KONE ramps up involvement for Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo
KONE, an innovative solutions provider in the elevator and escalator industry, will supply over 30 elevators and 30 escalators for a variety of pavilions involved in the Shanghai 2010 World Expo. Until now, KONE’s participation in the World Expo includes equipment for the pavilions of Spain, Australia, Finland, and Hong Kong as well as the Shanghai World Expo Performing Arts Center, Pudong’s Logistics Center Equipment, the National Grid Enterprise Pavilion and the Expo’s Information and Communication Pavilion.
Further increasing its involvement in the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, KONE also announces that it will be a National Partner for the Finnish Pavilion. As part of the partnership, KONE will be providing a custom-made elevator for the pavilion, which will be play an integral part in the pavilion’s high-tech look and feel. Combining innovative technologies and cutting-edge design, the elevator will serve both as an exhibition object as well as a fully functioning elevator for the pavilion.
“Following KONE’s successful involvement in the 2008 Beijing Olympic installations, we are very proud to be part of an international event of this caliber once again,” says Matti Alahuhta, President & CEO, KONE. “The World Expo’s theme, ‘Better City, Better Life’, corresponds with KONE’s strategic vision of providing energy efficient and user friendly people flow solutions for an increasingly urbanized world.”
Being held between May and October 2010, the World Expo in Shanghai is expected to attract over 70 million visitors from around the globe. Over 200 countries and international organizations are expected as exhibitors, marking next year’s World Expo as the largest in Expo history.
KONE’s objective is to offer the best people flow experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides its customers with industry-leading elevators, escalators and innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance, and is one of the global leaders in its industry. In 2008, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 4.6 billion and over 34,800 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.
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