15 - 18 October 2019 I Augsburg Fair I Germany
13 June 2018
interlift 2019: Premiere for new exhibition hall 2
Augsburg – Augsburg fair is ideally equipped for interlift 2019: With 8,000 square metres, the new hall 2 is now the largest hall at the Augsburg fair. The old hall was significantly smaller and with a lower ceiling and also made it difficult to plan larger exhibition stands. The current hall is column-free, air-conditioned and conveys a completely different feeling of space. The two Italian associations ANICA and ANACAM are therefore looking forward to the new hall. There is also more space available now for joint presentations with their partners near the VFA INTERLIFT.
Optimised integration of the additional halls 8 and 9
The continuous development of interlift, the leading exhibition for the lift industry, also means finding new ways of improving visitor experience at the Augsburg exhibition center. A significantly improved integration of the two additional halls 8 and 9 into the exhibition tour has already proved its worth at another AFAG trade fair in March. GrindTec, the world's leading trade fair for grinding technology, uses the same full setup of exhibition halls as interlift and has a comparable number of visitors (19.100) and exhibitors (645).
Carlo Ferrari, marketing manager at Wittur, visited GrindTec and was very impressed by the new direct connection from hall 3 to hall 7 through the halls 9 and 8. After the inspection Wittur agreed to use the complete hall 8 that for interlift takes the name of Wittur-Cube – for the third time in succession. The official registration form was handed over to the interlift project manager, Joachim Kalsdorf, by Carlo Ferrari at the WEE exhibition in Shanghai.
There is also a great desire for additional space in China. The AFAG organizer will therefore present interlift and investment opportunities to interested Chinese lift companies in Huzhou on 12 November, 2018.
In addition, the AFAG organiser and the technical authority VFA-Interlift e.V. will present the industry's leading international platform at all relevant lift trade fairs. A good opportunity for companies that are interested in making initial contact - says Project Manager Kalsdorf: “We visit our exhibitors at lift fairs abroad and advise companies with regard to their participation in Augsburg.“
Layout planning in August 2018
As expected, the response to the participation documents sent out at the beginning of February for interlift 2019 (as download at www.interlift.de) is very high, so the layout planning of the event will therefore already begin just as it did last time round, in August 2018. The project management should receive applications by this time at the latest, so that placement requests can still be considered, if possible.
Hotels in Augsburg: Significantly more bedrooms booked for interlift 2019
Seven further hotels with a total of around 1,500 beds are currently in the planning phase; completion is scheduled within the next two years. The first ones will already be available for interlift 2019. As soon as specific booking information is available, it will be published on www.interlift.de. Exhibiting companies receive this information by newsletter.
AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
Am Messezentrum 5
Tel +49 (0)821 – 5 89 82 - 143
Fax +49 (0)821 – 5 89 82 – 243
VFA Interlift e.V.
Strategic acquisition broadens GAL’s elevator controller product portfolio
BRONX, NY – June 7, 2018 – GAL Manufacturing (“GAL”), a leading North American designer, manufacturer and distributor of elevator components and systems, and a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, today announced the acquisition of Elevator Controls Corporation (“Elevator Controls”) of Sacramento, California.
Established in 1986 by brothers Fernando and Francisco Ortiz, Elevator Controls provides a comprehensive range of elevator control solutions, including the highly regarded “Pixel” controller line. The Pixel design incorporates backward compatibility to eliminate board and software version issues and enable older equipment to be easily updated. With more than 35,000 successful installations, Elevator Controls and its founders are passionate about their mission to offer simple, straightforward and supportable products to customers.
Mark Boelhouwer, President and CEO of GAL, said, “Elevator Controls is an important addition to GAL’s group of companies. They bring a superb range of products, services and design expertise that will add significant value to our business. With our teams working in unison, we will provide continued expansion of our product and service offerings across North America. We look forward to working with Fernando and Francisco as they assist in developing our controller product portfolio, and together, we will deliver increased value to our customers.”
Fernando Ortiz, President of Elevator Controls, said, “Joining the GAL group is a truly exciting step for Elevator Controls. Our controller packages are complementary to GAL’s extensive product offerings, and we can now provide our customers with a wider range of solutions.”
Francisco Ortiz, VP Product Engineering & Support at Elevator Controls, added, “We are pleased to be able to support our customers with more products integrated for maximum installation and service efficiency, and leverage our respective footprints to offer superior technical support for the combined company’s range of controllers throughout the western United States.”
