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December 23-January 4

U.K. METRO ESCALATORS TO GET UV-C TREATMENT

Thirty-six escalators on the Tyne and Wear metros in the U.K. will be outfitted with devices that treat them with UV-C light in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, ChronicleLive reports. Nexus, which operates the system linking South Tyneside and Sunderland with Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Newcastle Airport, said the UV-C devices will be installed in 2021. Nexus said it is following the lead of Transport for London, which had planned to install more than 200 UV-sanitizing devices on 110 London Tube escalators and reported success with an installation at the Heathrow Tube station.

LIFTINSTITUUT ADVISES ON POST-BREXIT PRODUCT MARKINGS

With changes brought forth by Brexit set to become a reality, manufacturers of elevators and safety components have been raising questions about what this means for their products. Notified Body Liftinstituut is offering specific guidance for the process, and is advising EU manufacturers that, although their products will need to carry a U.K. Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking (instead of the current CE marking) as of January 1, 2021, a yearlong transition period (until December 31, 2021) will allow CE markings to remain in use. However, EU certificates issued by the U.K. will not be valid, so they will have to be reissued within the EU to remain valid during 2021. After that, products used in the U.K. must carry the UKCA marking. Liftinstituut, based in Amsterdam, is working to receive approval to offer EU and UKCA certificates for the same product, and notes that the difference between an EU certificate and UKCA marking "is negligible."

December 8-22

CIBES LIFT GROUP ACQUIRES U.K.'S TITAN ELEVATORS

Gävle, Sweden-based Cibes Lift Group has acquired Titan Elevators of Sidcup, U.K., Global Legal Chronicle reported on December 15. The move is to strengthen Cibes' presence in the London area and mark an expansion of its U.K. business by adding modernization services and high-speed lifts to its offerings. Titan Elevators services include lift installation, repair, modernization and maintenance, but the company also offers bespoke and standardized lifts for various applications. Since its founding in 1997, Titan Elevators has experienced a growing customer base in the London and Home County areas. A specialty is the company's custom solutions in the luxury segment of the high-speed lift market. Cibes Lift Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of space-efficient lifts for both home and business use.

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC, KONE, THYSSENKRUPP NAMED TO ENVIRONMENTAL “A LISTS”

Mitsubishi Electric has been named to two of the 2020 "A Lists" produced by international environmental nonprofit CDP, the company announced on December 9, 2020. Recognized for its sustainability efforts in climate change and water activities, the Tokyo-based company said the listings reflect efforts enumerated in its Environmental Vision 2021 policy, which emphasizes a low-carbon, recycling-based society that respects biodiversity. Mitsubishi Electric has previously announced “ambitious” greenhouse gas reduction by 2030, energy savings at its manufacturing sites and water management and related efforts. Other elevator companies that have made one or more of the CDP A Lists were KONE and thyssenkrupp Elevator.

CDP also named KONE and thyssenkrupp Elevator to its "A List" recognizing their efforts in taking on climate change, the organization announced on December 8. CDP said more than 5,800 companies worldwide were scored on climate change, forests and water security disclosures, and only 313 — the top 5% — made the A List. KONE, responding to the announcement, said "being a leader in sustainability has long been a strategic target" for the company, pointing to its previous announcement that it intends to significantly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and have carbon-neutral operations by 2030. thyssenkrupp Elevator said its sustainability efforts involve environmentally friendly manufacturing of "mobility solutions that tackle the challenges of urbanization." Company officials noted a commitment to reducing CO2 emissions, targeting a 25% reduction in carbon footprint by 2030 and a 50% cut in GHG emissions by 2040. The CDP global disclosure system, which recently marked its 20th anniversary, allows investors, companies, cities, states and regions to understand and manage their environmental impacts. The complete list of company scores can be found on the CDP website.

November 24-December 7

FIVE VT COMPANIES INVITED TO BID ON LARGE U.K. PROJECT

High Speed 2 (HS2) has invited five vertical-transportation (VT) firms to bid on a project to design, deliver and maintain nearly 300 low-energy lifts and escalators for four major stations on the rail project's first phase, Construction Enquirer reported on November 23. Asked to enter bids were Fujitec UK; KONE; Otis; Schindler; and thyssenkrupp Elevator UK. The firms will tender for two separate packages covering lifts and escalators worth GBP267 million (US$356 million) and GBP198 million (US$264 million), respectively. The project will involve installation of approximately 160 elevators and 130 escalators. The contract will include 20 years of maintenance. The longest escalators will be at Old Oak Common, in West London, which will take passengers 13.5 m between subsurface platforms and the concourse level. That station, which will meet the Crossrail services to Heathrow and the West End of London, will need more than 50 elevators and escalators. Contracts are expected to be awarded next year.

ESCALATORS TO BE REPLACED AT LONDON TUBE STATION

An escalator-replacement project will close the South Kensington, London, tube station to Piccadilly line commuters for more than a year beginning in late February 2021, IanVisits reported on November 23. All five of the escalators serving the Piccadilly line, which were originally installed in 1973 and are past their designed 40-year lifespan, will be replaced. The escalators are in two banks serving the line, with two units between the ticket hall and a mid-concourse level, and three between the mid-concourse level and the train platform. The units have become unreliable to the point that their replacement is the top priority among the Tube network's escalators. They will be replaced by a new, more-efficient design that has been installed successfully at 25 other Tube stations. The South Kensington station will remain open for the Circle and District lines, but Piccadilly passengers will be advised to use the Gloucester Road station, an 8-min walk away. The project is expected to be complete in early spring 2022.

EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR WINNERS

ELEVATOR WORLD is pleased to report the winners of the 2021 Project of the Year contest. Winning projects, which will be featured in our January 2021 issue, are (with category): “Collins House” in Melbourne, Australia, submitted by Otis (Elevators, New Construction); “Whiteface Mountain Historic Elevator” in Wilmington, New York, submitted by Architectural Resources, P.C. (Elevators, Modernization); “Yitzchak Navon Train Station” in Jerusalem submitted by Otis (Escalators, New Construction); “Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway Systems” in Hong Kong submitted by Anlev Elex Elevator Ltd. (Escalators, Modernization); “Parc Turistico Observatorio 1873” in Mazatlán, Mexico, submitted by Hill Hiker, Inc. (Inclined Elevators); “Pasărea Măiastră Passenger Platform Lift” in Craiova, Romania, submitted by ELMAS SRL (Special-Purpose Lifts); “Stainless Steel Glass Elevator” in the Florida Keys submitted by UT Elevator (Private-Residence Elevators); and “Mechanical Ramp of Gran Via Vigo” in Vigo, Spain, submitted by thyssenkrupp Elevadores S.L.U. (Moving Walks).