February 2021 Newsletter
Issue: 62
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FERMATOR PLANT COLLAPSES FROM SNOW; PRODUCTION SHIFTS

Fermator's 14,000-m2 Doors Movement Technology plant in Falset, Spain, collapsed as a result of heavy snowfall earlier this month, prompting production to shift to the Tecnolama S.A. plant in Reus, Spain, Fermator Group Sales Manager Eduard Amigó said. Fortunately, he added, there were no injuries among the plant’s 120 employees. The company plans to reconstruct the destroyed Falset factory, and production will remain in Reus until it reopens in approximately eight months. Describing the Falset facility as one of Fermator's biggest factories in western Europe, Amigó said the company thanks all who reached out with "countless expressions of solidarity, support and affection from all over the world."
ELEVATOR SECTOR REPORT 2020 HAS BEEN PUBLISHED
 
The Ministry of Industry and Technology published “Elevator Sector Report 2020,” which includes information, data and considerations about Elevator and Escalator Industry. The report included, as it does every year, TUIK and Ministry data under the titles of “General Situation of the Industry” and “Last Semiannual Assessment of the Industry.” According to the report, more than 600 thousand elevators have been installed in Turkey until 2020, and 507 thousand elevators received their labels with the rates 18%, green; 29%, blue; 9%, yellow; and 44%, red (Insecure). In terms of export and import figures in 2019, foreign trade volume for 2019 was announced as US$328 million in total. Considering the scope of the Turkish elevator industry, the industry has a turnover of approximately US$1billion to US$1.5 billion, in terms of annual installation number, based on the constructions that are built, certification services, periodic control services, component production, and maintenance and service activities.
PRYSMIAN GROUP COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF EHC GLOBAL

Prysmian Group, headquartered in Milan, Italy, announced the acquisition of EHC Global, a "complementary add-on to Prysmian's Draka Elevator business," on January 8. Headquartered in Oshawa, Canada, with manufacturing and distribution facilities in North America, South America, Europe and China, EHC Global supplies escalator handrails, rollers, elevator belts and other components. Founded in 1977, EHC Global also provides a range of technical services for escalators and moving walks, including installation. Prysmian announced its plan to acquire 100% of EHC Global in July 2020 (EWT Newsletter, August 2020). Draka offers more than 7,000 components for the vertical-transportation industry, and Prysmian said the acquisition of EHC Global is "in line with [its] strategy to grow and reinforce its value-added businesses."
ONE OF SIX INTERLIFT PARTICIPANTS IS FROM TURKEY
 
Turkish Elevator Industry, which competes with the world leaders in component production for the Elevator and Escalator Industry, will leave its mark at Interlift. With the press release published on January 28, Interlift organizer AFAG Messen and VFA announced that one of each six companies that will participate at Interlift 2021 will be from Turkey. Following the idle period when many activities and events were canceled due to the pandemic, Interlift will be the meeting and business development point for the sector. Currently, 73% of the fairground has been reserved by more than 300 companies from 22 countries. To see the participant list from Turkey and all over the world, you may visit the web site or get in touch with Bülent Yılmaz, your regional representative.
BLAIN HYDRAULİCS OPENS SHANGHAI LOCATION

Blain Hydraulics GmbH has opened a location in Shanghai in an effort to expand its footprint in China, the company announced in January. The move came within five years of the German supplier expanding in India, Turkey, Brazil and the U.S. Marking 50 years in business in 2021, Blain aims "to expand further and tap the hydraulic elevator segment in China and East Asia, facilitating the availability of products, spare parts, technical support and hydraulic elevator planning and consulting services to OEMs and other lift companies locally." The new location is in Suite 12C, Huibao Plaza, Hunan Road, 2633 Pudong, Shanghai 201315 and can be reached at phone: 86 21 6803 6528.
SICOR STOPS SOMINOR TURKEY’S OPERATIONS
 
Sicor, Italy-based geared and gearless machine manufacturer has stopped the operations of SOMINOR Turkey. Massimo Santambrogio, CEO of the company, thanked Sominor, in a press release, for its contributions in recent years. Santambrogio said, “We would like to remind all that we are active in the Turkey market regarding Sicor’s all original geared and gearless machine models, and thanks to our cooperation with our distributor Bulut Makina.”
4 THOUSAND 607 CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES ARE CLOSED IN ONE YEAR
 
Because of economic shrinkage, the sector where most of the companies were closed in 2020 has been the construction sector. Since 2010, more than 65 thousand companies have been closed. As the increase in exchange rates and the developments in interest rates increase the costs, the companies who experience difficulties in their cash flows have to end their operations. According to the calculation made by Sözcü based on the data acquired from Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, 4 thousand 607 construction companies closed down in 2020. While 3 thousand 155 of these companies that operated in house and other building constructions were private companies, 1 thousand 267 of them were limited liability companies and 235 of them were joint-stock companies.  
JOINT DECLARATION FROM EMPLOYERS’ ORGANISATIONS: TURKEY’STABILITY IS PRICE STABILITY, FIGHT WITH INFLATION
 
