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The world's leading trade fair for the elevator industry unimpressed by economic downturns: Top marks from exhibitors and visitors for the biggest interlift so far
Augsburg – Current global economic conditions certainly do not offer ideal conditions for growth. Nevertheless, interlift 2019 with 577 exhibitors and 46,500m² of occupied space was the biggest so far. For the visitors, interlift was able to maintain its top value: 21,200 guests from 108 countries came to Augsburg to find out about innovations in the sector, while the proportion of foreign visitors remained virtually unchanged at 57% (2017: 58%).

Excellent participation results for interlift exhibitors

The summer weather may have contributed a little bit to this, but essentially the good mood in the halls certainly had to do with the (once again) excellent interlift. This was also the result of a survey of visitors and exhibitors conducted by Gelszus-Messemarktforschung, Dortmund.

Like two years ago, the interlift exhibitors achieved excellent participation results. 68% of the companies rated their trade fair participation with the overall mark 1 (= very satisfied) and 2, the mark 3 was awarded by 23% of the exhibitors. Very high expectations are associated with the follow-up business generated at the interlift: 22% of the companies awarded a grade of 1 (= very good expectations), 42% a grade of 2, 27% a grade of 3.

Share of top decision-makers rises again

The outstanding quality of the visitors is an essential factor for the continuing success of interlift. And with regard to their competence in procurement decisions, there was another relatively significant change in 2019: with the increase in the number of sole decision-makers from 32% to 37%, the highest figure to date was reached. A total of 87% of all visitors are involved in decisions - another record. This makes the evaluation of interlift 2019 by these top-class experts all the more important: 69% of them awarded marks 1 and 2 (very good and good) and 23% a third place.

The future development of the elevator industry is viewed with optimism, but not quite as euphorically as it was two years ago. For example, "only" 23% of visitors expect the trend to rise sharply in the next few years - in 2017 this was still 34%. Altogether 62% expect a further upswing, only 10% a declining development.

Preparations will start shortly: interlift 2021 from October 19 to 22

Preparations for interlift 2021 will begin shortly, the registration documents for a stand area are already available for download on the interlift homepage

Press contact

AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
Am Messezentrum 5
86159 Augsburg
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Technical sponsor

VFA-Interlift e.V.
Süderstr. 282
20537 Hamburg
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September 24, 2019 (Oshawa, Canada) - EHC Global (EHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of H. Eren Altmişdört to the newly-created role of General Manager, EHC Turkey. Based in İstanbul, Turkey, Eren will report to Norman Rosnersky, EHC’s Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

“We are very pleased to welcome Eren to the EHC team as we continue to invest in our local presence, sales, and customer service infrastructure in Turkey and in other strategic markets throughout the EMEA Region and around the world,” comments Norman Rosnersky. “In his new role, Eren will manage EHC’s operations in Turkey and will lead the implementation of EHC’s strategic corporate goals and strategies throughout Turkey and neighbouring markets.”

Mr. Altmişdört comes to EHC with over thirty-five years of sales and management experience. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from İstanbul University in Turkey.

EHC continues to be a market leader and trusted manufacturer and supplier of escalator handrails, engineered polymers, safety brushes, strategic escalator parts and integrated solutions for the new and replacement markets throughout the EMEA region. EHC is also a leading provider of technical services to all major OEMs including field splicing, Service+, project management and the assembly, installation, removal and modernization of escalators and moving walks.

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer and supplier of handrails, rollers, safety brushes, elevator belts, strategic components, and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry. EHC also provides a comprehensive range of technical services to OEMs including field-splicing, Service+, project management and assembly, installation, removal, and modernization of escalators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, airports, office buildings, convention centers, shopping centers, hospitals, condominiums, and other urban 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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John M. Calderon
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EHC Global
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Exhibition Centre Augsburg: From 15 – 18 October Interlift 2019 presents the world market innovations / With 580 exhibitors from 44 countries and 46,500 square metres exhibition space the world’s leading trade fair sets up new records / Interlift VFA Forum with the focus on digitalization.

Augsburg – With 580 lift companies the previous record (573) will be marginally broken; the exhibition space is increased comparatively significantly by 2,500 to a total of 46,500 square metres. The Interlift 2019 is thus the largest one to date. 71 per cent of the lift companies represented are from abroad; a total of 44 countries are represented in Augsburg. The range of innovations will also increase again in comparison to 2017. There just remains a plus for visitors:

20,440 were registered two years ago and a slight increase here would be no surprise either.

The world market at a glance: Exhibitors from 44 countries in Augsburg.

