World Elevator & Escalator Expo 2018 exhibition got a successful end in National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) on May 11th. This exhibition, the 13th elevator exhibition with the larger scale than ever, is sponsored by China Elevator Association and organized by Langfang Conference & Exhibition Co., LTD. It has become a global elevator industry event in the world with the support of domestic and foreign exhibitors, visitors, industry colleagues and all friends concerned.
According to the official data statistics, this exhibition which cover an exhibition area of 135, 000 square meters and has over 1, 300 enterprises, has reached a new peak again. During the four-day exhibition, there is a total of 121,000 professional visitors from all over the world. Furthermore, companies at home and abroad enterprises designed distinctive booths, showed new products and technologies, organized various activities, creating a gluttonous feast of elevator industry.
Sixteen elevators will serve tenants of the 29-story O-NES office tower in Bangkok, for which a foundation stone was laid on March 12, the Bangkok Post reports. Developed by Thai Obayashi Corp. Ltd., the tower is in a busy area close to the Nana Bangkok Mass Transit Station and boasts an "urban forest" design. Walls and steel framing will allow for 20-m, column-free spans for the 2,000 m2 of space on each floor that will be occupied by offices, for a total of 46,000 m2. Shops and restaurants will occupy 1,200 m2 of the total project. A V-column steel façade, uncommon in Thailand, will increase transparency of the north and south sides of the building, according to the developer.
India’s Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans to install solar panels on the roofs of almost all monorail stations that will be used for lighting and running escalators and elevators, the Free Press Journal reports. 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.
David Lopez, a second-generation elevator constructor and International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Local #21 representative from Waxahachie, Texas, went before state lawmakers at the Capitol in Austin on March 6 to urge passage of a bill he believes would save lives, the Daily Light reports. Lopez, who lost a friend and colleague in an elevator accident and represents hundreds of IUEC members across Texas, emphasized House Bill 2466, which would create a registration of trained and qualified elevator mechanics. Observing that one elevator mechanic dies on the job in the U.S. every 90 days, Lopez says requiring contractors to provide proper education, apprenticeship programs and continuing education to their employees would enhance safety for both workers and the riding public.