January 2021 Newsletter
Issue: 61
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TYPE-A INSPECTION ORGANIZATIONS LIST AND PRICES FOR 2021 ANNOUNCED

The list of Type-A Inspection Institutions for the year 2021 authorized by the Ministry of Industry and Technology has been announced. Accordingly, the authorization of Ümraniye Municipality Licensing and Inspection Directorate Elevator Inspection Services was suspended for 30 days, while 38 Type-A Inspection Institutions were on the list. The list also names the Elevator Periodic Control Fees for the year 2021. The inspection fee for elevators with a number of stops from 0 to 5 is 312 TRY as the minimum price + taxes, and the maximum price is 353 TRY + taxes. Between 6-10 stops; the minimum price is 353 TRY, the maximum price is 415 TRY. Between 11-15 stops; the minimum price is 415 TRY, the maximum price is 498 TRY. Between 16-20 stops; the minimum price is 498 TRY, the maximum price is 581 TRY. Between 21-25 stops; the minimum price is 581 TRY, the maximum price is 664 TRY. Between 26-30; the minimum price is 581 TRY, the maximum price is 747 TRY. The minimum price for 30 stops and above is 747 TRY, the maximum price is 1038 TRY + taxes.

A PANORAMIC ELEVATOR WITH A LENGTH OF 25 METERS IS CONSTRUCTED IN THE ARTIFICIAL ESZTERGOM CASTLE

A panoramic elevator with a view distance of 25 meters has been built in the artificial Esztergom Castle in Ankara's Keçiören District, which was inaugurated in 2005. The building, used by Keçiören Municipality under the name of "Esztergom Turkish Cultural Center," was built as a replica of the Esztergom Castle in Hungary. Keçiören Mayor Turgut Altınok said, "Our Esztergom Castle is a tourism centre that carries traces of our history, which takes the lead in the maintaining of our cultural-self, where we keep Turkish history and culture alive. We will present a new beauty to our visitors with the 25-meter panoramic elevator and viewing terrace we built here."
TURKEY, HOUSING PRICES HAS BEEN THE FASTEST-GROWING COUNTRY

According to International real estate consulting company Knight Frank's Global House Price index, which covers 56 countries and regions, Turkey had the fastest-growing real estate prices in the world’s top countries during the third quarter. According to the report, housing prices increased by 27%; when inflation of 14% was removed, the real price increase was stated as 13%. The reason for the price increases in the report was based on the interest of foreigners. Prices in all countries and regions included in the survey rose 4.5% in the third quarter, compared to the same period last year. The countries with the lowest price increase were Ireland, Spain, India and Hong Kong. In Morocco, house prices decreased by 3.3%.
LIFTINSTITUUT ADVISES ON POST-BREXIT PRODUCT MARKINGS

With changes brought forth by Brexit set to become a reality, manufacturers of elevators and safety components have been raising questions about what this means for their products. Notified Body Liftinstituut is offering specific guidance for the process, and is advising EU manufacturers that, although their products will need to carry a U.K. Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking (instead of the current CE marking) as of January 1, 2021, a yearlong transition period (until December 31, 2021) will allow CE markings to remain in use. However, EU certificates issued by the U.K. will not be valid, so they will have to be reissued within the EU to remain valid during 2021. After that, products used in the U.K. must carry the UKCA marking. Liftinstituut, based in Amsterdam, is working to receive approval to offer EU and UKCA certificates for the same product, and notes that the difference between an EU certificate and UKCA marking "is negligible.".
HITACHI AMONG VT COMPANIES ON ENVIRONMENTAL LISTS

Hitachi Building Systems was named to CDP's water security “A List” in recognition of the company's environmental efforts, CDP announced on December 8. To meet its goal, Hitachi established a target to improve water utilization efficiency by 50% by 2050, compared to the company's 2010 standard. The target was specified in a long-term environmental program called Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050, in which the company aims to utilize proper, effective water resources to sustain business. To that end, the program in 2020 identified water-related issues using “Water Risk Guidelines” in 2020 and offered customers a wide range of water-related products and services using IoT to resolve global water issues. CDP, a global nonprofit environmental organization, considered more than 5,800 companies for its climate change, forest management and water security A Lists, but only 313 companies were selected. In addition to Hitachi, vertical-transportation (VT) companies on one or more of the lists were KONE and thyssenkrupp Elevator and Mitsubishi Electric.
THE ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS’ GETS INCLINED ELEVATOR FROM ITALIAN MASPERO