With 44 participating nations, the Interlift underlines its status as the world’s most international platform of the branch. In 2019, too, it offers the best overview of the world market’s offers. In this way it is the most important trade fair date of the year not only for company top decision makers but for all who work in lift construction.

Italy traditionally heads the participation from abroad. With currently 94 exhibitors, the great lift nation is way ahead of China (65), Turkey, which with 60 participants has been able to show the greatest increase since 2017, and Spain (41). The 5th – 10th places are taken by France (17), Greece (12), Sweden (11), Great Britain (9) and the USA (7).

If the occupied area is considered, the order looks somewhat different. Following Germany and Italy, Spain pushes itself clearly into third place just ahead of Turkey. The fifth place is taken by China ahead of Greece, Sweden, France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Platform for the global players of the lift branch.

The presence of decision makers from all over the world is a very significant reason for exhibitors to participate in this the branch’s most important platform.

Augsburg offers globally active companies the best opportunity, in addition to customer care, of making new business contacts. Particularly smaller companies and first-time trade fair participants rely on joint participations which make their trade fair appearance considerably easier. In 2019, too, there are a number of new joint participations, for example the ANICA and Anacam Italian associations. Several group booths with Chinese companies are again also present and for the first time also a joint booth from Korea. Another new booth is that of the association of Turkish machine manufacturers.

Innovations make a visit to the trade fair an obligation.

Lightweight construction technology has arrived in lift construction. For the first time exhibitors are displaying lift components on the basis of fibre reinforced composites (carbon). The theme of “Lighter through the use of plastics” is also on the agenda. With gears, the triumph of “gearless” has not yet come to an end. A rounding off “downwards” and “upwards” in loading capacity and speed is additionally displacing the geared solutions. On the currently well-utilized market there is increasing resonance with the theme of “Design”. Tableaus and cabins with extravagant fittings and of unusual materials are being offered. The spectrum of products for mobility or accessibility (home lifts, lifting platforms) is also becoming broader; the sector also stands out with innovative product ideas.

The emergency call management is experiencing constant expansion of competencies and interface developments, and is rapidly moving in the direction of a tool for lift digitalization. 3D and “BIM” software solutions play an increasing role in lift planning.

The lift as an advertising platform is given a great deal of attention in 2019. Permanent acoustic exposure to advertisements has thus reached the lift and is praised on the one hand as a  “money source” for the operator and on the other hand as “entertainment” for the user whilst travelling with the lift.

Interlift VFA Forum ´19: Digitalization, new markets and more.

The visitor figures clearly prove the continuing increased interest in the information platform, where experts examine current topics from the world of lifts in compact 20 minute lectures. In 2017 more than 10% of the trade fair visitors made use of the opportunity of gaining information about international developments of the branch. At the Interlift ’19 the lecturers can once more reckon with more than 2,000 forum visitors. Approximately 50 lectures on various international topics will be offered in the forum. The focus in 2019 is on the subject of digitalization and in this reflects the current worldwide change in the branch. In addition to this, the current most interesting lift markets will be looked at. Within a very short time trade fair visitors can gain a well-founded, compact overview of the latest developments in European and international guidelines as well as of product innovations in everything to do with lifts. Further important ongoing themes apart from the complex of norms and guidelines are modernization as well as the theme of the recruitment of skilled employees associated with the activities of basic and further training, which is becoming increasingly significant in Germany and Europe. A visit to the forum is free of charge for all trade fair visitors; the lectures will be interpreted simultaneously from German to English or English to German. (Programme:

Shuttle buses & Co: Strong focus on a first class service.

The service for exhibitors is of primary importance to the AFAG, the Interlift organizer. Thus guests arriving by car are brought in a few minutes from the WWK Arena visitors’ car park to the exhibition centre in Augsburg by a free shuttle bus.

A shuttle bus also runs from the airport in Munich. Here the bus runs from Terminal 2 (Arrivals E03), bus stop 24, directly to the Exhibition Centre in Augsburg. There is a new shuttle bus line from the Munich ZOB central bus station (near the main train station in Munich) to the Interlift.

A free shuttle bus also runs from the main station in Augsburg (departs from the Intercity Hotel) to the Exhibition Centre (Timetables:

The relocation of the entrance area to between halls 1 and 7 (Eingang Ost – Eastern Entrance) has also proved successful. Together with the second entrance (Süd-South) and the digital admission system, trouble-free access is ensured even during the time of heavy visitor numbers in the mornings. In 2019 exhibitors can go to their booths from 7 h; this innovation will certainly ease the situation in the mornings even more, Exhibitors’ evening “Lift Experts’ Night” in the new VIP area of the WWK Arena.

