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March 15, 2019 (Nürnberg, Germany) – Two of the most influential media and event organizations in the vertical transportation industry have partnered to host The Elevator Show (TES), a new international exhibition to be held September 7-9, 2020, in Dubai, UAE.

AFAG, organizer of interlift, the largest international event focused on elevator components in Europe, and Elevator World, Inc., the leading publisher for the international elevator and escalator industry, will host TES at the world-famous Dubai World Trade Centre. Perfectly located between Europe, Africa and Asia, and home to some of the most famous construction projects ever designed, Dubai will host the elevator industry every two years as it showcases the latest in technology and design.

With more than 130 years of combined industry involvement, Elevator World and AFAG have accumulated a robust network of 100,000+ contacts worldwide. With the organizers’ experience and resources, more than 100 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees are expected for this inaugural event. As the region’s first serious international industry event, TES provides a perfect opportunity to do business and network with global manufacturers, suppliers, installers, specifiers, developers, architects, engineers and investors.

The Venue:

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) hosts more than 500 events with more than 3 million visitors from 160 global markets yearly. It is rated as one of the best exhibition centers in the world. Everything needed to host a world-class event is located here. More than 10 hotels are nearby, and it is just 10 km from the Dubai International Airport. DWTC is within walking distance, or just a short drive, to some of the most famous landmarks in Dubai and the world, such as The Burj Khalifa, Emirates Towers, The World Trade Center, The Dubai Fountain, The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Frame. The result is a complex fully integrated into the business and heart of Dubai.

About the organizers:

AFAG, founded in 1948, is a premier event organizer based in Germany with more than 16 events on many industrial and general topics. AFAG is famous for interlift, the largest international event focused on elevator components in Europe.. There is no other worldwide event in our industry that brings together the international industry as does Interlift.

Elevator World Inc. (EW) has been the leading publisher for the international elevator and escalator industry for more than 65 years. In addition to its core international publication, ELEVATOR WORLD, EW publishes magazines in some of the fastest-growing markets in the industry – India, China, Turkey, the Middle East, Europe and the United Kingdom. As an organizer of the International Elevator and Escalator Symposium (IEES) and a publisher of more than 150 educational products, EW continues to the lead the way with new products and innovative ideas.

For more information, including details on attending and exhibiting, visit

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86159 Augsburg
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Augsburg – One thing is certain: the coming interlift is 2019’s largest lift trade fair. And it will probably be even bigger than the previous event in 2017. 455 exhibitors are currently registered, and large joint presentations from Italy and China as well as participants from the federal state of Saxony will also be there. Korea, too, for the first time has signalled concrete interest in a greater participation. Lift companies from more than 40 countries will be presenting their innovations in Augsburg; the occupied area will increase by about 2,000m² to over 46,000m². As recently, the quota of new or repeat exhibitors is around 5%.

Interlift 2019 Presents Tomorrow’s Lift World

Lift companies from all over the world prefer showing their innovations in Augsburg. Here at the world’s leading trade fair the concentration of international top decision-makers amongst the visitors is at its highest. Numerous innovations and further developments are also expected in 2019. In addition to new ISO norms which are valid worldwide, it is digitalisation that is responsible for increasingly fast technical changes here. Digital documentation, remote monitoring, Industry 4.0, building information or maintenance as required are just some of the fields which currently occupy industry intensively.

In this way the interlift 2019 is an obligatory date for everyone who has anything to do with lifts, for many innovations and trends which will affect the world of lifts in the future are presented here for the first time.

Iinterlift 2019: Optimised Trade Fair Tour and Improved Service for Visitors

In contrast to recently, the halls 8 (Wittur-Cube) and 9 are included in the trade fair tour. At the interlift 2019, visitors to hall 3 can get to hall 7 directly via
halls 8 and 9. That this model functions very well was shown by the GrindTec, a trade fair comparable to the interlift with regard to size and visitor numbers. The trade fair management situated between halls 8 and 9 and a Street Food park have also contributed to this success.

The shuttle bus service has also been further developed by the organisers, the AFAG. The offer, which was already comprehensive, is being extended by an additional line from the Munich bus station (directly next to the central train station) to the exhibition centre. Together with the connections to Munich Airport and the Augsburg central train station there are now three regular bus services to the exhibition centre.

