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Lifts, Escalators and Passenger Conveyors

Global leader receives tender for new escalators

     23rd September 2016 Elevator and escalator industry global leader Kone has won an order from Stockholm County Council to modernise and maintain 13 escalators at six metro stations in Sweden's capital. 

Industrial group wins contract for 500 elevators and escalators

     23rd September 2016 Diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp has been awarded a contract to manufacture, supply, install and maintain more than 500 elevators and escalators for the red line north, green line and two additional major stations of Qatar capital city Doha’s upcoming metro network, which will be... 

Industrial group  wins contract for 500  elevators and escalators
ESCALATOR INSTALLATIONS Thyssenkrupp will be installing new elevators and escalators throughout Doha’s upcoming metro network

Elevator manufacturer to supply 183 electric elevators

     23rd September 2016 Diversified holding group Sunriver Holding Group will purchase 183 Otis Electric elevators for its new residential and recreational developments in Anhui province, China. 

Market research shows growth in lift and escalator industries

     23rd September 2016 The global lift and escalator market was valued at $86-billion in 2012 and is expected to grow steadily from 2016 to 2020 spurred by robust demand from Asia, according to a report released last month by market research company Research and Markets. 

Market research shows growth in lift and escalator industries
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GROWING INDUSTRY Research has shown that there will be an increase in the amount of lifts installed throughout the Middle East

Lifts manufacturer well positioned to serve local demand

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 Hoist and lifts manufacturer Wesant reports a buoyant lifts market, noting that demand from commercial and retail segments is robust, and it has seen increased enquiries from Southern African countries, says the Wesant management team under MD Wade Wareing. The main source of projects has been... 

Lifts manufacturer  well positioned to  serve local demand
POSITIVE DRIVE Wesant reports strong order book growth and increased demand from neighbouring African territories

German skyscraper includes maglev prototype

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 German industrial company division ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s participation in Richtfest skyscraper being built, in Rottweil, will enable it to use the building as an innovation centre for new elevator technologies, such as its prototype MULTI system magnetic levitation (maglev) elevators, in... 

German skyscraper includes maglev prototype
RICHTFEST TESTTURM The tower, which will be clad once completed to fit in with the town’s spires, will function as a technology testing facility for ThyssenKrupp and the surrounding universities

Load-shedding-proof elevator for seven-storey buildings

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 Conveying and lift company Otis has launched its Gen2 Switch lift, which can continue operating for 100 trips in an seven-storey building during a power outage, owing to its regenerative drives and battery system, says Otis communications manager Hayley Elwen. The lift is powered by electricity... 

Load-shedding-proof elevator  for seven-storey buildings
GEN2 SWITCH ELEVATORThe elevator is designed to continue operating despite electrical power disruptions

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 South African hoist and lift and company Wesant is increasing the capacity of its manufacturing facilities by upgrading and increasing its capital machinery, streamlining its production line, says Wesant founder Digby Wareing and the Wesant engineering team. The company is expanding its... 

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand
8 T ICE RINK LIFT The 8 t Ice Rink lift will carry the Rink’s Zamboni up 9.5 m

Lift manufacturer ranked among global innovative companies

     26th September 2014 Nasdaq-listed lift manufacturer Kone Corporation has been ranked the world’s 42nd most innovative company by global business magazine Forbes. The ranking is out of the magazine’s top 100 companies in the world. In the category of European companies that were listed at a stock exchange market this... 

Lift manufacturer ranked among global innovative companies
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PEOPLE FLOW Kone Corporation provides industry-leading lifts, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings

Lack of skills weaken lift service offerings

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th September 2014 South Africa’s lift-servicing industry faces the challenge of not being able to offer all the required service offerings, owing to a lack of highly skilled technicians and an influx of foreign-manufactured products, says lift inspection body Lift Auditor CC owner Willem du Toit. He tells... 

