Otis a major player in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

The most international sporting event, the Olympic Games, is relying heavily on Otis, one of the most global companies in the world.

Otis has more than 1,400 new units at Olympic venues and related infrastructure valued in excess of $100 million. Twenty percent of the units are Gen2® machine-roomless elevators.

"As a company and as employees, we are proud and excited to be part of so many Olympics projects," said Perry Zheng, president of Xizi Otis Elevator Company, the largest of Otis’ 10 joint ventures in China. "This is a landmark opportunity for our company and our brand image."

Otis has provided products for the Olympic Games under three brands - Xizi Otis, Otis and Sigma. Otis, under the three brands, has installed and is servicing units in Beijing and surrounding cities at 30 sports venues and related infrastructure built to support the Olympics. Sports venues with units provided under these Otis brands include the National Aquatics Center, swimming and diving; Laoshan Velodrome, cycling; Beijing Shooting Range Hall, shooting competitions; and the Tianjin Olympic Sports Center and Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium, both football venues. Otis products are also in other venues including the National Convention Center, news and broadcast center, and the Prologis building, a distribution facility for the Olympics, as well as surrounding railways, subways and airports.

The new sports venues were constructed with aesthetics and environmental congruity in mind. Otis approached its task in the same spirit.

One of the most striking venues, the National Aquatics Center, known as the “Water Cube,” has 10 of Otis’ environmentally friendly Gen2 elevators. Because of its machine-roomless design, the Gen2 elevator enabled the architect to create a unique structure, allowing for seamless construction of the cube. The Gen2 system also provides “green” benefits, eliminating the need for additional lubrication, which can pollute the environment, and reducing energy usage by up to 75 percent compared to conventional elevator systems.

"Otis is an industry leader in innovation and green technologies," said Allen Ge, president of Otis China Ltd. "We appreciate the trust the Olympics committee has placed in Otis. It speaks well of the quality, safety, reliability and environmental capabilities of Otis products and the services we provide."

During the Games, Otis' most experienced mechanics are on site or near every Olympics-related venue with Otis units. Service depots have been established near each site for quick and easy maintenance and parts management of elevator and escalator systems.

Otis has a deeply rooted history in China. Since first shipping elevators to China in 1888, Otis’ presence has expanded from early foundations in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to a vast network of operations throughout the country. In 1984, Otis established its first joint venture in Tianjin. Today, Otis is the industry leader in China and has one of the largest footprints of any company with 10 joint ventures and operations, five major sites of manufacturing and engineering excellence, and 8,000 employees in 165 locations in nearly 40 cities throughout the country.

Worldwide, Otis is the largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. With headquarters in Farmington, Connecticut, Otis employs 63,000 people, offers products and services in more than 200 countries and territories and maintains 1.6 million elevators and escalators.

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