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Week of 1/21/19

ELA NAMES PEZZINI SECRETARY GENERAL

The European Lift Association (ELA) has named Luca Pezzini its secretary general, effective January 14. Pezzini is located in Brussels, where ELA is headquartered. He has lobbied and worked for associations, including the European Commission, for more than 25 years, most recently as manager responsible for institutional relations at Confindustria Bergamo in Bergamo, Italy. Pezzini is an Italian citizen with a master’s degree in Economics and is fluent in Italian, English and French.

INTERLIFT 2019’S VFA FORUM: CALL FOR SPEAKERS

VFA-Interlift e.V. is holding its VFA Forum again at Interlift 2019, planned for October 15-18 at the Exhibition Centre in Augsburg, Germany. The forum will consist of 20-min. lectures followed by discussion. Those wishing to speak should submit their lectures to VFA’s Anja Gietz by April 12 with speaker names, company/institution, communication data and a 10-line summary in German and English. Topics are: new products and services, development and implementation of standards, international markets, Elevator 4.0, building information modeling, qualification of personnel and “the elevator and its users: design meets emotion.”

CRANEY JOINS CONSULTANCY TEAM AT SVM ASSOCIATES IN U.K.

SVM Associates, headquartered in Birmingham, U.K., has appointed Colin Craney to its lift and escalator consultancy team. In this role, he supports SVMA's existing client base and develops new business across the U.K. Specializing in dispute resolution, Craney has 41 years' industry experience. Prior to joining SVMA, he held field and management positions at Otis, followed by 15 years in consulting and dispute resolution. Craney holds a master's degree in Lift Engineering from the University of Northampton, together with additional academic and professional qualifications in engineering, law and management. He may be reached at phone 44(0)121 4550868 and email.

SERAPID OPENS ASIAN SUBSIDIARY IN SINGAPORE

Serapid Group, headquartered in France, has opened Serapid Singapore Pte. Ltd. due to an increasing volume of work in the Asian region. A management team consists of Managing Director Robert Degenkolb, who has 30 years' experience with rigging company J.R. Clancy and has lived in Singapore since 2011; Technical Manager Ivan Seigneur, who transferred from France; and China Sales Manager Yu Rong Chen. Serapid's Vice President of Business Development Iain Forbester says the move reflects the company’s “commitment to the region and desire to provide better service and support.”

EW FOCUSES ON HYDRAULIC ELEVATORS AND COMPONENTS

ELEVATOR WORLD’s April edition will focus on hydraulic elevators and components. There will also be a Continuing Education article and bonus distribution at the International Association of Elevator Consultants Annual Forum in Reno, Nevada. The deadline for submissions is February 15; to participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or editorial@elevatorworld.com. To advertise, contact ext. 38 or advertising@elevatorworld.com.

THYSSENKRUPP TWIN ELEVATORS IN PARIS LA DÉFENSE TOWER

HEKLA, a 220-m-tall, 47-story tower designed by Jean Nouvel in Paris' La Défense business district, will be outfitted with 12 thyssenkrupp TWIN elevator units, each consisting of two cabins moving in one shaft. Codeveloped by AG Real Estate and Hines, the tower will have 66,000 m2 of office space to house approximately 5,800 people, a 2,500-m2 terrace, restaurants and a business center. Designed to the highest environmental standards, it is scheduled for completion by 2022. Besides the TWIN elevators that travel up to 7 mps, the order also includes a climbing elevator for use during construction and 12 conventional elevator and escalator units. Following D2 and Trinity towers, both in La Défense; Odean Tower in Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Incity Tower in Lyon, France, HEKLA is thyssenkrupp's fifth building in the region implementing TWIN.

LIFTS, ESCALATORS, MOVING WALKS PART OF TUBE STATION WORK

Transport for London (TfL) is upgrading Bank and Monument, the third-busiest intersection in the London Underground, CityMetric, a division of the British magazine New Statesman, pointed out when calling for a revamp of TfL Tube maps. Expected to be complete in 2022, the work includes two new elevators, 12 new escalators and two new moving walks, along with various new entrances, TfL says. Two new lifts and four escalators debuted at the new Walbrook Station entrance in November 2018. Until 2021, approximately 200 staff, including engineers, will be onsite 24 hr. a day, according to TfL.

