Ian Steel promoted to group managing director of Avire

Ian’s presence in Shanghai expected to accelerate actions for the China market

Halma, the leading safety, health and environmental technology group, has promoted Ian Steel, former managing director of Fire Fighting Enterprises Limited (FFE), to group managing director of Avire Ltd, the world’s leading provider of lift safety and communication systems.

Ian Steel has been promoted to group managing director of Avire

Both FFE and Avire are Halma companies within Halma’s Infrastructure Safety Sector. Ian has already relocated to Shanghai and his family will be joining him shortly.

Prior to taking the helm at Avire, Ian was managing director of FFE for more than six years. He has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and sales of electronic detectors, monitors and related products and services that guarantee infrastructure safety in commercial and residential properties. Ian studied chemistry at Halton Technical College.

Sixty per cent of the world’s lifts are now manufactured in China and Halma has been successfully keeping pace with the expansion of this important market.

Nigel Trodd, Halma’s sector chief executive of Infrastructure Safety, said: “Ian’s industry experience and insight are great assets for the long-term sustainable growth of Avire. And his board presence in Shanghai is expected to accelerate actions for the China market.”

Avire Shanghai has developed steadily in the past year with the new TL Jones K Class product developed for the Chinese market. Meanwhile the company’s European-produced Memco products are achieving success at the premium end of the market. In the past year, Avire Shanghai has established a much stronger R&D team under new leadership and the company’s sales and finance teams have been updated and strengthened. Having moved to a bright, spacious modern facility in mid-2013, Avire Shanghai has also added new SMT (PCB assembly) equipment and a conveyor assembly line.

Ian Steel said: “I am delighted to join Avire at a very exciting time for the company. The team has worked incredibly hard to ensure that the business will continue to grow into the future. I am particularly looking forward to my time in Shanghai, which I am sure will provide both personal and professional growth.”

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Avire launches new elevator safety products in China at WEE Expo

Visitors invited to view C100 emergency telephone and Optical Slot Sensor

Avire is launching two new products at the WEE Expo 2014 in Guangzhou, China.

Memco’s C100 emergency telephone can be surface or flush mounted, or installed behind the car operating panel

Memco’s C100 emergency telephone can be surface or flush mounted, or installed behind the car operating panel. The surface-mounted version features integrated emergency lighting, a customisable text plate and pictograms that remain hidden until backlit. The unit can be programmed in an instant, at the touch of a button.

The Optical Slot Sensor from TL Jones provides accurate elevator levelling to millimetre precision, ensuring the safety of passengers as they enter and exit the elevator. The slot sensor has exceptional resistance to dirt and debris thanks to its robust, fully sealed IP65-rated enclosure. The product has high light immunity, high repeatability and is suitable for new or existing installations.

Avire will also be showcasing a wide range of light curtains – including the recently launched K- and L-Class from TL Jones and Memco’s Panachrome – as well as LCD displays from E-Motive, and in particular the Panorama Ultra-Wide.

The WEE Expo will be held at the China Import & Export Fair Exhibition Hall from 13-16 May. Visitors wishing to familiarise themselves with Avire’s product range should make their way to Hall 4, Booth 4206.

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Avire unveils two new products at IEE Expo

Optical slot sensor and emergency telephone launched at Indian show

Avire will unveil two new products at the IEE Expo 2014 in Mumbai, India.

The Optical Slot Sensor from TL Jones provides accurate lift levelling to millimetre precision, ensuring the safety of passengers as they enter and exit the lift. The slot sensor has exceptional resistance to dirt and debris thanks to its robust, fully sealed IP65-rated enclosure. The product has high light immunity, high repeatability and is suitable for new or existing installations.

Memco’s C100 emergency telephone can be surface or flush mounted, or installed behind the car operating panel. It features integrated emergency lighting, a customisable text plate and pictograms that remain hidden until backlit. The unit can be programmed code-free with a cost-effective programming tool.

Avire will also be presenting LCD displays from E-Motive and the Qccess wireless video camera, as well as a wide range of Memco and TL Jones light curtains. TL Jones light curtains are manufactured at Avire’s factory in Thane, India.

