Tenders let for all kinds of industry equipment around the world.
Largest Order to Date in Bahrain
Sixteen thyssenkrupp elevators and two escalators were installed in the 200-m-tall United Tower in Manama, Bahrain, representing the company’s largest order to date in the country and serving as the latest example of its engagement in the Arabian peninsula. With a striking, twisting shape, United Tower houses 26,000 m2 of office space and the 263-room Wyndham Grand Manama in 19 floors, including a 900-m2 ballroom on the top floor offering impressive sea views. The elevators serving the tower have a maximum speed of 3.5 mps. thyssenkrupp has had a presence in the Middle East for 25 years, providing vertical-transportation equipment for the Dubai, Doha, Cairo, Riyadh and Madinah airports and the metro systems of Cairo, Riyadh and Doha.
TWIN Elevators for Paris La Défense Skyscraper
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.
KONE Wins Modernization Order for Iconic Mexico City Tower
KONE has been selected to modernize the vertical- transportation (VT) system at Arcos Bosques Torre I office tower in Mexico City, a 33-story office building completed in 1996 and considered the first smart tower in Latin America. The package consists of 12 high-rise and 20 low-rise ReGenerateTM elevator modernization solutions, two MonoSpace® 700 elevators, 12 turnstiles and a destination-dispatch system. Slated to begin in the second quarter of this year, the upgrade is scheduled for completion in 2023. KONE installed the original VT system at Arcos Bosques, designed by architects Teodoro González de León, Francisco Serrano and Carlos Tejeda and occupied by law firms, industrial, mining, media and technology companies.
EHC Global to Supply Handrails to French Rail Networks
EHC Global announced in December 2018 that it has received a two-year contract to supply escalator handrails and related services to the Paris Métro and the Réseau Express Régional (RER) networks. Under the terms of the contract, EHC will supply NT and Tuf Flex handrail platforms, in addition to field splicing and technical support services.
The contract was executed with Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), the agency that oversees most of the public transportation system in Paris, including the Métro, tram and bus services, and part of the RER. With 16 lines and more than 300 stations, the Métro is one of the busiest in the world, and in 2016 was ranked the world’s best public transit system by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. RER is a hybrid commuter/rapid transit system serving Paris and its suburbs through five lines and 250 stations, some of which connect with the Métro.
The NT handrail platform was introduced in 1997 as an environmentally friendly and technologically advanced alternative to conventional rubber-based products. It is available in a wide range of profiles and colors, and is recyclable, easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance.
“We are very pleased and proud to announce this latest contract award from the RATP to serve the needs of the Paris Métro and RER networks, and the millions of Parisians, tourists and business travelers that rely on public transit each and every day,” said Norman Rosnersky, Managing Director of EHC’s Central Region.
Alimak Norway Lands Order for Explosion-Proof Oilfield Elevator
Alimak Group Norway has been hired by Aibel to build a US$2.97-million explosion-proof traction elevator for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup Phase II oil platform project in Norway. The elevator will transport personnel and goods. Engineering work began in November 2018, with delivery anticipated by the end of this year. Alimak Group CEO Tormod Gunleiksrud said:
“We are pleased to continue working with Aibel and Equinor, with whom we have a long and successful history of collaboration. The activity level in the oil and gas sector increased signiflcantly during 2018. . . and we are pleased to see a continued interest in our solutions built to support safe and reliable vertical access.”
Handrail Sanitizer Startup Signs Hamburg Mall Contract
Escalator handrail sanitizer startup UVIS UV-Innovative Solutions GmbH (ELEVATOR WORLD, January 2017), headquartered in Cologne, Germany, signed a contract with property manager ECE to install four UVIS ESCALITE ultraviolet-C (UV-C)-disinfection modules on escalators in Phoenix-Center shopping mall in Hamburg, Germany, in November. Using UV-C light to destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi, the modules are indicated by large stickers on the balustrades. UVIS observed Phoenix-Center has the first “germ-free” escalators in Germany. A post-installation survey found that 91% of shoppers said their experience was more comfortable thanks to the disinfected handrails, which also had a positive effect on the perception of safety, cleanliness and the shopping center’s image. UVIS aims to expand to other shopping malls.