In 2017 the exhibitors’ evening was held for the first time in the Business Area of the nearby WWK Arena. In 2019 the 700 expected guests of the Lift Experts’ Night will also find a completed, significantly enlarged and exclusively fitted VIP area – the perfect setting for this evening. The shuttle bus service is of course also available for the guests of this festive evening. Tickets for the Lift Experts’ Night (Euro 35.00 incl. VAT) are available from the exhibition management.

For easy trade fair preparation:

Good preparation for a visit to the Interlift begins on the Interlift’s homepage ( It offers all available information from the exhibitor list to trade fair innovations and travel tips and timetables.

Interlift 2019– Data + Facts

Date: Tuesday, 15 – Friday, 18 October 2019
Place: Exhibition Centre Augsburg, Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (Cube), 9
Area: 46,500 m²
Opening times: 9 – 18 h
Official opening: 15.10.2019, 13 h in Hall 2




RUSSELLVILLE, AR & RICHMOND, VA ‐‐ Innovation Industries, Inc. (III) of Russellville, Arkansas today announced that it has completed the purchase of Virginia Controls Incorporated (VCI) of Richmond, Virginia from longtime owner and president, Fred Landon. Established in 1967, VCI supplies elevator and escalator control products and accessories ranging from 2‐landing hydros to traction elevators with over 500 feet of travel. VCI’s product offerings range from PLC based systems to the latest in serially connected controllers, the Vision 2.0 product line. VCI is known throughout the industry as a customer focused company with unrivaled tech support and extremely safe and reliable products.

Paul Horney, president of III commented: “We are excited to add elevator controls to our product line. As a complementary product to our industry leading fixture lines, VCI will provide opportunities to provide a more complete elevator solution. In addition, this acquisition allows us to focus on continued product development that will assure the health of our company going forward. The addition of VCI’s technical expertise, excellent products, and loyal customer base are a great complement to Innovation and Monitor’s product lines and sales network.” Horney stated that all VCI employees and management will be retained as well as its current location in Richmond.

Landon, outgoing president of VCI, added: "As I contemplated selling VCI, I wanted to find a buyer that had an outstanding reputation in the industry, a good product fit with our controls, and one which would also be a good fit for our employees. Numerous organizations expressed an interest in the acquisition, but the one which stood out from the beginning was Innovation Industries. The synergies between the two companies will ensure the continual growth and will broaden the usage of Virginia Controls' products across the Vertical transportation Industry.

Innovation Industries, Inc. is a privately held company that designs and manufactures an extensive line of elevator fixtures and components. III products are used throughout North America in countless commercial and residential elevators. Monitor Elevator Products is a wholly owned subsidiary of III based in Hauppauge, NY. Monitor provides fixture products throughout the Northeast US Market and has an excellent reputation for high quality custom elevator fixtures.

For More Information contact:
Paul Horney
President and CEO
Innovation Industries, Inc.





Statement of Acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle

August 1, 2019 - Today, the Accessibility Equipment Manufacturers Association (AEMA) and the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) join me in warning consumers with home elevators and visitors to homes with elevators to protect small children from a deadly gap that may exist between the doors. The distance between the inner elevator car door and the room access door (hoistway door) on home elevators may be too wide, allowing a small child to enter the space and close the room access door without opening the elevator car door. If this happens, the child can be seriously injured or killed when the elevator moves.

Residential elevators are commonly found in multi-level homes, townhomes, vacation homes and rentals, and in large homes that have been converted to inns or bed-and-breakfast hotels.
CPSC is aware of several tragic incidents in which children became entrapped between the doors leading to serious fractures, traumatic asphyxia, and lifelong injuries.

We are urging consumers to have a qualified elevator inspector examine their home elevator for this dangerous gap and other potential safety hazards, inspecting to the latest safety standard, ASME A17.1-2016, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.

Dangerous gaps can be eliminated by placing space guards on the back of the room access door or installing an electronic monitoring device that deactivates the elevator when a child is detected in the gap. We also urge consumers to contact their elevator manufacturer or an elevator installer to obtain these critical safety devices and protect children from this hidden hazard.

We advise consumers to report any safety incident involving residential elevators at:

Room Access Door

If the gap is too large, a small child can become entrapped between the room access door and the elevator car door.

Contact: Joe Martyak
Office: 301.504.7599
Mobile: 703.403.1111