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KONE plays integral role at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai

Press Release Published 30/04/2010

KONE, one of the leading companies in the elevator and escalator industry, will be an active participant at the World Expo 2010 which opens May 1 in Shanghai, China. KONE is a National Partner for the Finland Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 and it is also providing solutions for 21 flagship pavilions. Furthermore, the company is responsible for maintaining over 500 elevators and escalators supporting the success of the World Expo.

As part of its national partnership with the Finland Pavilion, KONE has provided a custom-made elevator, which will play an integral part in the building’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 mode of vertical transport. The company will be hosting thousands of its customers at its permanent showroom inside the pavilion.

A grand total of 59 elevators and 34 escalators were provided by KONE for 21 different pavilions. KONE’s People Flow solutions will serve visitors in the pavilions of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, London, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Spain as well as the China Aviation Pavilion, the Shanghai World Expo Culture Center, the Coca-Cola Pavilion, the Daming Palace Pavilion, the DevNet Pavilion, the State Grid Pavilion, the Expo Logistics Center, and the Expo's Information and Communication Pavilion.

Image_news-kone-elevator-shanghai-expo-2010-175x272Among KONE’s impressive Expo references, the Shanghai World Expo Culture Center will include 17 elevators and 26 escalators. Five of the elevators were installed already during the construction phase as freight elevators to help with the pavilion’s construction. The Culture Center is a permanent building and consists of a large central stage as well as a large functional hall which can house up to 18,000 guests for an event.

Expo visitors will actively use more than 500 elevators and escalators that are under KONE’s service. In addition to the Expo pavilions, KONE maintains key locations such as the Pudong airport, the Hongqiao transportation hub and several hotels in the Shanghai area.

“We are excited to play an integral role at the World Expo, one of the world’s most prestigious events,” says Matti Alahuhta, President & CEO, KONE Corporation. “The World Expo’s theme, ‘Better City, Better Life’, is a perfect match with KONE’s vision of providing energy efficient and user-friendly People Flow solutions for an increasingly urbanized world.”

The World Expo 2010 in Shanghai is being held between May and October 2010. It is expected to attract over 70 million visitors from around the globe. Over 200 countries and international organizations are present as exhibitors, marking this year’s World Expo as the largest in Expo history.

Meet KONE at the World Expo for a media cocktail party at the Finland Pavilion on May 5 from 4– 6 p.m.

To register email expo2010@kone.com

KONE press office at Expo, International media +86 158 2166 4105/+358 400 308 484

KONE press office at Expo, Chinese media +86 21 22012 1006

About KONE

KONE, one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, was founded in 1910 and celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2010. 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. Providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance, KONE has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers in various segments for the past century. 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.

www.kone.com