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The Premier Magazine for the Building Transportation Industry in India


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Focus on Luxury Design & Aesthetics

VT in Co-Living Segment


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A DOPPLER Galaxy Glass cabin designed to increase the sensation of luminosity in harmony with the architectural style of a Thessaloniki, Greece, villa. This first-place winner from the ELEVATOR WORLD 2019 Photo Contest topped the Elevators (Private Residence) category and can be found with all winning photos at www. elevatorworld/2019photocontest.

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by Sheetal Shelar Patil Grexter Living cofounder Pratul Gupta shares perspectives on the significance of VT in the emerging co-living segment of real estate catering to the young.

elevator lobbies in luxury projects provide a setting for VT.


A Shift in Strategy by Anuj Puri


Privacy, Space, Speed by Yash Pandya


A New Paradigm by Yash Pandya photos by thyssenkrupp Architects discuss emerging trends in VT in the high-end residential sector.



Cabin Fever




30 by Sheetal Shelar Patil Kulvinder Singh Bansal of Prima Steels, Mumbai, discusses the transformation in elevator cabs.

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Schindler Global Awards by Sheetal Shelar Patil Emphasis on Quality by Yash Pandya Thoughtful Design by Sheetal Shelar Patil “Of the Industry, By the Industry, For the Industry” by Devika A Unified Platform With High Expectations by Yash Pandya

the Limelight


by Amish Mistry photos by thyssenkrupp TCPL Designs’ principal architect offers thoughts on how

Catching Up With Tectronics submitted by Tectronics


Rising Responsibility by Sheetal Shelar Patil



Real Estate Industry Hopes for Further Revival Under Modi 2.0 by Ankit Kansal


WTC Chennai submitted by Otis


Addressing Fire Safety Holistically by Sheetal Shelar Patil


World-Class LOPs and COPs by Yash Pandya


IT/ITeS Fuels Southern India’s Booming Market by Shrinivas Rao



Understanding Problems of Suspension Means by Kevin Heling ELA Conference 2019 by Angela C. Baldwin


Editor’s Overview




Inside India News


Regional News


Product Spotlight




Source Directory


Advertisers Index





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, Victoria Pruitt EW India Correspondent - M.J. Mohamed Iqbal Contributors – Sheetal Shelar Patil, Yash Pandya, Amish Mistry, Anuj Puri, Devika, Ankit Kansal, Shrinivas Rao, Kevin Heling Printing, Distribution and Commercial Operations Commercial Directors – Anitha Raghunath and G. Raghu (India) Advertising Sales and Marketing Anitha Raghunath and G. Raghu (India) – T. Bruce MacKinnon, Lesley K. Hicks, Scott O. Brown, Fred Wilkinson (International) Brad O’Guynn (Marketing) Susan Crigler (Education Products) Production and Internet EW Staff (U.S.) – Lillie McWilliams, Khalid Al-Shethry, Claire Nicholls, Diego Torres Vanegas Administration Anitha Raghunath (India) J. Scott Eastman (U.S.) ELEVATOR 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 Sailing Against the Wind by Vijay Pandya The market scenario for luxury real estate and top-of-the-line vertical transportation (VT) to match in India is a hard one to read, let alone analyze. On one hand, the emphasis on achieving affordable housing targets has opened new opportunities for developers and elevator manufacturers, resulting in a visible shift in focus. At the same time, the segment still hasn’t fully recovered from the triple whammy of demonetization, the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 and the Goods and Services Tax. Creatively conceptualized, but ironic, marketing terms like “affordable luxuryâ€? and “inspired byâ€? are further confusing fence-sitters. The reality is that the market for luxury housing and the elements associated with it operate by a different set of rules altogether. To find takers, exclusivity, opulence and extravagance have become requirements for a real estate project in this segment. Those who try to expand the limited quantum of elite clientele by opting for less-than-prime locations or cutting corners when it comes to the overall ambience find themselves stranded. Those who have their fingers on the pulse of the market and adhere to its parameters, however, continue to do well, regardless of the circumstances. Instead of erroneously widening the customer base within India, they pitch such projects to nonresident Indians and make it a win/win situation. Astute developers also restrict the frequency of their project launches to avoid diluting their brand positioning. The important thing is that, with Indians increasingly traveling abroad, being exposed to amenities like plush elevator lobbies and cabs in real estate projects across the globe, their aspirations and expectations have been rising. Developers of luxury projects in India have, therefore, been enhancing standards. VT has also witnessed sustained upgrades, in terms of technology, along with the user experience, look and feel, ensuring it is more than capable of catering to new-age requirements. The future of elevators, where Indian luxury real estate is concerned, clearly seems to be all about raising the quality and performance bar higher and higher. The long-term potential and scope for growth will be driven by innovations and an ability to customize. Once that is accomplished, not even the sky is the limit!   đ&#x;Œ?

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

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


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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.

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

May Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Shanghai, China May 4-5

For more information or to submit papers, visit www.liftsymposium.org. 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. Ascen.tec Mediterranean Exhibition Center Paiania, Greece May 22-24 This annual 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 The Elevator Show Dubai World Trade Centre Dubai, U.A.E. September 7-9 Organized by AFAG and Elevator World, Inc., the event intends to showcase the latest technology and design every two years. For more information, visit website: www.elevatorshowdubai.com/en. Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Highgate House Northampton, U.K. September 13-16 For more information or to submit papers, visit www.liftsymposium.org. United 2020 George R. Brown Convention Center/ Marriott Marquis Houston, TX September 23-24 This convention/exhibition is hosted by the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC), International Association of Elevator Consultants, Canadian Elevator Contractors Association and Elevator U. For more information, contact Alesa McArthur of NAEC at toll free: (800) 900-6232, phone: (770) 7609660 or email: Alesa@naec.org, or visit website: www.naecconvention.com.   đ&#x;Œ?

Inside India News

Business OEMs land contracts, inaugurate showroom.

thyssenkrupp Partner Inaugurates Showroom Chennai-based Elite Elevators, in partnership with thyssenkrupp, inaugurated its first Home Elevator Experience Center showroom in the Prestige Meridian tower in Bengaluru on May 8, the Business Standard reported. Among those present were thyssenkrupp Access Solutions Managing Director Andrew Warbrick and Vimal Babu, head of sales for Elite, which represents thyssenkrupp Access throughout India. Catering to sales and aftersales service, the showroom will provide customers an up-close look at and live demonstrations of home elevators and stairlifts. The source observed the showroom “is the first step in thyssenkrupp’s endeavor to expand its presence across the country,” and that Elite plans to launch additional showrooms in the near future.

Hitachi to Provide VT for Office Buildings in India Hitachi Building Systems Co., Ltd. and Hitachi Lift India Pvt. Ltd. were awarded a contract to supply 106 elevators by Phoenix Group for Phoenix Spaces 285 and Phoenix Aquila. The large office buildings will be constructed in Hyderabad, MarketWatch reports. This is the largest order for Hitachi groups in India, which is the world’s second-largest market, installing more than 50,000 units per year. The company will deliver 72 elevators for Phoenix Spaces 285, which is scheduled to be completed in February 2020. Hitachi Lift India will also transport 34 elevators for Phoenix Aquila. That project is set to be finished in December 2019. Both sites will use destination dispatch. Hitachi Building Systems Co., Ltd. and Hitachi Lift India Pvt. Ltd. also signed contracts to supply 49 elevators and escalators for Embassy Malaysia in Bengaluru, India, the companies recently announced. The large office park project will include two office blocks, two international hotels and a convention center. Hitachi will provide 22 elevators for the office blocks, 13 elevators for the hotels and 10 elevators and four escalators for the convention center. The vertical transportation (VT) will feature a destinationfloor reservation system.



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Solar Panels to Run Escalators, Elevators, Cut MMRDA Costs The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans to install solar panels on the roofs of all monorail stations, except Dadar, which will be used for lighting and running escalators and elevators, the Free Press Journal reported. The Dadar station is adjacent to a tall building that would shade the panels. MMRDA estimates it will save the equivalent of approximately US$45.4 million per year on power bills and, thanks in part to a government subsidy for solar-panel installation, could eventually make money. A private company has been hired to undertake the effort, which will roll out over 24 years.

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TJEI Lands Largest Order to Date


Toshiba Johnson Elevators (India) Pvt. Ltd. (TJEI) recently announced winning its largest order to date in India for 128 elevators with 12-car group control system in Surat Diamond Bourse (SDB). The scope of work entails the supply, installation and maintenance of the units. The SDB, with a total built-up area of 620,000 m2, will become the single largest office building in the world, with 4,500 offices. Junichi Kyushima, managing director, TJEI said: “For the 15-story world’s single largest office building, designed to complement the diamond industry of Surat, enabling safe and easy navigation for large volumes of people is of prime importance.” All the elevators will come with destination control systems for seamless traffic handling. An elevator monitoring system is also one of the premium features being supplied by TJEI, along with interface provisions for access control, live TV, closed-circuit TV and more.

Skywalk Lifts, Escalators to be Monitored Online in Bengaluru Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the administrative body responsible for civic amenities and some infrastructural assets in greater Bangalore, had planned to start online monitoring of lifts and escalators at up to 25 skywalks by June in a public/ private partnership with Bosch Technologies, the Deccan Herald reported. During a meeting in April, BBMP officials decided to install the devices in an effort to enhance safety and equipment reliability. Online monitoring will allow the authority to pinpoint and fix problems as they occur. BBMP hopes it will motivate more pedestrians to use the skywalks instead of crossing busy roads.


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Details on E2 Forum Mumbai The first meeting of the advisory committee for E2 Forum Mumbai and the International Elevator & Escalator (IEE) Expo 2020 took place earlier this year. It included representation by such elevator and escalator OEMs as Bharat Bijlee Ltd., KONE India, Fujitec India and thyssenkrupp India, along with real estate players Ajmera Realty & Infra Ltd. and Runwal Group, apart from the event’s strategic industry partner, MCHI-CREDAI. Sharing thoughts on the initiative taken by Messe Frankfurt India, members talked about safety basics like closed-circuit TVs being a default element to certifications, the digitalization of maintenance, an increase in the level of awareness among tier-two and -three manufacturers, testing laboratories for elevators and a need for businessmodel standardization for component manufacturers. It was announced that the Hotel Courtyard by Marriott in Mumbai will be hosting E2 Forum on August 2. The lamp lighting ceremony will open the forum, followed by an inaugural address by Shri Deepak Kapoor, IAS, CEO, Slum Rehabilitation Authority, Mumbai, Government of Maharashtra. The opening session of the event will focus on the challenges and solutions in the current market scenario along with emerging market opportunities. Panelists for that session include Sebi Joseph, president, Otis Elevator Company India Limited; Vaibhav Pitale, senior vice president, New Installation Business, Schindler India Private Limited; Raja Aederi, Raja Aederi Consultants Private Limited; Ajay Koshy, head – Design Management, Brigade Enterprises Limited; and S.R. Nalvade, superintendent engineer, Electrical Inspectorate, Government of Maharashtra. Other topics to be discussed over the course of the forum include Technological and Digital Advancements in Elevators and Escalators in Line with Industry 4.0; Building Architecture and Design Coherent with Current Trends in Elevators and Escalators; Sustainable Solutions for New Era of Urbanisation – Smart Cities; Maintenance and Safety - Issues, Solutions and Global Best Practices; and RED Talks (Real Estate Dialogue), by CREDAI – MCHI. More information and registration are available at website: bit.ly/2Gh3B80. The next IEE Expo will be held on February 27-29, 2020, at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, also in Mumbai.

Inside India News

Accidents and Issues Major mishaps, arrests and unrest

Woman Decapitated in Gruesome Elevator Mishap A 48-year-old woman was decapitated in a gruesome elevator accident at the plastics factory where she worked in Vadodara on May 27, The Epoch Times was among news outlets to report. The woman, who worked as a cleaner, was apparently trying to free her headphones from the elevator door when the incident happened. After cleaning the ground floor shortly after 8 a.m., she boarded a roofless goods elevator to the third floor. “Police found her head on the ground floor, while the rest of her body got transported to the third floor,” the source said. “The earphones were found still attached to her severed head, and music from a playlist was found playing on her phone. The phone was in her hands and was found with her body.” Police speculated the victim was using her phone and stuck her head outside the lift. They registered a case of accidental death, but were trying to learn if the elevator had problems previously.

Fall From Mall Escalator Fatal for Young Teen in Ranchi Managers of a mall in Ranchi where a 13-year-old boy fell to his death from an escalator handrail on June 22 described the incident as “avoidable and unfortunate,” The Telegraph was among news outlets to report. Shopping with family members, who were not nearby at the time of the incident, the boy can be seen on security footage climbing onto the handrail and, seconds later, falling approximately 30 ft to the ground floor. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. A mall manager says the escalators conform to global security standards. Security guards are instructed to watch people near escalators, but parents and guardians are urged to be more vigilant, the manager said.

Near-Major Mishap Puts New Delhi Station in Spotlight A packed escalator at the Hauz Khas metro station in New Delhi almost became the scene of a major mishap on May 15 when a morning rush hour passenger lost his balance and fell, causing more than 15 others to tumble down the moving stairs, the Times


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of India reported. No one was seriously hurt, thanks to other commuters who had the presence of mind to press the emergency stop button, but the incident put the station in the spotlight. According to the source, the Hauz Khas station accommodates approximately 200,000 passengers per day and, because of its 29-m depth, requires an extra level of escalators. In 2018, the station became an interchange for the metro’s Magenta and Yellow lines, which creates a huge crush of people when trains from both directions arrive simultaneously, and passengers disembark. At such times, the mezzanine level becomes the scene of “frequent pandemonium,” one rider told the source. The situation is often exacerbated by unruly passengers “pushing and shoving to get on the escalator,” another commuter said. A Delhi Metro Rail Corp. (DMRC) spokesman said the company regularly educates passengers on the correct way to ride escalators, using signage, public announcements and other media to get the word out. In addition, the spokesman said DMRC escalators have been customized to improve safety, such as by having the first four steps lie flat, and the installation of “sari guards” to prevent the traditional clothing from getting caught in the moving parts.

2 People Arrested in Theft of Lift Drives in Thane Police in Thane have made two arrests after multiple cases of lift drives stolen from elevators in several cities in the district, United News of India reported. A man accused of stealing the devices reportedly posed as an elevator mechanic in order to get access to the lift drives. He then sold them to an electrical engineer. The investigative team seized multiple lift drives and a two-wheeler, valued at INR780,000 (US$11,165), from the man accused. According to police, there were multiple complaints of the lift drive thefts, which led them to working harder to catch the thieves.

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Ashok Ramachandran has been named president of Schindler India and South Asia, filling the role most recently held by Uday Kulkarni, who is retiring. Ramachandran has been with Schindler for more than 10 years, starting in Australia in the quality department and moving on to managing director (MD) of Schindler Vietnam in 2012, where he is credited with a “complete turnaround” of the business. In 2016, he became MD of Schindler Malaysia and was appointed CEO of Schindler India in 2019. Kulkarni will remain involved with the company responsible for the Schindler University training facility. As president, Ramachandran will oversee sales, marketing and operations that include a factory and R&D. Headquartered in Mumbai, Schindler India serves 50 major cities through 13 branch offices.

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of elevators by the builders is becoming an endemic problem in India. Builders reportedly flout safety laws, neglect regular safety maintenance and don’t include automatic rescue devices. The news outlet encouraged residents to file complaints with the state enforcement agencies.

