporary-styled buildings. In addition to large corporate customers like Heromotocorp, Havells, Dabur, Relaxo, JBM, Haldirams and Honda, EASA has supplied 1,000 homes in the Delhi NCR. The company claims to have the largest installation base for customized elevator systems in North India. Continued

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Partnership Struck for IEE Expo 2020; E2 Forum Coming to India Messe Frankfurt India Pvt. Ltd. has entered into a strategic partnership with the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India-Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (CREDAI-MCHI) for the International Elevator & Escalator (IEE) Expo 2020. Messe Frankfurt, the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organizer, said, “The alliance aims to play a key role in providing real-estate developers and builders access to intelligent transportation technologies, serving as a competitive sourcing hub.” CREDAI-MCHI is a 12,500-member-strong organization made up of Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan Region real-estate developers with 23 state- and 205 city-level chapters in India. Messe Frankfurt already holds its E2 Forum in Milan, Italy, and Frankfurt, Germany, and will be bringing it to Mumbai in 2019. Strongly supported by CREDAI-MCHI, India’s E2 Forum will focus on property technology. It and the IEE Expo are intended to enable developers and builders to access architectural mobility solutions that address space availability, safety and sustainable urbanization. Subsidiary Messe Frankfurt India acquired the IEE Expo in 2016 and hosted the first edition under its arm in 2018. Now part of Messe Frankfurt’s global building-technologies portfolio, which includes 24 tradeshows on three continents, it will see a series of knowledge sessions and panel discussions. IEE Expo will also host exclusive procurement meetings for OEMs with

Indian builders and real-estate developers during the fair. President of CREDAI-MCHI Nayan Shah commented: “With high-rise towers coming in, the most crucial part of purchase becomes a high-speed elevator. Such tie-ups will help us address safety and performance technologies. Parking today is a crucial issue, as the number of automobiles has increased exponentially; this is where Messe Frankfurt’s IEE Expo plays an important role in optimizing.” Messe Frankfurt added that, with a growth expectancy of more than 50% in the next four years, the Indian elevator and escalator sector is scaling high, making India one of the biggest markets in the industry. For more information about the next IEE Expo, taking place at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on February 27-29, 2020, visit ieeexpo.in. messefrankfurt.com.

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Eskay Honored With Best Company of the Year Award The Maharashtra Industrial and Economic Development Association honored Mumbai-based Eskay Group of Cos. with the Best Company of the Year award in the elevator engineering and hospitality services category for small to medium-sized enterprises. Part of the Pride of Maharashtra Awards 2018, the award was presented on February 21 in Mumbai by Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, president of the Global Research Alliance and former director of the General Council of Scientific & Industrial Research to Eskay Director Karan Turakhiya and founder/CEO Suresh K. Turakhiya.


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thyssenkrupp Elevator India A landmark order and key personnel changes

Mehan Named CEO

thyssenkrupp won its first order for high-speed elevators in India from Ruparel Realty for the 73-story Ruparel Ariana in Parel, Mumbai. The order includes nine elevators, seven of which are high-performance (HP) units. Five of the HP units are 70 stop and have travel speeds of up to 6 mps and a travel height of 244 m. These units are outfitted with a destination-dispatch system. The high-speed elevators have a noise-reducing system, energy-saving features and an advanced motor system that results in smooth braking and precise leveling. There will also be two machineroom-less elevators. Installation is expected to be complete by June. Bharat Vishnani, managing director of thyssenkrupp Elevator India, stated: “This order sets us marching on a special tier across India. Urbanization is changing the landscape of cities, leading to multiple high rises being developed. Keeping pace with this trend, we continue to innovate and bring technologically advanced products and services into the country.”

Manish Mehan has been appointed as new CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator India, thyssenkrupp announced in April. Mehan has been the company’s chief financial officer for the last 12 years, where he led the financial and related functions for the Indian and Bangladeshi operating units. In his new role, he will drive all strategic, operational and financial goals for Operating Unit India, with focuses on sales and productivity growth, organization streamlining, talent development, and overall safety and quality improvements. Ravi Kirpalani, CEO, thyssenkrupp India, said he is confident Mehan “will be an asset to the company. His vast experience and leadership skills will further enhance the performance of the organization. . . .” Mehan added, “With strong talent expertise and global experience, my focus would be to further accelerate the growth and deliver best results aligned with the company’s vision.” He is a chartered accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University. Mehan

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Mumbai High Rises News from DNA India: loans pave way for skyward progress.

Company Revives Stalled Project Kohinoor Square, a stalled two-tower, mixed-use project in Mumbai, is being revived by Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Co., which is taking over the project’s debt, as well as providing priority financing to complete it, it was reported in February. Construction on the premium residential and commercial tower began in 2009, under the direction of developer Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. It was originally envisioned as a five-star hotel that would have been Asia’s largest, but the plan was later revised to have two towers of 52 and 32 floors housing residential and commercial space. The project ran into a legal challenge over its floor space index, and work came to a halt in 2012. The source noted that Mumbai is dotted with unfinished developments but called Edelweiss’ involvement “one of the rare instances where an asset reconstruction company has taken over the debt from a clutch of banks and financial institutions to revive

Work on Kohinoor Square stalled in 2012 as a result of litigation, but the project has been revived by Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Co.; photo by Wikimedia user Hemant Meena.


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an incomplete real-estate project.” An Edelweiss official said investors would begin receiving occupational certificates for the commercial tower in “the next few months,” according to the February report. Otis was awarded a contract to supply the verticaltransportation equipment to Kohinoor Square (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 2nd Quarter 2011 and 3rd Quarter 2014). The contract called for approximately 65 total units (escalators and elevators), with some of the elevators being Gen2® models. In addition, Otis was contracted to provide its Compass™ destinationmanagement and EMS Panorama™ systems.

Residential Skyscraper Gets Financing As the first, 60-story residential tower of the Monte South at Byculla development in south Mumbai neared completion, the developer, a joint venture of Marathon Group and Adani Realty, obtained a loan to build a second one of the same height containing 150 luxury apartments. In March, they expected construction to start in coming months on property once known as Khatau Mills, one of the last large parcels of available land in south Mumbai. Despite a slack luxury-housing market, Marathon Group Managing Director Mayur Shah said he is optimistic about the project thanks to factors such as a recent reduction in the Goods and Services Tax for under-construction homes.

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Leadership Changes, Ambitious Plans at CREDAI Satish Magar is taking over the baton from Jaxay Shah for the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI), the apex body of private real estate developers with a base of more than 12,000 members present in 23 states and 205 city chapters across India. Shah becomes CREDAI’s youngest-ever chairman, after serving as president for two years. Magar, now in the role of president, said: “The last 20 years have been a glorious journey for all of us here, and we intend on building on this strong foundation to lead a renewed era of growth and development. The Indian real estate sector is widely perceived to be one of the most important sectors in India, and we at CREDAI strongly believe that its contribution towards building a ‘New India’ will prove to be indispensable.” Magar also committed himself to “transforming Indian real estate” in light of the new institutional structure defined by the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016; the Goods and Services Tax; and policy measures to achieve “Housing for All by 2022”. He also aims to expand CREDAI’s footprint to 100 more cities over the next two years with a robust focus on Tier 2, 3 and 4 cities amidst the “New India” wave.

Reiterating CREDAI’s commitment toward the nation, Magar and his team intend to build a stronger skill-training ecosystem and aim to impart skill training to 100,000 construction workers over the next two years. As part of its holistic initiative, CREDAI also aims to plant and grow 500,000 trees across India.


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Accidents and Safety Tragic mishaps yield charges, changes.

Escalator Death of Toddler at Bengaluru Metro Prompts Changes A one-year-old girl died from falling from an escalator to the ground approximately 50 ft. below in January at the Srirampura station of the Bengaluru Metro, resulting in new safety measures, various news outlets, including The News Minute, reported. The child tumbled out of her grandfather’s arms when he lost his balance. She was hospitalized and later died. Facing criticism from the public, Bangalore Metro Rail Corp. Ltd. (BMRCL) installed safety nets over gaps between escalators at Srirampura and other stations. The Times of India said BMRCL also planned to install large signs to help educate passengers and ask security guards to pay special attention when children are around.

Elevator Death of Girl Results in Charges for Three What authorities are calling an illegally installed elevator entrapped and killed a seven-year-old girl in October 2018 in the Ghorpade Peth area of Pune, and a builder and his two partners were arrested on charges, including culpable homicide, in February of this year, The Times of India reported. The child was traveling alone on the elevator when she became stuck between the cage and wall between the second and third floors. Residents rescued her and she was transported to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries. Investigations revealed both the building and elevator were constructed without obtaining permission from the Pune Municipal Corp. An attorney for the three men denies the allegations.

Officials Fear Another Fatal Rail Station Stampede in Mumbai Infrastructure at the Andheri rail station in Mumbai is inadequate to handle the number of commuters, inviting a stampede like one at the city’s Elphinstone Road station in 2017 in which 23 people died (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter, 2017), according to a note from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to the Western Railway divisional manager obtained by the Mumbai Mirror in January. The RPF, a security force under the


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Ministry of Railways entrusted to protecting passengers and Indian Railways property, observes that foot overbridges (FoB), an escalator and staircases at Andheri are too narrow and weak to support the crunch of approximately 680,000 people daily. Despite there being 18 security staffers on hand to guide FoB traffic, the slightest incident, such as a spark falling from overhead wires, could lead to tragedy, the RPF says, stating that installation of additional FoBs, skywalks, staircases and escalators is “urgent.”

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Railways VT upgrades continue across the country.

Hundreds of New Elevators, Escalators New stations, foot overbridges (FoBs), electrified tracks and hundreds of escalators and escalators are planned for Central and Western railways, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced in March, The Times of India (ToI) reported. Goyal observed that, before 2014, there were 16 escalators, compared with 2018, when that increased to 112. In 2019, work on 38 escalators is underway. Central Railway is set to get a total of 115 escalators and Western Railway, 65. Elevators in suburban areas numbered only three prior to 2014. That increased to 78 in 2019, with an additional 16 under construction and another 174 coming soon.

East Central Railway to Expedite VT Equipment Installation East Central Railway plans to expedite installation of verticaltransportation (VT) equipment at all A-1, A and C category stations, ToI reported in January. A-1 and A stations are primarily for passengers, while C stations depend mostly on transport of goods for revenue. As of January, installation of escalators had been completed at Patna Junction, Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction, Muzzaffarpur, Samatsipur and Dhanbad stations. Those set to get

additional escalators were Patna, Rajendra Nagar Terminal, Ara, Buxar, Gaya, Samastipur, Pataliputra and Danapur. Many stations were also set to get elevators, part of an overall effort that will see new escalators at 13 stations and new lifts at 14 in the first phase.

NF Railway Gets Moving on Installation of 65 New Units Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway has gotten moving on a plan to install 36 elevators and 29 escalators (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2018), with officials inaugurating two escalators and one elevator at Guwahati and laying the foundation stone for two escalators at Lumding in March, The Shillong Times reported. The improvements at Guwahati, for which the foundation stone was laid for six additional escalators, doubled its number of lifts and escalators. NF Railway aims to have all new units installed by 2020, including 16 escalators to be installed this year. Twelve new lifts, including one each in Tinsukia and Kamakhya and two each in Guwahati, Lumding and Dibrugarh, will be installed this year, with another 24 installed in 2020.

New Delhi Railway Station Revamp Includes VT Equipment An extreme revamp of Indian Railways’ (IR) New Delhi Railway Station designed by Arup includes new vertical-transportation (VT) equipment such as escalators and elevators, ET Now Digital Continued

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New Delhi Railway Station has gotten an extreme makeover; image from Arup.

reported. It is part of an overall effort by IR to add more than 2,500 escalators and 1,000 elevators at stations throughout the country. In addition to the new VT equipment, the New Delhi station has been outfitted with attractive wall paintings, LED lighting, LCD informational display panels, foot overbridges and enhanced passenger amenities such as better vending options. IR has said the renovation makes the rail station more like a world-class airport.

NWR Installing Eight Escalators, Two Lifts at Various Stations North Western Railway (NWR) planned to install eight escalators at Hisar, Bhiwani, Amjer and Gandhi Nagar stations and two lifts at Rai Ka Bagh station, DNA reported in January. Of these, Gandhi Nagar, NWR’s second-busiest station after Jaipur, was set to get two escalators to ease accessibility between its two platforms. People were previously forced to use stairs to travel between the Baja Nagar and Tonk Road platforms. The station, which has gained notice from being the only station on the main line managed entirely by women, has also been outfitted with security cameras and a baggage scanner.

Bhubaneswar railway station’s new FOB is getting escalators and elevators; photo by Anubhav2010.

the busiest intersections along the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway — Iffco Chowk, Rajiv Chowk and Signature Tower — were formally inaugurated by the National Highways Authority of India in April, the Hindustan Times reported. Part of the larger National Highway 48, the expressway project began construction in 2016 and cuts the city in two. The authority said the escalators were thoroughly tested before being put into operation. One pedestrian remarked, “It will be a lot easier to cross the road now, as new escalators have been made functional.�

Three Stations to Get at Least 11 Escalators Members of Parliament laid the foundation stones in March for at least 11 escalators at Chennai Beach, Tambaram and Tiruvallur stations, Express News Service reported. There will be five escalators at Chennai Beach, four at Tambaram and two at Tiruvallur.

