There is currently an effort to “Converge” the European Standard EN 81-20 and EN 81-50 (ISO 8100 parts 1, 2, and 3), a performance-based lift standard, with ASME A17.1/CSA B44, the prescriptive code, in the United States and Canada. Convergence had the goal of removing barriers to trade by creating a global prescriptive standard that would be equivalent around the world, a lofty and desirable goal, provided true equivalency is achieved. It changed to be a cut and paste of EN 81-20 and EN 81-50 with little fanfare. Where one Code or Standard used in any comparison is not equivalent, it should not simply be claimed without a full review. This position paper speaks against convergence until a rewrite of both A17.1/B44 and ISO 8100 is performed that is truly equivalent in reality.
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EHC Brazil Facility to Serve as Territorial Head Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
October 24, 2018 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that Uwe Fritz has been appointed Managing Director of Latin America and the Caribbean. He will continue to be based in Brazil and report to Jeno Eppel, President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, EHC’s facility in Londrina, Brazil will serve as EHC’s Latin American and Caribbean territorial head office.
“Uwe has played an integral role in establishing EHC Brazil as a market leader and in helping to grow our presence and sales network in Brazil and throughout the region,” said Jeno Eppel. “The Latin American and Caribbean territory is a unique and strategic market that requires a long-term commitment, strong relationships, a regional presence and support network and a thorough appreciation and understanding of the local needs and market dynamics. Mr. Fritz will also directly manage our facilities in Mexico City where the focus on growth will be the first order of business.”
EHC officially opened its facility in Londrina, Brazil on September 23, 2013 to meet the growing demands and supply chain needs of the escalator and moving walk segment. In August 2017, EHC Brazil relocated to a larger facility to support the Company’s growing business and strategic initiatives in Brazil. Today, EHC Brazil is a leading supplier of handrail, rollers and other escalator components to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), maintenance companies and end-users, including major transit systems and airport operators.
Prior to this appointment, Uwe Fritz served as EHC’s Managing Director, Brazil. He joined EHC in December 2011 and has nearly 25 years of international sales, manufacturing, product management and engineering experience within the escalator industry. Prior to joining EHC, he held several management positions with Otis Elevator Company in the Czech Republic and Austria. During his 14-year career with Schindler Group, Uwe served as Production Manager with Elevadores Atlas Schindler SA in Brazil and Project Manager, Know-How Transfer in Austria.
Uwe holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Fundação Dom Cabral and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology. He speaks English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.
About EHC Global Inc.
Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, convention centres and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.
John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)
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September 17, 2018 (Shanghai, China and Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that Ronald Ball, founder of EHC, has received the prestigious 2018 Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award in recognition of his many contributions to the City of Shanghai over the past two decades. The awards were presented to fifty foreign individuals representing nineteen countries in an official ceremony held on September 12 in Shanghai with many government officials, business leaders, and other distinguished guests in attendance.
First presented by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government in 1989 and named after the City’s official flower, The Magnolia Silver Award is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a foreigner by the Shanghai government. The award is given annually to expatriates in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to the City of Shanghai in fields such as economy and trade, finance, education, science, technology, health and culture. To date, 1158 individuals have received this award.
“I am honoured and grateful to receive the Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award and am delighted to share this award with the EHC staff and family in recognition of their commitment, passion and relentless determination,” Mr. Ball said. “I am very proud to call Shanghai home for more than twenty years and am humbled to be one of approximately fifty Canadians to have been bestowed this prestigious award.”
Mr. Ball founded Escalator Handrail Company, now EHC Global, in 1977 with only two employees in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. Within five years, EHC would become a dominant handrail supplier in the North American lift industry. Building on this success and equipped with new technology and production capacity, EHC focused its efforts on globalization and establishing manufacturing and supply chain capabilities strategically located in close proximity to leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
By the early 1990s, EHC began looking at setting up manufacturing in Europe. Jeno Eppel (now EHC President and Chief Executive Officer) and his wife, Diane, moved to Baesweiler, Germany, to launch European production. Since that time, EHC's European operations have grown to include manufacturing, distribution and installation facilities in France and Spain.