Residential Projects Find Success in Bangalore Assetz Property Group recently launched 63˚ East, which, with two previous towers, makes up the new luxury township Assetz 63˚ in Bangalore. The 26-acre development is off Sarjapur Road, a neighborhood that has seen housing demand increase year by year owing to the development of several information-technology parks and big players of the industry making their way into the city. The project is also in close proximity to the third phase of the proposed Bengaluru Metro. The development is approximately 80% sold. According to real estate services company ANAROCK, Bangalore has been one of the most active residential markets over the past two years, with overall housing sales rising by 80% in first quarter 2019, against the same period in 2017, while the overall unsold stock declined by 44% during the same period — the most among top cities. With rising sales across the city backed by rising consumer demand, Bangalore’s inventory overhang declined from 42 months in the first quarter of 2017 to 15 months at the end of the first quarter of 2019. At any given point, an inventory overhang within 18 months is considered a healthy market, so the outlook for developments like Assetz 63˚ is strong. Reported by Yash Pandya

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Inside India News

Rail and Metro Upgrades VT promises to ease passenger flow.

Elevators, Escalators Part of IR Station Makeovers New elevators and escalators are part of “airport-type” makeovers Indian Railways (IR) is undertaking at four stations, Trak.in reported. When the source reported on the work this spring, vertical-transportation (VT) specifics were scarce, although it did say Surat Railway Station in IR’s Western Zone will be outfitted with 44 elevators and 22 escalators as it transforms into a multimodal transportation hub. Distinguishing the Surat station will be connectivity to multiple modes of transportation, including city buses, taxis and a proposed metro railway. Also getting an unspecified number of elevators and escalators is Baiyyappanahaii Railway Station in the Bengaluru area. Renovations at Habibganj Railway Station will include a glass, domelike structure at the entrance, while those at Gandhinagar will include a five-star, 300-room hotel.

FOB Escalators Inaugurated at Kolhapur Station Railway officials in Kolhapur inaugurated escalators for the main foot-over-bridge (FOB) at Kolhapur rail station on June 21, the Times of India reported. The project, which was greenlit in 2017, has faced administrative challenges that delayed the opening of the escalators. The units will initially be operational during peak arrival hours, said station Manager A.I. Fernandez. “They are usually functional from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” Fernandez said. “Overall, we are keeping them functional for about eight hours every day due to a lack of security personnel. Once that is arranged, the service will be operational 24/7.” The FOB connects the station’s three platforms, and the escalators are meant to improve ease of access at the station, especially for senior citizens and pregnant women. The station also has a lift, which is scheduled for refurbishment next year.

VT to Enhance Access at Two Major Mumbai Metro Corridors Four escalators between the underground Metro Line 3 station to a skywalk 8.4 m above ground level that connects directly to the concourse of Metro Line 2B are among VT upgrades aimed at


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enhancing accessibility in two of the longest Mumbai Metro Rail Corp. (MMRC) corridors at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai, The Hindu reported in June. A lift for disabled persons is also planned at BKC, which MMRC described as a “very important hub and key interchange.” MMRC is configuring the upcoming 33.5-km-long Metro Line 3 and 23.6-km-long Line 2B to eliminate commuter hassles, such as having to scan luggage and pass through fare-collection gates twice.

FOB With Escalators Planned at Busy Egmore Station in Chennai A new foot FOB with four access points outfitted with escalators and stairs is planned by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMRA) at the busy Egmore Railway Station in Chennai, The Times of India reported. Pedestrians currently cross Poonamallee High and Gandhi-Irwin roads to reach Egmore, and the new, 560-m-long FOB would cross over them. CMRA had also considered merging a new bridge with an existing one at Egmore, but a consultant suggested the new bridge with escalators, and railway officials are leaning toward that option.

Escalators Proposed for Mumbai Rail Station Officials in Mumbai are weighing a proposal to install escalators at the Churchgate subway station, one of the busiest stations on the Western Railway (WR) line, the Times of India reported in May. The Municipal Corp. of Greater Mumbai, also known as the BMC, had received a letter from the WR’s divisional engineer requesting the addition of escalators, as they would come under BMC’s jurisdiction. A senior official said BMC agrees that escalators are needed at the station and said the proposal would be put before higher authorities. The Churchgate station is the only station on the line that has no escalators; nor does it have a foot overbridge. “There is a demand from pedestrians and commuters,” said WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar.

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Maciej Kranz has been appointed chief technology officer, executive vice president (EVP) and executive board member at KONE. Kranz succeeds Tomio Pihkala, who has been appointed EVP, New Equipment Business. Pihkala succeeds Heikki Leppänen, who has been with KONE since 1982 and a member of the executive board since 2005. Kranz, who holds an MBA, joins KONE from Cisco Systems Inc., where he served for 20 years, most recently as vice president and general manager, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group. KONE CEO Henrik Ehrnrooth observed that, in previous roles, Kranz “demonstrated strong leadership in turning digital opportunities into clear business benefits.” Pihkala, meanwhile, “has a proven track record of leadership in several business lines in Europe and China, most recently leading our Technology and Innovations unit.” Ehrnrooth thanked Leppänen for his contributions, including being instrumental in the launch of MonoSpace® in 1996 and helping grow KONE from a small player to a market leader in China. Leppänen is leaving his position to focus on non-executive duties.


CEO Title, Duties for Marks as Otis Readies for Spinoff Otis President Judy Marks was appointed CEO of the company by United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in early June as UTC’s airconditioning and building systems company Carrier, aerospace and defense supplier UTC and Otis prepare to split into three independent companies. At the same time, David L. Gitlin was appointed president and CEO of Carrier. As Otis CEO, Marks has

greater responsibility and is confirmed as the company leader. She said: “I’m privileged to lead our 68,000 Otis colleagues into the future. We’re the world’s leading elevator and escalator company, moving more than two billion people a day. The largest portfolio of service contracts, our global presence, and our ability execute to scale enable Otis to deliver superior returns to shareholders through economic cycles.”

IPO for thyssenkrupp Elevator Part of New Strategy The executive board of thyssenkrupp AG has proposed to the supervisory board its elevator business be launched in an initial public offering (IPO), rather than splitting the company in two as thyssenkrupp Industrials and thyssenkrupp Materials (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2018). The move is part of what the executive board described on May 10 as a “fundamental strategic realignment.” The move had been expected to end antitrust proceedings of the European Commission related to thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG’s alleged role in suspected cartel agreements. thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel assume the planned joint venture will be blocked by the commission in light of concerns not resolved by a market survey done in the wake of several concessions by the steel giants. thyssenkrupp plans to reintegrate its Steel Europe business back into the group in the third quarter of this fiscal year. “The economic downturn and its effects on business development and the current capital market have led to the separation not being able to be realized as planned,” the company said. “Instead, thyssenkrupp will fundamentally realign itself to significantly improve operating performance.”

Hitachi Elevator China Head Shares “Smart” Elevator Strategies Hitachi Elevator (China) Co., Ltd. President Yuhui Jia gave a speech at the 2019 Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Summit at the Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Center in Yunnan Province, China, in May titled, “Hitachi, With Continued


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100-Year History, Partners With Tencent Welink to Promote Development of the Smart Building Sector.” Followed by a question-and-answer session, the speech included digitized construction of cities, new technology such as Internet of Things, cloud computing, energy management and building information modeling. Jia also shared how Hitachi provides mobility solutions based on the fact elevators are closely connected with publictransportation systems. In a building’s smart “ecosystem,” elevators are connected to other systems such as access-control and gate systems, cameras and delivery/security robots. Tencent is a Chinese multinational conglomerate focusing on Internet-related services and will work with Hitachi to supply transportation solutions to Lingang Group’s Hero Land development in northwest Shanghai.

Hitachi Elevator China President Yuhui Jia addresses the crowd at the 2019 Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Summit in Yunnan Province in May.

Hitachi Elevator Receives Biggest Thailand Order for Airport Hitachi Elevator (Thailand) Co., Ltd. received its biggest order to date in Thailand to supply 53 elevators, 83 escalators and 38 moving walks to an expansion of Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Samut Prakan Province. Hitachi Thailand previously supplied more than 100 units to the airport, which resulted in the recent order from consortium PCS Joint Venture. In Thailand since 1974, Hitachi observed demand for elevators and escalators in the country is approximately 6,000 units per year, making it “the most promising market in southeast Asia.” Being undertaken by Airport of Thailand Public Co. Ltd., the expansion includes a new, four-story satellite concourse slated to open in April 2020. The new units will be manufactured at factories in Thailand and China prior to installation by the end of 2020.



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Regional News

Singapore Tall office and residential space on tap for city-state.

30-, 32-Story Towers Part of Singapore MixedUse Development

Hanging Gardens the Central Feature of Singapore Tower

Singapore developer GuocoLand plans to build Guoco Midtown, featuring a 30-story, 770,000-sq.-ft. office tower and a 32-story, 200-unit apartment tower in the local central business district, World Construction Network reported. Scheduled for completion by 2022, the project is at the intersection of two development corridors along Beach and Ophir-Rochor roads and will also include a two-story retail building. An underground, ground-level and elevated pedestrian network will connect Guoco Midtown with neighboring districts and metro stations. “Guoco Tower’s opening in stages between 2016 and 2017 brought a new lease on life to Tanjong Pagar,” GuocoLand CEO Raymond Choong said. “We envision Guoco Midtown doing the same for the Beach Road area.”

Heatherwick Studios drew inspiration for the approximately 31-story-tall EDEN residential tower in Singapore’s Orchard Road neighborhood from first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s vision of a “city in a garden,” the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reported, citing Architects’ Journal. Each of EDEN’s 20 luxury residences will have its own generous garden balcony, “recreating the verdant backyard access once ubiquitous across homes here,” Thomas Heatherwick said. The façade is being constructed of concrete walls displaying an abstract map of Singapore’s terrain. Developed by Swire Properties, EDEN is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

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EDEN’s key feature is hanging gardens; image from Heatherwick Studios.


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Abu Dhabi Developer With Burj Khalifa Ties Eyes Ethiopia

Rendering of La Gare Eagle Hills; image courtesy of Eagle Hills

Eagle Hills, a real estate company based in Abu Dhabi, hopes to transform approximately 36 hectares on Ras Makonnen Street in Addis Ababa into a mixed-use development with hotels, a mall, 4,000 apartments and entertainment called La Gare Eagle Hills, Fortune reported. Towers pictured on the project website, lagare.com/ project/la-gare, appear to be at least 30 stories tall. In April, Addis Ababa city officials were reviewing the plan, specifically whether it would preserve structures including a historic train station completed in 1917. In partnership with the city, Eagle Hills aims to complete the project within seven years. Of note is that Eagle Hills Chairperson Mohammed Alabar is the developer of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai with his company Emaar.

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Regional News

Australia Tall buildings in Sydney and Melbourne look to further transform the growing skylines.

Ambitious 40-Story Office Tower Wins OK in Sydney The team behind an AUD650-million (US$449-million), 40-story office tower and 1 ha of public space, including along the waterfront in Sydney’s Cockle Bay Wharf, received support from an independent planning panel earlier this year, The Urban Developer reported. The creation of public space outweighed residents’ and lawmakers’ concerns about the tower overshadowing neighbors, creating wind issues and blocking private views, with the panel calling it “a valuable contribution.� Two foot overbridges (FOBs) will be demolished and replaced by a deck and publicly accessible open space over the Western Distributor freeway, while a third FOB will be upgraded with new bars, shops and restaurants. The tower was designed by Sydney’s Francis-Jones Morehen Pty. Ltd. to the highest environmental standards.

existing Norwest Business Park in Sydney, The Urban Developer reported. Working its way through the approval process in May, the project at 34-36 Brookhollow Avenue is adjacent to an underconstruction underground railway station. It was designed by PBD Architects and is being developed by Merc Capital. On the drawing boards are six, six-to-eight-story podiums for commercial use, a Mullane’s Norwest Hotel, a childcare center and the tall residential towers. PBD calls for a mix of materials, including metal screens and composite aluminum panels, for the structure, which promises to bring more than 1,500 jobs to the precinct.

Three Dedicated Elevators Among Amenities in Melbourne Tower A trio of dedicated elevators will be among amenities for residents who live on or above the 32nd floor of the 50-story LK Tower, set to open late this year in the Melbourne CBD, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reported. Designed by Bates Smart with a metallic, futuristic look and housing 400 apartments, it is joining the 10-story, 88-unit Capitol Grand tower, which is complete. In addition to the dedicated elevators, upperfloor dwellers in the 180-m-tall building will enjoy 360Ëš views around Melbourne, a private entrance and access to an infinity pool, lounges, dining rooms and a gym.   đ&#x;Œ?

GPT, Brookfield and AMP are behind the plan for a Cockle Bay Tower designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Pty. Ltd.

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(l-r) The Bates Smart-designed Capitol Grand and LK towers

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Schindler Global Awards The 2019 presentation ceremony awarded students for innovative ideas to skip unsustainable parts of urbanization. by Sheetal Shelar Patil A team of two students from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Grenoble, France, was conferred the US$25,000 first prize at 2019 Schindler Global Award (SGA) presentation ceremony held in Mumbai on May 10 for their project, “Flood Me if You Can.” The SGA, now in its third cycle, is a leading international student urban design competition. Students were asked to respond to the competition brief, titled, “Leapfrogging Development: Urban Transformation in Mumbai.” A jury of experts and practitioners, including Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV, Momoyo Kajima of Atelier Bow-Wow and Rahul Mehrotra of Harvard University, among others, awarded 12 prizes with a total value of US$105,000.

The Schindler Award was established in 2003 and went global in 2015. The SGA competition in Mumbai follows competitions in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2017, and Shenzhen, China, in 2015. Over the years, students have been challenged to look at how these international megacities could be improved through specific urban design ideas by addressing environmental, social and spatial conditions, along with attention to political and economic forces. Neil Runcieman, head of employee and customer communication, Schindler, said of the 2019 competition: “What impressed all the judges was not just the creativity and detail of the competition entries, but the intelligence and sensitivity they applied to balancing sustainable habitats with sustainable communities and sustaining cultures.” Urbanization presents some of the greatest challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The SGA asks students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning to contribute their ideas for a better urban future. The 2019 competition used Mumbai as its site, focusing on the urban transformation of a large waterfront area with a focus on mobility.

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An estimated 22.8 million people live in Mumbai’s catchment area, including the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Mumbai will soon have about 725 ha of space open up for development in an area known as the Eastern Waterfront in the coming years. It is by far the biggest section of land slated for development in the city’s central peninsula in recent decades. SGA focused on the future of the Eastern Waterfront. It asked students to submit their ideas about how to skip over steps or phases of urban development that are demonstrably unsustainable from social, economic, environmental and structural perspectives. Many cities in transition, along with new and future cities, will face this question. On that basis, the competition was looking for overarching ideas about how the Eastern Waterfront could be developed and what its role could be in the city and in the context of the MMR.

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Industry Dialogue

Emphasis on Quality Basavaraju DR (BDR), Managing Director, MPSPL, shares insights with your author (YP) on the company’s unique selling proposition and quality emphasis. by Yash Pandya


YP: How has the journey of Mass Punching Systems Pvt. Ltd. (MPSPL) been so far? BDR: MPSPL has built its brand equity and customer loyalty since 2010. Our main headquarters is at Peenya Fourth Phase, Bengaluru, Karnataka. With a dedicated and capable workforce, we focus on the manufacturing and trading of lift push buttons, capsule lifts, elevator doors, lift doors and many more elements related to the verticaltransportation industry. Skilled professionals examine our product range based on numerous quality parameters. To ensure a greater level of aesthetics, design and quality, we have procured the latest AMADA machine laser and punching and regrooving machines. We are now manufacturing new custom designs, which are supposed to be the best in the industry. YP: What are the key markets for MPSPL? BDR: We are catering to clients in the south India market and have plans to venture into Pune and Kolkata. YP: How does being headquartered in Bengaluru give MPSPL an advantage? BDR: The location enables us to cover the south India market and reach the western parts of the country. YP: How would you describe your vision and strategy for MPSPL? BDR: Our experts continually work toward rendering client contentment, and our ethical trade practices have supported us to preserve our position in this industry.