Six Escalators for Busy KSR Bengaluru Station Gandhi Nagar, the only station on NWR’s main line managed entirely by women, had been set to get two escalators; photo from India Rail Info.

Elevators, Escalators to Enhance Accessibility at Bhubaneswar East Coast Railway officials plan to install an unspecified number of escalators and four elevators on a new, third FOB at the busy Bhubaneswar railway station, ToI reported. Aimed at helping the elderly, sick and disabled, the escalators are expected to be complete by the end of this year and the elevators sometime next year. The existing FOBs have vertical-transportation equipment, but it is inadequate to handle the crowds. The station has been the scene of several mishaps, including a 2018 incident in which an elderly woman was injured (EW India, 4th Quarter 2018) and one in 2017 in which an overloaded elevator fell, also resulting in injuries (EW India, 1st Quarter 2018).

FOB Escalators Welcomed Along Busy DelhiGurgaon Expressway FOB with escalators and underpasses to ease travel and enhance the safety of pedestrians and other non-vehicular traffic at three of


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Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) Bengaluru Railway Station, from which 150 trains originate every day, is getting six new escalators to help ease traffic flow, the Deccan Herald reported. D.V. Sadananda Gowda, union minister for Statistics and Program Implementation, laid the foundation stone for the new units in March, as well as a foundation stone for quadrupling of the railway line between Bengaluru Cantonment and Whitefield. The line is also getting an auto-signaling system. Member of Parliament P.C. Mohan observed that such improvements help bring the station up to international standards.

Four Escalators for Aurangabad Station In March, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said four elevators would be installed in coming weeks at the Aurangabad Railway Station, ToI reported. Served by one escalator at the time of the report, the station has four platforms and two foot overbridges. Dating to 1900, it serves Aurangabad, a tourism hub with numerous historical monuments in Maharashtra. Observing the ministry has tripled the number of escalators since 1999 to more than 600 in 2014, Goyal said the new units promise to enhance accessibility and are part of the ministry’s “path of continuous đ&#x;Œ? progress.â€?   

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KONE and thyssenkrupp OEMs get major contracts; worldwide shakeup around the corner for thyssenkrupp.

KONE 401 Units for Singapore MRT System KONE has won an order to supply 218 elevators and 183 escalators to stages four and five of the Thomson-East Coast Line of the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system and pedestrian overpasses. The order includes 215 3000 MonoSpace® and three MiniSpaceTM elevators, and 183 TransitMasterTM 140 escalators. The equipment will serve passengers at nine new stations along the Thomson-East Coast Line, three on the existing Circle Line and one — Tanah Merah station — on the East-West Line. The overpasses will be served by 52 KONE elevators. The order includes the provision of elevators for the upcoming “four-in-one” rail and bus depot, a multilevel complex incorporating three MRT depots and one bus depot. A project of the Land Transport Authority, the Thomson-East Coast Line and pedestrian bridges are slated for completion in 2025.

128 Units for Shanghai Metro Line 18 KONE has been selected to provide 128 heavy-duty TransitMasterTM escalators to 10 underground stations in the first phase of Shanghai Metro Line 18, an important cross-river route that will connect to 13 other metro lines in China’s largest city. An estimated one million people are expected to use the equipment each day. The Shanghai Metro system opened in 1993 and is the world’s largest rapid-transit system by route length. Estimated to be complete by 2021, phase one of Line 18 is being developed by Shanghai Rail Transit Line 18 Development Co., Ltd., and the architect is Shanghai Tunnel Engineering & Rail Transit Design and Research Institute.

thyssenkrupp Details on Company Split thyssenkrupp has progressed on its path to planned separation, announcing leadership structures of the two future companies, thyssenkrupp Industrials and thyssenkrupp Materials. In an effort to “become leaner, faster and better,” the companies will have


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simplified leadership structures. At each, the number of board directorates will be reduced to three, and central functions will be combined. From 17 corporate and service functions today, there will be 14 at thyssenkrupp Industrials and 10 at thyssenkrupp Materials. Additionally, the current matrix structure will be dissolved in favor of no regional structure besides the business areas at headquarters level. The tasks in the regions will be performed by the operating units or central functions, and the shared service units will be allocated according to business requirements. thyssenkrupp Industrials, which will include the elevator, car parts and plant-engineering divisions, will focus on innovative engineering with a leadership structure the company calls a “differentiated model.” While responsibility will be delegated to the organization, certain tasks will also be centralized to leverage synergies in, for example, recruitment, talent management or innovation. In some areas, the headquarters and business areas will work together in integrated teams. Thanks to several major projects in the Asia/Pacific region, Elevator Technology reported a new record high in order intake of EUR2.1 billion (US$2.38 billion) in its first quarter of 2018/2019. However, its earnings were also lower year-on-year (down 7% to EUR204 million [US$230.5 million]) due to higher material costs in China and tariffs on material imports into the U.S. thyssenkrupp Materials AG will combine Materials Services, the share in the company’s steel joint venture and Marine Systems, and the forging operations and bearings business. There are fewer synergies here, so the distinct businesses will develop independently of each other. The final vote on the separation plans is to take place at the thyssenkrupp Annual General Meeting in January 2020. Both companies are to commence operations at the start of the next fiscal year on October 1, 2019. As agreed with employee representatives, there will be no compulsory redundancies on account of the separation. Continued

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By 2022, 24 custom-designed thyssenkrupp TWIN elevators, featuring two cars operating in a single shaft, will be installed in the two, 250-m-tall office towers that make up Forte Financial Island IV in the business district of Chengdu, China. Eight units each will reach maximum speeds of up to 6 mps. The developer is the Forte Group, which has completed numerous major projects in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing and Tianjin. thyssenkrupp observed TWIN increases transport capacity, improves energy efficiency and frees up floor space, since it minimizes the number of shafts.

The Elevator Show Launched for Dubai in 2020 AFAG, organizer of Interlift, and Elevator World, Inc., will host The Elevator Show (TES) at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai on September 7-9, 2020. It intends to showcase the latest technology and design every two years. More than 100 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees are expected at the show, which will serve as what the organizers call “the region’s first serious international industry event,” inviting global manufacturers, suppliers, installers, specifiers, developers, architects, engineers and investors. They added that, together, they have more than 130 years of industry involvement with a network of more than 100,000 contacts worldwide. For more information, visit website: www.elevatorshowdubai.com/en.

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Sri Lanka Death prompts efforts toward change; apartment tower on the way.

Colombo Apartment Tower Rises Toward 2020 Completion Construction on 447 Luna Tower, designed by architect PWA and developed by Asia Capital and Belluna in central Colombo, reached the 35th floor in March and is headed toward completion in early 2020, Daily FT reported. Containing 190 apartments of various sizes in 45 floors, the tower will be served by three high-speed and one service elevators. Features such as Burma teak flooring and high-end German kitchen appliances have been incorporated. Other entities involved include Arup structural engineering firm and Singaporean multidisciplinary consultancy Ong & Ong. Described as an “urban oasis” in Union Place, the tower is the latest in Sri Lanka for the development team.

Changes Underway Following Incidents Sri Lankan Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake said in February he planned to introduce a law requiring all the country’s elevators to be registered and regulated, the Daily Mirror reported. The move came on the heels of a 24-year-old man dying in an elevator accident in Colombo in late December 2018 and, later, members of Parliament becoming stuck in an elevator. Karunanayake said there are approximately 25,800 elevators operating in Sri Lanka, but none have been registered. Should other incidents occur, someone should be held responsible, he said, calling for annual registration and certificates to be displayed for all units. The Sri Lankan government is replacing 10 elevators at the Parliamentary complex in Colombo at a cost of LKR100 million (US$557,000), News 1st reported in February. According to an earlier report in the Daily Mirror, the MPs were trapped for about 15 min. on February 7 before staff members were able to rescue them. A report on the incident noted that the car had exceeded its weight limit, but a malfunctioning switch in the 36-year-old elevator allowed it to move partially before it stopped. The deputy speaker said new elevators using modern technology can be fixed in place of the old ones as soon as possible, and informed lawmakers that he has instructed the Parliament general secretary to proceed with the work.


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447 Luna Tower in the heart of Colombo; image from 447lunatower.lk

Yerevan to Form Plan of Action for Elevator Problem City leaders and representatives of public organizations in Yerevan, Armenia, are working on a game plan to address the modernization of old elevators in high-rise residential buildings throughout the city, an effort estimated to cost approximately US$51 million, Arka News Agency reported. The capital city does not currently have the funds, but plans to ask the government and the private sector to provide them. Yerevan officials are working with the Asian Development Bank to conduct a feasibility study on the reforms needed to improve elevators in apartment buildings, many of which are mid-rise structures built in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Salesforce Tower Named “Best Tall Building” The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) named San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower as the “2019 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at its Tall + Urban Innovation Conference in Shenzhen, China, on April 8-10. Part of the 17th annual CTBUH Awards, where Award of Excellence Winners competed for 20 category distinctions from a pool of 65 total projects, other category winners included the Ping An Finance Center (Best Tall Building ≥ 400 m) and Shenzhen Energy Headquarters, both in Shenzhen. Salesforce Tower was also Best Tall Building 300-399 m. Described by Best Tall Building Jury Chair Karl Fender, founding partner, Fender Katsalidis Architects, as a “building that gives back,” Salesforce Tower was recognized for its multipronged focus on occupant health, sustainability, structural efficiency and a significant level of integration with the surrounding urban habitat. CTBUH added, “The building stands as the centerpiece of a new transit-oriented, mixed-use neighborhood recently freed up for development following the demolition of an aging transit center. The result is not just a contribution to the city skyline, but a highly successful exercise in human-centric and resilient design for tall buildings. Honors for 181 Fremont, also in San Francisco, include the Structural Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering awards. It was also recognized with an Award of Excellence

in the 200-299-m-tall category. thyssenkrupp pointed out the elevators it installed there are “the only elevators in North America that can be used during an emergency or evacuation.” Developed by Jay Paul Co., 181 Fremont is the tallest mixed-use tower west of the Mississippi River. The CTBUH Annual Awards program recognizes projects that and individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The objective is to deliver a comprehensive and sophisticated view of important buildings, spaces and technologies, while advocating for improvements in every aspect of performance, especially those that have the greatest effect on the people who use them each day. For a list and description of all winners, visit CTBUH at tallinnovation2019.com/2019-winners.

“Meeting the challenge of a highly seismic and complex geologic environment head-on,” CTBUH said, construction for 181 Fremont saw 42 shafts drilled more than 75 m into bedrock. This helped reduce the amount of structural steel needed for the tower to resist earthquakes by 25%; photo © Malcolm Drilling.

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Africa Plans to break tall-building records unveiled in Egypt, Nairobi and Uganda.

Another Contender for Africa’s Tallest Foundations were poured in January for another contender for Africa’s tallest building: the 390-m-tall Iconic Tower, a “Dubaistyle” skyscraper in Egypt’s new administrative capital outside Cairo, The National reported. The tower will be among up to 20 being built by Egyptian companies with China State Construction Engineering Corp. on 700 km2 of desert where the Middle East’s biggest cathedral, the Cathedral of the Nativity, and mega mosque, the al-Fattah al-Aleem Mosque, were inaugurated in January. Housing government buildings, foreign embassies and companies, the development is expected to ease traffic in Cairo. Whether Iconic Tower will take the tallest building title is unclear, as other projects such as the Zaha Hadid-designed Nile Tower (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2018) in Cairo are in the works.

US$60,000 for a one-bedroom unit. Edermann has also pledged to build a bridge across the Nairobi River to ease residents’ movement into and out of the 2.3-ha development. The project is scheduled for completion by 2022.

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Up to 20 tall towers are planned in Egypt’s new administrative capital; image from egypt.aqarmap.com.

Development With Thousands of Homes to Be Nairobi’s Tallest Edermann Properties, which has built thousands of homes in Kenya since the early 2000s, plans to build a development that will add 2,720 additional homes in high rises that will be the tallest in Nairobi and beyond, Construction Kenya reported. The River Estate on Jodongo Road will consist of eight 34-story towers containing 340 homes each, with prices starting at the equivalent of


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Nine 2-mps elevators, one for the exclusive use of service staff, are among the features of the Uganda Revenue Authority’s (URA) new tower in Kampala, Uganda, according to SoftPower News. In January, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni commissioned the office building which, at 23 stories, is the country’s second-tallest building, Construction Review Online reported. Construction of the URA Tower was handled by Ms Seyani Brothers & Co. and began approximately four years ago. It incorporates “green” features such as a Building Management System and a central core atrium to enhance natural ventilation. It also boasts better access-control, lighting, water, security, firefighting and informationtechnology systems. URA Tower in Kampala

Regional News

Middle East Bustling activity in Dubai; Dammam has a new tallest.