The historical fortress, which is located on a high rock overlooking Athens and contains the remains of many ancient buildings, is the most well-known of all acropolises. The Acropolis of Athens is the first place that springs to mind all over the world when it comes to "Acropolis." The Inclined Elevator Project, financed by the Onassis Foundation and the Greek State, was implemented by the experienced Italian Maspero Elevatori in order to provide disabled access to the Athenian Acropolis, a rocky 270-X-150 m site in the Attica plain, at an altitude of 152 m above sea level. The inclined elevator, which gradually goes from 38 degrees to 78 degrees, has a capacity of 1,250 kg (can contain 16 passengers or 2 wheelchairs). Without damaging the historical texture of the Acropolis, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list, the panoramic car of the elevator, built with COVID-19 measures, also offers a magnificent view of Athens.
POSTPONED FAIRS AND
EVENTS

Asansor Istanbul Fair, held in March every two years, was postponed to 7-10 July 2021 due to the COVİD-19 pandemic. Similarly, the Lift Expo Italy Fair, which was postponed twice before, has been postponed again after the number of cases started to rise again with the second wave. The fair, which was planned to be held in January 2021, has been postponed to 19-21 October 2022.
GLE EXPO GOES VIRTUAL IN MARCH

The Global Lift & Escalator (GLE) Expo 2021 is set for March 18-20, 2021, and will be a virtual event. Organizer Virgo Communications and Exhibitions (P) Ltd. said its 15 years running vertical-transportation-industry expos have allowed it to make steady improvements and calls this year's iteration "India's first virtual interactive business-to-business forum." It will feature live chat and video, webinars and panel discussions.
'READYCONNECT' CONTROL SYSTEM FROM MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC

Mitsubishi Electric US Elevators and Escalators introduced its new elevator systems gateway protocol product, “ReadyConnect,” on December 8th. ReadyConnect, is a new network communication device that allows access to Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Trac® and Diamond HS™ to communicate and link between elevator systems and other building software systems. There were not many integration possibilities in elevators operating isolatedly in the building. The new ReadyConnect network communication system is open to new connection systems in the future; also, it offers connectivity with many networks, such as HVAC, security, user information, reception and parking systems.
INDUSTRIALISTS WANT THE FLEXIBLE WORKING MODEL TO BE PERMANENT

Industrialists are demanding that the flexible working model, which has to be applied all over the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, become permanent with the regulation to be made in the labor legislation. Sector representatives emphasized that such practices will be a part of business life from now on, and with the effect of the developments, the issue was brought to the agenda of the parliament two months ago. Unions such as Türk-İş, Hak-İş and DİSK objected to the proposal of "flexible working for employees under 25 and over 50" in the 51-article law proposal on the grounds that it will lead to severance pay and retirement right extortion. As a result of the negotiations, the relevant articles were removed from the legislative proposal. Turkey Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Automotive Assembly Chairman Cengiz Erol, TOBB Apparel and Ready-Made Clothing Industry Assembly Chairman Şeref Fayat, and Istanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products Exporters' Association (IKMIB) President Adil Pelister said in their statements that it should be accepted that flexible working models are a reality of today's working life.
NEW CEO TO THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR TURKEY

thyssenkrupp Elevator, which recently won the tenders of 71 elevators, 216 escalators and 6 moving walkways for the Ataköy-İkitelli and Kirazlı-Bakırköy metro lines, announced on December 8, 2020, that Artuğ Özeren was appointed as the new CEO. Özeren, who got his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Izmir Dokuz Eylul University and his master's at the University of Leeds in England, has a deep-rooted experience in the construction industry.
COMPANIES WILL RECEIVE DIGITAL MATURITY ANALYSES

According to a statement made by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, a digital maturity analysis will be made for businesses in organized industrial zones (OIZ) for industrial organizations that are both suppliers and users of digital technologies, and a roadmap will be determined in this area. As a result of the analysis made to the industrial companies in OIZs within the framework of the "Industrial Digital Transformation Analysis Program," of which Bilişim Vadisi is the executive, it was announced that the deficiencies of the industrial organizations in the field of digitalization will be determined, and Bilişim Vadisi will bring solutions to these problems. The program designed within the scope of the Eastern Marmara Development Agency's (MARKA) "Digital Transformation in Industry" will be implemented in the Automotive Supply Industry and Specialized Organized Industrial Zone (TOSB), Istanbul Hardware Craftsmen Industrial Estate (IMES) and Güzeller Organized Industrial Zone.
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.