Week of 1/14/19

FIVE RESIDENTIAL TOWERS ON DRAWING BOARD IN LEEDS

Two 31-story residential towers are part of plan submitted by SimpsonHaugh to build a total of five towers containing 678 apartments on a former British Gas office site on Bridge Street near the junction of A61 and A64 in Leeds, U.K., the Architect's Journal reports. The other towers would stand 21, 15 and 13 stories. Also set to include commercial space, amenity areas and parking, work has already gotten underway with the conversion of the British Gas structure into a hotel, which the firm said will provide "a visual and aural buffer" between the highway and the rest of the site.

ESCALATOR FALL FATAL AT CANARY WHARF STATION IN LONDON

An unidentified person died from falling off an escalator at the Canary Wharf Tube station in the London Docklands on January 7, The Guardian reports. Police and paramedics pronounced the person dead on the scene at approximately 3 p.m. Commuters present in what is described as one of the busiest stations in the U.K. said they heard the victim fall, but realized he or she was beyond help. Authorities are not treating the incident as suspicious.

SAUNDERS NAMED THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR U.K., IRELAND CEO

Stephen Saunders has joined thyssenkrupp Elevator as CEO, U.K. & Ireland. thyssenkrupp describes Saunders as "a senior executive with extensive leadership and industry experience." Prior to his present role, Saunders held various management positions with KONE, including in service, sales and management of a U.K.-based KONE subsidiary. He studied geography, history and fine art at St. George's Weybridge. Wishing Saunders the best in his new role, thyssenkrupp said it has "no doubt that he will take us to the next level in this exciting time for the U.K. and Ireland business."

BREXIT MAY POSE DIFFICULTIES FOR MANUFACTURERS

Many types of products may only be marketed within the European Economic Area (EEA) if they carry a CE mark, but with the deadline approaching for the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) — commonly referred to as "Brexit" — questions have arisen about what the coming change will mean for manufacturers of CE-marked products, Liftinstituut notes in a news release that sources D&F Consulting. The CE mark means the manufacturer certifies its product conforms to the applicable European product directives. Manufacturers outside the EEA may have to appoint an "authorized representative" within the EEA who will assume responsibility for manufacturing. They also can sell directly to the end user, but this will entail customs checks, as well as the Health and Safety requirement in accordance with the Work Equipment Directive by the end user. The question is how post-Brexit U.K. deals with changes to European Product Directives. Some responses might force manufacturers to either cease taking their products to the EEA or to develop two versions of their products to cover the national market and the EU market. Brexit could also create problems for international manufacturers for which the only importer or authorized agent is in the U.K. These manufacturers may have to find an alternative within the EEA.

CIBSE LIFTS GROUP SETS MEETING

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group has scheduled its next meeting for February 5 at 4:00 p.m. The annual general membership meeting will kick off the event, and speakers Len Halsey, Dr. Gina Barney, Adam Scott, Phil Pearson and Michael Bottomley will cover Brexit, standards and more. It will be held at CIBSE Headquarters, 222 Balham High Road, London SW12 9BS at no cost. Those wishing to attend are asked to register.

Week of 1/7/19

CONTROVERSIAL ZHA TWO-TOWER PLAN GREENLIT IN LONDON

Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) Vauxhall Cross Island towers, mixed-use 53- and 42-story skyscrapers linked by a podium on the banks of the Thames River in London, have been greenlit despite controversy, ArchDaily reports. ZHA’s first project in the U.K. for a private client, the towers will include a hotel, offices, retail, residential and public space. Critics have said the development will further congest an already busy interchange and fear the buildings’ 185-m height will contribute to the “canyonization” of the Thames bank. Proponents point out the project’s creation of new public space and affordable housing. Additional details will be released later this year.