Twitter Launches #ElevatorTweets Marketing Initiative

KONE Opens Distribution Center KONE Middle East & Africa has opened its first regional distribution center in Dubai South. To be the main distribution point of KONE and non-KONE spare parts across the Middle East and Africa, the facility mainly aims to strengthen KONE’s maintenance capability across the region through increased spare-parts availability and reduced lead time. The company noted the surrounding high-profile buildings means short lead time is under greater demand than ever. Global logistics company DB Schenker operates the center. It is managed by KONE Global Spares Supply (GSS). GSS offers and manages more than 160,000 different spare parts, maintenance tools and solutions delivered to locations all over the world. In 2018, it delivered nearly 1.3 million order lines globally from three different warehouses in Germany, China and Singapore. 

Twitter launched a marketing campaign, #ElevatorTweets, that will allow companies to put tweets on screens in elevators in their buildings, Gulf News Tech reported. Twitter Head of Business Marketing, Middle East and North Africa Carla Al Maalouli said the company is working with advertisers and media agencies to promote the campaign. In February, Twitter had teamed up with media agency Publicis Media to demonstrate the technology at the GBS Building in Dubai Media City. Additional demonstrations were planned in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. A blend of custom hardware and software brings “a canvas of related tweets to life, in real time, inside an elevator.” For example, an employee of an automotive company in Saudi Arabia could learn about local market conditions and competitors during an elevator ride. Tweets are reviewed and approved by a team of moderators before going live.


Clam-Shaped Supertall as Centerpiece of Project Burj Jumeriah, a 550-m-tall oval tower that brings to mind the razor-clam-shaped Pertamina Energy Tower in Jakarta (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 1st Quarter 2014), is planned as the centerpiece of a larger development called Downtown Jumeirah, ARCHITECT reported. U.A.E.-based Dubai Holding unveiled the master plan, which was inaugurated on January 31 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the U.A.E. and ruler of Dubai. Close to Burj Al Arab in Al Sufouh, Burj Jumeirah is planned to have multiple observation decks and digital displays on its façade. An architecture firm had not been finalized when the project was announced in February, but Dubai Holding planned to start construction “immediately,” with phase one scheduled for delivery in 2023.

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Tallest Tower in Saudi Arabian City Opens AKH Tower, designed by U.A.E.-based Dewan Architects + Engineers as the new headquarters for Al Abdul Karim Holding (AKH), recently opened as the tallest skyscraper in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, at 37 stories, ConstructionWeekOnline reported. Shapoorji Pallonji Midwest was the general contractor on the 64,000-m2 building, which features a slanting façade and angles that allow for “distinctive and dynamic office space on every floor.â€? AKH is a wholesale distributor for brands including Panasonic, and the tower has available space that caters to an array of spatial requirements. Additional features include an energy-management system, access control and emergency backup power.

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Seoul OKs Taller Buildings; to Get 105-Story Tower The Seoul metropolitan government has approved a revision to a four-year-old redevelopment plan for the Yongsan District of Seoul that will allow larger, taller buildings than earlier planned, Korea JoongAng Daily reported in January. “The city planning committee passed a plan to build high-rise office and residential buildings in the area north of Sinyongsan Station,� the city government said in a statement. A working blueprint shows two 21-floor residential and commercial complexes, one 32-floor residential and commercial complex, and two office buildings of 26 and 14 floors. The Yongsan District is a neighborhood in the central part of the South Korean capital. The area poised for development is a 22,277-m2 space near Yongsan Station made up mostly of buildings lower than five stories that are more than 20 years old. “The plan has been slightly changed in terms of the volume of the buildings, but the plan stands as it was drafted in 2015, which was to include at least 26 public housings,� the city said.

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It also released a rendering of the proposed project but noted that a design had not yet been finalized. A firm construction timeline was not given, but the city said that construction “projects of this typeâ€? typically take three to four years. In the Gangnam District, a 105-story, 569-m-tall skyscraper that would serve as headquarters for Hyundai Motor Group could start construction within the year, thanks to the city government speeding up the approval process, Pulse was among news outlets to report. The plan for the group’s Global Business Center (GBC), which will house office, conference, retail and hotel space, had been delayed as planners evaluated potential impact on southern Seoul. Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. and Hyundai Engineering Co. will undertake development of the multibillion-dollar project, which will surpass the 555-m-tall Lotte World Tower (ELEVATOR WORLD’s Project of the Year winner in Elevators, New Construction in 2018) in height, making it South Korea’s tallest building. đ&#x;Œ?

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Ramping up Manoj Kumar VA, chairman and managing director, Infra Elevators India Pvt. Ltd., talks about its new manufacturing facility. by Yash Pandya efficiency and improving production lead time. It was inaugurated on March 2 by Dr. E. Sreedharan, known as the “Metro Man of India,” and Dr. TM Thomas Isaac, finance minister, Government of Kerala. The unit has 30,000 sq. ft. of built-up area on 1.25 acres. It is located adjacent to the KSIDC Industrial Park in Pallippuram, Cherthala, Alappuzha (district), Kerala, where it is well connected with road, sea and rail transportation. Its production capacity is 365 units per year. It is to have a computernumerical-control laser installed soon. The key markets it will be catering to include Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Karnataka and the Middle East. The new facility has improved coordination among various manufacturing sections. It is equipped to produce, at minimum, one home elevator unit per day. Chairman and Managing Director Manoj Kumar VA expects short lead times to enable the company to emerge as the market leader in the coming years. Its many branch offices spread across the country facilitate its servicepeople and technicians to be available 24 hours a day. As an increase in the aged population has created a huge demand for home elevators, Kumar VA said, customization and short lead times have been made more important than ever. He feels Infra’s focus on them has made it a market Kumar VA

Infra began in 2005 as the dream of four enterprising individuals whose hard work and passion has paved the way to the formation of Kerala’s largest lift manufacturing company. A combination of high-quality products, unbroken promises and uncompromised principles has made Infra what it is now. Infra has come a long way since its inception and now manufactures lifting products such as elevators, escalators and car parking systems. Its products include customized home lifts suitable for senior citizens, apartment lifts, hospital lifts, goods lifts, car lifts and for all commercial needs. Infra also modernizes existing lifts, focusing on making them safer and more technologically advanced. With technological support from global players, Infra has triumphed throughout its decade-long journey. The new Infra manufacturing facility was set up to meet market demand, enhancing logistic



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leader in this segment with a 40-50% market share. He concluded: “Our dedicated engineers and R&D team equip Infra for the lifecycle management of elevators, irrespective of manufacturer. We have even exported our units to various countries like Oman, the U.A.E., Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. While the real estate and construction industries are showing a decline, retail, medical and individual residential units are showing growth. We will concentrate on home lifts and vertical transportation equipment for the retail and medical industry during fiscal 2019-2020.”

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Industry Dialogue

Looking Forward Otis India’s Sebi Joseph sees opportunity as the nation moves rapidly toward urbanization.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil Otis India President Sebi Joseph (SJ) sat down recently with ELEVATOR WORLD India’s Sheetal Shelar Patil (SSP) to discuss several topics, including the outlook for the new financial year, managing multiple responsibilities and future plans. SSP: What are the expectations for the elevator and escalator market in India for fiscal year 2019-2020, and how is Otis India gearing up for the same? SJ: India is the second-largest market for elevators and escalators in the world, according to independent analysts. Urbanization has been the key factor in increasing demand for mid- and high-rise buildings. As it continues to expand, the need for housing and commercial space will grow, and we expect India’s elevator industry will continue to grow just as rapidly. We can also expect the next developments in elevator technology to be digitalization, and the focus should be on passenger experience. This expected growth in the residential segment will remain the biggest contributor to the construction industry. Low-cost and affordable housing will be a big driver. Another factor in this industry is investments in infrastructure and commercial projects. Increased focus on developing, expanding, modernizing airports, development of metro rail projects and redevelopment of railway stations offer opportunities in the infrastructure segment in the long term. Otis India completed the expansion of its factory in Bengaluru in early 2015. The facility is now triple in size and has doubled its manufacturing capacity. Co-located with the factory is Otis’ R&D center, which has also significantly expanded its engineering capacity


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in recent years. We are gearing up to embrace the internet of things (IoT) and digitalization, which will enable our service technicians to be able to deliver service even more efficiently. Among our latest launches from the Bengaluru factory are the 2.5 mps Arise™ elevator, the Gen2® MOD package to modernize aging elevators and the Link™ escalator. SSP: What are the key challenges in the Indian real estate market post-Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) and Goods and Services Tax (GST), and how are you dealing with them? SJ: We believe demonetization, RERA and GST are game changers and will yield positive results in the medium to long run. SSP: With building designs getting more complex, is the need for innovations in vertical transportation (VT) rising? SJ: With rapid urbanization and fast-paced lives, the way we move people through our buildings, complex or not-so-complex, is imperative. Otis’ destination management system — the CompassPlus™ — constantly evaluates real-time passenger traffic to improve flow and travel time in busy mid- and high-rise buildings. Instead of using standard hall call buttons, passengers enter their specific floor in the Compass fixtures. The system assigns passengers traveling to nearby floors to the same car. This minimizes the number of stops per trip and significantly reduces car crowding, as well as passenger wait and travel times. The technology can also be adapted to integrate with security systems. The optional Compass seamless entry is specifically designed to integrate building security and elevator-dispatching systems through various access devices. Continued



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Otis India’s Sebi Joseph says the company’s Bengaluru factory is on par with any other Otis factory in the world.

SSP: What are your future plans? Are partnerships with developers and associations within your scope? SJ: We are always looking to collaborate with developers, industry associations and thought leaders across the country. We have been working closely with real estate industry associations across the country. This has aided in an exchange of knowledge and builds stronger ties. These networking channels enable us to stay closer to our customers and provide our strategic inputs. SSP: What is the significance or importance of Otis India within the parent company? SJ: United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and Otis worldwide continue to support the India growth story. Otis globally offers support in terms of technology transfer and expertise sharing. In 2015, our Bengaluru factory was expanded to cater to India’s demands for VT. This factory is a lean manufacturing facility, is ACE Silver certified (based on UTC’s “Achieving Competitive Excellence” operating system) and on par with all other Otis factories across the globe. The factory has been manufacturing Otis’ flagship elevator, the Gen2, since 2000 and is continuously working on programs to suit the India market. Thanks to some of


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our other localization programs, the latest product introduction is the Link escalator, which is the first international escalator in India to be provided from our Bengaluru factory for local projects. SSP: How do you balance multiple responsibilities as the head of Otis India and chairman, VT division, Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA)? SJ: I am very honored to have been the chairman of the VT division of IEEMA since 2015. It is the voice of the industry, and there is a lot of work being done to achieve collective success. The body will surely succeed in its efforts to regulate and streamline the VT industry, especially when it comes to uniformity of codes and safety practices. SSP: How would you describe your management style and approach? What are your hobbies? SJ: My management style has evolved over the years. I believe in a collaborative and inclusive approach. I take a hands-off or hands-on approach, depending on the situation, and effectively delegate and support as needed. I lead from the front when required but mostly walk along with the people and enjoy the journey. I try to give each one an opportunity to blossom and use their potential to their best. I believe in welcoming everyone’s ideas, actively listening to others, instilling confidence in the people and inspiring them to do what they want, accepting their failures and encouraging them to learn and foster. I love to read, and spirituality, politics, philosophy, cinema and history are my favorite subjects. I enjoy reading autobiographies; they inspire us to walk on untrodden paths and discover new avenues of progress. The books that have influenced me most include the Bible, “The Story of My Experiments With Truth” and “Light From Many Lamps” by Lillian Ehler Watson. I find it to be very inspirational. It is a distillate of lessons learned from stalwarts who walked before us. 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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A case study on the elevators of the 17-tower high-end apartment complex in Noida says a lot about community living and centralization. At the beginning of civilization, everyone was living horizontally, spread across the land. Then, due to dependency on each other for survival, they started living closer together. Later, when the population started multiplying in leaps and bounds, density started increasing. Then, some common places were identified, like commercial spaces, get-together areas, etc. That was the time centralization began, and there was a need to live very close to each other and near the common spaces. Then, the need and the solution to this were identified as “community living,” with that, too, going vertical. It started with ladders, stairs, etc. But, then, the technological era came, and more community living was required. The innovation of elevators was a breakthrough that provided many options for business, entertainment and comfort due to the centralization of required infrastructure. A critic can counter this by saying that it led to a concrete jungle, pollution, etc. due to congested living. But, we should see both sides of the coin. With all its technological innovations, vertical living has many advantages, like: ♦ Spare land, which can be utilized for agriculture, greenery, etc. ♦ Making habitation more affordable, as less land is utilized and shared by many for housing ♦ Bringing humans closer ♦ Making life more comfortable due to more technical and commercial, business, and cultural exchange We see the future as an expansion to the concept of vertical living due to an increase in population and more acceptance of community living. We hope the elevator technology will match up with other improvements (such as mechanical, electrical

and plumbing [MEP] engineering) required to build even higher. As in other fields, there are some areas that need improvement in the elevator designs, like: ♦ There should be some new technology for movement so it can be smoother and jerk-free. ♦ The movement mechanism should use less space inside the shaft. ♦ Speeds should be improved. ♦ The elevators should be connected with mobile apps (i.e., a person should be able to see the car’s position on a mobile device to make plans to step out of, for example, an apartment accordingly). ♦ Elevator movement should not only be vertical, but also diagonal, at an angle or even on a curvilinear path. This will also give more scope to an architect to have an innovative building design. ♦ More enhanced and improved safety and security features need to be explored. ♦ Car designs should be more senior-citizen friendly and be designed with seating space. ♦ The most common fear among the masses is experiencing a claustrophobic feeling inside the elevator. Glass elevators, especially those with front glass doors, should be made more feasible and workable in design and be used more widely. As real estate developers, we at Gulshan Homz have tried to utilize this mode of transportation and offer comfortable and harmonious living at a relatively affordable cost. When we conceive a project, our design revolves around vertical


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circulation. Prior to conceptualizing the home, the vertical core analysis is done first: the positions, quantum, and type of vertical circulation is designed, and the entire design follows the core. We consider that a person should not have a physiological preference regarding staying at different heights, whether that means the ground or top floor. We consider elevators an essential requirement, and we convert this essential to a luxury for our high-rise, multistoried buildings.


