EHC GLOBAL Announces Eastern Region Leadership Addition

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Shanghai, China – June 25th, 2015

In support of business growth opportunities throughout Asia, EHC Global is pleased to announce the addition of Ted Hornbein as General Manager – Asia Pacific, effective August 3rd, 2015.

Mr. Hornbein has over 20 years of business management experience in China’s manufacturing sector. His leadership skills and operational instincts have accumulated a valuable wealth of experience in managing cross cultures, and new market penetration.

“EHC GLOBAL is in an exciting period of growth, and having Ted bring his experience to the management team will be instrumental to the company’s ongoing success,” said Ron Ball, Chairman, EHC China. “Ted will play a significant role in helping us enhance our world class products and services, while supporting our vision of continuously bringing innovation to the industry. We’re excited to have him join the team!”

Ted holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a BA in East Asian Studies from George Washington University and speaks fluent Mandarin.

 

NAEC 2014 Expo

EHC GLOBAL is pleased to offer Complimentary Expo passes to contractors attending the annual NAEC Convention in September.   For details please download the brochure below and complete the registration form.

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

EHC se enorgullece en ofrecer Pases Complementarios para la Expo a los Contratistas que deseen atender la Convenciόn NAEC en septiembre.  Para detalles por favor descargue la informaciόn anexa y llene la forma de registro.

Esperamos verlos en San Antonio!

Download:
2014 NAEC Brochure & Registration Form

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: SIGNAGE ON ESCALATOR & MOVING WALK HANDRAILS

October 15th, 2013

An open letter to all Authorities Having Jurisdiction, Maintenance Contractors, Consultants, and Equipment Owners in the United States and Canada:

The topic of signage on escalator & moving walk handrails has been one of considerable discussion over the past several years.

ASME A17.1-2010/CSA B.44-10, section 6.1.6.9.2, specifies that no “additional signage” shall be permitted within the “safety-zone” of the escalator.  Similar language can be found in 6.2.6.8.2 pertaining to moving walks.  The same paragraph goes on to define the Safety Zone as an area that extends 118” (3m) horizontally outward from the newel and cautions that additional signage should not impede traffic flow.  ASME A17.3 – 2011 only addresses mandatory Caution Signs and contains no language regarding Additional Signage.

Various interpretations of the “additional signage” wording have in the past lead to acceptance of handrail signage in some jurisdictions and refusal in others.

The purpose of this communication is to provide an update on code revisions, address perceived safety concerns, and open a channel for feedback and additional requests for information.

Late 2011; the A17 Escalator and Moving Walk Committee unanimously approved revisions to sections 6.1.6.9.2 and 6.2.6.8.2 and the creation of 6.1.6.9.3 and 6.2.6.8.3.   These changes specifically permit handrail signs or graphics on escalators and moving walks providing that they do not distract, impede passenger flow, or impair the operation of safety devices.  At their May 9 2012 meeting, the A17 Standards Committee approved these revisions for publication in A7.1 – 2013.

The benefits of simple motion indicators on handrails have been widely known for decades; they provide better visual cues of speed and direction of travel for escalator passengers, especially for children and the elderly.  With today’s evolved print technology it is now possible to provide handrail motion indicators in full-color and in high-resolution; resulting in opportunities to convey safety, directional, or other information to the riding public in a tactile and interactive way.

In a world where we are bombarded with distractions handrail signs and graphics direct passenger focus to the escalator; improving the frequency of handrail holding and of natural steps both on & off the escalator.

Pilot installations on four escalators in the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority demonstrated how handrail signage can be used to positively reinforce the mandatory Caution Signage required in 6.1.6.9.1/ 6.2.6.8.1. and to further mitigate accident risks.

There are presently two types of handrail signs and graphics; one designed to be changed regularly on-site, the other a permanent addition to the handrail.   Both have undergone rigorous testing in aggressive laboratory environments and with extensive world-wide field installations.