Elevator Controls will continue to be led by Fernando and Francisco Ortiz and will remain headquartered in Sacramento, California. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
GAL is comprised of GAL Manufacturing Company LLC, Hollister-Whitney Elevator Corporation, GAL Canada, Elevator Controls Corporation, Courion and Bore-Max. GAL supplies nearly every electromechanical component used in elevator systems, including door operators and associated door equipment, geared and gearless traction machines, universally compatible microprocessor controllers, safety components, signal fixtures, push button panels, structural assemblies, freight door systems and hydraulic equipment, including pumps and jack systems. GAL sells products to a diverse range of customers including thousands of independent elevator contractors and large elevator OEMs.
About Golden Gate Capital
Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with over $15 billion of capital under management. The principals of Golden Gate Capital have a long and successful history of investing across a wide range of industries and transaction types, including going-privates, corporate divestitures, and recapitalizations, as well as debt and public equity investments. Notable investments sponsored by Golden Gate Capital include Cole-Parmer, Tronair, ANGUS, Springs Window Fashions, EP Minerals, and U.S. Silica. For more information, visit www.goldengatecap.com.
GAL Canada: www.galcanada.com
Courion Doors: www.couriondoors.com
Elevator Controls: www.elevatorcontrols.com
David Isaacs / Hayley Fahey
Sard Verbinnen & Co
(415) 618-8750 / (310) 201-2040
Rimrock Corporation, a Microsoft Gold Cloud Solution Partner unveils FIELDBOSS Lift version 2.8 – the latest release for their award-winning elevator contractor management software.
TORONTO – 23 April 2018 – Rimrock Corporation today announced an update for its elevator contractor management solution built for the Microsoft Cloud and within Microsoft Dynamics 365. With version 2.8, FIELDBOSS Lift customers are now able to manage progress billing for construction projects and inventory stock levels within the system much more efficiently.
In addition to the two major functionality improvements, version 2.8 adds new features and performance enhancements that continue to streamline elevator contractor business processes.
“FIELDBOSS Lift 2.8 helps elevator contractors meet the needs of a North American construction market that continues to grow at over 5% annually,” said Jonathan Taub, President of Rimrock Corporation. “Owners will appreciate this release for the balance sheet focus on work in process and inventory, while users will take advantage of the usability and other improvements added in this release.” FIELDBOSS Lift 2.8, key enhancements include:
New to FIELDBOSS Lift, Progress Billing allows users to create milestones and bill for multiple milestones per invoice. It is now possible to create a ‘draft’ schedule of values for contractors and architects to approve prior to developing an invoice, permitting multiple adjustments before posting. This new feature also allows customers to see the history to date on a Project by each Request for Payment.
New Inventory Functionality
FIELDBOSS Lift 2.8 includes the ability to completely track and manage inventory. New integrated functionality allows customers to track quantities, prices, and purchasing history of inventory items. The items are applied to jobs, used in the field, and therefore costed into current work. With this, warehouse inventory can still be managed by the Accounting and Purchasing side of the company.
Add Parts or Charges to a Service Activity from Mobile Device
Version 2.8 extends the innovative functionality released in previous versions to further optimize the Service Activity feature by providing the ability for a technician in the field to attribute materials (inventory and non-inventory) directly to the service ticket. Along with the ability to update time, work performed, and follow up work required, technicians can now physically apply products to the job to ensure accurate job costing.
About FIELDBOSS Lift
FIELDBOSS Lift is an end-to-end elevator service software solution built within Microsoft Dynamics 365. It automates business processes and enables elevator contractors to have fully-integrated and paperless operations in the office and field. FIELDBOSS Lift stops things from falling through the cracks so management can stay focused on growing the business. With 100’s of elevator industry specific features and technological innovations, it is the new standard in elevator contractor management solutions.
About Rimrock Corporation
Rimrock Corporation is a leading provider of complete end-to-end mobile and cloud-based solutions in the elevator and HVACR industries. Rimrock is led by a team of CPA’s and Certified Microsoft Technology specialists who have been providing the highest level of service in the Microsoft solution consulting industry since 1989.
Rimrock Corporation is a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner based out of Toronto, Canada and Manhattan, New York.
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Today GAL announced that 34-year-old Chris Messina of Unionville, Connecticut, has joined
the GAL team. Chris will bolster the Group’s product development activities, with particular
focus on IP protection and patent licensing.
Reporting to VP of Operations, Paul Seifried, Chris will play a vital role in supporting the
business through a variety of legal and business initiatives.
“Having professional counsel join our team with the talent and credentials Chris brings is a
tremendous opportunity for us,” Paul commented. “His capabilities will enable us to clarify
and protect our competitive advantage, allowing us to serve our industry with innovative
technologies and service solutions.”