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We understand that the value of any group housing society/ building/complex always depends on the common facilities provided, of which elevators are considered vital. In addition to the provision of elevators, their operational efficiency, aesthetics and user friendliness are crucial factors for the overall market rating of the complex. It is pertinent to note that fewer or low-capacity elevators will increase the waiting time for passengers and add to the dissatisfaction of users, whereas many elevators will be a waste of space, energy and cost. Therefore, it becomes imperative to optimize the quantity and capacity of elevators with high-precision traffic analysis and building-specific operation plans. We consider the following factors while deciding on the elevators for our housing complexes: ♦♦ Estimated number of passengers ♦♦ Travel distance ♦♦ Number of stops ♦♦ Traffic-flow analysis ♦♦ Elevator layout ♦♦ Latest technology ♦♦ Performance factor ♦♦ Comfort level of passengers ♦♦ Safety norms Some of the essential features we consider in our elevator specifications are: ♦♦ Auto rescue devices ♦♦ Full-height infrared door safeties ♦♦ Full collective group control for the quickest availability of elevators to passengers ♦♦ Regenerative variable-voltage, variable-frequency drives for the highest level of energy efficiency ♦♦ Gearless/machine-room-less elevators ♦♦ Instant error correction ♦♦ Phase reversal protection and resistance to unwanted power fluctuations ♦♦ Overspeed governor ♦♦ Voice announcement system ♦♦ Combined luminous hall button and digital hall position indicator ♦♦ Overload warning ♦♦ Braille buttons for visually impaired passengers


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♦♦ Vandal-proof backlit car buttons ♦♦ High-resolution closed-circuit TV cameras ♦♦ In-car intercom and battery-operated alarm bell for external assistance ♦♦ Uninterruptible-power-supply-based emergency lights with adequate backup time ♦♦ A door lifecycle of more than 15 years ♦♦ Fire-rated doors ♦♦ Stainless-steel (#304 — Hairline Finish) car panels ♦♦ A deep (stretcher-compatible) car in every building We also warranty our elevators’ maintaining through an annual maintenance contract awarded only to elevator manufacturers.

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Case Study Project: Gulshan Homes and Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. Developer: Gulshan Homz Location: GH-03/A, Sector-143, Noida Plot Area: 50166.3 m2 (12.40 acres) Number of Towers: 17 Number of Stories: G+19 (towers A-K and N-Q), G+9 (towers L and M) Apartments per Floor per Tower: 4 (towers A-D, F, G, I-M, O and P) and 6 (towers E, H, N and Q) Total Number of Apartments: 1,438 Total Population: 6,470 Population per Tower: 380 Number of Basements: 2 Continued

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The apartments are endowed with picturesque views of the surroundings. The development includes high-street shopping, a club, a gymnasium, and indoor and outdoor game zones. The blocks are placed symmetrically, which creates an opening between them for the penetration of air and light. The alternating landscaped grounds separate the apartment blocks, thus providing occupants with an extensive view of landscaped courts and circular amphitheaters at the south and west sides that connect the living spaces with landscaped gardens.

Acknowledgement This article was made possible by the efforts of writer and frequent ELEVATOR WORLD India contributor Yash Pandya. The selection/design of elevators was judicious. The sizes and numbers were decided as per the usage population, floors, dwelling units, etc. The elevator lobbies complement the vertical circulation. They are not just waiting lobbies for the elevators, but also designed to be spacious, elegant and an experience in themselves. Having an open landscape area of 80% of the site, the project is Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold certified and was completed on April 27, 2018. The buildings are designed as concentric garlands of towers enclosing the whole site with harmony. The symmetrical form blends with the landscape, and the built form gives it an austere look with clean lines. Defining the corner of the site, the structure is designed to quaintly fulfill the basic amenities.


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Nitin Agarwal is general manager — architecture division of Gulshan Homz and Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. Agarwal has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (1994) and more than 25 years of work experience across architectural design and project management. He has expertise in planning, monitoring and coordinating multidimensional execution of projects across the globe. N.N. Singh is general manager — MEP Services. Singh is an electrical engineer with more than 23 years of progressive experience in MEP engineering, project/planning/execution and overall project management, with success demonstrated in optimum resource utilization and regulating the balance between MEP specifications and customer requirements.

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Industry Dialogue

Inditech: Talking to the Leaders Technology company focuses on its experience, R&D to bring better products to the Indian market. by Sheetal Shelar Patil VB: We have our own R&D center and elevator testing towers in the factory. All products manufactured are technologically advanced and completely designed and manufactured by us. Our elevator controllers are a part of a new generation of intelligent elevator control systems with serial Controller Area Network bus technology that integrates the technology of drives, controls and network communications. For the elevator industry, we offer a complete solution for electrical and electronics requirements. We also offer tailormade solutions for specific requirements, like access control for elevators (biometrics, Continued



Inditech Electrosystems Pvt. Ltd.’s Vijay Badhe (VB), founder and chairman, and Vadiraj Katti (VK), CEO, share perspectives with Sheetal Shelar Patil (SSP) on the Pune-headquartered multinational component developer’s origins and growth strategies. SSP: What were the primary decision drivers for setting up Inditech Electrosystems Pvt. Ltd. and catering to the elevator industry? VB: There is rapid urbanization in India and many parts of the world. Construction companies worldwide are focusing on optimum utilization of available spaces within urban areas. To cater to the needs of this growing urban population, the focus is on vertical growth. Vertical growth in the global construction industry, the development of public infrastructure, and increased traction in the maintenance and modernization of elevators and escalators are some of the important drivers. At the same time, there is also a big market for high-end bungalows increasing in India. Inditech is a technology company and has a strong R&D background, which is very vital for our growth and success in this field. SSP: What are the aspects that set Inditech Electrosystems Pvt. Ltd. and its products for the elevator industry apart from other companies in its segment? What is its unique selling proposition?


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radio-frequency identification cards and password solutions for operating panels). SSP: Which are the key products in greatest demand among your portfolio for the elevator industry? Have there been any recent launches or upgrades? VK: The products include: ♌♌ Serial-technology lift control panel (geared, gearless and hydraulic) ♌♌ Automatic rescue device (ARD) ♌♌ Touch-technology car and landing operating panels ♌♌ High-end thin-film-transistor (TFT) car operating panels (COPs) ♌♌ GSM-/GPRS-based monitoring system ♌♌ Pluggable harness ♌♌ Elevator monitoring system SSP: What are the key markets for your elevator products? VK: Currently, the key markets for us are the West, South and North regions of India. Beginning this year, we are also focusing our exports in the Middle East and South Africa. SSP: How does being headquartered in Pune give Inditech an advantage? VK: Pune, Maharashtra’s second largest city after Mumbai, has been a major hub for the engineering industry for more than 50 years. Today, Pune wears many caps — leading information-


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technology destination, logistics hub and renowned center for the auto, design and white-goods industries, among others. Pune is also becoming a hub for the elevator industry, with reputed multinationals like Schindler, thyssenkrupp, Hyundai, Creesta and Emesa based here. SSP: How would you describe your vision and strategy for the company? VB: Our vision is to be a premium organization by innovatively bringing in new technology to enable customers to use our technology spectrum for our clients. As a part of our strategy, we are committed to the design, manufacture and supply of controllers and operating panels for elevators and industrial electronic products to our customers and, to their total satisfaction, by providing high-quality, on-time delivery. We strive to become a “zero-defect manufacturerâ€? through: ♌♌ Continually improving all our processes ♌♌ Achieving quality objectives ♌♌ Adopting new technologies ♌♌ Creating a safe and healthy environment SSP: How would you describe the demand drivers when it comes to Inditech products during fiscal 2019-2020? How is the company positioned to meet them? VK: We are prepared for the coming year and are going to launch some interesting products suitable for both mid- and high-rise elevators. We are going to launch integrated controllers for high-rise elevators and premium TFT COPs for all ranges of elevators (for bungalows to high rises). We are also going to launch three-phase ARD systems, which are in demand for multinational elevator companies. We are currently developing solar technology systems for elevators. The elevators can run on solar power, which will result in saving electricity.   đ&#x;Œ?


Elevator Escalator Expo 2019

The second edition, held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, witnessed an industry convergence and the formal announcement of AILUF.

by Vijay Pandya The second edition of the Elevator Escalator Expo, organized by Aakar Exhibition Pvt. Ltd., was held on April 10-12 at Mahatma Mandir Exhibition and Convention Centre in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The state has been at the center of elevator manufacturing in India for the last 60 years. It is a go-to place for any person active in the elevator/escalator industry in the country, making it an obvious choice for the organizers, who are also based in Gujarat.

The exhibition was well supported by major elevator associations across India and abroad. In fact, it witnessed the formal launch of the All India Lift Upliftment Federation (AILUF), a common national platform for enhancing global competitiveness of the industry across the country. Addressing the inaugural function, federation President G.R. Phulari and AILUF Vice President Pankaj Shah highlighted the need for having a common set of rules regulating Continued


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(l-r) CREDAI Gandhinagar President Pravin Ambalal Patel; AILUF Vice President Pankaj Shah; Chief Electrical Inspector, Gandhinagar H.H. Khoja; CREDAI Gujarat Secretary Tejas Joshi; and AILUF President G.R. Phulari at the inaugural function

Arkel introduced its Arcube at its booth in Hall 1, which was thronged by crowds on all sides well before the scheduled time of 2:30 p.m.

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the industry to be followed in every state of India. While sharing his views, H.H. Khoja, chief electrical inspector, Gandhinagar, concurred with them and emphasized that regulating vertical transportation should be done at the national level. The second day of the Elevator Escalator Expo witnessed a group of AILUF founder members sharing information at each stall. AILUF Director Pankaj M. Trivedi said they interacted with exhibitors and visitors, explained the concept and provided membership forms that invited industry stakeholders to join the new organization. Among the exhibiting brands, Arkel India made a strong impact by unveiling its Arcube (p. 92) on day one. The much-awaited ceremony took place amidst drum rolls and a shower of confetti, with Arkel India Managing Director Anurag Gupta sharing the launch, describing it as a new era in elevator control. Three lucky winners of an Amazon Alexa Assistant were drawn and announced. The three-day event saw 11,875 visitors from more than seven countries. The exhibitors were predominantly small and mediumsized manufacturers of elevator components, highly specialized and often supplying worldwide. The main supply and information areas were lift systems and prefabricated components, escalators and treadmills, parking systems, transmissions, controls and regulations, monitoring and safety systems, cabins, doors, ropes, operating and display elements, hydraulics and accessories. Elaborating on the difference between the debut edition and the second one, Dinesh Punjabi of Aakar Exhibition shared that


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this year’s exhibition saw a twofold growth in exhibitors and one-and-a-half times more visitors. It was like the entire elevator industry from across the country had come under one roof for three days. Every important person connected with the industry was present, with many meeting with each other after a gap of many years, forging new relationships and exploring newer avenues within the industry. The organizers managed the event holistically, from layout planning to conducting the flow of visitors and hospitality. This left exhibitors and visitors free to focus on doing business. Most of the exhibitors have shown the intention of participating again, when the bookings were thrown open for the third edition, to be held in 2021. It is expected to be an even bigger, better, broader and more engaging platform.