Temporary installations are accomplished with the addition of a durable composite thermoplastic film; engineered specifically for field-application to escalator and moving walk handrails.   Stringent procedures and quality guidelines ensure that handrails must pass inspection prior to application and daily unit start-up and shut-down procedures are supplemented with additional inspection requirements.

Further information is available to all upon request and feedback based on your experiences with handrail signs and graphics is most welcome.

The cooperation of all Authorities Having Jurisdiction in granting any required variances until such time as A17.1 -2013 has been adopted is a step forward in improving Passenger Safety on Escalator and Moving Walks and is sincerely appreciated.

EHC GLOBAL Handrail Signage

For further information; please contact:

Patrick R. Bothwell  |  Director of Sales  |  EHC GLOBAL
Telephone: 1-905-447-6709
E-mail:  patrick.bothwell@ehc-global.com

EHC Expands to Indonesia

EHC Global and PT. Pillar Utama Contrindo

Oshawa, Canada – September 12, 2013

EHC Global has signed an agreement with PT. Pillar Utama Contrindo of Bandung, Indonesia, as an EHC Products & Services Licensee, effective September 1st, 2013.  PT. Pillar Utama Contrindo has been an active EHC business associate in excess of 15 years, and will now represent EHC products and services to local customers in the Indonesian market.

Established in May of 1995 as an elevator installation and maintenance company, PT. Pillar Utama Contrindo now employs over 450 people, and has an impressive and expanding regional market presence with offices located in all major cities throughout Java Island, the economic and political epicenter of Indonesia.

“The Indonesian market is quickly on the rise and we’re excited to have PT. Pillar Utama Contrindo as our licensee representing EHC products and services throughout this region” said Jeno Eppel, President of EHC Global.

EHC Expands to Indonesia

 

EHC Brazil: Grand Opening Ceremony

Oshawa, Canada – September 25, 2013

On September 23rd EHC Global held its formal grand opening of their new facility in Cambé, Paraná, Brazil.  The ceremony included opening speeches from Jeno Eppel, President, EHC Global and Uwe Fritz, Managing Director of EHC Brazil.

Jeno Eppel welcomed Mayor of Cambé, Mr. João Pavinato and assured him that EHC Brazil would be a profitable enterprise, certain to be looked upon as an excellent corporate citizen as they are with all of their businesses worldwide.  Eppel also welcomed the many financial and legal associates in attendance and summoned their continued support, especially in the early days as they absorb all of the unique tax and legal requirements for managing a successful business in Brazil.

Uwe Fritz recognized a key customer, Schindler, who was in attendance as well.  Fritz presented the benefits that EHC Brazil will bring to the market-place, specifically the high quality of NT3000, EHC’s patented TPU escalator handrail and ‘just-in-time’ cost effective deliveries.

Dean Loewenberg, EHC Global Corporate Trainer, impressed guests with a presentation and demonstration of how EHC handrails will be produced in Brazil.  Following the ceremonial ribbon cutting and the requisite champagne, everyone enjoyed a traditional Brazilian buffet.

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Eppel expressed excitement over EHC Brazil’s readiness to commercialize their products in Brazil, and added, “Fritz is to be commended for his efforts and relentless determination over the past 18 months in setting up our business and getting us to the point where we can now begin supplying customer pleasing products to the Brazilian market”.

“Brazil is a unique market and if you have patience, learn to adopt local practices and do it right, then you will prosper quickly and for years into the future”, explained Fritz.

Grand Opening: EHC GLOBAL High Tech Centre (HTC)

On June 4th, 2013 EHC Global celebrated the Grand Opening ceremony of its new factory in Shanghai, China.

Known as EHC High Tech Centre (HTC), the factory represents a total area of over 10,000m²  and is dedicated to the advancement of TPU handrail and belt technologies using state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.

Honored by 17 distinguished guests as well as EHC Shanghai’s top management team, the ceremony began with a welcome speech delivered by Mr. Stanley Shao – EHC Shanghai Executive Advisor, followed by a few words from EHC GLOBAL Founder & EHC Shanghai Chairman & Managing Director Mr. Ron Ball.  Mr. Ball briefly shared the history and development of EHC Shanghai; his personal involvement with its growth as a witness, contributor and participant of “the fantastic evolution in China” for the past 15 years.  Mr. Ball  also emphasized EHC Shanghai’s mission of providing gainful and meaningful employment for more than 250 people,  as well as “bringing some of the world’s best technology that will help us reduce our carbon footprint”.

