Driving innovation for smart and sustainable urban development

Our drive for innovation is fueled by our mission to improve the flow of urban life and the megatrends that impact our industry: urbanization, technology and sustainability. These drive us to focus in addressing everyday problems that our customers and equipment users face when moving in buildings and in cities. KONE’s innovation approach evolves around these four key strategies.

Integrating physical and digital


In 2016, KONE has established KONE Technology and Innovation unit, pulling all our technology activities under one umbrella. Both the R&D capability to develop the core (Physical) and R&D for services, solutions, and IT (digital) were all integrated under one organization. This enabled KONE to innovate integrated offerings combining physical and digital during the last years. We involved about 1300 customers in co-creation activities. This has helped us achieve a 40% reduction in time-to-market. We continue to build physical and digital native offerings. Read more about how we integrate digital and physical for a smarter urban future here.

Optimal locations of global R&D and supply chains


We have over 1,200 dedicated technology professionals working for R&D in Finland, China, Italy, India, United States, Netherlands, and Mexico. These R&D teams, each located close to supply chains, as well as being close proximity to the local markets, enable us to have timely access to the local customer needs, expanding our creative network to involve them in co-creation, and to collaborate with our partner closely. This also enables us to develop and manufacture solutions that meet the needs of our customers in the local region. Read more about KONE Technology and Innovations unit here.

Integrating with partner solutions


Solving everyday problems that people face when moving buildings and cities and providing added value to our customers require partnering with other solution providers. We have started to create a partner ecosystem to accelerate solution development with our partners. By working together with innovative partners, KONE is looking to take the experience of moving through a building to a whole new level. Read more here.

Co-creating with customers


For us at KONE, innovation means putting the customer and end-user at the center and involving them in the creative work. One major step KONE took in 2020 is to establish KONE WORX, a fresh team of agile creatives who take customer co-innovation to a new level of intimacy. It all begins with loving the problem, not the solution. Read more here.

Our latest innovations:

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KONE Office Flow

KONE Office Flow enables smooth entrance to office buildings and enhanced user experiences in smart, adaptive workplaces.


KONE DX Class elevators

World's first elevator series with built-in connectivity as a standard - helping to create an experience that connects on every level.


Health and well-being solutions

A set of modular solutions that helps keep your equipment running and safe, reduces the need to touch surfaces, and contribute to a healthier environment.

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