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A New Avenue for the VT industry Student housing company cofounder shares insight about the niche realty segment, including elevators. by Sheetal Shelar Patil High-end student housing is undergoing a metamorphosis that began with the proliferation of private-sector, higher-education institutions with modern, thoughtfully designed campuses. After decades of climbing seemingly unending staircases, students gradually began to enjoy the convenience of elevators. Hostels, however, remained pretty much the same, as did the unorganized sector of landlords providing accommodations to students. Students had to climb up and down the stairs, day in and day out, with no respite, until now. Emphasizing the need for quality facilities that include vertical transportation (VT), a premium brand, Tribe Student Accommodation, was launched in March by MyTurf Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. Designed by Unitecture, Tribe Student Accommodation’s Pune property confronted the challenge of converting a commercial building into a residential building using a high-end hotel,

Tribe Student Accommodation cofounder Yogesh Mehra says the company focuses on high-end accommodations for students.


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rather than a hostel, for inspiration. Courtyards on the front and rear of the building and trees planted in profusion on the periphery give Viman Nagar’s Tribe Student Accommodation a green and fresh vibe. Created after extensive research and analysis of the exact pain points of the student-living experience within existing lodging options, Tribe Student Accommodation provides maximum convenience and peace of mind to students and their parents. Having created its first venue in Pune, the company will move to several other university towns and cities, such as Indore, Bengaluru, the Delhi National Capital Region, Mumbai and Chennai, in the near future. Company cofounder Yogesh Mehra (YM) shared perspectives with your author (SSP) on the scope of premium student accommodation with an emphasis on lifestyle amenities (including VT) and technology. SSP: How has student housing evolved? YM: As far as Tribe is concerned, student housing is more of a hospitality product/service rather than residential real estate. Until now, it was being managed by a fragmented and disorganized sector of private players who rented out rooms or apartments as a typical paying-guest accommodation. Every real estate category has seen changes over the past decade or so. For example, theaters moved from single screen to multiplex, shopping graduated from high streets to malls, offices changed from individual small buildings to large complexes with food courts and shopping, etc. Similarly, student housing has had to change considering the humongous numbers who use a particular category or service. As of today, about 35 million Continued

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students in India fall under this category, and the number is only growing. SSP: What are the market drivers for this segment? YM: The most important market driver for this particular category is the unavailability of an organized sector that can provide all necessities a student would need while staying in a city away from home, all provided under one roof and managed professionally. Another important market driver is that most of the residential complexes/societies have an unsaid rule of not letting apartments to students, leading to a huge overflow of students looking for alternative accommodation. Some are desperate and settle for whatever is available irrespective of the quality of accommodation or service provided. SSP: What do people look for in student housing? YM: The major decision influencers for this category are a secure environment (specially for women), clean and hygienic food suiting the varied taste of Indians from various states and


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clean and hygienic accommodations in the vicinity of universities/ colleges. Everything around us has changed over the last 10-15 years. Most importantly, the basic standard of living of an Indian has risen tremendously, leading to items and services once considered as a luxury now being the norm. An average middle-class family today lives in a two-bedroom apartment. Children have separate rooms and bathrooms, and things like refrigerators, air-conditioning, television and, above all, smartphones, are considered necessities. Certainly, the average Indian staying in a metropolitan area today is more aware of the enhanced quality of life compared to 10-15 years ago. Having traveled internationally or even domestically, one only gets exposed to even better lifestyles. Students also require a better lifestyle during their stay in another metro area during their educations. SSP: How do elevators fit into the picture? YM: Given the emphasis on amenities, elevators are an extremely important part of all our multistory properties, except the one in Pune, which is three floors. Since building the Pune facility, Tribe has catered strictly to the premium and luxury segment of the student-housing sector. Elevators are an integral part of all these properties. At Viman Nagar, we have two elevators with a carrying capacity of six passengers each. They are self-serviced. Since this is a 15-year-old commercial building we took over and converted into student housing, the elevators are of very basic quality. We service and upgrade them to make them usable for our students. Since one cannot travel throughout high-rise buildings without elevators, it is imperative to make sure maintenance is available 24/7.   đ&#x;Œ?

Company Spotlight

Inovance India’s booming elevator market underpins a major investment.

by Anil Kumar International industrial automation group Inovance demonstrates confidence in India with its new Chennai headquarters. The facility houses multiple departments, including flagship Inovance brand Monarch, one of the world’s largest suppliers of elevator and escalator control solutions. In 2018, according to a recent edition of ELEVATOR WORLD India, the Indian elevator industry was expected to grow by 7%, with the escalator industry growing by 66%. These impressive growth figures are driven by increasing Indian demand for office space, housing and infrastructure. This demand is coming not just from India’s traditional business and industrial heartlands, but also from India’s smaller cities, which are becoming increasingly wealthy as the overall Indian economy grows.

The rapid growth of the Indian industrial sector means the country is a vital market for Inovance, a rapidly expanding international industrial automation group established in 2003. Meanwhile, exponential growth in the Indian elevator market makes the country of particular interest to Inovance’s elevator and escalator control solutions brand, Monarch. Since it was established, Monarch has achieved a leading position in some of the world’s most important elevator markets. One notable example is China, which is the world’s largest market for new elevators. Monarch has more than a third of the Chinese market for elevator control systems. Additionally, Monarch is the largest supplier of variable speed drives (or inverters) for elevators in the Indian market, with a market share of more than 30%. Continued

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Investing in India To ensure it could fully service the growing Indian market, Inovance’s Chennai head office was in need of more space and better amenities. Therefore, the company established a new office complex, bringing everything under one roof, including manufacturing, sales, service, R&D, a warehouse and operations and administration departments. The new warehousing ensures fast delivery to customers, while Monarch has established particularly strong elevator capabilities at the new site, including an elevator testing station. This allows it to deliver complete solutions to the Indian elevator and escalator market. The operation is based in a brand-new building in the Perungudi Industrial Area and is one of Inovance’s most up-to-date regional headquarters. The investment means Monarch and Inovance are prepared to meet the needs of the rapidly growing


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Indian elevator industry, as well as its increasing focus on elevator modernization/refurbishment and customized OEM solutions.

Elevator Safety Is a Core Responsibility Monarch sees customer safety as a core responsibility, and safety is a central feature of every Monarch control system. The company has a history of safety at its installations around the world and maintains a global network of testing facilities, such as test towers, ensuring that Monarch engineers stay at the forefront of elevator safety technology. The company offers elevator control solutions that are a step ahead of many on the Indian market in that they meet the highest European safety standards EN 81-20 and 81-50, which set out safety requirements for construction and installation, as well as test and examination requirements for lift components. Additionally, Monarch has products that comply with European EN 81-1-A3 safety standards that govern the construction and installation of

electric lifts, as well as with all Chinese GB elevator safety standards. Where required, Inovance can incorporate elevator rescue capabilities that use external uninterruptible power supplies. As Indian elevator OEMs are increasingly improving their own quality and safety standards, Monarch is well-placed to meet their requirements.

Pioneers of the NICE Integrated Solution in 2006; Global Installed Base of 1.7 Million The NICE integrated solution — an all-in-one controller and drive concept introduced in 2006 — is one of Monarch’s core products. The solution, which can control geared and gearless traction machines, is used by elevator OEMs in India and worldwide. Key benefits include a small footprint; a single programming interface; fast, easy setup; ride comfort with time-efficient direct landing; and enhanced safety. For example, it provides protection against unintended car movement during releveling operations, as required by EN 81-1-A3 and EN 81-20 standards.

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Inovance and Monarch: At the Forefront of Indian and Global Elevator Technology Inovance invests 10% of its revenues in R&D, and employs 800 engineers focused on three areas: core technologies, product development and industrial applications. The group uses a rigorous engineering process that incorporates advanced design modeling, performance analysis and quality assurance techniques. R&D teams carry out significant integrity testing of all technologies in-house. Inovance’s ultra-modern global manufacturing facility is ISO 9001 certified and follows continuous improvement principles to achieve world-class standards. Rigorous inspection techniques, such as solder paste inspection, automated optical inspection, furnace temperature inspection, in-circuit testing and functional testing of the finished assembly ensure world-class manufacturing. Meanwhile, statistical process control is used to monitor process consistency. Monarch’s strong Indian focus makes it the ideal partner for Indian elevator OEMs. The company has big plans for the Indian market, with a range of adjacent products and technologies in development that will soon be offered alongside the control solutions. These include displays, e-package cabinet systems and industrial internet of things technology.

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Anil Kumar is director of Inova Automation India. Inova is Inovance’s global export division.

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Impediments to Innovation Developers speak with EW India about changes needed.

by Yash Pandya

Dhiraj Jain, Director, Mahagun Group


“Many experts see tall buildings as a solution to the space problem that metropolitan areas are facing. As there is saturation of land available within the city boundaries — be it for residential or commercial development — the only solution left is to conduct a land audit and construct skyscrapers that will mean greater availability of space per square foot of ground area used. In fact, building skyscrapers is not an option, but a must if we want to properly utilize the land available to us. If we want to meet demand, Indian FSI standards should be increased from 1-3 to at least 10-25.�


Kushagr Ansal, Director, Ansal Housing and President, CREDAI Haryana


“FSI is considered an important determinant in development. In India, FSI is exceptionally low, even when compared to Asian cities such as Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, where it is benchmarked between 5 and 50. For the Indian real estate

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market to compete on a global platform, an upward revision needs to be considered. However, increasing the FSI puts an additional load on existing infrastructure. Thus, this aspect should also be improved simultaneously. “DU density norms should also be looked at to address the need. Normally, they have been in the range of 100-250 persons per hectare, which should be at least 500 persons per hectare for any urban area. Lower DU density implies construction of large apartments with a high cost of acquisition. Higher density will support affordable housing with reduced size of dwelling units (one unit = five persons).�

Rajesh Goyal, Managing Director, RG Group “Stringent norms to get height clearance are a major impediment to building tall. At present, FSI allowed is 1.50-2.75 in all metros, and ground coverage is 30-40%. That is insufficient to build skyscrapers. The maximum height that can be built is approximately nine floors. To build an 800-m-tall tower in India, developers need a minimum of 150 acres (per FSI and ground coverage allowed), which is impossible in metros. “If we want to solve the affordable housing problem with high floor area ratio (FAR), then the government should waive the premium on the incentive FAR. The government must invest in infrastructure and connectivity, and increase the carrying capacity of cities, instead of stopping development.â€? đ&#x;Œ? Goyal

With building designs getting more complex and driving vertical-transportation innovations, leading developers shared their thoughts on how high rises can be facilitated via policy changes and other steps. Among the factors examined are floor space index (FSI), dwelling unit (DU) density and government height clearances.


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Architect Perspectives This Industry Dialogue illuminates the ever-increasing design focus on the VT industry.

by Amish Mistry With building designs getting more complex and driving innovations for vertical transportation (VT), there is a greater focus on VT than ever before. Leading architects share perspectives with your author on what goes into planning such projects and incorporating elevators and escalators within them.

Deepa Nandi

Jagdeep Desai is an architect and academician with more than 35 years of professional and teaching experience, including as director, with Lokmanya Tilak Institute of Architecture and Design Studies, Kopar Khairane, Navi Mumbai, from 2012 to 2015. He was on the Publication Board of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) and was the editor of the IIA’s journal for many years. “Of course, lifts and elevators should be safe and with high speeds so that the passengers reach their floors in a very short time. They should be economical in cost, so as to have more numbers, facilitating less waiting time. Lifts that go from vertical mode to horizontal, then again vertical, will enable passengers to not only go up, but, in case the location is a bit farther away, also reducing walking effort and time. Lifts should also be more or less open to view, from outside, because, in normal times, persons outside can see the situation inside, and from inside, passengers can see outside. This will be useful in emergencies; people inside will not feel suffocated and claustrophobic. If the lifts are on the external part of the building, each lift

Deepa Nandi is an architect, designer and art critic with a range of experience with art and architecture in her decadelong practice, which began after working with iconic architects like Sanjay Puri and Kapil Bhalla. She is also an academician only for the pleasure received by sharing of ideas and knowledge through different generations and minds. She has been involved in various expeditions related to cities and their development, writing and expressing her ideas and findings through various platforms. “Elevators and escalators are responsible for shaping our modern cities. There would be no skyscrapers without them. Traditionally, we have looked at elevator designs as a mere source of VT. With the broad use of elements like these, converting them inclusively with the trending technologies from the present times may prove to be a boon for the future. Technologies like double- and triple-decker elevators are already on the blueprints. In this age of digitalization, where the face of how we live and work constantly evolves, rapid advances in the capabilities of elevators and escalators through sensors, connectivity and analytics looks promising.

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can be like a viewing platform in which passengers can see the scenes while going up and down. Nowadays, many vehicles are lightweight yet made of tough and strong materials, so maybe lifts can also use them. After all, they are vehicles, although running in fixed, enclosed shafts.”