At around the same time, two of the world’s largest escalator manufacturers had started to realize some significant success in China and were followed soon after by other OEMs with expansion plans of their own. Taking notice of China’s increasingly significant role in international trade, manufacturing and the shift of production of escalators and elevators to Asia, Mr. Ball moved to China in 1996 to set up a handrail manufacturing plant in Shanghai, which would grow to become one of the largest integrated handrail manufacturing operations in the world.
In the company's 20 years in China, EHC has diversified and introduced additional products. Its Engineered Polymers division opened in 2005 in Shanghai, producing polyurethane rollers for the lift, automotive and agricultural industries. In 2014, EHC's Shanghai High Tech Center began manufacturing composite belts for elevators, enhancing EHC's materials and processing capabilities. Today, EHC operates two manufacturing plants in Shanghai and employs over 300 people. Mr. Ball continues to reside in Shanghai and is frequently asked to share his insights and success story with industry associations, government, business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Last October, Mr. Ball received the prestigious Governor General’s Medallion from the Canadian Government in recognition of his many contributions to international trade and for his efforts in fostering a strong relationship between Canada and China. He is a long-time member of The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Manufacturers’ Business Council. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto and attended Durham College in Oshawa, Canada. In 2016, EHC Global established the Ronald H. Ball Family Scholarship at Durham College in recognition of EHC’s long-standing relationship with the institution. This annual scholarship is based on academic performance and is granted to a student in Durham College’s School of Business, IT and Management.
About EHC Global Inc.
Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, convention centres and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.
John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217
Bronx, NY, USA – September 13, 2018 – GAL Manufacturing, a leading North American designer, manufacturer and distributor of elevator components and systems, announced today that it has brought together its six business units – GAL, GAL Canada, Hollister-Whitney, Courion, Bore-Max and Elevator Controls – under a newly-formed operating company, Vantage Elevator Solutions (“Vantage”). Vantage will continue to be led by GAL president and CEO Mark Boelhouwer and the current management team.
The establishment of Vantage brings together the best brands in the elevator components and solutions business, providing customers with a single source for the high-quality products and expertise on which they have come to rely. Additionally, customers will benefit from new enhancements, including easy ordering, simplified scheduling, labor efficiencies and increased uptime, as well as the flexibility to work with one or all six of Vantage’s brands.
“Inspired by our conversations with customers, we are bringing GAL’s individual brands together under the Vantage umbrella to create a true one-stop shop designed to meet customers’ evolving needs,” said Mr. Boelhouwer. “In uniting the best non-proprietary elevator component manufacturers, Vantage will be able to leverage the unique expertise and experience of each brand while providing customers with a strong, centralized partner. We remain committed, as always, to continuing to provide our customers with reliable and safe products as well as best-in-class service.”
GAL, GAL Canada and Hollister-Whitney were acquired by Golden Gate Capital in June 2017. To expand their customer and product base further, Courion, Bore-Max and Elevator Controls have since been added to the group of companies. Synergies between the brands have extended engineering and materials expertise, opened new avenues for innovation, promoted best practices in manufacturing, and advanced quality and continuous improvement efforts. Backed by the Vantage brand, the companies are poised to expand global resources even further, develop new markets and applications for their products, and apply operational efficiencies to better serve customers.
As part of the announcement, Vantage has launched a new website, www.vantageelevation.com, as well as a new logo, tagline, advertising program, promotions and sales tools. Vantage’s new tagline – “The Power to Move” – describes the Company’s core value proposition of enabling the safe and reliable movement of people. Vantage is participating in the upcoming National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) Conference, beginning on September 24, 2018, in Atlantic City. Vantage’s exhibit will be located at booth 927.
About Vantage Elevator Solutions
Vantage is the global leader in the manufacture of non-proprietary elevator components and parts. Comprised of the best component manufacturers in the industry – GAL, GAL Canada, Hollister-Whitney, Courion/Freight Tech, Bore-Max and Elevator Controls – Vantage aims to provide its customers with the “Power to Move” by designing technologies and products to improve quality of life and move people safely and reliably. The Vantage portfolio consists of door equipment, controllers, signal fixtures, hoist machines, platforms, governors, slings, freight door systems, hydraulic equipment and much more. Each solution is custom-engineered to provide optimum quality, safety and reliability, and is backed by comprehensive aftermarket services. Vantage serves its global customer base through facilities in North America, as well as a worldwide network of elevator contractors. Vantage is a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital. For additional information on Vantage, please go to vantageelevation.com.
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.
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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.
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