Lack of skills weaken  lift service offerings
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LIFTS INDUSTRY The local lifts industry has to deal with a lack of adequately skilled labour

Company to deliver fastest elevators

     26th September 2014 Engineering group Hitachi and Hitachi Elevator in April announced that they would deliver the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators, with a speed of 1 200 m/min and 72 km/h to China-based company Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a mixed-use 530 m tall skyscraper, which is currently under... 

Company to deliver fastest elevators
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GUANGZHOU CITY The Chinese city’s landscape will change with the addition of the 530 m tower

Company introduces battery-powered lifts onto local market

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th September 2014 Vertical transportation systems manufacturer Otis introduced its Gen2 Switch range of lifts, which boasts ReGen technology, in May, making the Gen2 systems 75% more energy efficient than conventional systems, states the company. Otis Southern Africa MD Segren Reddy tells Engineering News that,... 

Company introduces battery-powered lifts onto local market
SEGREN REDDY Otis South Africa was awarded the 2014 Diamond Arrow Award at the Professional Management Review Africa Awards

Southern Africa distributor receives top award for scissor lifts sales

By: Timothy Sibanda     27th September 2013 Sole distributor of Genie products in Southern Africa Goscor Hi-Reach won the award for Best Performance for Scissor Lifts, which have achieved good sales figures in South Africa, at this years annual Genie Awards. 

Telehandler popular on building sites

     27th September 2013 The Genie GTH-5022R rotating rough terrain telehandlers, is proving popular on building sites where rough and uneven terrain is still a challenge, says industrial equipment and solutions supplier Goscor business unit Goscor Hi-Reach MD George Landsberg. Goscor Botswana distributor, GHF’s Luis... 

Telehandler popular  on building sites
IDEAL ENVIRONMENT The Genie GTH-5022R is suited to the robust construction environment

Namibia a keen buyer of new lift

By: Timothy Sibanda     27th September 2013 Elevator and escalator engineering company Schindler, part of Schindler Group, says it has been inundated with orders for its new lift that was launched in April – the Schindler 5500 – especially from Namibia, and is supplying about 20 across Southern Africa. 

Namibia a keen buyer of new lift
NEXT GENERATIONSchindler 5500’s light-emitting diode lighting and Sleep Mode can provide significant energy savings over time and, thus, reduce the environmental footprint of a building

Lift company notes trend towards greener technologies

By: Gia Costella     28th September 2012 Corporate and personal mobility provider Vision Elevators says there is a definite move in South Africa towards reducing the environmental impact of mobility solutions like elevators and escalators. Vision Elevators GM Lynne Wareing says green solutions are included in client specifications more... 

Lifts industry stagnating, facing legislative changes

By: Gia Costella     28th September 2012 The slowdown in construction activity following the 2010 FIFA World Cup, paired with a lag effect South Africa is experiencing as a result of the 2008/9 world economic crisis, has led to stagnating numbers of new lift and escalator installations, says independent lift consulting company Projitech... 

Local company to represent Canadian equipment manufacturer

By: Gia Costella     28th September 2012 Local lifting equipment manufacturer, SA Vertical Lifting, was appointed last month as a South African representative for Canada-based global loading dock and materials handling equipment manufacturer Blue Giant. The Germiston-based company, which manufactures and distributes goods access hoists,... 

Elevator industry strives for greater energy efficiency

By: Jessica Hannah     23rd September 2011 The elevator industry – alongside other industries – aims to produce more environment-friendly and less energy-intensive elevators, says mobility solutions provider Vision Elevators MD Nicholas Wareing.  

Company designs two space-saving innovations

     23rd September 2011 Elevator and escalator specialist ThyssenKrupp has designed two new escalators - the iwalk moving walk and the Velino Compact escalator – which both offer increased passenger capacity and a compact design. 

New rig used to replace window panes on glass buildings

By: Jessica Hannah     23rd September 2011 Specialist supplier of suspended access systems to the building and construction industry Riggers Steeplejacks has designed a glass replacement rig system to remove and replace glass window panes on large glass buildings. 