“Elevators and escalators must not be only restricted to skyscrapers, but also be implemented at city levels. For example, in metropolitan cities of India, there is a concept of skywalks. Some are dead or rarely used by commuters; escalator technologies might as well be used for level changing at them. While executing urban design plans, we must also understand the reason behind the failure of some urban design elements. When mass hysteria ignores a particular urban element inorganically, it is definitely signaling a change in pattern. Believe it or not, the city has a way to communicate with us. We need to observe really carefully. “It’s time when architects and urban planners include elevators and escalators as an art and enhancing element, rather than merely a product of moving to different levels. Imagine an experience where one gets to view the entire space (external or internal) unhindered through interventions of pattern design in elevators and spiral escalators.”

longer found only in bigger cities. It has entered the psyche of people in such a manner that the absence of an elevator is questioned. “Staircases have become secondary to elevators today, so much so that in a recent design review of an architectural student, I was surprised by the absence of regular staircases in a commercial building. When asked, the student tells me that there need not be any, as there are enough elevators. “Touche!!”

Sunil Magdum


Sai Vivekanand graduated in Mumbai and is a practicing architect from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He is also a keen bird watcher, butterfly spotter and an advocate of citizen science initiatives, in addition to being a teacher in design. “Growing up in Bombay (now Mumbai) gives one a different perspective of living — be it in luxury or spartan surroundings. From the late 1970s to the late 1990s, we lived in a central government facility, a residential colony of more than 500 acres with high- and low-rise apartments strewn around acres of open spaces. This made us feel different from most others living in the fast-paced metropolis in apartments jostling next to each other for space. “Our apartment was a 16-story one, and it had two elevators, manufactured by Otis — the only company we knew then. The elevators had a collapsible gate and a wooden door with a small glass peephole. These were older than the ones with automatic doors in the 20-story apartments. “What we realized is that we had far better control of the elevators with the older technology. We were very good in operating them and getting out of them if they became stuck between floors. These elevators slowly became the lifeline for all of us living above the third floor. Though we would be inconvenienced by people not shutting the doors properly — leading to the elevator stalled on a floor — we would pray that they stay working well so that we could commute up and down easily. “Fast forward to the new millennium and beyond. We now live in the smaller city of Coimbatore. Elevators have now evolved. One can see more players, sophisticated technology, expensive finishes, requirement-specific designs, machine-room-less elevators and so on and so forth. “Elevators that were once used for buildings with more than three floors are now a necessity for even fewer floors. Large houses have them for going up one floor, stairlifts can be retrofitted into any building, and hoists are used for moving goods. “The need for convenience, mobility and affordability has spurred this growth. It is no longer a privilege of the elite and no


Sai Vivekanand

Sunil Magdum is principal at Dr. Baliram Hiray College of Architecture, Mumbai, and principal architect at Renowned Architects, where he has practiced since June 1984. He is also the chief panel architect at Yashraj Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd., a project management consultancy, recognized with the Government of India under startup, providing services especially in earthquake resistant structures and rehabilitation of

affected zones. “As population increases, cities across the world are getting denser. The only way for any development in such a scenario is to go vertical. Thus, high rise is the norm. In cities like Mumbai, it is now mandatory to accommodate the entire parking requirement of a building’s apartments within the structure itself. Thus, each high-rise apartment normally has four to five floors of car parking. The first habitable floor usually starts from the sixth or seventh floor. “Hence, to facilitate traveling across the floors, it is mandatory to have multiple elevators within the structure. Over the years, elevators have become more efficient, but there is still room for improvement. Elevators need to be not only comfortable in terms of user experience, but also be able to provide more safety for women, children and the elderly to avoid mishap. With economy being a major influence on design, elevators also need to be low on maintenance to ensure major savings in the long run. “Also, with each apartment building hosting at least 40 families within its premises, it would also make more sense to provide multiple stretcher lifts to handle emergencies. In a city like Mumbai, one usually makes at least four elevator trips a day on average. Thus, there are nearly a billion elevator trips happening in such a city in a day. Hence, making elevators much more energy efficient could result in huge savings for apartments, companies and individuals.” Amish Mistry has been a practicing architect for the past 23 years. He has a keen interest in integrating and promoting sustainable technology. He is an instructor at India’s architectural institutes, focusing on the topic of digital design.

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Adopting a Fluid Approach to VT An architecture student’s perspective on the scope for multiaxial elevators by Akshit Parmar Architecture has to work with nature, aligning itself with the environmental conditions that exist onsite and at every level. The urban villages of any city are exemplary situations of a myriad of negotiations. Although in most cases unplanned, the social interactions blend with their physical infrastructure seamlessly. Their adaptability and potential to evolve becomes a blueprint to design neighborhoods that do not resemble concrete compartments. With the advent of multiaxial elevators, it is now possible to envisage an architecture that is not frozen in time. The multiaxis literally opens avenues to foster an environment that informs and evolves with its inhabitants. With climate

change occurring at a global level, the effects are more pronounced within dense urban settings. To mitigate climate change, it is imperative that design of structures be environmentally friendly and able to withstand the test of changing times. Architecture needs to be fluid, no longer restricted by a single axis defined by a rigid, unilateral elevator core. The U.N. reports 55% of the world’s population now lives in cities. This figure is expected to increase to 68% by 2050, which means that in the next 30 years, there are going to be 2.5 billion more people living in urban areas. Thus, urban areas will need to be designed keeping this mushrooming kind of growth in mind. Rigidity in approach

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would impose severe restrictions on design. Fluidity in design will be the norm. The beauty of a fluid architectural design is that it offers endless outcomes through its inherent emergent character, with every evolving level being connected by multiaxial elevators in a systematic and organized manner. Architecture that is responsive to its stakeholders and context is like an organic entity, which grows in alignment with its environmental influences. Multiaxial elevators encourage infinite possibility of vertical connectivity between its inhabitants, while facilitating the architectural aggregation of a fluid neighborhood, which does not inhibit freedom and simultaneously fosters emergent behavior. Further, marginalized urban villages of cities are victims to the gentrification of urban neighborhoods. This creates an increasing demand on the affordable housing sector. Also, the conventional planning process risks the denial of the inclusivity of every stakeholder as an independent entity. A fluid architectural design no longer restricted by a single connecting axis affords the tools and design possibilities for all stakeholders to build their own neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are then connected at various levels, with elevators moving not only vertically and horizontally, but also at an incline, where a linear trajectory cannot be facilitated due to various conditions. This kind of approach has the benevolent possibility of invigorating design sensibilities through collective decision making. The architectural resolution of such a strategy then takes the shape of vertical aggregation of essential programs that contribute to the sustenance of a self-contained urban community.

Conclusion This study is an attempt to create an architecture that behaves like an organic entity that evolves with time to adapt to emerging individual, social and environmental requirements. It is an experiment in reimagining urban densification through the lens of multilevel and multiaxial connectivity. Furthermore, the urban context can be perceived as a bottom-up emergent organic entity that seeks to homogenize continually conflicting stakeholders. Through its design development, the role of the multilevel and multiaxial elevator turns into not only a system of connectivity, but also that of a bonding agent, which motivates a design that allows emerging neighborhoods to thrive harmoniously within their given environment.

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Destination: Upgrade This Product Spotlight explains the virtues of Schindler’s PORT system for new construction and modernization.

by Vaibhav Pitale Schindler India is now offering the third generation of PORT, the company’s destination-dispatch system, which is available for new construction and modernizations, regardless of whether the building has a Schindler system. Elevator systems sometimes face issues such as crowded or chaotic elevator lobbies, long wait times for elevators, confusing lobby layouts, elevators in the same place serving different floors, security or access issues, elevators isolated for specific passenger groups or passengers with special needs. By grouping people traveling to the same floor, PORT reduces the number of intermediate stops and thereby improves the system’s efficiency and energy savings. The passengers select their

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floors before entering the elevator, which allows those with the same destination to be grouped. This eliminates crowding during heavy traffic, avoids passenger competition for the first available car and reduces journey times by up to 40%. Passengers can identify themselves at a PORT terminal using a badge, PIN code or other electronically readable device. Based on the passengers’ stored details, PORT automatically verifies their access rights and assigns the cars that will deliver them to their floor most efficiently. This allows for separate passengers and goods transport, priority calls (VIP), program space requirements (e.g., for serving carts) and the activation of features for people with special needs. Related to this last point, Schindler has won the “Breaking Barriers” award from the EU Commission as an acknowledgement of its contribution in this area, and PORT has expanded that contribution. An audible voice feature announces car assignment and location, and distinctive tones guide users to the correct car. Voice alerts announce car arrival and car door opening and closing. Schindler’s Destination Interface modernization process allows building owners with virtually any brand of equipment to install the PORT system. The process allows conversion of conventional controls to PORT’s destination-dispatch technology. Destination Interface is designed to be cost-effective, while bringing performance improvements and personalization benefits with minimal downtime. Destination Interface may be the only step needed when applied to newer controls, or it can be implemented as the first

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step of a more comprehensive, phased modernization of older technology. The PORT terminal is available in wall- or pedestal-mounted versions and features a 7.4-in., 400-X-800-pixel touchscreen and a radio-frequency identification card reader. The terminal also incorporates a speaker, brightness adjustment and motion sensor. www.schindler.com

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Vaibhav Pitale is senior vice president of New Installation Business at Schindler India.

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Home Lift Sweden’s Aritco presents design-led concepts.

Swedish lift specialist Aritco recently presented a design-led domestic lift designed by Alexander Lervik. Aritco approached Lervik, one of Sweden’s top designers, to develop the residential lift like a piece of furniture, using light and the latest technology to make it adaptable to modern living and smart homes of the future. The Aritco Home Lift can be controlled via a smartphone. It comes with its own shaft, making installation into both new and existing homes straightforward. Crafted from large panes of laminated, scratch-proof acrylic glass with no visible screws or fixings, its backlit design wall comes in nine patterns and colors. Each lift can be customized, and walls and doors can be positioned to fit a particular space. Recessed LED lighting in the ceiling and along

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the walls of the lift can be controlled via the SmartLift app developed in-house. Colored light to create different moods is optional. Inside the lift, the SmartControl panel is intuitive and ergonomic, and the SmartSafety system includes child locks, an alarm button and battery-operated backup in case of power failure. Its double doors, crafted from two glass panels, take up minimal space and are equipped with smart door openers that sense if something is in the way. High-quality PVC floor carpet from Swedish supplier Bolon is durable and easy to clean. Launched in 2016, the Aritco Home Lift was the winner of the Red Dot Product Award 2017 and won a gold medal at the European Product Design Awards. It was also nominated for Best Domestic Design at the Wallpaper* Design Awards, was a finalist for the Stora Design Priset (Great Design Prize) 2017 and was one of the five finalists for the Grand Award of Design by Teknikföretagen and Svensk Form. Following the release of the Aritco Home Lift, the company has continued to pursue design innovation. In conjunction with Dezeen, it launched a thought-leadership campaign during Stockholm Design Week on February 7. The first of a series of global design-led events was held at the exhibition’s Baker’s House — the 19th century former crispbread factory and residence of designer Emma Blanche’s great-great grandfather — by designers Färg&Blanche. Aritco also announced it has embarked on a collaboration with Farg&Blanche to customize one of its lifts, bringing to life the theme of “craft meets technology.”

Aritco was founded in 1995 as a manufacturer of lifts that mix efficiency and aesthetics for schools, offices and retail stores. The company’s products are recognized for their Scandinavian design, innovation and reliability. Its lifts have been installed in more than 30,000 buildings and private homes around the world. Of the Aritco Home Lift, Lervik said: “It took three years to develop the lift, from a blank sheet of paper to the final product. I designed everything from the shaft to the lift platform and came up with a whole new solution for the control panel. My ambition was to come up with the ultimate flexibility for consumers, who are able to choose their lift through a range of options in terms of materials and colors.â€? aritco.com đ&#x;Œ?

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Project Spotlight

VT in Multitasking Mode A home elevator maximizes space efficiency and user experience at architect Vijay Sankhla’s home office in Nashik. by Amish Mistry


irth House, designed by architect Vijay Sankhla, is situated at a very strategic location in Nashik. It is surrounded by two major highways: Nashik-Pune State Highway and MumbaiAgra National Highway (NH3). The Godavari and Nasardi rivers also flow within a radius of 1 km. “Tirth,” a word that signifies a place of pilgrimage in the Hindi language, seems an apt name, given the fact that it is based in a temple town. The house embodies passive solar principles by relying on natural light and ventilation. The house is home to more than 1,500 plants and is buffered by two trees from its east and west sides. You could say it “looks inward”; hence, the open courtyard was designed as an important element of design to compensate for the lack of interesting features within the house’s immediate surroundings. As the courtyard is open to sunlight, it provides enough light during the day to illuminate the house without the need for artificial lighting. Air is circulated toward the courtyard, thereby providing much-needed fresh oxygen within the habitable spaces. Bodies of water throughout the house help regulate the interior temperature. To prevent rainwater from entering the house, double-laminated glass is provided at the terrace level. It also allows sunlight to reach the plants in the courtyard.

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The terrace level is the culmination of the design’s focus on natural light and openness.