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Yash Pandya reflects the changing paradigm of new-age journalism, which is part storytelling, part statistical data and part what the future might hold. Though based in Mumbai, he has traveled abroad extensively and considers himself a “global writer” who is not constrained by geographical boundaries. The company is now manufacturing new custom designs, which are supposed to be the best in the industry.


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Lobbies in the Limelight by Amish Mistry

JTCPL Designs’ principal architect shares his thoughts on how elevator lobbies in luxury projects provide a setting for VT.

JTCPL Designs Principal Architect Ninad Tipnis founded the company in 2002 after graduating from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. His personal design philosophy is characterized by simplicity, distinct lines and forms that incorporate a sense of flexibility and scalability. His other passion is mentoring students from various interior design institutes. Here, he discusses with your author the six-story KBS Creations building from JTCPL’s project portfolio to highlight how elevator lobbies in luxury projects provide a setting for vertical transportation (VT). With an ever-increasing population, cities across the globe are bursting at the seams. This has led to an unprecedented rise in metropolitan areas’ population density. Population density is measured in terms of number of people/land area. In such a scenario, the vertical is the only axis that allows for any tangible growth. The next logical thing needed is VT. Thus, it is a given that elevators are such an integral part of a growing urban fabric. As we are discussing a crucial space when we focus on VT design, we may start with one indispensable to any good elevator user experience: the elevator lobby.

Architects and designers across the world have given a lot of attention to this space. From high-end apartments to commercial office spaces, malls, theatres or hotels, the elevator lobby is usually ostentatiously clad in marble, glass and/or wood — in every bit of material that can spell out the word “grandeur.” But, few have been designed to create a story that runs across various levels to create brand value. However, the elevator lobbies on each of the six floors in the headquarters of KBS Creations, a multinational jewelry company, do just that. Based in Andheri, this office building is one of the many premises the company has in Mumbai, as well as other places around the world. Tipnis, who designed the building, explained: “Being closer to the airport than their other offices in Mumbai, this particular office building gains significance. It serves as a touchpoint for the company’s overseas guests, all their valued patrons, as well as their VIP visitors. So, we build the whole design on the canvas of what they deal in. For KBS, jewelry is, in essence, love and joy. So, we used the metaphor of ‘Love and Joy’ on the backdrop of Mumbai. Continued


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“Going along those lines, we used various motifs from across the world to build up the design. On one level, we used the famous Robert Indiana Love sculpture with sketches of a boy and a girl on either side of the sculpture. It’s a love story, in which we are depicting the various stages of love. On another level, we designed the lobby with a Bollywood backdrop, because Bollywood is so synonymous with Mumbai. Again, one of the most famous motifs from Bollywood depicting love is the Raj Kapoor–Nargis umbrella scene. So, we used that in silhouette to go with the theme. Also, we used bright red upholstery on this level. This keeps showbiz in mind, where everything tends to be larger than life and yet grounded in reality, which, in a way, also describes Mumbai. Continued


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“We have taken liberties with the design language, where we’ve taken a departure from the conventional corporate grammar to make it more expressive, more retail-oriented and with a strong visual storytelling syntax.” True to these words, each floor is treated as a unique chapter of a romantic story. It’s like reading a visual love story with a different setting across the various levels. This treatment lays out a comforting welcome for what one can expect inside. Even if a person is not entering the offices, looking at the lobbies gives the gist of what the company stands for and what the company culture is all about. “That’s the whole idea,” Tipnis exclaimed, continuing: “The human eye can soak in a lot of detail within the few odd seconds it takes for the elevator door to open and shut. And, working on that fact, we have factored in all these details one sees across the various levels. On one of the floors, we created a mock florist shop, since, like jewelry, flowers are also used to celebrate various joyous occasions. So, the entire narrative is to create a very informal kind of a setting, where the entire work area comes across as a relaxed and a calm ambience.” One gets a fantastic and an energetic vibe when visiting all the elevator lobbies; at the same time, they don’t overpower. Right from the podium level to the top level, the story of “Love and Joy” with a Mumbai backdrop runs seamlessly. It remains true to its form throughout, with some highly imaginative details. For example, one of the levels depicts the Mumbai street scene with a


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double-decker bus highlighted with a fictional “98, Ring Street” destination. The name takes its origin from the fact that rings happen to be one of the company’s main products. On another level, there is a jukebox motif with an adjacent wall decoration with names of number-one hits inscribed. All in all, to borrow Bollywood terminology, the elevator lobby design at KBS Creations could easily qualify as a runaway hit with a multimillion-dollar box office takeaway. The whole design is unique in the sense that it shows what can be done with elevator lobbies by taking a slight deviation from the conventional. Add a little finesse and some dexterity, and lo, you have the perfect recipe for a design, where there is ample scope to create drama and really build up a visual corporate brand value. 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

Focus on Luxury Design & Aesthetics

A SHIFT IN STRATEGY The chairman of ANAROCK Property Consultants analyzes key trends in the luxury housing segment.

by Anuj Puri The slowdown in Indian residential real estate over the last few years has caused most high net-worth individuals (HNIs) to shun luxury housing and look at other investments within or outside of real estate. However, ANAROCK’s latest study indicates that HNIs are now using the tail end of the slowdown in India’s luxury residential market to their advantage. Stagnant prices and best-buy deals have brought back some of the in-demand luxury homes, leading to a decline of 12% in this segment’s overall unsold stock in one year. To put it in numbers, the current unsold stock of luxury homes priced between INR15 million-25 million (US$220,000365,000) has been reduced to approximately 42,650 units against approximately 48,300 units as of first quarter 2018. Typically, the investment portfolios of HNIs and ultra-HNIs have about 30-35% of the total investments in real estate. That said, the majority of HNIs and UHNIs who have triggered this reduction trend are end-users who perceive that luxury housing prices have bottomed out. Developers are also offering attractive deals to clear their unsold luxury stock. Among the top seven cities, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) predictably accounted for the maximum share of unsold luxury housing stock at about 23,930 units in the first quarter of 2019, while Kolkata had the least stock, with around 770 units.


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Bangalore led from the front, recording a 49% decline in unsold luxury stock within a year – from 6,370 units in first quarter 2018 to 3,260 units in first quarter 2019. ANAROCK’s recent consumer sentiment survey confirms that nearly 31% of nonresident Indians currently prefer to invest in Bangalore. Bangalore’s notable luxury inventoryshedding performance was followed by Kolkata, which offloaded 37% of unsold luxury homes in the same period. On the other hand, Chennai and Hyderabad saw unsold luxury homes pile up further, by 50% and 10%, respectively. The two most expensive markets, the National Capital Region (NCR) and MMR, each saw a 7% yearly decline, with the NCR currently holding 9,590 unsold luxury units as of first quarter 2019 and the MMR still saddled with 23,930 unsold luxury units. NCR saw its maximum housing sales in the mid-segment category, with overall unsold stock in this category reduced by 20%. This, in fact, is becoming a nationwide trend. Anuj Puri is the chairman of ANAROCK Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd.


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PRIVACY, SPACE, SPEED Swadesh Anand (SA), director, engineering, procurement and construction, Paradigm Realty, shares perspectives with your author (YP) on how luxury high rises require VT to match.

by Yash Pandya YP: How have luxury projects evolved as a real estate category, and how have they raised benchmarks? SA: Today, luxury revolves around privacy and space. These can be achieved easily in a high rise or skyscraper. Innovative developers are capitalizing on this consumer mindset by creating high-rise projects that deliver. Zenith, at Ghodbunder Road, Thane, is a good example. That project touches the sky at 95 m above the sea level. Such a project requires vertical transportation (VT) to match. We are installing eight elevators traveling at 2 m/s or faster with automated rescue devices (ARDs). YP: With luxury projects going higher and higher, what is the significance of elevators, elevator maintenance and their safety aspects? SA: With advances in technology, human beings have devised multiple ways to reduce the time and effort needed to complete any task. Elevators have been one

of the best scientific and commercial breakthroughs. Without elevators, there could be no buildings taller than four stories, forcing people to traverse stairs to reach their desired locations. Imagine a 10-story tower with no elevator; things would be very difficult for residents. Hence, elevators become a necessity. Elevator vendors have reduced the prices of their units and adapted to a new business model of annual maintenance contracts, which have become their bread and butter. All elevators are now equipped with ARDs. Without them, the government does not issue a contractor license to an elevator, which is mandatory for a project to receive its certificate of occupancy. YP: In luxury projects, what planning goes into positioning elevators and the lift lobby and decides which type of elevators will be installed? SA: Detailed traffic analysis is very important when finalizing the location of lift pits. Equal proximity of the VT

Detailed traffic analysis is very important when finalizing the location of lift pits.


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equipment from each unit defines an optimal design in which every unit is as advantageous as the other in terms of reaching the parking lot or vice-versa. The type of elevator depends on the project. If there is a height restriction and no place to put the elevator motors, we can install machine-room-less elevators. If we have an ultra-luxury project, we can have elevators operate on access cards, which will allow better security and exclusivity in the project. If the lift pit size is not sufficient in comparison to the cabin to be installed, we can have hydraulic-driven elevators.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Marble and wood distinguish this lobby and elevator bank designed by Morphlab; photo courtesy of Morphlab.

Architects discuss emerging trends in VT in the high-end residential sector. by Yash Pandya The luxury real estate market is evolving, with younger, affluent individuals stepping in to fill the role previously held by older buyers, according to leading architects. With this comes the need for faster, larger, stylish and more efficient elevators. Elevators are a key part of an elegant transition from building lobby to residence, and some buyers are even asking for private elevator entrances to their high-rise apartments or condominiums.


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Buyers of luxury residences often want elevator entrances directly to their homes; photo courtesy of ADND & KDND Studio LLP.

clouds,” he states, “we need to rethink a lot about how traditional elevators work and whether or not the same model is going to be feasible in the long run.” In any case, he and his colleagues are excited about the possibilities. The vertical distance between the ground and top floors of apartment buildings has increased, particularly in the last decade, Jain says. This has resulted in the need for a greater number of elevators to efficiently move residents around. Speed is also becoming a “crucial parameter” in determining the number and type of elevators in an effort to reduce average wait times. “That being said, elevators are becoming faster and bigger, leading to larger numbers of opulently designed lobbies,” states Jain, who is a postgraduate student in Emerging Technologies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He launched Morphlab in 2012. Jain

Elevator manufacturers and architects are responding to customer requests by offering custom products and designing buildings to accommodate impressive vertical-transportation (VT) systems. Furthermore, new innovations — such as thyssenkrupp Elevators’ TWIN system with two elevators in one shaft and the MULTI ropeless, vertical and sideways-moving system — promise to expand design possibilities even further. Sahil Jain, principal architect at Morphlab, observes: “[Systems like MULTI] give architects the liberty to dream bigger in terms of design. While we were once constrained by traditional technologies, we are no longer bound. As a practice, we believe that a lot of forms and arrangements can still be explored, and, as the shackles of physical constraints are being shattered, we can conjure up fantastical buildings that were once found only in science fiction.” Jain observes Elisha Graves Otis’ design for the elevator safety brake ushered in a new era for building tall. Prior to that, he says, buildings rarely reached seven stories. “As we soar higher into the


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“Aroha drew inspiration from the beautiful aspects of Buddhism to create cognizance about the adjacent Buddhist caves that are designated a [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] World Heritage site. Starting from the materials used throughout the project, to the apartment design and lobby, every aspect follows the same theme. We believe that themed luxury is the next benchmark in such projects.” In Worli, the roughly 12-story Desai Oceanic by Spark Developers features a dropoff area, including a cafeteria, designed to enhance the property’s luxurious look and feel, Sanghavi says. “The double-height space opening to the elevators offers a grand entrance,” he says, further enhancing the feel of luxury. “Everything in a luxury project is an experience.” This experience starts in the dropoff area and continues into the lobby, lift banks and the lifts themselves, Sanghavi says. VT providers understand this and are providing better and smarter equipment options for luxury projects, particularly in large metros, where developers “are going higher and requiring faster, safer, more stylish VT options.” Pote

VT systems have become part and parcel of luxury buildings’ seamless flow from entrance/exit to lobby to elevator, Jain says. He elaborates: “The lobbies in luxury projects need to be a striking volume that comes into focus right as one steps off the elevators. They also need to be transition spaces between the elevators and apartments. With the constraints of building regulations and codes, the positioning of elevators and the core of the building are crucial to the way the apartments are arranged around them. It has become the case that, even before designing the apartments, if you have a functionally solid core, the apartment layouts seemingly take care of themselves.” As the number and size of elevators increase, so have the number and size of opulently designed lobbies, Jain says. Gaurav Sanghavi, cofounder with Harsh Pote of Pentaspace Consultants, provides examples in the Borivali East and Worli areas of Mumbai. In Borivali East, the 300,000 ft2, 20-plus-story Kanakia Aroha apartment towers incorporate luxury and efficiency from their façade to interiors, Sanghavi says, stating:

Grand entrances are part and parcel of a package that includes the VT system; photo courtesy of Pentaspace Consultants.


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Aroha in Borivali East draws inspiration from nearby Buddhist cave carvings; photo courtesy of Pentaspace.


In addition to young highachievers moving out of their parents’ homes and into high rises, many buildings in cities including Mumbai have outlived their useful lives, says Shobhan Kothari, partner in ADND & KDND Studio LLP in Mumbai. He says a “successful brigade of achievers in the 35- to 45-year-old age bracket� are making up an ever-growing number of buyers of high-rise residences. Older towers being replaced is also driving demand for elevators, as families find it more practical and appealing to live in newer structures, he says. Founded in conjunction with architect Anand Menon, ADND & KDND handles residential, corporate, hospital and retail projects. Kothari and Menon have noticed several elevator trends, including demand for machine-roomless units that allow for more living space. Kothari states:

“In some of the emerging skyscrapers of the city, a home’s footprint may be a large, single floorplate, a duplex or a penthouse. In any case, the relevance of an elevator to cater to residents’ transportation needs becomes imperative. Elevator exteriors and interiors are both designed to match the aesthetics of the rest of the premises. When catering to the luxury segment, elevators have become extremely bespoke. The cosmetic finishes of the floor, walls and ceilings are now complemented by technology such as biometric accessibility. This ensures a guest or outsider does not have direct access to the home, adding to the exclusivity.â€?   đ&#x;Œ?

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Industry Dialogue

Thoughtful Design Duville Estates Director Tushad Dubash (TD) shares insights with your author (SSP) on the significance of VT at the company’s new project in Pune and beyond. by Sheetal Shelar Patil SSP: What sets the Riverdale project apart? TD: The Riverdale residential project by Duville Estates Pvt. Ltd. is spread across 31 acres. It is a township on the banks of the Mula Mutha River in Kharadi, Pune. The company is developing three housing projects totaling 1,150 units. The first of these is Riverdale Heights, comprising 580 units, with possession taking place from August onwards. The other two projects, Riverdale Residences I and Riverdale Suites, comprise 300 units and 270 units, respectively, and will be delivered by 2021. A smart township delivers a wish list of infrastructure and services catering to the aspirations and needs of today’s customer. It

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takes meticulous planning and execution to construct green buildings. At Duville Estates, we are very keen on green building. In Riverdale, we have integrated several green elements to offer residents a holistic living space. It has incorporated design elements wherein its total power needs are taken care of by solar energy. Owing to this, the company received the Indian Green Building Council Gold building certification for Riverdale. The project is fully Vastu (a traditional Hindu system of architecture) compliant (with proper certification). Weather testing has been carried out to ensure optimal positioning of the

Meet Duville Estates Director Tushad Dubash


Duville Estates Director Tushad Dubash was educated at Eton College in London. He holds a BS in Politics and Economics from the University of Bath, U.K., and a master’s degree in Law from the University of Bristol, U.K. Since his return to India in 2007, he has been actively involved in the DBC Group and is spearheading Duville Estates, a real estate company founded and predominantly owned by his family. The fourthgeneration entrepreneur/director of the company, Dubash builds on a long line of family business success. The Dubash family established its shipping business in Mumbai more than two centuries ago, setting high ethics and value-creation standards that persist today.

