Award-winning Otis China Mechanics Recognized with Sustainable Bamboo Bicycles

Otis China Mechanics

TIANJIN, China, May 6, 2016 – Ten of Otis China’s top-performing elevator mechanics were honored at the “Best Otis Service Mechanics 2015” award ceremony in Beijing recently. Each won a special prize — a bamboo bicycle they built themselves as part of a team-building day. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

In all, 33 mechanics from across China were named in the 2015 “Best Otis Service Mechanics” awards. The top mechanics from 10 regions attended the ceremony and built the bicycles, a symbol of Otis China’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.

Bamboo is a renewable resource and one of the strongest materials on earth. It also has vibration dampening properties that make it ideal for bicycle construction. In addition to naturally grown bamboo, the bicycles built by the Otis team used carbon and fiberglass fastenings, which are strong and eco-friendly.

“Building bamboo bicycles was a great team-building activity and a fun reward for our top-performing mechanics,” said Tony Black, president of Otis Elevator (China) Investment Co., Ltd. “This was also a way for us to reinforce our commitment to environmental protection with a vision of green transportation that complements our green elevator technologies and services.”

Ten of Otis China’s top service engineers (in blue) show their handiwork with bamboo bicycle studio staff.

Otis continues to launch innovative products and services to meet growing demand for sustainable elevator solutions in China. Otis Eagle Service (OES) intelligent elevator maintenance, for example, is a paperless system based on mobile internet and cloud-computing technologies. It digitizes the management of elevator maintenance, improving quality and efficiency while being more environmentally sustainable.

The breakthrough OES system replaces traditional maintenance management that relied on manual processes and paper records for more than a century.

According to industry sources, by the end of 2015, more than 4 million elevators were in use in China. Assuming that one tree can produce 25,000 sheets of A3 paper, approximately 7,600 trees would be saved each year if all of China’s elevators were maintained with the OES system. This would save over 30 square kilometers of forest.

“Sustainability is an ongoing mission for Otis,” Black said. “Our vision is to be an organization that not only focuses on sustainable development at a corporate level, but also encourages and supports staff to live more sustainably at a personal level.”

About Otis
Otis is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories, and maintains more than 1.9 million elevators and escalators worldwide. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit

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