The house has a home elevator designed to facilitate comfortable travel along the different levels. As the architect has his own office at the ground level, the internal lift greatly assists in his many travels between the residential and office level. Also, since landscaping and plants are a major element in the design, the elevator greatly aids in transporting the plants to the various floors. The elevator caters to three distinctive parts of the structure. First is the office, which is a public space. Second is the semipublic spaces of the bungalow: the lobby, living room and kitchen. Third is the bedrooms, the private space. As each floor has uniquely designed spaces, the home elevator is strategically located to not only ensure maximum efficiency in terms of floor-to-floor travel, but also in heightening the user experience at every level. Wherever one steps out of it, there is the feel of natural light and the visual expanse of the interior


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The elevator is 2.1 m tall and made by local company Powerlink. The building’s height is 9.8 m.

spaces. The pinnacle is achieved at the terrace level, when one comes out of the elevator, right next to a beautifully landscaped terrace. The architect’s mother is an octogenarian. So, another important reason to install a home elevator was to provide easy travel for her between the floors. Having a bungalow also means constant vertical travel for the house help, especially while cleaning the premises daily. The architect also wanted to install the home elevator to make it easier for the staff to safely move across the floors while carrying the cleaning

equipment with them. This not only makes cleaning a much more comfortable task, but also helps prevent mishaps that could occur due to soap water overflowing from buckets while carrying them through staircases. Also, the family continuously hosts guests from abroad who usually have a lot of luggage with them. The elevator ensures the guests comfortably travel to the upper floor with their luggage, which they stow in a storage space next to the lift. An important feature of the lift is that it has smart controls to ensure

protection and privacy. For example, if arriving late at night, one can operate it from the ground floor with the help of a key without disturbing other members of the family. Also, after securing the doors of the bungalow from outside at night, including the lift door on the ground floor, one cannot access the lift from the ground level but still can operate it within the house from the first floor upward. Tirth House is an example of how a home elevator can not only be an efficient mode of floor travel, but also a facilitator of an aesthetic interior experience.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Market Trends

Africa Rising Recent report finds potential for growth and investment rewards on the continent.

A Knight Frank report analyzes Africa’s growth potential, along with implications for different real estate segments and consequently, elevators and escalators. This article is based on excerpts of that report. . . . Editor Knight Frank’s “Africa Report 2017/18: Real Estate Markets in a Continent of Growth and Opportunity,” states that the continent averaged annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth of more than 5% per annum between 2000 and 2014, primarily driven by fast-growing subSaharan economies. During this period, the term “Africa Rising,” popularized by such publications as The Economist, became shorthand for this rapid economic growth and the increased optimism about the continent’s future prospects. Technological change will be at the heart of the future growth and diversification of African economies. Mobile telecommunications have already had a transformative socioeconomic impact in Africa by allowing large sections of the population to skip landlines and move straight to wireless technology. This has led to African consumers embracing mobile banking and payment services, improving the financial inclusion of populations with limited access to formal banking. East Africa, in particular, is a


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hotbed for innovation in this sector, and, according to Global Findex data, Kenya leads the world, with 58% of the population having mobile money accounts. African mobile phone markets have entered a second phase of growth as consumers shift from basic feature phones to smartphones. By 2020, it is expected that smartphone connections will be the majority in Africa. The adoption of more-sophisticated mobile technology will play a large part in shaping consumer behavior and will drive the growth of such sectors as online retailing.

Population Growth and Urbanization While economic growth has faltered in parts of Africa, demographic trends remain favorable to the continent’s longer-term development. The population is growing faster in Africa than in any other region worldwide, and its demographic profile is both young and increasingly urbanized. Africa’s population has more than doubled over the past 30 years to more than one billion, and the United Nations (UN) forecasts that it will surpass four billion by 2100, which would be around 40% of the global population. With other global regions likely to be characterized by slower population growth and aging trends over the coming decades, Africa will be home to an increasingly significant portion of the global workforce. McKinsey projects that, by 2034, Africa’s working-age population will be 1.1 billion, overtaking both China and India. Rural-to-urban migration is intensifying population growth rates within many major cities in Africa. Currently, the urban population

stretch of coast running from Lagos through to the Ivorian capital Abidjan, covering the best part of 1,000 km, may provide the foundation for a future global megalopolis. Rapid population growth will create challenges for city authorities and put a strain on urban infrastructure. It will also create opportunities for property development, as huge investment will be needed in the built environment of African cities if they are to cope with the pressures of population growth. Investors’ appetite for sub-Saharan real estate was highlighted in 2016 by the announcement that the U.K.-based emerging markets specialist Actis had raised US$500 million for its third African property fund, Actis Africa Real Estate Fund 3. This is the largest amount that has ever been raised for a private real estate fund focused on sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa, and it included a commitment from the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC).

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of Africa is increasing by more than 15 million people each year, and the U.N. forecasts that Africa’s overall urbanization rate will rise from its current level of about 40% to more than 50% by 2040. The fastest-growing cities of Africa are nearly all within the

sub-Saharan region, outside South Africa. Cities such as Kampala, Lusaka and Nairobi are currently growing at rates in excess of 4% per year, and, over the coming decades, an increasing number of subSaharan cities will join the ranks of the world’s megacities

with populations over 10 million. Projections made by the Global Cities Institute suggest that Lagos, Kinshasa and Dar es Salaam will be the three most populous cities in the world at the end of the century. The heavily urbanized

A growing volume of capital is targeted at sub-Saharan Africa real estate investment and development. Actis’ two previous funds, closed in 2006 and 2012, have been involved with some of sub-Saharan Africa’s most modern commercial property developments, in countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. In recent years, Actis has exited from many of its first wave of investments, selling its interests in assets including the Accra Mall, Nairobi Business Park and Ikeja City Mall. Continued

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When Actis launched its first subSaharan Africa fund more than a decade ago, it was a pioneer entering a market largely untapped by global property funds. However, its third fund will enter a significantly more crowded marketplace as a series of property investment vehicles have emerged in recent years targeting sub-Saharan real estate. Many of these are South African-controlled funds, albeit often registered or listed offshore in Mauritius.


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A prominent example is RMB Westport, which was created in 2008 as a joint venture between Rand Merchant Bank and the Westport Property Group. Its current development projects include the Wings Office Complex in Lagos and Muxima Shopping Centre in Luanda. RMB Westport’s second fund, which has a target of raising US$450 million, has attracted commitments from both GIC and U.K. investor Grosvenor. Significant demand for African real estate stems from Middle Eastern investors, who generally have a preference for large-scale development projects, rather than direct property investment. Middle Eastern-backed developments in sub-Saharan Africa include the U.A.E. firm Eagle Hills’ Century City project in the Nigerian capital Abuja. There is also strong interest from Middle Eastern groups in Africa’s growing hospitality real estate sector. Among Asian investors, Chinese groups are most visible in Africa, although the Japanese government has also taken significant steps to encourage investment into Africa. Chinese institutions are heavily involved with the financing and construction of large infrastructure projects across Africa, but pure-play property investment involving Chinese firms is much less common. Notable large-scale urban development projects involving Chinese investors include Shanghai Zendai’s Modderfontein New City, near Johannesburg. Additionally, China’s state-owned AVIC has made a substantial investment in the mixed-use Two Rivers development in Nairobi. Recent transactional evidence indicates that yields within the 7-9% range are typical for investment-grade assets in the most attractive sub-Saharan markets. While there are few other regions of the world where such yields can be achieved by prime assets, not all international investors will feel that these yields adequately compensate for the higher risk profile of African markets. Yield levels are supported by the strength of demand for the very limited number of institutionalgrade assets that come to the market, and this dynamic is likely to be maintained as recently launched investment vehicles seek to grow their funds.

Developments made by groups such as Actis and RMB Westport will add significantly to sub-Saharan Africa’s investment stock over the next five years, increasing the availability of assets that meet international institutional investors’ requirements. However, global investors seeking to enter African markets may feel it is prudent to initially follow the path taken by GIC and Grosvenor by investing in funds created by established investors within the region, rather than making direct property investments. When raising capital, the new wave of sub-Saharan property funds will seek to tap into the burgeoning demand from international investors seeking to gain exposure to sub-Saharan Africa.

Retail Property Sector The retail property sector has been a major focus for development activity within Africa over the past decade, causing the shopping mall concept to take root in an increasingly wider range of major African cities. Development has been driven by the growth of the continent’s consumer markets and expansion of domestic and international retailers, particularly the leading South African supermarket chains such as Shoprite, Pick n Pay and Game. South Africa is, by far, the largest and most mature retail market in the subSaharan region, with approximately 23 million m2 of shopping center floor space, compared with only about 3 million m2 in the whole of the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. The South African market continued to grow in 2016, most notably through the completion of Atterbury’s 131,000-m2 Mall of Africa, the largest single-phase mall development ever in sub-Saharan Africa. Outside of South Africa, the Kenyan capital Nairobi has the greatest volume of modern retail floor space in sub-Saharan Africa, and it continues to be a development hotspot. The city saw the completion of the first phase of Actis’ Garden City Mall (33,500 m2) in 2015, followed by the opening of The Hub (30,000 m2) in the affluent suburb of Karen in 2016. The 67,000-m2 Two Rivers Mall, which is now the largest in Kenya, opened in February 2017.

Elsewhere, developers including Atterbury, Novare, Resilient and RMB Westport have all delivered modern mall projects over the past two years, adding to the retail stock of countries including Ghana and Nigeria. The positive growth outlook for Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal has caused these countries to also attract increased interest, having previously seen relatively limited modern retail development. Of particular note, CFAO has opened PlaYce Marcory in Abidjan as the first of a series of Carrefour-anchored malls planned for West and Central Africa. With most of the region’s major capital cities now having at least one modern mall, developers have increasingly targeted secondary cities to gain first-mover advantage in these locations. There are also signs that pragmatic developers are now concentrating on the delivery of well-located small and medium-sized convenience shopping centers, rather than regional mega-malls. As the sector grows and competition between retail schemes intensifies, developers will seek to differentiate their malls by offering access to international brands, leisure facilities and upscale consumer experiences. Selecting the right micro-locations for development will be crucial to the success of new centers, particularly in cities that already have successful existing malls. Modern mall development will play a major role in shaping the future landscapes of Africa’s growing cities.

Commercial Property Development Over the past decade, modern commercial property development within sub-Saharan Africa has largely been concentrated on the retail and office sectors, with logistics

development being more limited. However, there is a growing recognition that the region’s key cities are undersupplied for modern logistics space. Development activity is burgeoning, supported by demand for high-quality space from retailers and consumer goods manufacturers seeking to expand their African operations and improve distribution networks and supply chains. New developments opened in 2016 include York Commercial Park in the Zambian capital Lusaka and the Agility Distribution Park at the Port of Tema in Ghana. Both projects offer built-to-suit units of a quality previously unavailable in these markets. The Ghanaian project is the first of several logistics parks the Kuwaiti developer Agility plans to build across Africa, with Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania among its target markets.

A Platform to Tap Africa’s Potential The Global Lift & Escalator (GLE) Expo 2019 Africa, being organized by Virgo Communications, will provide a platform to explore the continent’s market potential. The GLE Expo is making its debut in the African market on August 27-29 at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is intended to showcase the elevator, escalator, components and accessories manufacturers’ products and technologies, explore Africa’s market potential, engage with prospective buyers, widen knowledge, network with regional players and expand businesses to the continent. For more details, visit www.gleexpo.com.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Stepping Up to a Brave New World

Focus on technical and engineering innovations

thyssenkrupp MD provides perspectives on current real estate scenario and transportation innovations.

by Yash Pandya photos by thyssenkrupp

Forte Financial Island IV in Chengdu will be served by a TWIN elevator system.

harat Vishnani (BV), managing director, thyssenkrupp Elevator (India) Pvt. Ltd., shared perspectives on the current real estate situation in India, vis-à-vis across the globe, and what lies ahead, along with details about some of the OEM’s innovations, with your author (YP). YP: What’s the current real estate scenario in India? BV: India’s real estate sector is seeing a resurrection with several structural changes initiated by the government, such as the Real Estate Regulatory Authority established by the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, Goods and Services Tax, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act. The government has put housing on a high growth trajectory by


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Bharat Vishnani, managing director, thyssenkrupp Elevator (India) Pvt. Ltd.

offering tax and fiscal incentives to builders and consumers, and through new consumer-friendly policies. It is anticipated that institutional financing — a higher limit on external commercial loans — will attract more investment in the real estate and infrastructure sectors from foreign direct investment and foreign institutional investment. YP: Are there any other factors affecting the sector?


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thyssenkrupp TWIN elevator system in action

thyssenkrupp’s destination selection control system is implemented in TWIN installations.

BV: The REIT is another instrument that has been welcomed by the industry. Though hiccups remain, and implementation is somewhat slow, market players are optimistic about a positive outcome in the long term. YP: Talk to me about how thyssenkrupp innovations are developed. BV: Worldwide, thyssenkrupp invests significant resources in R&D to provide customers with the latest equipment. Our products are designed with a simple philosophy of higher efficiency, lower maintenance and the lowest emissions. Strong design and engineering, which are our core strengths, form the basis of our business. Our design and engineering team works in close coordination with our global business units, thereby continuously upgrading technology and products in line with international standards with a focus on innovative solutions. We also incorporate client feedback about installations in the country.