IEE Expo takes place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from 20-22 March. Representatives of Avire at the event will be found on Stand B19 and include sales and marketing director Andy Harbidge, telephones business manager Adam Sykes and displays product manager Jin Yee Chua.

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Avire expands into Central America and North Africa with CTV Lifts

Spanish firm will supply all Avire product brands

Spanish lift supplier CTV Lifts has been appointed distributor for Avire in Central America and North Africa.

CTV Lifts will supply light curtains, electronic displays, emergency telephones and LED lighting from all three of Avire’s product brands: E-Motive, TL Jones and Memco.

Fredrick von Maltzahn, managing director of CTV Lifts, explained the thinking behind the partnership: “Becoming the official distributor of Avire in emerging markets such as North Africa and Central America, where CTV currently has a stronghold, is a coherent decision after more than a decade collaborating with TL Jones and Memco. Using such prestigious brands in a key area will allow us to offer high-quality lifts and products in these markets at a competitive price.”

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Avire appoints light curtains distributor in Russia

Lift Fit to supply Memco and TL Jones brands

Avire has chosen Lift Fit as its distributor in Russia.

Lift Fit supplies the Russian market with components and spare parts for lifts and escalators from manufacturers including Otis, Schindler, KONE and Thyssenkrupp.

Company owner Vladimir Sakin explained: “Lift Fit will supply light curtains from Avire’s Memco and TL Jones brands. The vast Russian market has great potential for a mutually beneficial partnership, and we are happy and proud to be a partner of Avire, a world leader in light curtains.”

“Avire approached several potential distributors, and we found Lift Fit to be the most flexible and enthusiastic,” commented Jiri Tauchman, Avire’s sales manager for eastern Europe. “Russian maintenance companies, installers or OEMs will now be able to source Avire products without the complications involved in buying directly from abroad.”

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Avire Shanghai moves to new factory

Avire has moved its Shanghai factory to new premises in the city.

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Photo caption: (l-r) Andy Harbidge (sales & marketing director), Martin Zhang (director – Halma China), Nigel Trodd (chairman), Paul Simmons (managing director), Jonathan Hou (general manager, China), Jan Doubal (manufacturing director), Karl Westhead (R&D director) officially open Avire’s new production facility in Shanghai.

Avire Elevator Technology (Shanghai) Ltd now manufactures TL Jones and E-Motive products on new premises– three times larger than its previous facility – in an industrial hub on Duhui Road, in Shanghai’s Minhang District.

The addition of this new production facility takes Avire’s global capacity to over 500,000 light curtain units per year. The factory also features a brand new lab with a dedicated R&D team to develop new products for the thriving markets of China and the Asia-Pacific region.

Avire’s former factory in Shanghai’s Caohejing area was set up in 1999 to produce TL Jones light curtains. As the company kept growing, it became imperative for Avire to expand its manufacturing facilities.

China is the world’s second largest economy. As the country’s urbanization drive provides sustainable investment and works as a key factor in bolstering China’s growth, new commercial, mixed-use and residential high rises are mushrooming in both coastal and inland cities across the country. China has become the global centre of the elevator industry; 60% of the world’s new elevators are now built in China.

Paul Simmons, managing director of Avire, said: “We are very excited to be moving to this new factory. Over the years we have built up a very strong team in China and we are making it stronger still by recruiting excellent new employees. We have a very well developed sales and distribution network across China and the Asia-Pacific region, and this is bringing us high levels of growth.

“The new facility, alongside our factories in India, Singapore and Europe, gives us the capacity we need to meet our new and existing customers’ needs.”

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Avire to showcase all product brands at Interlift

Products on display from E-Motive, TL Jones and Memco

Leading provider of lift safety and communication systems Avire will be presenting its new corporate identity at Interlift 2013.

Avire will be showcasing all three of its product brands – E-Motive, TL Jones and Memco – and focusing on the Panachrome range of light curtains, the Panorama LCD media display and the Memcom emergency telephone.