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buildings for ventilation, natural light and solar-panel positioning. Our strategy for sustainability is to minimize waste, toxic emissions and environmental impact; promote recycling, and offset greenhouse gas emissions. Since Riverdale is Duville Estate’s first venture in the real estate business, the company aspires to provide the best quality homes. Hence, we decided to tie up with various well-known international and national brands, such as main contractor Shapoorji Pallonji, development manager Ananta Landwise Pvt. Ltd., master planner London-based Upton-Hansen Architects, principal architect KIPA Architects, structural engineer JW Consultancy; and Waho Landscape Architects. The company has been using various modern construction techniques and technologies, such as waterproofing chemicals, autoclaved aerated concrete blocks, monolithic construction and fiber mesh. SSP: What are the vertical-transportation (VT) arrangements and placements within the project? TD: There are five towers within Riverdale Heights and 16 elevators across all Riverdale Heights towers. The total number of elevators in the four towers that house two-bedroom/hall and kitchen units is 12. Of these, four are stretcher elevators. The fifth tower, which offers BHK homes, is served by four elevators, one of which is a stretcher elevator. These are thyssenkrupp high-speed elevators that travel at 1.5 m/s for Riverdale Heights. Passenger elevators are 2.03-m deep X

2.05-m wide with a capacity of 10 passengers/680 kg. Stretcher elevators are 2.73-m deep X 2.05-m wide. Elevators have a brushed, stainless-steel hairline finish on the walls and ceilings, and the floor is finished with vinyl. Buttons and call panels are white LED dot matrix. SSP: Which elevator aspects were considered in project design? TD: The building was examined to establish the following criteria, which was incorporated into traffic-flow models: ♦♦ Height of buildings and individual floors ♦♦ Distribution of population throughout buildings ♦♦ Main entrance level(s) and points of entry/exit ♦♦ Distribution of population over elevator groups (if the same destination can be reached using more than one group) ♦♦ Stair usage This allows the building’s anticipated traffic flow to be established and a corresponding elevator configuration to be specified. Initially, an estimate of elevator group requirements is made based on past experience. This estimate should take the following into consideration. Primary considerations: ♦♦ Number of elevators per group ♦♦ Nominal elevator load capacity (based on car floor area) ♦♦ Realistic car occupancy ♦♦ Nominal elevator speed Secondary considerations: ♦♦ Elevator acceleration Continued

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The balance between demand and handling is so sensitive that even the slightest deviation can result in the need to change the entire elevator system concept.

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♌♌ Door times (opening and closing, door type and dimensions) ♌♌ Entry and exit times (dependent on type of user, free passageway and car occupancy) ♌♌ How elevators will facilitate occupants, especially children, visitors and other users SSP: What is the significance of elevators in projects by your company? Are they considered a lifestyle amenity? TD: Lifts need to transport a higher number of people at faster speeds, while remaining safe and efficient. To achieve these objectives, high-speed, technologically advanced lifts have replaced traditional lifts. While many commercial and retail establishments already have high-speed lifts, their usage in residential projects is a relatively recent phenomenon. The 19 elevators chosen for Riverdale Heights will have 10- to 15-passenger capacity, 28-30 stops and speeds of 1.75 m/s. Equipped with the latest technology and safety mechanisms, these lifts will operate at a good speed, yet consume less energy. SSP: Do you see buildings getting even higher in the near future? How will this impact decisions regarding elevator selection? TD: The dominance of skyscrapers across metro cities has led to the elevator market witnessing a boom in recent years. When designing an elevator system for either low- or high-rise buildings, the same initial estimates can theoretically be applied to its usage and function as for any other project. However, the individual


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effects of each traffic-flow parameter on transportation capacity are many times greater for high- than for low-rise construction. Marginal differences when fine-tuning parameters — such as peak demand, population, door open and close times, entry and exit times — can all greatly influence traffic-flow management. The balance between demand and handling is so sensitive that even the slightest deviation can result in the need to change the entire elevator system concept. Traffic-flow management is nowhere near as complex for low- as it is for high-rise construction. A building’s function (office, residential, hotel or a combination), probable population and peak demand (either the up-, down- or lunch-peak) are the determining factors. The following parameters need to be determined in sequence for the anticipated traffic flow, given the building’s envisaged function: ♌♌ Population (number of employees and/or residents) ♌♌ Occupancy (presence/simultaneousness) ♌♌ Peak demand (indicative traffic flow peak) SSP: With implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 (RERA), which aspects should developers keep in mind about their projects’ elevators? TD: RERA has been a potent instrument in addressing some of the pertinent issues afflicting the real estate industry. Among them, the impact is most visible in terms of completions/deliveries. Since its enforcement, RERA has significantly reduced the average time taken for construction up to the first floor slab, from 21 to six months. However, it doesn’t have any direct impact on the elevator industry. SSP: Kharadi is considered a new information-technology (IT) hub. What are the prospects for the location, in terms of high rises and their need for elevators? TD: Kharadi, noted for being the new IT hub of Pune, is rated as an upcoming micro market because of immense development in a range of industries, including IT, IT-enabled services, hospitality, retail and even education. This, in turn, triggers an increase in demand for high-rise, high-end residential properties and increased demand for elevators.   đ&#x;Œ?

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“Of the Industry, By the Industry, For the Industry” New tradeshow to enter the arena with strong support. by Devika


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with India’s first VT expo, International Elevator & Escalator (IEE) Expo, as honorary advisor. Mathews has 30 years in the VT industry, during which time he has been involved in many initiatives, including EEST (founder) and ELEVATOR WORLD India (honorary founding editor). Mathews also collaborated with Italian magazine Elevatori to translate its popular “How It Works” technical guide into Hindi. An active member of the Committee for Indian Elevator and Escalator Standards and a convener of the National Building Code of India, Mathews had a hand in several national VT firsts, including destinationdispatch systems and elevators with peak travel speeds of 6 m/s. He founded TAK Consulting approximately 15 years ago. Choudhuri entered the expo industry in 2009 when she joined UBM India Ltd., for which she led two editions of the India pavilion at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. At the fair, which featured more than 150 exhibitors, she helped launch the book India’s Leading Gem & Jewellery Companies. After more than five years in the jewelry industry, Choudhuri became project head for IEE Expo, acquired by Messe Frankfurt. Choudhuri

TAK Mathews and Priyanka Choudhuri, veterans of the verticaltransportation (VT) and tradeshow industries, respectively, plan the inaugural International Sourcing Exposition for Elevators and Escalators (ISEE) for November 5-7, 2020, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. Under TAK Expo Pvt. Ltd., which was incorporated on July 1, ISEE is “Of the Industry, By the Industry, For the Industry,” according to Mathews and Choudhuri. It is receiving strong support from associations and industry players including: ♦♦ The Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat India ♦♦ The International Association of Elevator Consultants ♦♦ The Fire and Safety Association of India ♦♦ The Karnataka Elevator Manufacturers Association ♦♦ The Delhi Elevator Association The show is also supported by TAK Consulting Pvt. Ltd.; the nonprofit Elevator and Escalator Safety Trust (EEST); honorary advisor Shankar Gopalakrishnan, head of Madras Consultancy Group; and Interface Data and Design (IDD), a company with more than two decades’ experience in exhibition and registration management. In its role managing ISEE, IDD plans to implement advanced technology to enhance attendees’ experiences and add value for exhibitors. Mathews and Choudhuri are no strangers to tradeshows. For 10 years, Mathews was involved

ISEE is generating excitement among industry players. Retired Otis India Manager and elevator expert Trevor Rodericks says it promises to provide direction to industry players in a changing business environment. Gopalakrishnan, meanwhile, describes ISEE as “an excellent development for the elevator and escalator industry in India,” elaborating: “As I understand it, the exposition will showcase the industry’s strengths in the manufacturing space, as well as facilitate technology flow. The recent turbulence caused by trade frictions in the international arena may lead to new manufacturing opportunities for Indian component manufacturers. I wish ISEE success for their inaugural show.” For the inaugural ISEE, which they hope to make a biennial event, Mathews and Choudhuri decided to emphasize quality over quantity, selecting a limited number of exhibitors. “From an exhibitor’s perspective, this will maximize time spent with particular customer groups,” Choudhuri observes. As of July, confirmed first exhibitors (which will receive “prominence and preference” in ISEE publications, advertising materials and sponsorship opportunities) include: ♦♦ Bharat Bijlee ♦♦ City Lift India Ltd. ♦♦ Eskay Group of Cos. ♦♦ Esquire Engineering Co.

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Johnson Lifts & Escalators Oleo International Power Climber Standard Elevator Systems Toshiba Johnson Elevators India Pvt. Ltd. Besides the tradeshow, ISEE will offer continuing education, panel discussions and specialized exhibit areas. Choudhuri elaborates: “A special training room will be set up for conducting needbased certification programs for industry professionals and end users. Multiple panel discussions will also be held to strengthen the collaboration between members of the VT and real estate industries. Another special feature of the show will be the dedicated Aesthetics Pavilion. A group of experts specializing in the diverse components that make up an aesthetic elevator (or escalator), like fixtures, displays, wall paneling, glass, mirrors, lighting and flooring, have commenced conceptualizing and developing this pavilion.” Funds generated from a nominal exhibitor fee will be donated to EEST. For show details, including sponsorship opportunities, contact priyanka@tak-expo.net. Devika has worked in the communications and design industry for more than eight years, and has a keen interest in brand-building and sustainable design.

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A Unified Platform With High Expectations A new association discusses goals, interested members and new developments.

by Yash Pandya Since its formal launch a few months ago, the All India Lift Upliftment Federation (AILUF) and its objectives have been appreciated by most stakeholders including, apparently, the authorities in charge of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Sharing details about the feedback and new developments in recent months, Pankaj M. Trivedi, director, AILUF, said that during a recent meeting with the relevant ministry, key dignitaries had opined that the concept was extremely relevant and

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should be implemented with all product segments and categories. Trivedi continued: “We explained to them that this is not a body set up to demand price rationalization or anything else from the government. AILUF has been conceptualized as a common national platform for enhancing global competitiveness of the lift industry across the country. There will be state, zone and segment-wide chapters; everyone involved with lifts in India can be members. Existing associations will be looped in and respected. Their objective is to create products that are exportable and import substitutes in line with the ‘Make in India’ theme. AILUF will work with the central and state governments for standardization of norms relating to manufacturing safety; for an ‘accident-free’ lift industry in India; for testing facilities across the country; and for uniform standards, along with skill-development/ skill-certification and world-class employability.” In fact, AILUF was formally announced at the International Elevator & Escalator Expo held in April 2019, and a group of the founding members interfaced with the exhibitors and visitors. The response, according to Trivedi, has been quite substantial, and positive confirmations to join AILUF have been received from Mumbai, Pune, North India and all over Gujarat. During the event, Pankaj Shah, vice president, AILUF, pointed out the variety of associations in every state of India, and different rules as well. He said: “We want to get everything on the same level and have common guidelines for every state.

AILUF founders at the association’s launch

We want all of us to get together with the government to create that level of quality so that there is not a single accident. The usual mentality of the sellers is how much cheaper can one make the product and sell it. Until this mentality changes, the accidents won’t stop, and the quality won’t be maintained. And, this is one of the main reasons why our Indian standards are not valid in other countries and we cannot sell our products abroad in developed countries. The technicians, materials, manufacturers and our mentality need to be transformed, and that is our goal. Our aim is that every person should make such products so that there is no accident. Money should be a secondary thing.� G.R. Phulari, president, AILUF, concurred: “Through AILUF, we want to help develop every person in every category, from erectors to contractors and skilled people. You can get good materials anywhere, but you need the workmanship, as well. The lifts that are sold are not complete products. They are assembled onsite and involve a lot of agencies from start to finish. There need to be mechanical experts and electrical experts. A single person cannot do all this. So, there should be skilled experts for both installation and maintenance.�

According to Phulari, there should be a lot more focus on the aspect of workmanship. Usually, a person starts his own company after gaining two to four years of experience, because he knows where to get the materials. But, more than quality, what is important is safety. Phulari continued: “Our federation has a target of zero accidents all over the country, and this is possible. If you have installed a high-quality lift but don’t get the servicing done from the company’s OEM, and give it to some other roadside servicers, then all your hard work will go to waste. There has to be some standard when it comes to installation, as well as maintenance. Every state has different rules. Maharashtra passed an act regarding rules, which is useful for the entire country. Safety is extremely important, and it should actually be common not just in India, but also all over the world. Under ‘Make in India,’ we should have-high quality products at reasonable costs.â€? So, with AILUF poised to take the next step forward, the vertical-transportation industry in India can now look forward to being more organized and having regular interactions with the authorities for the benefit of all stakeholders.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Co-Living Communication Grexter Living cofounder Pratul Gupta (PG) shares perspectives with your author (SSP) on the significance of VT in the emerging co-living segment of real estate catering to the young.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil


SSP: What has been the response to co-living so far and the scope for this category of residential real estate going forward? PG: It may still be at a nascent stage, but the co-living segment in India presents huge growth opportunities. After all, the domestic co-living market is estimated to be worth over US$2 billion by 2022 (as per a recent report by RedSeer Consulting). The figure indicates the rising demand for fully managed co-living facilities in the country. With the younger generation favoring renting over home ownership, the co-living trend is becoming increasingly popular across the country. And, given the current market trends,


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it’s safe to say that the Indian co-living sector is likely to witness robust growth in the upcoming months. SSP: What are the key market drivers and decision influencers for this category? PG: A multitude of factors has worked in favor of India’s co-living market, directly or indirectly propelling its growth. The increasing millennial demand for affordable yet quality dwellings, rising disposable income and the influx of technology are some of the major factors driving the co-living industry in India. Tech-enabled co-living spaces full of amenities come with better facilities and services as

compared to traditional shared accommodations like paying-guest rooms (PGs) or hostels. On the other hand, renting a house in a primary location is not a viable option for many. Especially for students and first-time job goers, co-living has effectively addressed their housing woes. SSP: Why is it important to have organized options for this housing category? What is the unique selling point (USP) of Grexter Living? PG: Community, design and technology are the main differentiators. Community gives a feeling of belongingness and makes the tenants be a part of a group, which extends beyond just their buildings. Technology is the foundation for Continued

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designing spaces and furniture per the specific needs of young tenants. Affordability is the main USP of Grexter, and our rooms include utility and maintenance charges. SSP: Bangalore, being a key information-technology hub, already has several housing facilities for singles. What is the key differentiator that makes the co-living concept and Grexter’s projects stand out? PG: Bangalore is among the fastest-growing cities of India. Lakhs of young people migrate to Bangalore every year for better career prospects. While there are housing facilities for singles, most of these youngsters are forced to stay in cramped PGs without having access to basic amenities. Co-living spaces have successfully catered to their housing needs. What makes Grexter stand out is its mission of creating true co-living communities. We offer studio rooms that are new-age and affordable.