Mark Boelhouwer, CEO of GAL agreed, adding: “Chris further reinforces our ongoing
business endeavours. We have active development pipelines in several locations and, with
Chris guiding our employees through the legal IP maze, I am confident we will achieve our
objectives faster and with greater success.”
In addition to an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences and a B.S. in Chemistry, Chris gained his Juris
Doctorate in Intellectual Property from the University of Connecticut. He brings a wealth of
experience to GAL and its subsidiaries, being a time-served patent attorney familiar with the
workings of engineering faculties from a variety of disciplines including power distribution,
industrial manufacturing and electronics development.
15 - 18 October 2019 I Exhibition Centre Augsburg I Germany
Augsburg – The interlift 2017 was the most successful one since its premiere in 1991. Three new top scores were achieved to start with: 574 exhibitors, 21,260 visitors and an occupied area of 44,000 m². Furthermore the internationality of the trade fair increased: the exhibitors came from 48 countries and the visitors from 107 countries – both were new records! The participating companies also achieved the best results so far. 71%* assessed their participation as “very good” or “good”, and 21% as “satisfactory”. 91% of the exhibitors expected “very good” to “satisfactory” follow-up business. The representative survey carried out by the Gelszus trade fair market research in Dortmund also showed an equally excellent assessment by the visitors. 95% of the guests achieved very good to satisfactory business results. 96% respectively expressed the (very) high intention of visiting again and would recommend the interlift at all times. This assessment is particularly valuable, coming as it does from competent lift experts: 85% of the visitors are involved as decision makers in investment decisions.
Organizer AFAG – Very close to the exhibitors
First class service is not a question of the size of the company but of the attitude. And the organizers of the interlift, the private AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH, have the right attitude. Shuttle bus services are thus arranged for the interlift, bringing guests from airports and stations to the Augsburg exhibition centre. The continuity of the trade fair organizers is also greatly appreciated: competent support contact persons have been available for many years. Whether in the
interlift project management or the AFAG technology – committed AFAG staff look after the requirements of participating companies.
How much this AFAG commitment is appreciated is shown by the results of the last Gelszus market research survey: 83% thus assessed the support of the trade fair team with the grades of 1 (= very good), 2 or 3. For the overall organization by AFAG the grades of 1, 2 and 3 were given by 85%. The worldwide advertising for the interlift by AFAG also had a very positive resonance with the exhibitors – 88% of those questioned awarded the grades of 1, 2 or 3.
interlift 2019: Further growth planned
In the 27 years since its premiere, the area occupied by the interlift has more than quadrupled. The hall capacity in the Augsburg exhibition centre has increased significantly in recent years – also in the qualitative respect. Today Bavaria’s third largest trade fair location presents itself as an efficient and economic location ideally suited to the interlift. The new exhibition hall 2 will be brought into service for the interlift 2019. This hall with its area of approx. 8,500 m² is then the largest hall in the Augsburg exhibition centre.
Trade fair preparations already in progress: Space allocation in August 2018
Participation documents for the interlift 2019 will be sent out at the beginning of February; they are then also available as a download at www.interlift.de. What is important for all interested exhibitors is that the space allocation of the exhibition halls by the project management will take place in August 2018. Registration with the project management should therefore be done by this time at the latest, so that position wishes can be taken into account.
As early as the end of January, the Lifttech Expo in Cairo began the worldwide promotion of the interlift 2019 and at the end of February it was continued from the IEE EXPO in Mumbai. Project manager Joachim Kalsdorf from the AFAG organizers, together with representatives of the specialist sponsor VFA-Interlift e.V., will present the world’s leading trade fair interlift at all relevant lift trade fairs. A good opportunity is presented here for interested companies to make a first contact with regard to participation at the interlift. Joachim Kalsdorf says: “We visit our exhibitors at the lift trade fairs abroad and advise interested companies with regard to their participation in Augsburg.”
VFA Forum interlift ´19
Continually increasing participant figures bear witness to the high significance of the VFA Forum. In 2017 already every tenth trade fair
visitor availed themselves of this top quality further training measure and transfer of information: more than 2,200 listeners were recorded. In 2019 also, the VFA-Interlift e.V. will be offering its internationally acclaimed information platform with contributions from all over the world on current branch themes. The invitation for lecture offers for the coming year will be sent out at the beginning of September 2018.
AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
Am Messezentrum 5
Tel +49 (0)821 – 5 89 82 - 143
Fax +49 (0)821 – 5 89 82 – 243