KONE Elevators India, a subsidiary of KONE Corporation, has recently made headlines with its innovative strides in the vertical transportation industry. The company has established a state-of-the-art Research & Development (R&D) elevator test facility in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai. This move marks a significant milestone in KONE’s journey towards pioneering high-rise technology and innovation.
KONE Elevators India – State-of-the-art R&D Facility
The new R&D facility is equipped with multiple shafts that can be reconfigured for testing new high and mid-rise solutions. It also houses laboratories for testing elevator and escalator components. The facility is managed by the KONE Technology Centre, responsible for R&D.
One of the standout features of this facility is the inclusion of the KONE DX, the world’s first digitally connected elevator. This elevator offers guests a panoramic view at the top, symbolizing KONE’s commitment to enhancing user experience through digital connectivity.
Expanding Portfolio: Escalator Production
After 39 years of successful elevator manufacturing, KONE is now venturing into escalator production. The first escalator pilot batch produced at this advanced facility underwent rigorous testing in new state-of-the-art labs. This ensures adherence to the highest industry standards and reinforces KONE’s commitment to quality, durability, and safety.
KONE’s team is confident that their escalators will exceed customer expectations. This expansion showcases KONE’s innovation-driven approach and engineering excellence, promising to provide customers with cutting-edge vertical transportation solutions.
The test tower and R&D center are set to meet the existing demand in the elevator and escalator market as well as serve the future needs of our customers. This innovative move will bolster KONE’s presence in the global market, presenting a vast array of possibilities that will contribute to the robust growth of the elevator industry. Going forward, expanding our innovation facilities in India will present further opportunities to uphold our mission to make people’s journeys safe, convenient, and reliable.Speaking at the inauguration,Henrik Ehrnrooth, President & CEO of KONE Corporation
The test tower is a huge breakthrough in KONE India’s journey. This vests a lot of responsibility and commitment to our customers, and we aim to cater to the current and futuristic demands of the elevator industry for India, and for exports. Our R&D is now empowered with in-house testing capabilities to serve low, mid, and high-rise segments for our retail, commercial, healthcare, office, and residential customers. With the new test tower and state-of-the-art laboratories, we not only serve the Indian market but also the global elevator market. Our technology team now collaborates even stronger with KONE global teams, collectively enabling us to reach even greater heights on the innovation and technology front.Addressing the press, the Managing Director of KONE India, Amit Gossain