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SSP: Given the emphasis on providing community interaction facilities and activities on the terrace, to what extent are elevators considered an important element at Grexter? PG: The role of elevators goes beyond simple functionality. They not only enable the tenants to move freely from one floor to another, but also play a vital role in facilitating spontaneous interactions. In fact, it’s common for the residents to meet new people and even make acquaintances inside elevators. SSP: How many Grexter projects are there, and how many elevators are in them? PG: With more than 1,500 operational beds, Grexter manages 17 properties across Bangalore with 21 elevators


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SSP: Would you consider elevators an important aspect in terms of overall property maintenance, as well? PG: Since we operate on a plug-and-play model, all Grexter properties are ready for move-in. Regardless of the size or capacity, our co-living facilities are equipped with elevators. When it comes to overall property maintenance, our property managers ensure the elevators are running efficiently and smoothly.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Catching Up With Tectronics Tectronics has changed a lot since it was last covered in these pages, back in ELEVATOR WORLD India’s 3rd Quarter 2016 issue. submitted by Tectronics Starting a venture tends to be easy; sustaining it over the years while taking it to success within a short time is considered another thing altogether and requires a vision-driven, focused approach. In Tectronics’ case, that vision is to become India’s leader in the segment of gearless elevator machine manufacturing companies by 2025 through continuous change and innovations. With the five-year milestone under its belt, the company has already made an impact in the vertical-transportation arena by progressing at a pace that indicates it is well on the way to its envisioned destination. Built on hard work, teamwork and dedication, the company avoids the potential dangers of complacency, such as the risk of its success slowing down. Instead, it maintains a mission of “working hard as a continuous process to provide technologically ultramodern


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products to global customers.” Our objective is to “create happiness in customers’ lives through the satisfaction of best-quality product performance.” While celebrating the success achieved so far, the next set of goals has also been formulated to make an even greater impact on the elevator industry. Headquartered in Rajkot, Gujarat, known as the industrial and engineering hub of India, ensures we are strongly connected across India through roadways, railways and airways. Gujarat is geographically blessed with the country’s longest shoreline and has more than 30 ports, the most in India. Utilizing this advantage ensures smooth access to the highways. Growth in values and ethics sets us apart from other companies in the country. Previously, gearless elevator machines were mostly imported from European and Asian countries like China. However, that became a thing of the past once we demonstrated our “Made in India” capability in manufacturing gearless elevator machines to global standards. Tectronics also believes in the approach of “growing together by developing associates with trust and respect, and valuing them in all interactions and relations.” We focus on “working with honesty, trust and transparency,” recognizing the needs of both existing, and prospective customers. We have gained confidence by providing desired solutions with modern technology.

Our products include a 24-pole-machine series offering three years of onsite warranty. Its variants have capacities ranging from 200 to 2500 kg. Specializing in manufacturing permanent-magnet gearless elevator machines means we strive to develop them further and achieve greater levels of expertise. Demand for smart elevators that provide smooth, fast, pollution-free, noiseless and energy-efficient operation with low maintenance has exponentially increased the demand for gearless elevator machines in the past five years. Manufacturing them within the country gives Tectronics a high level of brand positioning and recognition. Moreover, Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) has made quality and maintenance important decision drivers for elevator providers. RERA enabled the company to create a “smart strategyâ€? for future moves and upgrading. The company is now also targeting small and medium-sized enterprises that are slow to adopt new technology, with a goal of supporting and modernizing them with gearless technology. Looking forward, with the growth rate of vertical infrastructure increasing continuously and the Smart City Mission for “the urban renewal and retrofitting of 100 citiesâ€? by the national government giving an impetus to modern construction, there’s a bright opportunity to open the untapped potential for the entire elevator industry. Tectronics’ strategy for 2019-2020 includes staying updated with modern technology and working to introduce new features, as well as broaden its geographic reach, while “taking care of customer satisfaction and happiness with best-quality product performance.â€?   đ&#x;Œ?

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Industry Dialogue

Rising Responsibility Pravin Rao (PR), deputy managing director, IMEC, shares insights with your author (SSP) on market drivers and transformers for VT in India. by Sheetal Shelar Patil


SSP: What are the aspects that have influenced vertical transportation (VT) choices in India over the past decades? PR: The shift from low-rise to high-rise structures was necessary, given the lack of space available in the prime areas in most metros, and this made VT an essential element and integral part of the project. What changed over the decades was that the residential, office and hospitality segment structures began to go higher and higher. The largely prevalent chalta hai (take it for granted) attitude of the past toward VT is no longer acceptable to end-users or investors. It’s a well-known fact that the awareness level for an end-user is increasing day by day, leading to higher expectations from a service provider, be it an elevator, escalator, automobile, air travel, mobile, etc. Insufficient regulations in Indian real estate development had made it difficult to reshape perceptions or undo deeply ingrained habits for quite a while. However, the recent implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) in 2017 changed that completely and for the better. It’s just a matter of time before RERA becomes a way of life. Today, while selecting a VT brand, developers must carefully shortlist an OEM to ensure safety, quality and maintenance for a minimum of five years. In fact, RERA mandates developers do so. With projects across segments increasingly going vertical, getting elevators and escalators delivered and installed by an OEM within stipulated timelines is a key requirement to meet building/customer possession commitments.


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From now on, VT decisions cannot be made based just on price (L-1 theory); instead, a developer has to factor in many other variables. In short, today, real estate developers are looking for OEMs that can deliver on their promises and partner with them so that the VT aspect in high rises is taken care of as per regulations, which will give the developers peace of mind to focus on their core task. SSP: How about the need for regulation at the national level when it comes to the VT industry? PR: There is a dire need for a single regulatory mechanism for VT across India. At present, some states have their own policy in place, and others are trying to do so, while most states have no formal regulation at all. Such aberrations need to be corrected immediately to ensure certain guaranteed levels with respect to passenger safety, performance and product lifecycle. Hopefully, concerned authorities at the central and state levels will look into such aspects. Initially, RERA implementation also faced this problem but not to the same extent. The unorganized players and “fly-by-night” operators in the VT industry need to be mentored regarding strict adherence to supplying and maintaining elevators. Beyond a stipulated period and warning, licenses may be canceled with different levels of punishments. After all, the take-it-for-granted attitude cannot be allowed to continue. Lives are at risk, because safety standards are being compromised by those who quote an impractically cheaper price just to get the contract by being the lowest bidder. Then, you have elevators that run badly or don’t run at all, with the end-users bearing

the brunt of the difficulties. Developers and end-users need to clearly understand that quality is a strictly non-negotiable parameter, whether one is selecting VT for installation or maintaining it. SSP: What are some important things to keep in mind while making VT-related decisions? PR: Experience and expertise are two very important attributes that always need to be given due importance while making VT-related decisions. VT providers with experience can guide you in selecting the right elevator for a particular project requirement. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. It starts from civil dimensions, architectural needs, end-user demand, government regulations, project location and traffic analysis. Also, operating and maintenance costs need to be factored in. Hence, you should always choose a brand to be your guide and help you select the right number of elevators/escalators with appropriate specifications. Similarly, those who have the expertise can show you how to leverage technology and get the most value from the VT being installed. From intelligent systems that allocate specific elevators when users press the button, to machine-room-less models that facilitate demands for architectural design freedom and effective usage of floor space, there are many ways a manufacturer can anticipate end-user needs and help optimize the right model for the high rise. When it comes to maintenance, end-users will greatly benefit by opting for an OEM. In other words, always tie up with the original VT supplier, be it elevators or escalators. Reputed VT brands will be governed by internal annual maintenance contract (AMC) standards with respect to safety, original spares, trained technicians and preventive maintenance to enhance equipment longevity. Opting for AMC to someone in the unorganized sector can ruin the best equipment and result in recurring problems, besides reducing the lifespan of the original equipment. Ultimately, going back to the OEM has huge costs for rectification of the faulty maintenance at a later stage. It’s akin to being penny wise and pound foolish! SSP: What is the unique selling proposition (USP) that sets Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd. (IMEC) and its VT offerings apart? PR: IMEC adheres to very stringent quality norms as stipulated by MELCO–Japan. Today, Indian customers are well-traveled with adequate exposure to differentiate between good, bad and ugly VT offerings from various players in the industry. Developers, project management consultants, VT consultants, architects and individual investors are aware of what to expect from Mitsubishi Electric elevators and escalators. IMEC’s USP includes ride quality, door operation, noise level, vibration, starting jerk, stopping jerk and leveling accuracy as some of the vital parameters measured from time to time by our maintenance teams. IMEC is well known for creating industry benchmarks for others to try to emulate. We also continue to implement measures for protecting the environment and ensuring a sustainable society for future generations. Ultimately, we strive to be green in all our business activities.

Origins and Evolutions ♌♌ Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd. (IMEC) business started in India in 1997 in Mumbai and, later, in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. ♌♌ The initial main focus was the replacement of existing elevator brands in Taj, ITC and other major MNC hotel brands, followed by high-rise, high-speed residential projects in Mumbai and major metros. ♌♌ After 2000, information technology (IT) at IMEC grew at a frenetic pace with continued dominance through association with major IT companies like TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and Accenture. ♌♌ IMEC forayed into premium office/commercial space, pan India with such projects as the ICICI Office Complex in Hyderabad. This remains the largest office complex in India to date. IMEC supplied 123 elevators and escalators. ♌♌ Major entry into healthcare segment with companies like Medanta, Narayana Hospitals, KIMS, Apollo, Hinduja, ESIC, MGM and Modi Eye Hospital. ♌♌ IMEC forayed into malls and the entertainment segment. ♌♌ IMEC installed, supplied and maintained 117 elevators and escalators in the Hyderabad International Airport. ♌♌ Equipment is sourced from Japan, Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan, depending on the type of project, application, project design and customer needs. ♌♌ Bangalore is home to IMEC’s latest contribution to the “Make in Indiaâ€? initiative, where many critical parts are imported from Japan (including permanent-magnet [PM] gearless machine and controller components) to manufacture the NEXIEZ-LITE series. The factory premises also have IMEC’s Elevator Testing Tower and Field Operation Training Centre. Intense classroom training, combined with practical sessions and hands-on experience for field technicians, are implemented. ♌ India’s largest hotel (ITC Grand Chola in Chennai) and largest training center (Infosys in Mysore) have Mitsubishi elevators and escalators.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Real Estate

Real Estate Industry Hopes for Further Revival Under Modi 2.0 Bold reforms, policies and announcements are expected to reach logical fruition in the next five years. by Ankit Kansal Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is credited with taking some emboldened steps to vitalize and boost the Indian real estate industry. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), demonetization, the nation’s first real estate investment trust (REIT) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) have been instrumental in bringing the industry toward more organization, transparency and structure. The government has also taken prudent steps to boost infrastructure in the form of affordable housing, industrial corridors, smart cities and more. With a clear majority and mandate, it is evident that Modi’s second installment — Modi 2.0 — will continue to strengthen its initiatives by undertaking broader reforms. Indian real estate is already undergoing a revival, as transaction volumes have picked up year-over-year to the tune of 45-60% in major cities. A strong mandate will further instill confidence in the sector and contribute to building momentum.

Economic Outlook Real estate in India is expected to pick up in the times ahead on the back of a favorable economic outlook. For 2019-2023, the Indian economy is expected to grow by around 7%, thereby uplifting real estate demand in the country. It is also anticipated that more liquidity will be infused into the system, which will result in spurred investments by stimulated consumer spending. The government has also pledged to invest around INR100 trillion (US$14.6 billion) into Indian infrastructure.

NRI Investments Modi has always been very friendly toward nonresident Indians (NRIs) and holds a distinct position in the diaspora. His government’s landslide


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victory will naturally result in more confidence among the NRI populace. In fiscal year 2018-2019, NRIs poured around US$11 billion into the Indian housing industry, as per estimates by 360 Realtors. That number is expected to rise.

Institutional Investments Institutional investors will pour more money into Indian real estate. Over the years, with a string of policy reforms, such as RERA, demonetization and the GST, Indian real estate features high on the radar of global and domestic institutional investors. Of the US$30 billion of institutional money that has come during 2009-2018, around two-thirds has been invested in the past four years alone. Interestingly, around 70% of such capital has emanated from international origins. This indicates a paradigm shift in the investment pattern over the past few years. A stable and majority-based government will further instill confidence among international and domestic investors. It is expected that institutional money will double in 2019 to US$10 billion on the back of a strong government in the center.

RERA Implementation The government will take further steps to streamline RERA implementation. The industry has been waiting for faster/single-window clearance for a long time, and the new government should take proactive steps in this direction. A faster window will also help in rationalizing the cost of development and make real estate more affordable, thereby boosting demand. The government should also take initiatives to redress the recent nonbanking financial company (NBFC) crisis that has affected developer funding in the country. Despite the recent revival in the market, Indian real estate

End-User Survey A recent survey of 3,000 homebuyers was conducted by 360 Realtors. It indicates that 81% believe Modi 2.0 will have a positive impact on real estate. The positivity could be attributed to growth in infrastructure (44%), streamlining of reforms (45%) and boost to affordable housing projects (42%). A moderate 30% of respondents said they believe a more positive economic outlook will emerge under Modi 2.0. This highlights the underlying concern in the market about the economic outlook. Around 57% of the respondents said they believe home prices will rise in the next 12 months, whereas 27% believe otherwise. The remainder said they did not know, when asked about any possible change in prices. A sizable 19% said they believe the gain in average property prices will be in the range of 2-5%. As an institutional channel partner, our experiences also suggest that average price gains will be moderate, as the current market is mostly end-user driven.

suffers from a huge pile of unsold inventory and delayed projects. The government’s intervention is sorely needed to tackle the crisis.

Affordable Housing In 2015, the Modi government announced that by 2022, there will be housing for all. The government pledged to build 29.5 million new rural homes and around 12 million urban homes. As the government has been reelected, the “Housing for All” scheme will gain steady momentum. If not in 2022, then at least by 2024, it might reach fruition.

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GST Rationalization The industry expects rationalization of taxes by merging stamp duty under GST. This will give a major push to the industry and help reduce the cost of construction. Likewise, rationalization of GST on cement is also expected, which right now sits at 28% — one of the highest in the country.

Smart Cities Similar to the affordable-housing projects, the ambitious smart city plan was incubated in the first term. It is expected that the plan will receive continued efforts from the government to reach its logical conclusion.