A joint declaration from TOBB, TESK, TÜSİAD and MÜSİAD stated, “Within the normalization process after the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused serious setbacks in global supply chains, we believe that price stability is the first priority for economic development and employment in Turkey. Without providing stability in prices, any recovery will be short-termed.” It is also added, “Through providing price stability, investment environment in Turkey will get better, predictability will increase and, as a result, it will be possible to attract new technological developments that have high added value to our country.”
THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR COMPLETED ELEVATOR AND ESCALATOR INSTALLATIONS OF PROF. DR. SÜLEYMAN YALÇIN CITY HOSPITAL
 
thyssenkrupp Elevator has completed the installation of 22 elevators and six escalators of Prof. Dr. Süleyman Yalçın City Hospital, which has been rebuilt within the scope of the İstanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Project (ISMEP), and governed by Istanbul Project Coordination Unit, which was established under the Governorship of İstanbul. Within the scope of the project, thyssenkrupp Elevator installed six stretcher and two fire service elevators, five logistic elevators, one laboratory elevator, one emergency elevator with an access to heliport and one morgue elevator. Previously known as Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, the hospital was given the name of Prof. Dr. Süleyman Yalçın, who was known for his great contributions to Turkish medicine.
Semt Bahçe Kent
KLEEMANN PROVIDES ELEVATORS FOR SEMT BAHÇEKENT
 
Elevators of the Semt Bahçekent Project, one of the major projects of Emlak Konut on the European side of Istanbul, and where Siyahkalem Mühendislik is the contractor, were completed and delivered by Kleemann Elevator. Kleemann also designed the vertical transportation of the project, which consists of 16 elevators, including a firefighter’s elevator and three passenger lifts with 31 landings and a speed of 2.5 m/s in Block D. This is the tallest building of the project, and completed all production, transportation, installation and green label process of the project in five months.
ELEVATOR CONTROL PANEL IS STOLEN
 
Thieves in Esenyurt, İstanbul, stole the elevator control panel of a building they broke into. The first break-in took place on Wednesday, December 2, around 19:00 in the Esenyurt Balıkyolu District. Allegedly, two suspects carrying a toolbox, rang the bells randomly and ran into the building. The suspects then entered the machine room, demounted the control panel with the tools in their toolbox and escaped. The thieves came to the same building on Friday, December 5, and entered the machine room again. One of the residents of the building caught the thieves because of the noise they made.
TUBITAK PUBLISHES ITS CALL FOR 2021 R&D SUPPORTS
 
Applications for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) R&D Support are given by TUBITAK to encourage projects started as of January 4. TUBITAK announced that the support programs were named 1501-Industrial R&D Projects Grant Program and 1507-SME R&D Start-up Support Prograam. Only SMEs will apply for 1501 and 1507 programs with the first call of 2021. Within the scope of the support program, project-based research-technology development and innovation activities of the SMEs will receive support up to 75%. The companies with an aim to manufacture prototype, innovative products or to make a value-added production or a technological development can submit their applications until February at web page.
IEE EXPO ANNOUNCED FOR 2022 IN MUMBAI

The next edition of the International Elevator and Escalator (IEE) Expo has been scheduled for February 16-18, 2022, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. Organizer Messe Frankfurt said the previous edition saw strong support from industry associations and government bodies, like the Minister for Housing, Government of Maharashtra, National Buildings Construction Corp., Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association, Mumbai Metro Rail Corp., Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry — Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India, All India Lift Upliftment Federation and Gujarat Elevator Industrial Association. For more information or to register, visit website.
THE WORLD BANK GIVES 300 MILLION DOLLARS OF SUPPORT TO ORGANISED INDUSTRIAL ZONES
 
The World Bank announced that a support project of US$300 million is launched to help the infrastructure projects of Turkey’s Organized Industrial Zones. US$10 million of the project will be used for investing in training centers. The project will help Turkey’s Organized Industrial Zones become more efficient, environmentally sustainable and competitive, the bank said. The project, worth US$300 million, will be implemented by the country's Industry, and the Technology Ministry will support investments in two categories: as “basic infrastructure” and “green infrastructure.” Basic infrastructure support will cover new roads, water and gas pipelines, electric lines and logistics facilities. Green infrastructure support will cover improved energy and water efficiency resources, advanced wastewater treatment facilities, energy-efficient buildings, LED street lightings, and investments in renewable energy sources like sun, wind and biomass.
EWT FOCUSES ON ISTANBUL IN JANUARY-FEBRUARY ISSUE

The March-April 2021 issue of ELEVATOR WORLD Turkey will focus on Istanbul The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2021. To participate or for more information, contact the EWT Editorial Department at phone: +90 216 348 48 76, Email: editorial@elevatorworld.com.tr.