Press Release Published 28/09/2011

KONE has been selected to modernize the elevators of the Tour Areva high-rise building in the La Défense district outside of Paris, France. The 37-year-old Tour Areva at 184 meters high is the second tallest skyscraper in La Défense. The new technologies will improve the daily People Flow™ of the thousands of employees moving in the building.

KONE will equip the 23 elevators with the KONE ReSolve™ X2 package, which includes KONE EcoDisc® hoisting machines and controller and electrification system upgrades. The order includes the KONE Polaris™ destination control system, which will increase the handling capacity of the existing elevators and reduce waiting times. The KONE Modernization Overlay process will be used during the four-year renovation project to minimize disruption to the facility and end users, and will increase the people flow capacity in the 44-storey high-rise. Together these solutions will maximize the energy efficiency which will reduce the environmental impact of Tour Areva.

“KONE has a long history of working at Tour Areva, and we are happy to bring the technological expertise of our global teams to improve the People Flow experience,” says Pierre Liautaud, EVP and Area Director of KONE West and South Europe. “After the project is completed, the modernized elevators will provide faster, more comfortable and energy-efficient elevator rides in this iconic building.”

The original elevators of Tour Areva, or Tour Fiat as it was known in 1974, were installed by Westinghouse, which became a part of KONE later the same year. KONE also modernized the elevators in 1988. Work on the project will begin in January 2012 and is expected to be completed in 2016.

The order was booked in Q2 of 2011.

Read more about KONE Modernization Overlay in People Flow magazine issue 1/2010.

For further information, please contact:

Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4775

Pascal Lancelot, Service Business Director, KONE France, tel. +33 1 3050 7101

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 2010, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 5 billion and approximately 33,800 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.


2011-09-28 KONE to modernize the elevators at Tour Areva in Paris

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