Representatives of our esteemed guests, Mr. Eric Pelletier – Vice Consulate General of Canada, and Mr. Zhang Yu Li – Malu Town Mayor, then delivered their speeches. Mr. Zhang spoke highly of EHC’s contribution to local economic growth, and expressed delight agreeing with the achievements and results of EHC’s presence in China’s developmental market.  He went on to recognize EHC as an exemplary and excellent company invested in Jiading New City, and committed to offer continuous care and support to EHC’s growth by providing optimal services and creating a better environment.

Speeches were highlighted with the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.  Mr. Eric Pelletier, Mr. Ron Ball, Mr. Sergio Garcia – EHC Shanghai Vice Managing Director, and Ms. Sun Wei – Deputy Head of Jiading District cut the ribbon to declare the official opening of HTC.

The event concluded with a full tour of the HTC facility, where visitors gained strong confidence in EHC’s future prosperity.

Honored guests and representatives seen above cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

 

EHC GLOBAL Achieves ISO14001 Certification in Germany & China

Oshawa, Canada – April 4th, 2013

EHC GLOBAL manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are now certified to the ISO14001- 2004 Environmental Management System Standard for their commitment to meeting environmental standards.  These facilities now join EHC GLOBAL’s Corporate Head Office in certification and will continue their joint efforts to meet and exceed set standards moving forward.

“The diversion of tonnes of waste from landfills each year is a direct result of EHC GLOBAL’s ongoing commitment to the environment by reducing waste and recycling of almost all our major components including our NT handrails that are now recyclable.” Duane Cook, Environmental Manager

These certifications represent EHC GLOBAL’s continued commitment to provide products that are not only environmentally responsible but are produced in an environmentally friendly manner while offering cost-effective solutions. Realizing the long-term implications of rising fuel and energy costs in general, EHC GLOBAL has taken the necessary steps on a global scale to mitigate energy inefficiencies in hopes to offset the increased expense and avoid burdening customers with additional costs.

“We have always been dedicated to reducing pollution and helping make our community a healthier place to live. This year, those efforts have been formally recognized by ISO.  I am tremendously proud of our regional staff’s commitment to making the world a better place. We believe the extensive environmental and energy conservation measures we have undergone in recent months, reinforce that commitment.” Jeno Eppel, President

EHC GLOBAL is now looking towards products of the future – new materials and ways of manufacturing that use less material overall.

About EHC GLOBAL

For over 35 years, EHC GLOBAL has been a leader in the design, manufacture, sales and distribution of products for the elevator & escalator industry.

Website Relaunch

Oshawa, Ontario – February 7th, 2013

EHC Global is pleased to announce the relaunch of www.ehc-global.com; a website devoted to lift industry products and services, in addition to offerings for other industrial applications.

www.ehc-global.com offers enhanced navigation, an online catalogue with detailed search functionality, an improved download arena, as well as a user-friendly transfer interface.

Visitors can expect simplicity in direction while exploring our wide selection of products and services in a fresh dynamic environment.

EHC Global Expands Service

Baesweiler, Germany – December 4th, 2012

As part of its expanding business plan, EHC Global is pleased to announce that Escalator Installation Services will be offered throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  Building on successful projects and experience in other parts of Europe, EHC Global is excited to be taking on a more substantial role in the industry and foresees great potential in the expansion of Escalator Installation Services to this market.

US Patent # 8206528 – Methods of Applying a Film with Barrier Layer

EHC has been granted Patent #8206528 for applying a film with a barrier layer to rubber escalator handrails. This innovative technology increases the durability of rubber ADRail handrails and allows these handrails to maintain their appearance over longer periods of time.

Application Date: November 7, 2008 and granted on June 26, 2012.