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Project Spotlight

WTC Chennai Otis to provide complete VT package to “dream project.�

submitted by Otis Otis India was awarded a contract by Brigade Group to provide the vertical-transportation (VT) package for World Trade Center (WTC) Chennai, a four-tower complex rising on 11 acres in an established information-technology hub in the city’s Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) Pre-Toll District. The package includes 54 3.5-m/s SkyRiseÂŽ elevators, four escalators and the CompassPlusÂŽ destination- dispatch system. The system will serve the 27-story WTC tower, which will become the tallest office tower in the city; a 19-story office building; a four-story hotel/convention center; and a two-story restaurant. WTC Chennai is a joint development of Brigade and Government of Singapore Investment Corp. Otis India President Sebi Joseph said it was “a privilege to work with partners including Brigade and [NYC-based architecture firm] HOKâ€? to design its VT system. It is a “dream projectâ€? that is remarkable for several reasons: ♌♌ Use of CompassPlus, on which Otis worked closely with architects and VT consultants: Together, the project will leverage the features of the CompassPlus system, including destination dispatching, the concierge feature with visual passenger guidance and smart signage. The use of

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CompassPlus will reduce passenger travel time during peak hours and also energy consumption. ♌♌ Integration of CompassPlus with entry turnstiles and barriers to collect accurate crowd data and manage traffic: This will ensure authorized users have seamless access, with their elevator cars assigned at the time they swipe their credentials at the turnstiles. ♌♌ Inclusion of custom elevator cab interiors that extends the warmth of the lobby into the elevator: Working with Brigade, which has expertise in WTC projects, Otis designed cab interiors that combine custom materials and multimedia digital content. ♌♌ Use of Otis’ ReGenÂŽ elevator drives to conserve energy. ♌♌ Full implementation of Otis’ PanoramaTM elevator management system (EMS), which “provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use interface to monitor and control a wide array of elevator and escalator functions: The EMS permits remote control, real-time access and playback, as well as maintenance and performance report generation.â€? Boasting what Otis describes as “excellent frontageâ€? in the OMR Pre-Toll District, the Grade A++ commercial development will provide approximately 3 million ft2 in a special economic zone. In addition to office space, the hotel tower will provide banquet halls, while the two-story restaurant — described as having a “jewel boxâ€? design — will house the World CafĂŠ. “This prestigious project creates a business ecosystem in the heart of the city, complete with residences, a hotel and retail space,â€? Joseph said. It also “represents another exciting assignment and milestone in Brigade’s and Otis’ partnership.â€? WTC Chennai is one of more than 300 members of the NYCheadquartered World Trade Centers Association.   đ&#x;Œ?

Public Safety

Addressing Fire Safety Holistically Panel discussion in Mumbai highlights relevant aspects and developments.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil The oft-repeated adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” suits fire safety as much as healthcare. While high rises have been going up across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (as at other Indian metros) at a scorching pace, awareness about how to manage evacuation during fires remains unsatisfactory, despite several campaigns and citizen-involvement initiatives by the Mumbai Fire Brigade. In an incident last year that exemplified this situation starkly, a high-rise resident ran into a burning building to rescue his family members. While they descended the stairs and were evacuated, he — contrary to safety norms and

the specific posted warnings — attempted to use an elevator during the fire. His death was unfortunate and could clearly have been avoided. Keeping this situation in mind, Aludecor, a leading brand in metal composite panels offering fire safety solutions, organized a panel discussion session among key industry thought leaders and stakeholders to exchange ideas and share knowledge about best construction practices with the aim of addressing fire safety. Titled “#BeatTheFire,” the discussion held on February 14 was attended by Dr. Prabhat S. Rahangdale, director of the Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services and chief fire officer

(l-r) Dr. Prabhat S. Rahangdale, director, Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services and chief fire officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade; Ashok Kumar Bhaiya, chairman and managing director, Aludecor; Rajan Goregaoker, director, GA Design; Kshitij Limaye, executive director, Sankalpan Architecture; and Rahul Mehta, senior associate, P.G. Patki Architects, take part in the #BeatTheFire seminar.


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Bhaiya addresses the gathering.

Rahangdale speaks during a panel discussion as Goregaoker and Limaye look on.

of the Mumbai Fire Brigade; Kshitij Limaye, executive director of Sankalpan Architecture; Binoy Das, group managing director of Façade Concept Design Group; Rahul Gupta, general manager of Element Materials Technology; Ashok Kumar Bhaiya, chairman and managing director of Aludecor; and Rahul Mehta, senior associate, P G Patki Architects, who served as moderator of the panel. The event brought together stakeholders who both disseminated and gathered information, exchanged ideas, and debated innovative perspectives, solutions and products for fire safety and security. The objective was to empower decision-makers with firsthand information, as well as open the stakeholders’ eyes to newer possibilities in constructing fire-safe residential and commercial complexes. With burgeoning fire incidents in India, the associated damage to property and the loss of human life, the focus of the session was on the need for stakeholders in the real estate and construction industries to decide on preventive strategies, align to fire safety norms and offer their concerted opinions toward finding solutions to minimize such catastrophes. Participants generally agreed that the time had come to ensure that construction best practices adhere to safety codes that account for fire risk. They also noted that combustible materials are often used in the façades of high rises that make up the skyline of Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Prabhat S. Rahangdale said: “The fire department, over the last few years, has been working toward improving the infrastructure, capacity building, superior communication, mitigation and, importantly, active citizen

interference. Fire safety norms for buildings are our highest priority. People can lose their lives because of negligence or lack of knowledge. Buildings and market places need to be fireproof, and it is a good platform like this to communicate with the stakeholders and make the citizens aware and educate them about the right building materials with fireproof properties. Such initiatives are always welcome by the state fire department.â€? Elaborating on the need for superior fire safety norms, Ashok Kumar Bhaiya said: “In India, awareness about fire safety and security needs to grow exponentially to safeguard the high stakes in terms of human lives, assets, investments and resources. We at Aludecor have been striving to contribute toward fire safety in buildings, be it through developing fire-safe products or by sensitizing the industry on the importance of embracing norms that would make our country fire safe. We believe such concerted efforts are required by the stakeholders to alleviate the concerns regarding fire safety and also explore the best materials that can be put into use across high rises, which have become a norm for a metropolitan skyline. We believe together we can #BeatTheFire.â€? Fire-retardant (FR) materials have become an important component in modern construction. With more skyscrapers being built, fire protection has taken center stage across the world. Using FR materials is critical for safety in fire-rated construction systems. During the event, Aludecor showcased its latest range of Firewall A2. The session was significant, given that Indian cities are going to have more and more skyscrapers in the future.  đ&#x;Œ? • Issue 3, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com


Industry Dialogue

World-Class LOPs and COPs Ritesh P. Davda (RPD), director, Adon Components, shares perspectives with your author (YP) on the company and its offerings for the VT industry. by Yash Pandya YP: What are the aspects that set Adon Components and its offerings apart from other companies in its segment? What is its unique selling proposition (USP)? RPD: We have been in the field of manufacturing landing operating panels (LOPs) and car operating panels (COPs) for vertical transportation since 2014. As far as offerings are concerned, we offer world-class LOPs and COPs like touchscreen and radio-frequency identification. We also trade in gearless elevator machines, full-length door sensors, speed governors, door headers, etc. The production of LOPs and COPs is quite opaque. Our USP is that we provide customized solutions, user-friendly and robust technology and economically sound options. We also suggest designs and strive to provide quality at a

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low cost and be a single-stop solution. We have a tireless in-house R&D team. YP: What are the offerings for the verticaltransportation industry in greatest demand among your portfolio? Are there any recent launches or upgrades that could be highlighted? RPD: Market demand in LOPs and COPs fluctuates, since it’s a glamorous business. However, our wall-mount touch technology option is in high demand, and we have launched it recently after rigorous research. YP: What are the key markets for Adon Components? Are there plans to explore new markets or extend your reach? RPD: We are a sister concern of Adco Controls and have almost a pan-India network. We maintain sales offices in Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Lucknow, Kolkatta

Adon Components trades in gearless elevator machines, full-length door sensors, speed governors, door headers and more.

The company has been in the field of manufacturing LOPs and COPs for vertical transportation since 2014.

and Chennai. Apart from the domestic market, we have left our mark on the U.A.E., Qatar, Dubai and the U.S. We are exploring the German, Canadian and European markets and have initiated steps toward that goal by raising an overseas sales team. YP: How does being headquartered in Gujarat give Adon Components an advantage or edge? RPD: Gujarat is on the prominent Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and a part of the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT). Moreover, setting up of special economic zones, information technology parks, specialized townships and retail and commercial hubs in major cities is driving the residential sector, too. Previously considered an affordable real estate market, the cities of Gujarat, like Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodra, are seeing an influx of luxury and ultra-luxury developments. Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat, is witnessing significant infrastructure growth and transitions in the realty space. The main

factors fueling the growth of the city are its proximity to DMIC and GIFT and the rising Ahmedabad-Dholera Special Investment Region. In fact, the twin cities — Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar — are set to form the largest urban agglomeration in Gujarat. In terms of the residential market, an integrated township is the new trend, and national-level developers are now constructing properties in this segment in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Setting up a headquarters in Ahmedabad provides us easy reach to the user in all manners. YP: How would you describe your vision for Adon Components? RPD: We intend to satisfy our clients in terms of service and excellence. We also strive to reach every nook and corner of the country by providing user-friendly high-tech and low-cost products.   đ&#x;Œ? • Issue 3, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com


Cabin Fever Kulvinder Singh Bansal (KSB), Prima Steels, Mumbai, shares perspectives on the transformation in elevator cabs with your author (SSP). by Sheetal Shelar Patil

The Gracia is a new model offered by Prima Steels.

SSP: What evolution or transformation in elevators have you witnessed over the decades? KSB: The elevator cabin has evolved much like the elevator over the past decades. Earlier, the cabins were made entirely out of wood products; the panels, ceilings and even platforms were made of solid wood. Since our parent company, Bansal Engineering Works, started in 1959, we have had cabins made from solid teakwood. The platforms were made from 5X6-in teakwood blocks and assembled with coach screws. Panels were made of teakwood and then polished with French polish for a glossy finish. This went on to be transformed to steel platforms and ceilings with plywood and laminated panels that went on for more than two decades, to mild steel that was powdercoated, to the current scenario with


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Prima Steels was the first to launch glass-to-glass joining for capsule lifts, taking the place of steel columns and screws.

decorative stainless steel to match clients’ expectations. From being a product of a carpentry workshop, the elevator cabin has evolved to be a neat engineering product that can be conceived on the 3D models of advanced rendering software and then sent straight to the machine to be produced and assembled on the shop floor. So, from a running factory with carpenters, painters and such artisans, to a modern factory with German computer numerical control (CNC)

punching, CNC laser cutting, multi axis bending and conveyor powder coating, our manufacturing process has also evolved. SSP: How has the elevator cab interior become a significant aspect in recent times and why? KSB: The cabin is the face of any elevator. As the competition has risen in recent times, companies have started improvising on the interiors to gain customer confidence and bring down the

The cabin is the face of any elevator. As the competition has risen in recent times, companies have started improvising on the interiors to gain customer confidence.

Prima Steels began playing with ceiling and flooring designs first, as that was the only option.

With the availability of colored stainless-steel sheets and customized designs on sheets, prices. They have invested heavily in new elevator cabin manufacturing companies are designs of cabins. Even midsize companies exploring new design ideas. have realized that good looks also sell; hence, companies selling more than 100-150 units per annum are found launched 101 false ceiling designs from which our clients could changing their strategy of selling, which includes giving attractive choose. Since the interior options were limited, we could only play cabin finishes and reducing other features to reduce cost. Also, with the ceilings and flooring. Later, we launched many new with the availability of colored stainless-steel sheets with models. We were the preferred supplier to more than 500 customized designs on them, elevator cabin manufacturing companies in India, including Otis, KONE, Schindler, Mitsubishi companies are exploring new design ideas and trying to make such Electric and thyssenkrupp. We played a key role in helping them cabins more affordable. standardize their existing and new cabin designs and had the honor If the project is premium or for a corporate company, then the of letting them use many of our designs that they are using to date. elevator cabin would demand rich interiors or at least plain So, we feel elated and excited to see how we have played our role as stainless steel to make them look neat and clean, as the interiors an organization with multiple skills to satisfy the varied needs of should appeal to all the visitors. Similarly, residential buildings our clients. would like to play with colors and designs in ceilings, floors and With international trade becoming easier by the day, we look panels. In this segment, the low-cost residential projects will have forward to exports to nearby countries. There are also a lot of simple cabins like powder-coating, slightly higher-cost ones will companies supplying full kits to such foreign clients, so tying up have stainless steel, and premium ones may have colored glass with such groups will help us tap new markets. We also look at a or steel. growing market of upgrade/modernization of elevators and would SSP: How does it feel to have been a key player in this changing like to tie up with large companies to support them with changing industry scenario? Are there any plans to explore new markets? cabins in a short time to reduce elevator downtime. We are looking KSB: With a humble beginning in 1959 as a carpentry forward to developing parts of escalators, as there are many small workshop, to a modern sheet metal processing plant, we have been parts and assemblies required for them and no company taking initiatives in innovation in our industry. In 1998, we first manufactures all parts abroad. Continued

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If the project is for a corporate company, then the elevator cabin interiors may demand plain stainless steel to make it look neat and clean, as the interiors should appeal to all the visitors.

If the project is premium, then the elevator cabin interiors would demand rich interiors.

Companies have invested heavily in new designs of cabins.

The design of elevator cabins has evolved to the current scenario with decorative stainless steel to match clients’ expectations.

SSP: What is the key differentiator or unique selling proposition that makes your brand and its offerings stand out? KSB: We were among the few companies in the 1990s that switched over to CNC manufacturing from conventional methods. With the development of innovative designs of glass cars and glass doors, Prima became the only supplier in India that would supply to multinational corporations (MNCs). We were the first to launch glass-to-glass joining for capsule lifts taking the place of steel columns and screws. We were also the first to launch four designs of glass doors and did many villa projects for various companies. We launched many new and innovative designs like David,


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Adventa, Gracia, the SP series and the latest WFM series. There is a new launch every year. We had instances in which customers had gotten a poor-quality cabin from some other vendor and wanted the cabin urgently. We have delivered cabins even on one day’s notice. Also, late deliveries cost clients dearly, and we learned this at an early stage. So, we have worked hard to train our teams and make everyone conscious about the dates committed to the clients, and we strictly adhere to them. This is also a very important parameter for your performance when you deal with MNCs.   đ&#x;Œ?

Real Estate

IT/ITeS Fuels Southern India’s Booming Market Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai all are seeing major moves by developers. by Shrinivas Rao The real estate market of the country, up until a decade and half back, was centred around only a few major cities, primarily Mumbai in the west, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) toward the north. These markets, as for what India had to offer in terms of real estate, were largely unorganized and fragmented, with limited data available about their demand/supply scenarios. The southern region of the country, for the most part, remained overlooked and hardly found any mention on the real estate map. Then, the “big bang” entry of the information technology (IT)/ IT-enabled services (ITeS) sector in Bengaluru changed the entire real estate setup of the country. A decade later, the focus has deservedly shifted to the southern cities. The key southern real estate markets of the country — Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai — are robust and independent with their own strengths. They strove to keep afloat even as other major real estate markets across the country were suffering drastic setbacks during periodic adverse economic conditions, and thereby gained respect and admiration from the industry.

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Pertinent factors, such as improving infrastructure and a strong talent pool, led to the advent of newer service sectors into the office market, thus resulting in increased job opportunities in these key southern cities. Improved employment prospects created a population influx, which opened up significant real estate opportunities and, soon, a large number of national-level developers were making a beeline for them. Today, the three cities are hotbeds of real estate activity, their growth primarily led by the IT/ITeS sector and predominant end-user demand, owing to relatively conservative price appreciation. This growth is expected to become firmer in the coming years. With 13.83 million ft2 of office space transacted during the year, Bengaluru accounted for the highest absorption (a 58% share in 2018) among the three cities, followed by Hyderabad (27%) and Chennai (15%). Bengaluru remained the foremost office destination in the south, with several technology occupiers continuing to expand in the city, thus recording consistent levels of absorption quarter-on-quarter. While Bengaluru surpassed Chennai and Hyderabad by a significant amount in the first three quarters of the year, Hyderabad saw a gradual increase in absorption throughout the year, finally catching up with Bengaluru in the last quarter. With Bengaluru observing a slightly lower absorption of 2.7 million ft2 in the fourth quarter 2018, the Hyderabad office market came in a close second, recording robust leasing activity of approximately 2.6 million ft2 — an increase of more than 40% over the absorption in the previous quarter.

