DUBAI, May 14, 2017 — Otis, the world's leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, has introduced its latest products and service initiatives in the Middle East, including the connected Gen2 Life elevator and the expanded Otis SkyRise product family. These new products mark the company’s continued commitment to the region, ensuring a safe and high-quality experience for passengers in the buildings in which they live and work. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Otis introduced the Gen2 Life elevator and SkyRise product family to the Middle East with an event for customers in Dubai.
The Gen2 elevator was the first product of its kind to replace conventional ropes with flat belts, and is one of the company’s best-selling elevators ever with more than a half-million units sold worldwide. Today, as the number of tall buildings in the region continues to grow, the latest version of the platform, the Gen2 Life elevator, will play a bigger role than ever in meeting the demand for modern, seamless elevators. The new Gen2 Life elevator cab serves as a fashionable and functional room in the core of the building, combining new interior designs with smart, connected functionality, including a customizable in-cab display and the ability for passengers to easily call the elevator from their phone.
“With an increasing focus on connectivity and functionality in the region, Otis is focused on providing cutting-edge products and services as never seen before. Otis has been the undisputed industry leader for 164 years, and we are keen to see our vision for the future brought to life in the Middle East through our latest innovations,” said Maged Nagib, vice president and managing director, Otis Middle East.
Otis also recently expanded its SkyRise product family, designed for the world’s tallest buildings. New to the SkyRise system is the SkyBuild™ construction elevator. At the initial stages of construction, the self-climbing SkyBuild elevator uses a hydraulic piston system to move one floor at a time as the building rises. Construction teams can use it to move through the building quickly and safely, and are not exposed to weather conditions and do not require an external lift. Once construction is complete, the SkyBuild elevator transitions for immediate service as a SkyRise elevator.
“As the number of high-rise buildings continues to increase and more people move to cities, Otis is continuing to lead the way for safer and more innovative elevators. The introduction of the state-of-the-art Gen2 Life elevator and the SkyRise product family benefits everyone from construction crews to the people who use elevators every day,” added Nagib.
Regarding service, Otis continues to enhance its elevator and escalator repair and maintenance. As part of a global deployment, the company’s more than 31,000 service mechanics will receive new mobility tools with apps to help them identify potential issues before they occur, streamline repairs and better communicate with customers.
Otis has been present in the UAE and Middle East region for more than 50 years, working closely with real estate developers to equip some of the Middle East’s most iconic high-rise buildings with elevators, escalators and walkways, notably Burj Khalifa, Etihad Museum and Al Habtoor City in Dubai, Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid World Central Market in Abu Dhabi, Jamarat Bridge near Maccah and World Trade Center in Bahrain.
Otis is the world’s leading 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. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information, visit www.otis.com, or follow Otis on LinkedIn, YouTube and as @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.