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KONE elevators moving spectators to their seats at four World Cup stadiums

Press Release Published 28/06/2010

Spectators at four stadiums hosting matches for this year’s World Cup in South Africa are using KONE elevators to get to their seats. A total of 33 KONE elevators have been installed in Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium, Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium as well as in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium and Soccer City Stadium. Overall, 27 games will be played in all four buildings and the final match of the tournament will be played in the Soccer City Stadium.

The elevators are intended for various purposes inside the stadiums, such as transporting spectators to their seats, transporting goods inside the buildings as well as moving media and VIP guests to the upper level boxes. All the elevators are under KONE’s maintenance and include full-time standby crews at all venues during the World Cup, taking place from June 11th until July 11th.

“We are very proud to have been a part of the construction of these four stadiums which are currently being used for the World Cup in South Africa,” says Alan Underwood, Managing Director, KONE South Africa. “KONE’s vision of providing People Flow™ solutions translates perfectly to entertainment facilities such as stadiums where thousands of spectators must reach their seats in time for the opening kick-off and then need to exit the stadium in a safe and efficient way once the match is over.”

About KONE

KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance. The company'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. In 2009, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 4.7 billion and approximately 34,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland. Founded in 1910, KONE celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2010.

www.kone.com

For further information, please contact:
Liisa Kivelä, Director, External Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4330