Office Space Of the total 7.52 million ft2 of new office space that entered the markets, Bengaluru accounted for the lion’s share, 51%, followed by Hyderabad at 31% and Chennai at 18%. On a quarterly basis, Bengaluru kept up a consistent level of new supply throughout the year, while Chennai evidently struggled on that front. In Bengaluru, the Outer Ring Road (ORR) office market accounted for a majority of the supply during 2018, while in Chennai, peripheral office markets in the south, such as Singaperumalkoil, Guduvanchery, Pallavaram and Perungalathur, accounted for the largest source of supply.

Residential Space The year 2018 witnessed the launch of approximately 58,402 residential units across the three southern cities. Bengaluru led the way, with 28,676 units, or 49% of the total new launches in 2018. Chennai accounted for a 25% share, while Hyderabad accounted for 26% of the cities’ new residential launches. Their residential properties witnessed resurgence in new launches in second quarter 2018, with both buyers and developers steadily returning to the market after a lackluster 2017. While second quarter 2018 witnessed rejuvenated market sentiments, the third quarter saw a dip in new launches in the southern cities. However, the decline was not construed to be a long-term negative state, as the third quarter of the year generally sees a lull owing to the 15-day shraddh period, which is considered inauspicious for buying properties. The last quarter of 2018 saw the pace pick up, with the launch of approximately 14,463 new residential units — this represented a nominal increase of 2% over the previous quarter. Overall, the new launches were largely dominated by the affordable and mid-segment budget category, particularly in Bengaluru, while premium housing saw a comparatively lesser share of launches.

2019 Looking forward, according to Vestian’s first-quarter 2019 newsletter, The Connect, Bengaluru has consistently remained the foremost office destination in the South, and the demand witnessed in the first quarter of the year reinforced the city’s stance. With a number of IT/ITeS companies and other servicesector occupiers continuing to expand in the city, Bengaluru recorded 3.95 million ft2 of office space absorption during the quarter. While the majority of the demand emanated from the technology sector, a substantial portion of the absorption was accounted for by co-working operators that continued to scale up their space requirements to capture market share and cater to demand from corporates. During the first quarter, office space taken up by co-working operators such as WeWork, CoWrks, Indiqube and TableSpace amounted to approximately 1.18 million ft2, signifying the growing requirement for such workspaces in the city.

Of late, there has been a perceptible trend of co-working operators offering space in older office projects in spaceconstrained CBD office markets, which offer startups and other new entrants the option of being centrally located. The office markets along ORR remained the most preferred office destination in the city and accounted for the highest share of absorption, to the tune of nearly 36% of the total office space absorption in the first quarter. Shrinking vacancy levels of the region have prompted IT/ITeS occupiers to explore pre-commitment options, and this is expected to remain the norm in the coming period, until more supply is added to the market. Besides the ORR, peripheral office markets, primarily toward Bellary Road in the north and the suburban markets in Koramangala, saw substantial leasing transactions. On the supply front, the city witnessed the infusion of a significant amount of new office space — to the tune of 4.6 million ft2, a majority of which comprised project completions deferred from previous periods. New completions were largely observed in the ORR micro-market and in the peripheral micro-market of Whitefield toward the east. Vacancy levels continued stressed, given the strong quarter-onquarter office demand, and were recorded at 6% — a slight easing owing to the favorable amount of new supply that entered the market during the period. The consistent demand for office space led rentals in select micro-markets to increase by around 3-5% on a quarterly basis. Major deals recorded during the quarter include WeWork (250,000 ft2) and Swiggy (310,000 ft2), both on ORR, and Boeing (120,000 ft2) in Hebbal. The city did not witness any new mall projects commence during the first quarter, but key malls, such as Sobha Global Mall, are expected to be operational in the latter part of the year. Leasing continued at a healthy pace, both at malls and on high streets during the quarter, primarily led by the expansion plans of apparel brands, including those by Vero Moda and H&M, as well as the food and beverage segment. The year also witnessed the entry of leading international brands, such as Latt Liv and Mumuso, which launched their stores in the city. Rentals remained fairly stable across key retail markets. A few notable retail transactions during the first quarter include apparel brand Max leasing a space of 20,000 ft2 on Uttarahalli Main Road and food-and-beverage major Barbeque Nation taking up 9,000 ft2 of space on Sarjapur Road. Shrinivas Rao, MRICS, is CEO-Asia Pacific at Vestian Global Workplace Services.

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Understanding Problems of Suspension Means An industry veteran shares ideas for addressing an industrywide challenge. by Kevin Heling Over the last two decades, big money has been spent on elevator rope replacement, but half or more of that spending could have been delayed. New tools and software can help identify and manage issues of excessive and uneven wear of sheave grooves, as well as early failure of elevator suspension means. There are remedies/adjustments that will extend service of already compromised ropes/sheaves. It’s hard for me to believe now, but a little more than 16 years ago, I was just starting out as a general manager of an elevator rope manufacturer. They were challenging times: times that demanded I pick up whatever I could from literature, conversations with experts and from what I saw onsite. I was quickly introduced to the vast array of problems that confront wire ropes in elevators every day. Since then, I’ve learned even more, and have begun to figure out how to break down various complicated issues into simple terms and concrete, directed actions. Here, I’m trying to avoid repeating technical writing on wire ropes with which the reader may be familiar.

MRL designs present a special challenge when it comes to observing the rope at the drive machine. For my commentary to reach the widest number of readers, it’s best to focus on just three main areas of discussion. First, the most important thing when installing elevator ropes (described below); second, the universally accepted fact that differential loading (usually thought of as equalization) of ropes (or other suspension means) is critical; and third, that the


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design and/or the present condition of the elevator installation profoundly impacts the fatigue, wear and failure progression of elevator ropes. This last point is important and a big issue, because combining variables exacts a huge impact on rope performance and drive sheaves.

The Main Thing When Installing Elevator Ropes My apologies to friends and the many people I have met who install elevator ropes: this first, important point is not intended to be critical of you. Most everyone has heard about the great competitive pressure to install elevators fast, then do the same with maintenance processes. That’s business. For round elevator ropes, their designed and manufactured structure must be preserved during handling and installation. Nearly all rope manufacturers understand this and have added a production/closing orientation line (many colors are possible, but white and yellow are currently common) longitudinally painted along the length of the rope. Over the past decade or so, many more demanding elevator installations are utilizing 2:1 roping, double wraps, some interesting diverter sheaves (like underslung arrangements), along with smaller drive sheaves and aggressive sheave/groove profiles. There have been complete articles written about these installations. Pulling ropes into installations like these is very demanding for the ropes and very demanding (and disorienting) on the people installing them. The difficulty of the process almost guarantees that many installations are not good — not good at all with respect to orientation of each rope before the ends are

shackled (fixed at both ends). Failing to keep track of the painted line during installation on just one rope out of a set simply means that that rope will be the defining factor of that rope installation. The impact on rope life (fatigue to estimated failure) is big. Reducing rope life by 50-75% is in line with testing and estimations on this issue. For a system with calculated rope life of only about five years (also not unusual these days), a 75% reduction in expected rope life suggests a short life of one year, three months. We are seeing this kind of result many times in many places and know others in the industry are seeing it, too. When an elevator rope is twisted out of its manufactured state (designed intent), fixed at both ends, and the elevator runs between the two fixed ends, that rope is quickly and irrevocably compromised. A simple diagnostic test can check for installation-induced rope torsion. Go to the drive machine and watch the ropes as the car is driven from the bottom floor to the top floor, then again from the top floor to the bottom floor. The rope installed must have been originally manufactured with a painted or sprayed line on it. Observe the line as the elevator travels. A good way to do this is to take a video. Depending on the design/construction of your rope, there should be no more than one to three turns of the rope for about every 100 ft. of rope travel. Every installed

rope needs to be checked. If you can see more turns than this, you have a little work to do. This task is not especially easy, but it can and needs to be done. You must turn the shackle of each rope that is twisted in the opposite direction of the twist. Do the best you can to neutralize the twist. If you don’t, it is guaranteed that you will be back sooner — rather than later — to replace a set of ropes. Machine-roomless (MRL) systems present a special challenge when it comes to observing the rope at the drive machine. You might have to rig up a camera (consider a GoPro) so you can look for any twisting remotely. Final words on this: don’t buy elevator ropes that don’t have a painted line on them. Make sure the rope orientation is controlled during installation using that line, and that that line is used for a final check and adjustment as soon as possible after installation. If the installing team or service team following does not do this almost immediately, the reference line on the rope can be rubbed, smeared and worn away. Then, there is no way to see and correct this problem. A set of ropes and the drive sheave will likely be irreparably damaged. Correcting this failure alone offers a very big savings opportunity for our industry. It’s time for installation and service companies to take advantage of this relatively easy opportunity. Also, it’s time to stop thinking that your elevator rope

The elevator industry has wasted a lot of time and money pursuing the false notion that the big problems with elevator rope are necessarily rope related. manufacturer is the source of your problem. Basically, they all offer similar designs, and they all put ropes together in pretty much the same way. The elevator industry has wasted a lot of time and money pursuing the false notion that the big problems with elevator rope are necessarily rope related. Some of the thinking has been that ropes are just not manufactured as well as they used to be; that maybe they are failing because recycled or lower-grade steel has been used in the wires or that maybe we are not properly lubricating elevator ropes. Sorry, but all these ideas are wrong. The issue of torsional twist at installation is the overriding failure. The remaining two items to be discussed in this column will point the way for dealing with elevator installations as they are designed and/or also to the state they are in (after problems with the installation create other problems).

“Balanced” Loading of Ropes This has been talked about for years. Based on what we knew until now, it has been called equalization. I have not found anyone who does not think this issue is important for ropes. Again, the challenge has been the problem of time to handle the task, wrapped up with the fact that practically every equalization method used in the field was not only difficult to do, but each offered only inadequate chances for success. Again, with today’s elevators incorporating 2:1, double-wrap, underslung and smaller diameter drive sheaves with aggressive grooves, you cannot set and try to equalize (balance) ropes with just your hands (pulling and subjectively judging). Even trying to adjust Figure 1: Single rope tensions during an up travel (5.14 s) followed by a down travel (16-33 s) on an elevator, where the green printed rope (CH04) was twisted by just one turn, creating deviations between the ropes of up to 800 lb


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tensions with a single tool (like a fish scale or a rigged-up torque wrench) is now clearly a fool’s errand. The problem with adjusting one rope at a time is that, while you are doing that, you are also impacting the load on the other ropes. Your impact is unknown. You go to the next rope, adjust it, and the same thing happens. It’s a circular process; a big waste of valuable time. Tool systems that solve this problem have been available for years. In my early years of having to respond to early rope failure problems, I realized that effective tools were needed but were not available at the time. Making adjustments on individual ropes with something like a tensioning scale may have worked in the past, when elevator systems were less demanding and more forgiving. I have come across people who still believe strongly that they can adjust ropes effectively this way. You cannot. It’s likely that you never really could, but we got away with it then, because systems were very forgiving. I am completely convinced about this. Keep reading. We started to develop our skills using tool systems for which one can actually see the complete and relative effects of loads on ropes. We really knew nothing about the fact that the loads on individual ropes change dramatically as the elevator runs up and down. Those who took the time began to note that whenever “equalization” adjustments were made on ropes, measuring them again could yield completely different results. It didn’t matter if you took your measurement in the same place (measuring in exactly the same location on the rope is impossible, and is confounded by the physics of steel and wires), you will get different values every time you measure. And, the different values are even more dramatic when you choose to take measurements at another place in the hoistway. This could lead to a long explanation with details about several aspects as to why; however, I will keep it brief. Simply put, the load on individual ropes (or belts)

changes dynamically. This is due to the angles created by fixed hitch points and the suspension means with its load as it comes closer to the drive sheave at a set fixed point. While the degree of the angles remains the same, as the elevator car approaches the extremes, both car/counterweight (CWT) loads increase and decrease dramatically relative to each other. In addition, those loads increase with small twists or turns as the load comes close to the hitch point. This is the key factor in this dynamic. There is also the added effect of compensation systems (whether or not there is one — both impact relative and positional loading in different ways, but they are impacting it nevertheless). We also need to consider that any attempt to perform an equalization of the ropes may not have been done; was poorly done; or, possibly, done completely wrong. Then, there are also the effects of a system that has worn sheave grooves (or bearings, or reduced diameter ropes because they are worn). This changes the dynamics of relative loading on the suspension means themselves. It is complicated and dynamic. For years, we really had no idea what we were up against. Writing this, I can understand why there would be a lot of misunderstanding and frustration concerning equalization. I lived through a time when just the rope was blamed and every manufacturer, at one point or another, was blamed. For a while, each had to suffer as the scapegoat. You can understand how easy it was to become mired in arguments and ideas. I lived it. Maybe that’s why I lost a lot of my hair, and what remains turned gray. As briefly as possible, I will explain what happened and how we came to an understanding about the relative and differential loading challenge. Note that I am changing the terminology describing this issue. Equalization of the loads on the ropes, if you do it at the logical place (usually with the elevator car parked at its common go-to point, usually the lobby) equalization is still a worthwhile installation and maintenance function. We know that doing this is a good strategy and far better than doing nothing. Doing nothing guarantees only that you could get the worst of all possible results: shortened rope life and another confounding variable impacting the entire system, worn sheave grooves. The first step to address this problem became possible only when we were finally able to truly measure relative loads on individual ropes. With this information, one can effectively complete the challenge to equalize a set of ropes (in a new installation and in one we know has not been compromised). See Figures 1, 3 and 4. This system was designed with specific load-measurement accuracy in mind, and it was tested, proven and validated. With training, using the right rope/belt sensors and following the correct processes, this equipment/system is reliable, repeatable and internally consistent. There are now close to 1,000 users of the Henning Mobile Weight Watcher system around the world. Some smart engineers, who also understand elevators and how they work, accomplished the next big step toward understanding suspension-means problems and the full measure of the challenges that go with them. A continuous measurement software program began as an option to their control measurement unit. This option has become a standard feature, along with another formerly Continued


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Those who took the time began to note that whenever “equalization” adjustments were made on ropes, measuring them again could yield completely different results. optional piece of software for measuring elevator load balancing (weighing CWT and car, inputting the elevator capacity). All this equipment is algorithm-based and software-focused. Measurement reports are easily produced. The following two examples of reports show the information and data we can produce. The graphic showing a continuous measurement report is especially informative and useful — so useful that it is integral to our current level of understanding of elevators and their suspension means. We’ll discuss this a little more in the third and final part of this column. The takeaway from this discussion is that some elevators really need to be tuned or have an optimized setting of the load applied to each respective rope or belt.

Original Design and the Current State of Elevator Installation In my time dealing with rope and suspension-means challenges, this is the area of understanding that was most needed, least understood and, often, ignored or denied. Because we have collected and studied data on elevator load balancing (and transfer), we know the important facts and principles. A first general principle here is that there are elevator systems around the world that were designed with other needs in mind; those needs failed to consider the impact they would have on elevator suspension means. For higher-speed, mid- to high-rise elevators with round ropes, we can see that the issue of load was considered. (We now commonly have 2:1 roped systems.) Maybe some consideration was given to the impact of smallerdiameter drive sheaves (requiring aggressive groove profiles for traction) but not to the downstream effects of such changes. All systems met the code requirement that the drive/sheave-diameterto-rope-diameter relationship had to be no less than D:d of 40:1. Engineers designing such systems likely knew their designs would seriously impact rope life. We see a lot of 40:1 systems in operation now. Those elevators are especially good at executing the bending fatigue of wire ropes. There’s little room left for making a mistake. We also see MRL designs continuing to be a whipping post for some in the industry, with suspension systems that are as bad as they can be. The load profile of MRL systems (with their extra bends and turns for machines installed in the hoistway or on car tops) is starkly unlike the load exchange differentials we have seen on ultra-high-rise installations (sometimes dramatic). The short story is that the expected rope life for these types of systems has been calculated and repeatedly proven to be only in the five-seven year range. That’s the best case, even if everything is done correctly and well. I have also seen systems where the calculated life performance is just three years and, in one case, as low as 18 months. If something is not done well (or right) with these “demanding” installations, as in my first point in this column, actual rope life expectancies can be a year or even less. Continued


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Figure 3: Tension differentials define results in today’s elevator installations. Initial elevator design, as well as the impact of unintended wear, creates differentials. This illustrates that unequally worn grooves means equalization isn’t possible.