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YP: What are some examples of recent thyssenkrupp innovations? BV: At thyssenkrupp, we have pioneered significant advancements in elevator technology by introducing: ♦♦ The TWIN elevator system, consisting of two cabs operating in the same shaft independently of each other. Both operate under the same intelligent group control system and are equipped with a quadruple-redundancy safety system. It uses less energy while transporting up to 40% more passengers than conventional elevators. ♦♦ MAX, a predictive and preemptive service solution that extends remote monitoring capabilities to dramatically increase current availability levels of elevators. Utilizing the power of Microsoft Azure internet-of-things technology, MAX makes it possible for an elevator to “tell” service technicians its needs, including real-time identification of repairs, component replacements and proactive system maintenance. ♦♦ ACCEL, a moving-walk system that offers high capacities and high speeds for short distances, with no wait times for passengers and low implementation costs. Passengers step onto the ACCEL at normal walking speeds, accelerate smoothly up to 7.2 kph, or even 12 kph for passengers who continue walking on the pallet band, then decelerate to normal speed when leaving the system. ACCEL generates time savings of 70%. ♦♦ MULTI, the world’s first rope-free elevator that moves multiple cars in a single shaft vertically and horizontally, and reduces elevators’ footprint by up to 50%, while increasing passenger throughput by at least as much.

Case Study: thyssenkrupp in Paris and Beyond

thyssenkrupp TWIN elevators will take people to the top in the stunning new Hekla tower, making the next landmark in the La DĂŠfense business district in Paris even more special. The tower will feature 12 TWIN elevator units, consisting of two independent cabins moving in each shaft. The order comes on top of a large project in China requiring installation of 24 TWIN elevator units. TWIN increases transport capacity and improves energy efficiency. Applying the technology frees up floor space, as it transports more people without increasing the number of elevator shafts needed. The new tower will also include another 12 conventional elevators and escalators. Designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, the 220-m-tall building will become an iconic feature in the redesign of the La DĂŠfense district that includes a green footpath modeled on the famous High Line in New York City. Construction on Hekla Tower is scheduled for completion by 2022. thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Peter Walker said: “The TWIN solution played a decisive role in the development of the project, as it accommodates the tower’s high standards and demanding transport capacity requirements without occupying additional floor space with more elevator shafts. Sustainability is a priority in the comprehensively certified Hekla Tower.â€? Hekla Tower will have 66,000 m2 of office space capable of hosting approximately 5,800 people, more than 2,500 m2 of terrace space and a wide range of restaurants, a business center, a 250-seat hall and much more. The building meets the strict requirements of the Haute QualitĂŠ Environnementale, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and Building Research Establishment

The Jean Nouvel-designed Hekla Tower in the La DĂŠfense business district in Paris

Environmental Assessment Method certificates, as well as the Effinergie+ and WELL standards. From the outset of project conversations, participants on both sides attached great importance to responding to the individual requirements and wishes of architects and project managers to help meet these strict requirements. thyssenkrupp is already providing urban mobility elsewhere in the heart of Europe: TWIN elevators operate in the high rises D2, also in La DĂŠfense; Odeon Tower in Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Incity Tower in Lyon, France. A fourth installation, in the Trinity Tower in La DĂŠfense, has already been confirmed. This will make Hekla Tower the fifth building in La DĂŠfense to take passengers to the top with TWIN elevators. The architects of the Hekla building were particularly impressed by the advanced TWIN concept. By 2022, the new elevators will be moving people in the building at a speed of 7 mps. TWIN isn’t the only thyssenkrupp innovation implemented in the project. During the construction phase, a thyssenkrupp shaft climber grows with the shell of the building and ensures rapid transportation of workers. By 2022, TWIN solutions will also serve other great projects in global hotspots. In the heart of Chengdu, a financial center in central China, Forte Financial Island IV is being built by developer Forte Group with two 250-m-tall office towers. Here, a total of 24 TWIN elevators custom-made to the respective requirements of the towers are to be installed. Eight units each will reach maximum speeds of up to 2.5, 5 and 6 mps.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Product Spotlight

Rope-Sway Control for High Rises Mitsubishi Electric’s new device offers stability in strong winds, long-term earthquakes.

Mitsubishi Electric has developed a device Mitsubishi Electric adds that it has that passively controls rope sway for elevators in successfully conducted vibration damping tests high rises that sway due to strong winds or on actual elevators under simulation of a long-term earthquakes. The company says that building swaying due to a long-term earthquake. by enabling elevators to continue operating This demonstrated that, compared to a rope under such conditions, the Passive Rope-Sway without a passive rope-sway control device, rope Control Device for Elevators will help stabilize sway could be reduced by at least 55%. In the elevator operations and contribute to greater absence of any damping device, rope sway user convenience. It applies a magnetic force, exceeded the company’s recommended called “negative stiffness,â€? to the bottom end of threshold for suspending elevator operation. the rope. This principle applies a force in the When the damping device was applied, opposite direction against a normal spring’s however, rope sway fell below the threshold. restoring force. The magnetic force of www.mitsubishielectric.com   đ&#x;Œ? permanent magnets is used to amplify the swing of the rope terminal at the top of the car in accordance with the amplitude. The negative stiffness force acts in the same direction as the rope sway, increasing the sway amplitude at the rope terminal as if the terminal’s position were unfixed. (A rope Stops with one free end has a lower resonance frequency [the frequency at which it tends to sway] than a rope with two fixed ends.) As a result, the building and rope sway at different frequencies, so they do not resonate, and rope sway is greatly suppressed. The use of permanent magnets enables elevator operation to In a test conducted at Mitsubishi Electric’s 173-m-tall SOLAÉ elevator test be stabilized without using tower at Inazawa Works, Japan, the upper end of a rope was shaken at a electrical energy. frequency simulating the sway of a building due to the long-term ground motion of an earthquake.


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SHOULD BE YOUR PRIORITY Elevators and Escalators have been built to help commuters to reach destination faster, with ease and convenience. Very often commuters are completely unaware of the right safety precautions to be employed while using these equipments.

ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR SAFETY TRUST (EEST) is a registered charitable organization which has been established to promote safety awareness among users. This is an activity carried out by the Industry for the Industry. To be an integral part of this initiative, EEST invites support from individuals and corporates associated with the Indian Elevator & Escalator industry, buyers and users. Your participation is welcome through donations and volunteering through various programs.

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Product Spotlight

Big Strides Mitsubishi Electric launches domestic unit; ABB and Maxton offer updated models.

Mitsubishi Electric India Pvt. Ltd. has launched the NEXIEZ-LITE machine-room-less (MRL) elevator, a domestically produced model. It was added to the NEXIEZ-LITE series of elevators for mid-rise and low-rise residences, office buildings and hotels in India. Its main features are that it responds to demands for architectural design freedom and saves floorspace. The elevator has a capacity of up to 1020 kg and speeds of 60 or 105 mpm. MRL elevators previously had to be imported from Japan and Thailand, but, the company says, local production avoids customs duties, lowers transport costs and shortens delivery and installation times. mitsubishielectric.in

Enhanced VSD for DC Installations

MRL Elevator for Indian Market

ABB has released the DCS880, built on its drive platform the company calls “all-compatible.” The DC variable-speed drive (VSD) controls a variety of DC motor applications and is intended for users with a large installed base to get better performance from their existing systems. Those heavily invested in a DC system have the option to continue using DC technology, while better aligning with modern AC advancements. Built-in functions include safe torque off, which prevents unexpected startup of machinery; optional Bluetooth connectivity; and dedicated programs for a variety of applications, such as battery charging and magnets. Built on ABB’s common drive platform, it shares the same control panel, features and tools as recent- and future-generation ABB drives. Its design is such that once users have learned one ABB all-compatible drive, they can easily use other all-compatible drives (both DC and AC). They can also be easily integrated with the ABB Ability™ monitoring services, a digital product that provides real-time data about drive status and performance from any location. Monitoring parameters include drive availability, environmental conditions and fault events. new.abb.com

The DCS880 has a space-saving design to fit into electrical control rooms.


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Monoblock Elevator Control Unit Launched

The elevator control system is responsible for coordinating all aspects of elevator service by accepting inputs and producing outputs to make the system work. Arkel Elektrik of Turkey has sold its integrated control unit, Arcode, since 2013. Known for combining the main controller board; variable-voltage, variablefrequency (VVVF) AC drive; and automatic rescue device (ARD) in a single package, it was a catalyst for the company’s growth. Now, Arkel has introduced the monoblock elevator control unit Arcube to India. Arcube combines a VVVF drive unit, control board, ARD logic and all other panel elements as a single unit. Monoblock technology’s design helps overcome the inherent limitations of conventional elevator control panel systems. It is smaller than a briefcase (422 mm high X 537 mm wide X 200 mm deep), only 20.2 kg and prewired. Made on a robotic assembly line for reliability, it also eliminates the motor contactor for noiseless machine-room-less installation. It is available in 4, 5.5, 7.5 and 11 kW motor power models. Other features include: ♌♌ Ability to work up to 16 floors, 1.75 mps and with two lifts in group operation ♌♌ Car positioning with or without motor encoder, providing accurate floor leveling irrespective of load and direction

♌♌ Evacuation operation to the nearest floor in case of power failure; customer just needs to connect an uninterruptible power supply to it. ♌♌ Only 17 wires for traveling cable ♌♌ Automatic tuning of a geared or gearless machine from any make with no need to remove ropes. ♌♌ Connection with an overload device using the pretorque function ♌♌ Software update by Secure Digital card ♌♌ Built-in floor-announcement and music systems www.arkel.com.tr/en  đ&#x;Œ?

The unveiling of the Arcube was a popular affair at Elevator Escalator Expo (p. 54).

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ELEVATOR WORLD India Source Directory This section serves as a resource for the industry and consists of current Elevator World India advertisers and their website or email addresses. For detailed information on each company, please visit www.elevatorworld. com/directory. Contact Anitha Raghunath at anitha@virgopublications.com or T. Bruce MacKinnon at tbruce@elevatorworld.com for more information.



Website: www.2mlifts.com

Website: www.epicelevators.com



Website: www.elevatorexpo.co.in

Website: www.esconelevators.com



Website: www.adcocontrols.com

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Website: www.adoncomponents.com

Website: www.esquireelevatorparts.net



Website: www.interlift.de

ALTENMO TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD Website: www.altenmo.com


Website: www.cnrexpo.com


Website: www.excellaelectronics.com

FLEXON ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR CABLES Website: www.flexoncables.com

Website: www.arisence.com



FLYBIRD TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD Website: www.FlybirdTechnologies.in

GIOVENZANA INTERNATIONAL B.V. Website: www.giovenzana.com

Website: www.apson.co.in



Website: www.asansoristanbul.com

Website: www.bharatbijlee.com

BLAIN HYDRAULICS GMBH Website: www.blain.de


Website: www.canny-elevator.com

CREESTAA ELEVATORS PVT. LTD. Website: www.creestaa.com

DALE TOLAR & ASSOCIATES Email: dale@daletolar.com


Website: www.delhielevatorassociation.com


Website: www.ecindia.in


Website: www.eletechindustries.com



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INDEX SYSTEM Website: www.index-system.com

INDITECH SYSTEMS Website: www.inditechsystems.com

INELEX Website: www.eforfair.com

INOVA AUTOMATION PVT LTD Website: www.inova-automation.com

JADE ELEVATOR COMPONENTS Website: www.jadeec.in

JAYASHREE ENCODERS Website: www.jencoder.com

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

JUPITER Website: www.jupitergroup.co.in

K H FUNSTAR ELEVATORS INDIA LLP Website: www.funstarindia.com Continued

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KICH ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS PVT. LTD. Website: www.kichindia.com

LEO’S ELEVATOR COMPONENTS MARKETING PVT LTD Website: www.leoselevatorcomponents.com


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

MAYR ANTRIEBTECHNIK Website: www.mayr.de

MESSE FRANKFURT Website: www.ieeexpo.com

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TANGENT TECHNOLOGIES Website: www.tangent.in


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WVT ELEVATORS PVT. LTD. Website: www.wvtelevators.com

Advertisers Index ADCO Controls............................................................35 Adon Components....................................................19 AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen........................57 APSON Inc.......................................................... Cover 2 Arisence Incorporated................................................9 Arkel Electronic India Private Limited.................41 Bharat Bijlee Ltd............................................... Cover 4 Blain Hydraulics Gmbh.............................................49 Canny Group Co., Ltd................................................51 Chr. Mayr GmbH + Co. KG........................................65 EEST - Elevator & Escalator Safety Trust..............91 Epic Elevators.................................................................5 Eskay Elevators (I) Pvt. Ltd.........................................1 Esquire Engineering Co.....................................88, 89 Flybird Technologies Pvt. Ltd.................................83 Giovenzana International BV.................................53 Inditech Systems Pvt Ltd.........................................29 Inova Automation Pvt Ltd.......................................21 Johnson Lifts Pvt Ltd.................................................39 Jupiter Enterprises.....................................................71


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