Research and development leads to innovative systems

     24th September 2010 International lift drive systems and alternator manufacturer Leroy-Somer says that through its research and development initiatives, the company has developed a range of electromechanical systems, which includes gearless drives for new lift installations, as well as for renovation projects that... 

New local standard for lift maintenance published

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th September 2010 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) reports that the recently published South African National Standards (SANS) 53015 Maintenance for lifts and escalators and rules for maintenance instruction, will guide companies in the industry to perform regular examinations and inspections. 

International lift manufacturer develops in-house talent

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th September 2010 International lift manufacturer Schindler has, in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg’s human resources management faculty, established the Schindler Development Academy, which aims to develop in-house talent and to transform this individual talent into managers and leaders, earlier... 

Infrastructure and property development catalysts for industry growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th September 2009 Elevator installation and repair company Utility Elevators believes that infrastructure and property developments are fostering a healthy elevator and escalators industry in South Africa. 

KZN company under way with R6m lifts contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th September 2009 Southern African consultants in the elevators industry KZN Elevator Consultants has been awarded a contract valued at R6-million to modernise eight lifts for a property owners and management company. 

Vertical transportation maintenance is critical for safety

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th September 2009 Retail shopping mall Bedford Centre maintenance manager Martin Hoffman says that companies involved in the retail shopping centre’s vertical transportation units, such as its escalators and lifts, are committed to ensuring the safety of the users of these units 

Safer solutions achieve greater heights

     26th September 2008 Stringent safety standards required by the Department Labour (DoL) force companies to find more effective ways of lifting people and goods safely to height, states lifting solutions company SA French. 

Elevator company supplies Gautrain 

By: Loni Prinsloo     26th September 2008 Elevator and escalator specialist company ThyssenKrupp was awarded a R59-million contract by Bombela Civils Joint Venture to supply passenger elevators and escalators for all the Gautrain Rapid Link stations due for completion in May 2011. 

New mountain cableway opens

By: Loni Prinsloo     26th September 2008 The new cableway linking the Euphoria Golf Estate and Hydro in the Limpopo province to the rim of the Waterberg mountain range was officially opened last month 

Moving walkways an efficient passenger conveyance

     28th September 2007 Moving walkways are a relatively new addition to the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), having first been commissioned in May 1995 to a contract placed on Schindler Lifts South Africa by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA). 

Manufacturer wins supply contract for London's tallest building

     28th September 2007 Elevator and escalator manufacturer Kone has signed a contract with British Land for the design, delivery and installation of all elevators and escalators for the Leadenhall Building in London. 

Safety standards a necessary consideration amidst elevator industry boom 

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     28th September 2007 Passenger conveyance regulating authority Lift Engineering Association (LEA) says that the South African elevator industry is experiencing a period of unexpected sharp growth owing to the current infrastructure boom experienced by the country. 

New industry standards in the pipeline

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     29th September 2006 The Lifts, Escalators and Conveyors Technical Committee’s efforts have recently come to fruition with the pending implementation of new and revised standards and regulations for the lifts and escalators sector. The anticipated legislation will introduce many changes to the lift and... 

Cruise-ship lifts contract awarded

     29th September 2006 A contract for the design, supply and installation of all the elevators on three new Celebrity Cruises’ passenger ships was awarded in August to elevator and escalator company Kone. 

New lift range for harsh environments

     29th September 2006 A new standard-build, explosion protected lift was introduced in May this year by Swedish company Alimak. 

World’s tallest escalators installed in German museum

     29th September 2006 The two tallest escalators are now in service at Zeche Zollverein in Essen, Germany. 

Lift company faces possible criminal charges

     29th September 2006 Maintenance worker, Oscar Maboyi, was injured when a lift he was working on fell 16 levels in Berea, Johannesburg. 

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