SOME EUROPEAN STANDARDS NEED ALIGNMENT; 6 NEWLY PUBLISHED

The European EN 81-20 standard, which is applicable in Europe, as well as in other countries, includes existing standards referring to EN 81-1/-2 that need to be aligned with EN 81-20/-50, Liftinstituut says in a news release that also notes the publication of six newly aligned standards. Some of the revisions are needed only to correct references, but others carry a major impact because some technical requirements originally based on the EN 81-1/-2 are now completely changed. These changes include values for distances, volumes and control functions, and involve the following old standards: TR 81-11, and EN 81-21, -22, -71 and -80. Also, Working Group CEN TC 10 (elevators, escalators and moving walks) recently published the following standards, which are now aligned and soon to be harmonized: EN 81-21:2018, new passenger and goods passenger elevators in existing buildings; EN 81-28:2018, remote alarm on passenger and goods passenger elevators; EN 81-58:2018, landing doors fire-resistance test; EN 81-70:2018, accessibility to elevators for persons including persons with disabilities; EN 81-71:2018, vandal-resistant elevators; and, EN 81-77:2008, elevators subject to seismic conditions.

BIOFIAL ENTERS FRENCH, VENEZUELAN MARKETS

Thessaloniki, Greece-based Biofial Hydraulics has officially entered the Venezuelan market with the shipment of its first orders to the country. For France, while its products have been distributed there for several years, it now exports them directly to the state. "After evaluating some important business contacts, we have established several important collaborations, and we are at the moment producing a specialized product for luxurious apartment complexes in France," Biofial added. The company also said expanding its reach to most countries worldwide and having its products exported directly from its factory to customers around the globe have been its long-term goals for the last 20 years.

CHANGES AT THE TOP FOR EW

Formerly executive vice president and chief operating officer of ELEVATOR WORLD, T. Bruce MacKinnon has been named president of the magazine and publishing company, Elevator World, Inc. MacKinnon joined Elevator World in 1998 as associate director. He has worked in all aspects of the business, while focusing primarily on the commercial and advertising operations. He has also served as advertising manager and vice president of Business Development. He said he will continue to lead EW to new markets and take on more administrative responsibilities. EW Editor and Publisher Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick has changed her title to editor-at-large and publisher. She said that though she may be at EW's home offices a little less often, she will continue most of her current duties. Sturgeon-Hendrick had been president of Elevator World, Inc.

Week of 1/2/19

INTERLIFT 2019 ON PACE FOR RECORD PARTICIPATION

Interlift 2019 organizer AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH says the upcoming expo, planned for 15-18 October 2019, is shaping up to be the largest Interlift ever. More than nine months before the show, more than 400 exhibitors from 39 countries have already registered, ahead of even 2017’s pace, when a record 574 exhibitors set up booths on 44,000 m2 of occupied space, drawing 21,260 visitors to the Exhibition Centre in Augsburg, Germany. Interlift 2019 will highlight Industry 4.0 and digitalization of the manufacturing process, both through exhibitors and during lectures at the Interlift Forum. Significant participation is expected from Italian, Chinese and Korean companies. Approximately 2,000 m² of exhibition space is being reserved for these manufacturers, with half of this reserved by the Italian Anica lift association alone. In 2017, approximately 100 Italian lift companies were represented at Interlift, making Italy the largest exhibitor nation after Germany. For more information, visit website.

CANADIAN PENSION FUND BUYS STAKE IN WITTUR

Wittur announced on December 28 that Public Sector Pension (PSP) Investment Board, a Canadian pension fund, had entered into a private agreement with Wittur owner Bain Capital Private Equity to acquire a 32% stake in the German elevator-components supplier, Reuters reports. PSP Investment intends to "closely cooperate with Bain, as a sponsor and partner, to help Wittur's international expansion." The source observed Bain attracted interest in Wittur from several private-equity groups in October 2018 ahead of an expected sale. Wittur gained a "more balanced geographic footprint" promising to enable growth as a result of its merger with Sematic Elevator Products several years ago.

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