A number of Avire representatives will be present to explain the customer benefits of the new combined product portfolio, including managing director Paul Simmons, sales and marketing director Andy Harbidge and displays general manager Siew Tan Chong.

Interlift 2013 will be held at the Augsburg Trade Fair, Germany, from 15-18 October. Avire will be stationed in Hall 3, Stand 3158.

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Avire chooses Dewhurst as Hong Kong distributor

Leading provider of lift safety and communication systems Avire has chosen Dewhurst as its supplier in Hong Kong and Macau.

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Photo caption: Dewhurst’s general manager Eric Fung in front of the company buidling in Hong Kong

Dewhurst has manufactured quality lift components for over 90 years and will now supply light curtains from Avire’s Memco and TL Jones brands.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” said Eric Fung, Dewhurst’s general manager. “We feel that a market like Hong Kong, where there are many prestigious buildings, will welcome state-of-the-art equipment. When it comes to light curtains, Memco leads the way with the Panachrome range.”

Andy Harbidge, Avire’s sales & marketing director, added: “We look forward to working with Dewhurst to develop the Hong Kong market. They were a logical and easy choice of supplier, given our current distribution relationships with them in the UK and Australia.”

Dewhurst is probably best known for its high-quality push-button products, often sold under the Dupar brand. With its office and warehouse located in central Kowloon, the company can easily supply goods to all of Hong Kong’s lift companies.

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Three elevator brands merge to form Avire

Three of the elevator industry’s market-leading brands have joined forces under a new company name.

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Avire (pronounced to rhyme with “fire”) – the new home of E-Motive, TL Jones and Memco – offers an extensive range of safety and communication products. With manufacturing locations in Singapore, China, India and the Czech Republic, and sales offices in 13 locations worldwide, Avire (www.avire-global.com) is a truly global brand.

Avire’s products include light curtains, electronic displays, emergency telephones and LED lighting. Explaining the new company’s mission, managing director Paul Simmons said: “Avire is dedicated to innovation and excellence and is united in a single goal: to give our customers unrivalled quality and value, in a name they can trust.”

For 20 years E-Motive has been producing premium-quality displays and accessories for elevator cars and landings. The brand recently added touch control panels to its product portfolio. E-Motive displays are used in high-profile modernisation and new build projects.

TL Jones has a 70-year history and has established a strong reputation in the Asian elevator marketplace for passenger detection devices for doors. The brand’s light curtains can be found in some of the most iconic buildings across Asia, Australasia and increasingly in other parts of the world. TL Jones products are predominately manufactured in China and assembled in India.

Memco has been manufacturing innovative, high-quality elevator safety devices, designed and built in Europe, for over 40 years. Memco’s product portfolio includes emergency telephones, passenger detectors for doors and LED lighting systems.

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TL Jones’s Dinesh Musalekar now general manager for India, Middle East and Africa

Dinesh Musalekar has been promoted to general manager IMEA (India, Middle East & Africa) at TL Jones, following the restructuring of parent company Halma’s Elevator Division. He will be responsible for promoting the full range of TL Jones, Memco and E-Motive products in the newly formed territory.

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Dinesh enjoys nearly two decades’ experience of the elevator industry, gained in sales, operations, project and profit centre roles at major OEMs. He joined TL Jones in 2005 to build and lead the company’s operations in India, and has recently overseen the creation of a manufacturing facility for infrared light curtains in the region. Dinesh graduated with a BEng in Electronics & Communications from Karnataka University and holds an MBA in Management from Mumbai University.

Andy Harbidge, sales & marketing director for TL Jones, Memco and E-Motive, said of the promotion: “This change will make it easier for our customers to obtain from Dinesh and his team the full range of products produced by TL Jones, Memco and E-Motive factories worldwide.”

“We are confident that Dinesh’s leadership will continue to deliver results, as it has previously in establishing and managing our operations in India,” commented Paul Simmons, managing director of TL Jones, Memco and E-Motive.

Commenting on his new role, Dinesh said: “I welcome the additional responsibilities and look forward to growing the business in this high-potential market.”

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