Figure 4: (l-r) Seen here are a control unit for a mobile system in which sensors connect by USB to each rope (or belt sensor) and a unit using tensioning function with an example of a five-rope elevator where one rope is set as a reference for the remaining four. If rope CH5 is loosened or CH2 is tightened, the other ropes relatively change.

Figure 5: An example of a completed load tensioning report

I lived through a time when just the rope was blamed and each and every manufacturer, at one point or another, was blamed. For a while, each had to suffer as the scapegoat. Figure 6: Graphical output of the rope load profile during an elevator ride of an existing elevator in Orlando with six ropes: the differential between ropes is significant. Combined with other facts related to the installation, it could mean that something needs to be done to address and decrease this difference.

Again, not to labor over the technical bits, but you must know the details of your elevator installation if you really want to understand how efficient and successful your suspension means can and will be. When we take some measurements and find the outlook is bad, we need to at least be careful (if not perfect) during installation. A couple of other remedies should be considered. These include knowing the load profile and using that information to tune the ropes/belts (instead of simple equalization). There are also options to use more resilient rope designs. Many of the new, more demanding elevators can benefit greatly from a set of MCX-9 ropes. Experience has proven that this rope design is good for at least double — and potentially triple — the performance of that of an 8X19 sisal core commodity rope. First and always, make sure your hoist rope is handled carefully and installed right. Admittedly, achieving a rope life of three years on an elevator where you would have gotten just one year before doesn’t sound so great. But, 10-15 years of productive life from ropes, instead of getting only five before, can make you feel much better. The owner will agree. One more remedy for having to replace ropes too often is a permanent, dynamic and constant hydraulic adjustment system installed over the ropes. In principle, this idea has been around for a long time. An old friend and colleague, Mike Barnes from Las Vegas, designed and still builds a mobile tool for the hydraulic equalization of ropes. If you’re willing and able to do some extra work and a few calculations, you could also use this system to tune an installation. To do that, you need a continuous measurement profile. Henning has designed a system that, in principle, can lessen most (and eliminate some) negative impacts demanding elevator systems can have on rope. Figures 6 and 7 show the design principle of this new elevator component and a picture of one recently installed in Atlanta. I hope I have left the readers of EW with not just ideas, but also solutions for an industrywide challenge. I hope these ideas and options now seem more sane than continuing to do what we have always done (like change rope suppliers)!


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Figure 7: (top to bottom) A fixed dynamic load adjusting system (hydraulic), pictures of Henning Rope Harmonizer systems installed and an installation in the U.S.

Kevin Heling is senior sales and specialty products director at Wurtec. Heling has been with Wurtec Elevator Products and Services since September 2012 and part of the elevator industry for more than 30 years. He has also taught credit-approved classes for the National Association of Elevator Contractors, NAESA International and OEMs. He possesses extensive knowledge about elevator cables and ropes, traveling and flexible/stationary cables and related electrical-installation components. He holds an MS in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin.

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In the new platform, manufacturers upload their current 3D BIM data to the Liftdesigner Cloud and grant access to all elevator planners and builders around the world. LOIs in the BIM data, such as main features, item numbers and technical documentation, are automatically added all the way into the final elevator model for the architects. Predefined and automatic LODs provide additional support to simplified models for quick preliminary planning. The component features can be edited at any time, and a complete 3D BIM model can be exported to the IFC 4.0 format. digipara.com

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Elevator Access Solution

Security manufacturer Openpath has launched its Elevator Board, designed to connect commercial spaces under a single, streamlined and secure mobile access system. The company says it will help provide channel partners, property managers and tenants with more comprehensive and convenient office security systems. Used by tenants, the proprietary “Triple Unlock” technology utilizes WiFi, Bluetooth and LTE to ensure the system remains online reliably. When adding the product to the Openpath product suite, a single credential (smartphone) can


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be used to access an office’s parking garage, building entrance, elevator and office door. Other features include: ♦♦ A smaller form factor with easy installation ♦♦ Removable connector blocks for easy wiring ♦♦ USB ports for streamlined product updates ♦♦ Touch access for handsfree, keyless entry ♦♦ More efficient performance with customizable user permissions and the ability to place elevators on a schedule ♦♦ Support for up to 16 floors and two Openpath Smart Readers www.openpath.com

Aybey Elektronik of Turkey launched a contactorless integrated lift controller at AsansÜr Istanbul 2019. AE-MAESTRO supports EN 81-20/50, 81-1 + A3, 81-70, 81-28, 81-72 and 81-73 lift standards, and has been certified by Liftinstituut as a safe-torque-off device. Its output can be connected directly to the motor without contactors. This is to make the controller wiring easier and the operation of the panel quieter. The company says it also extends the lifetime of the output transistors at the driver stage due to the absence of a mechanical switch between the motor and transistors. The compact integrated controller includes the lift controller itself, a motor driver, an EMC filter, a DC choke coil and a rescue power supply isolation circuit. It uses dual microprocessor architecture, and manages the motor with a digital signal processor and the lift system by another processor. This allows the motor processor to be dedicated to motor signals and helps achieve high precision in generating motor signals, which it outputs at 250 Hz with a selectable carrier frequency of 4-16 kHz. Its power range is 4-30 kW. It can be used up to 64 floors as simplex, as well as in a lift group with up to eight units. AE-MAESTRO can drive both synchronous and asynchronous motors. It supports both closed- and open-loop operation for geared traction machines. Therefore, it can be retrofitted to one- or two-speed geared traction machines directly without an encoder. It offers three Controller Area Network (CAN) buses. Car communication is always serial. Landing panels can be connected in serial or parallel connection. It can also use incremental or absolute encoders for floor selection. In this case, an intelligent speed system determines travel speeds depending on the path and manages the travel curve. It can also use magnetic switches when open-loop operation is selected. The product includes a thin-film-transistor terminal for monitoring and adjustments that can be used anywhere in the shaft via CAN bus. The device’s two serial ports are used for serial data communication (such as USB or Ethernet). The system can be monitored and adjusted directly with USB or in a local network and via the internet with Ethernet. The system supports access-control restrictions based on floor number or time and VIP travel. These two systems are managed by the access control software built into AEMAESTRO. A radiofrequency identification card or iButton device can be used with this function when read by a reader in landing units or the car operating panel. www.aybey.com

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Contactorless Integrated Controller

Skeleton Technologies of GrossrÜhrsdorf, Germany, has partnered with Spanish company Epic Power to offer the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). The product uses silicon carbide-based DC/DC converters to recover energy in braking applications. Skeleton says it can reduce the power consumption of elevators by up to 50%. Used with a regenerative variablevoltage, variable-frequency drive (VVVF), the graphene ultracapacitors in the KERS recirculate and store energy, which can then be recalled from the system’s ultracapacitor pack when the elevator needs it. KERS can be applied to new installations or retrofitted to existing lifts. As a rule, the systems have a capacity of up to 15 kW. If, however, more stored energy is desired, it can be made possible by installing multiple systems in parallel. www.skeletontech.com

Digitalization Defense

According to international testing and certification service TĂœV SĂœD, the introduction of digitalization for lifts poses a challenge for lift and component manufacturers to ensure not only functional safety, but also information-technology (IT) security. Many modern lift systems now include embedded IT systems that collect data and support connectivity with the surrounding infrastructure and the lift manufacturer, or servicing and maintenance companies. Manufacturers are facing the challenge of having to ensure both the functional safety and IT security of their systems. The company is a Notified Body under the European Union Lift Directive and provides type examinations of lift systems and all safety components. It also holds the accreditations and notifications necessary for providing testing and certification of lifts and their components for all relevant markets worldwide. Where performance of risk assessment and determination of Safety Integrity Levels (SILs) are necessary, for example, the EN 81 standard refers to the IEC 61508, a cross-industry standard governing the functional safety of safety-related systems. The specific requirements for the functional safety of lift systems are defined in EN 81-20 and EN 81-50. They include the use of Programmable Electronic Systems in Safety-Related Applications for Lifts. The associated requirements for functional safety are, so far, defined in part 3 of IEC 61508. However, TĂœV SĂœD states IT security demands have not yet been covered by available standards. It believes the IEC 62443 standard series offers a good basis for assessing the IT security of industrial automation and control systems and developing effective measures for protecting these systems throughout their lifecycle. The company issued the first certificates according to IEC 62443 worldwide in 2016. www.tuvsud.com   đ&#x;Œ? • Issue 3, Volume 12 • elevatorworldindia.com



ELA Conference 2019 The European Lift Association explores “Lifts and Escalators in a Digital World” at annual conference. by Angela C. Baldwin The 2019 European Lift Association (ELA) Conference took place on May 14 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City in London. The annual event was organized around the general assemblies and board meetings of the ELA and European Elevator Association (EEA), which took place on May 13, culminating in a gala dinner that evening aboard the Dixie Queen. Attendees enjoyed dinner, drinks and conversation while cruising along the River Thames. The following morning, conference attendees gathered for a full day of speakers who presented on the theme of “Lifts and Escalators in a Digital World.” In his opening remarks, ELA President Roberto Zappa said, “ELA has recognized that digitalization is having a big impact on the movement of people. It is a challenge, but it is also full of opportunities. I hope you enjoy the speakers and the rest of the conference.”

ELA President Roberto Zappa welcomes attendees to the 2019 ELA Conference.


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The first speaker of the day, Zhang Lexiang, secretary general of the Chinese Elevator Association (CEA), discussed the recent collaboration of the CEA and ELA and its benefits, saying, “It paves the way for the prosperous future of the global elevator industry.” The collaboration serves as the foundation for the World Elevator Federation, the goals of which, according to Zhang, include: ♦♦ Promoting the usage of elevators to improve quality of life, while preserving the environment for a sustainable society ♦♦ Establishing a new model of international cooperation that will produce a win-win result ♦♦ Building a global community of shared prosperity for the elevator industry ♦♦ Establishing common values and standards for the elevator industry for such things as digitization, cybersecurity and privacy protection ♦♦ Ensuring product safety and quality ♦♦ Protecting brands and intellectual property rights ♦♦ Promoting innovation in technology, design and business ♦♦ Promoting business ethics and codes of conduct ♦♦ Ensuring a global social responsibility standard Following Zhang, Carine Lucas, lead expert of innovation for Agoria, Belgium’s largest employers’ organization and trade association, discussed “How Digitalization Changes the World.” Lucas asked the audience to think about this question: “What kind of impact do I want to make with my company using digital technology?” Continued


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This year’s ELA Conference attendees listened attentively to presentations on the theme of digitalization.

ELA has recognized that digitalization is having a big impact on the movement of people. It is a challenge, but it is also full of opportunities. — ELA President Roberto Zappa

She said the digital economy is essential to overall economic growth, and there are three main impact areas for most businesses: organization (processes and operations), offerings (products, services and solutions) and business model (revenue streams). Kari Suihkonen of KONE angled the day’s topic toward customers’ changing needs and expectations and how technology is presenting opportunities for adding value to them in new ways. In his presentation, “How Digitalization is Changing the Buildings,” Suihkonen discussed how KONE’s technology analyzes maintenance needs and predicts faults, allowing technicians to get “the right information at the right time.” He said analyzing equipment data helps predict the most common failures, including those from elevator doors, signalization, emergency phones, control systems and cars. Following a coffee break, Harold Bussing and Jeroen Bazuin of VLR (Dutch Association of Lift and Escalator Engineering) discussed “The Lift Book in a Digital Era,” stressing the need for a digital version of the still-typically paper lift book. They gave an update of the progress and process toward a digital lift book in The Netherlands and touted its eventual benefits, including its


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sustainability, accessibility, efficiency, traceability and ability to be updated to the latest standards quickly. Jan König of VFA-Interlift followed and talked about the “Traceability of Safety Components,” discussing the legal Continued


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requirement, along with a recommended system, for achieving this objective, including recommended content for labeling. The topic of “Digitalization (Smartification) of Existing Lifts” was covered by Dr. Paolo Riva of the University of Bergamo, who discussed the different approaches to maintenance, including corrective and preventive. He delved deeper into preventive maintenance, analyzing the classical approach to maintenance versus the predictive, which he said allows for maximum efficiency. Before lunch, the morning speakers gathered on stage for a question-and-answer session. Several topics were opened back up for further discussion before the conference broke to enjoy the buffet lunch arranged at the hotel’s restaurant. The lunch hour allowed for relaxing conversation among attendees and, in the case of your author, a quick walk outside to view the Tower of London a short distance away. Upon reconvening after lunch, Jonathan Berte, general manager of Robovision, took to the stage to speak about “Artificial Intelligence.” He focused on what he called “the new wave of AI,” which can continue to program itself after its initial programming. “You can give it an example,” Berte explained, “and then it continues from there.” Following Berte, speaker Paul Waide, director of Waide Strategic Efficiency, answered the questions, “What is a Smart Building and the Smart Readiness Indicator?” He explained that “a


The afternoon speakers answer questions from the audience.

greater uptake of smart technologies is expected to result in significant energy savings in a cost-effective way, while helping to improve comfort and occupant satisfaction and enabling buildings to play a key role in smart energy systems.â€? The June 19, 2018, revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires the development of an optional scheme for rating the smart readiness of buildings: the “Smart Readiness Indicator.â€? Waide said the indicator is intended to raise awareness about the benefits of smart technologies in buildings (from an energy perspective, in particular), motivate consumers to accelerate investments in smart building technologies and support technology innovation in the building sector. Following the afternoon coffee break, a five-person panel discussed the important topic of “Skilled Workforce for the Future.â€? The panel was composed of moderator Nick Mellor, managing director, Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA); Stephan Kaczmarczyk, University of Northampton; Dan Charlesworth, LEIA; Tadeusz Popielas, Polish Association of Lift Manufacturers; and Achim HĂźtter, VFA-Interlift. The wide-ranging discussion touched on workforce shortages, skills mismatch, education and training programs, technology, safety, future plans and more.

The day’s final presentation, “Perspectives on Brexit and its Implications for the Lift Industry,â€? was delivered by Mellor and Onelia Angelosanto, director of the Global Trade Team for Ernst & Young. “Uncertainty is the new constant,â€? Angelosanto succinctly stated, “and the U.K. remains divided.â€? While Angelosanto focused on the possible trade implications of Brexit, Mellor discussed what it could mean for lift regulations and standards, stating: “As an industry, we don’t want to see a change in regulations and standards in the U.K., either by lowering safety standards or a divergence from European norms. There is agreement in the U.K. to keep European Union standards. Names might change, but nothing else.â€? Afternoon speakers gathered on stage for a final question-andanswer session following Mellor and Angelosanto’s presentation. Discussions continued until the conference was officially adjourned. Attendees your author spoke with complimented the conference’s theme, saying it inspired important presentations and timely subject matter for the lift industry. For his part, Mellor said, “This is one of the best conferences I’ve ever been to. Congratulations.â€? It doesn’t get much better than that. For information regarding next year’s ELA Conference or to access presentations from this year’s event, visit ela-aisbl.eu.   đ&#x;Œ?

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