As in 2017 the parking spaces of the WWK arena directly next to the exhibition centre are available for all visitors arriving by car. A free shuttle bus runs between the stadium and the exhibition centre and in this way visitors can comfortably reach the entry areas within about 7 minutes.

The relocation of the exhibitors’ “Lift Experts’ Night” to the business area of the WWK arena has also proved successful. The shuttle service is of course also available to the guests of this festive evening.

Hotel reservations via Regio Augsburg

It is basically the case that the hotels in and around Augsburg are well-booked during the interlift. The Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbH offers competent support in looking for accommodation, also via their online booking system (at You can reach the Regio Augsburg by phone at +49 (0)821 – 5 02 07-31/-34 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Press contact

AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
Am Messezentrum 5
86159 Augsburg
Tel +49 (0)821 – 5 89 82 - 143
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Specialist sponsor
VFA-Interlift e.V.
Süderstr. 282
20537 Hamburg
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CYPRESS, Calif. – December 11, 2018 – Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Elevator & Escalator Division introduces Diamond HS™ premium passenger elevators for high-rise buildings. Designed to offer premium service while addressing passenger safety and comfort, Diamond HS™ elevators include innovative technology systems that keep pace with society’s ever-growing demands for energy efficiency and sustainability.

“Mitsubishi Electric is committed to providing uncompromised reliability and sustainable performance in all of its products. Our high-speed Diamond HS™ elevators are no exception,” says Erik Zommers, senior vice president and general manager for Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Elevator & Escalator Division. “We designed and manufactured Diamond HS™ elevators in response to the market’s diverse application demands. They offer comfort, smooth and efficient passenger movement, energy savings and originality in design.”

Some of the industry-leading features of the Diamond HS™ line include:

  • The world’s highest level of efficiency and power factor for traction machines
  • One of the world’s quietest brakes as a result of advanced noise-reduction technology
  • New sfleX-rope™ technology for super high-rise rope mechanics to reduce rope stretching
  • An optional active roller guide that reduces vibrations and provides even more comfort for passengers

Diamond HS™ elevators are equipped with Sigma AI-2200C or Sigma AI-22 group control systems (ΣAI-22 and ΣAI-2200C). These systems utilize artificial intelligence to optimally apportion passengers to cars according to factors such as waiting time, travel time, current car occupancy, energy consumption and building size. Diamond HS™ elevators are also available with an optional destination-oriented allocation system (DOAS) that can reduce average waiting times by up to 30 percent compared to conventional control systems. Passengers use hall-operating panels to select their destination floor before boarding the elevator, allowing the supervisory controller’s algorithm to determine the best car to serve that floor. Dispersing passengers by destination eliminates the need for passengers to press a button within the car, reduces the number of potential stops that a car will make, minimizes wait and travel times for all users and reduces energy consumption.

To promote sustainability, Diamond HS™ elevators use a permanent magnet gearless traction machine, which produces an intense magnetic field due to high-density, high-precision winding of the joint-lapped cores built into the machine’s motor, reducing energy usage and CO2 emissions.

Diamond HS™ are equipped with intelligent door systems to promote safety and reliable door operation. As sensors detect conditions including variations in door loads between floors, wind strength within elevator shafts and sediment in the door tracks, the data is analyzed by a highly-efficient Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) so that the elevator can adjust the speed at which doors open and close and modify torque to reduce the likelihood of a door-related failure. Precise control of AC motor speed and torque is provided by variable-voltage, variable-frequency (VVVF) inverters that enable Diamond HS™ elevators to vary voltage and AC motor input frequency as required. Additionally, Mitsubishi Electric offers a door operator design that is unique to the industry, where the door operator mechanism is structurally isolated from the elevator cab, minimizing noise and vibration transmission into the cab, and further stabilizing door operation.

The brake system incorporated into the Diamond HS™ elevators’ traction machines employs a double-brake configuration to stop elevators securely. An additional high-resolution motor encoder maintains landing precision and affirms that passengers feel safe stepping across the threshold to board and disembark and feel comfortable during their ride. If the sensors detect a passenger or object over the track, the doors will immediately stop closing and then fully reopen.

Emergency features include standard earthquake and fire emergency operations, as well as emergency car lighting, automatic emergency power source operation, a remote supervisory panel, and MelEye, an advanced control system from Mitsubishi Electric.

In addition to safe and efficient passenger movement, rider comfort is key in the design and configuration of Diamond HS™ elevators. Leading-edge control systems and devices work with highly skilled installation technology to assure that even high-speed rides are smooth and quiet throughout their duration. An added focus on alignment ensures that cars are perfectly positioned at floors as the doors open.

For more information about Diamond HS™ elevators, and the complete line of Mitsubishi Electric elevators and escalators, visit

About Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Elevator & Escalator Division
Headquartered in Cypress, California, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Elevator & Escalator Division sells, installs, modernizes and services elevators and escalators. The division is recognized as an industry leader in product quality, reliability and preventive maintenance programs. Quality in Motion™ is inherent in the division’s best in class products and people. Quality is at the division’s core. The products differentiate themselves through the smooth ride, leading edge technology and unmatched reliability. The commitment continues over the life of the product through the division’s intensive service program that maximizes uptime of vertical transportation.  Additional information is available at or 714-220-4700.

In addition to elevators and escalators, Mitsubishi Electric US group companies’ principal businesses include cooling and heating products, semiconductor devices, automotive electrical components, factory automation products and services, electric utility products and large-scale video displays for stadiums and arenas. Mitsubishi Electric US group companies have roughly 31 locations throughout North America with approximately 4,000 employees.

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Brussels, January 18th, 2019 - EFESME new member is the Bulgarian Association of Lift Manufacturers – BALM. It replaces Prolift as the delegate from Bulgaria within EFESME, representing twelve small and medium-sized enterprises working in the Bulgarian territory.

All the companies part of BALM all manufacturing SMEs, and, in addition, many of them are providing also maintenance and installation services for lifts and escalators.
Mr Damyan Petrov, Managing Director of Prolift and its representative in EFESME, will be now representing the Bulgarian Association, and will continue to stand for Bulgarian SMEs within EFESME, in its work, and during its meetings.

The official web site of the Bulgarian Association of Lift Manufactures is, and will be soon be available in both Bulgarian and English.

The address of the association is 7, Filip Kutev Str., 1407 Sofia, Bulgaria.



December 19, 2018 (Baesweiler, Germany and Paris, France) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that EHC France has been awarded a multi-year contract by Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to supply escalator handrails and related services to the Paris Métro and the Réseau Express Régional (RER) networks. Under the terms of the exclusive two-year contract, EHC will supply NT and TufFlex handrail platforms in addition to field splicing and technical support services.

RATP is responsible for most of the public transport in Paris, including the Paris Métro, tram and bus services as well as part of the RER network. Established in 1900, the Paris Métro is one of the busiest metro systems in the world with 16 lines and over 300 stations. In 2016, Paris Métro was ranked as the best public transport system in the world by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) with all Parisians having an easy access to rapid transport, ahead of 26 other international cities. The RER, a hybrid suburban commuter/rapid transit system serving Paris and its suburbs, is comprised of five lines and over 250 stations, including several connections with the Paris Métro.

“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 travellers that rely on public transit each and every day,” said Norman Rosnersky, Managing Director of EHC Central Region. “Our NT and TufFlex handrails are engineered to perform in the most demanding public transit environments and high-traffic applications.”

Developed by EHC, the NT handrail platform was introduced in 1997 as an environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced alternative to conventional rubber-based products. The NT suite of value-added solutions, collectively referred to as “NT+”, has been engineered to provide enhanced safety, wayfinding, aesthetics and branding. The NT+ product family includes ColourRail™, SafeRail™, MotionRailTM, BrandRail™ and AMRail™. Available in a wide range of profiles and colours, NT handrail is recyclable, easy-to-clean and requires minimal maintenance.

Headquartered in Baesweiler, Germany, EHC’s Central Region operations include manufacturing and distribution facilities in Germany, Spain and France, regional sales offices in Slovakia and the United Kingdom and a network of partners throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). EHC has established itself as a leading provider of escalator handrails, safety brushes, lift components, field splicing, escalator installation and escalator maintenance in the EMEA region, servicing both the new construction and replacement markets. Every day, EHC helps millions of public transit commuters move safely and comfortably on escalators, moving walks and elevators. EHC works with many leading public transit systems throughout the EMEA region including Paris, Marseille, London, Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Dubai.

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

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