Washington State Convention Center Summit Building to Feature EHC Global’s Patented NT9000 Escalator Handrail

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August 13, 2019 (Oshawa, Canada) – EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts, and components to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) in Seattle, Washington, will feature EHC’s patented NT9000 escalator handrail in their new Summit building. WSCC, one of the largest convention centers in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA, is currently undergoing a major expansion project. The Summit building will be located one block from the existing facility and will more than double the current capacity of the WSCC when it opens in 2022. EHC has supplied TufFlex™ handrail, ADRail™, Field-Splicing, and D-Flector™ safety brushes to the WSCC in the past.

The Summit building will be a transformative project for the region, connecting neighborhoods, bolstering the economy, and creating an iconic addition to the architectural and cultural landscape. Summit’s 21st Century design is vertically stacked and will have a distinctively Northwest feel. The project will enable WSCC to capture business it currently and consistently turns away due to lack of space availability.

“EHC is proud to be providing our patented NT9000 escalator handrail as part of Washington State Convention Center’s exciting Summit Building expansion project,” commented Jeno Eppel, President and CEO of EHC Global. “EHC has provided escalator handrails and onsite splicing services to many leading convention centers and meeting venues throughout North America and around the world.”

Developed by EHC, the patented NT handrail platform was introduced in 1997 as an environmentally friendly and technologically advanced alternative to conventional rubber-based products. The NT suite of value-added solutions, collectively referred to as “NT+”, has been engineered to provide enhanced safety, wayfinding, aesthetics, and branding. The NT+ product family includes ColourRail™, SafeRail™, MotionRail™, BrandRail™, AMRail™, and ADRail™. Available in a wide range of profiles and colours, NT handrail is recyclable, easy-to-clean and requires minimal maintenance.

 

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, and lift components for escalators, elevators, and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in convention centers, public transit systems, shopping centers, airports, office buildings, hospitals, condominiums, and other urban spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value, and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

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Media Contact:

John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
EHC Global
1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217
M: 647-456-7547
www.ehc-global.com
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

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EHC Global to Supply NT Escalator Handrail to One Vanderbilt, New York City’s Newest Skyscraper

 
EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts and components to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that One Vanderbilt in New York City will feature EHC’s patented NT escalator handrail solution. Upon completion in 2020, One Vanderbilt will be one of New York City’s tallest skyscrapers at a height of 1,401 feet (427 metres). Developed by EHC, the NT handrail platform was introduced in 1997 as an environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced alternative to conventional rubber-based products. The NT suite of value-added solutions, collectively referred to as “NT+”, has been engineered to provide enhanced safety, wayfinding, aesthetics, branding, and ease of maintenance. EHC has provided escalator handrails and on-site field splicing services to many prestigious and landmark commercial buildings and mixed-use development projects throughout New York City including One World Trade Center, Hudson Yards, Rockefeller Center, and Time Warner Center. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in office buildings, public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, convention centres and other urban spaces.

For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
EHC GLOBAL
1287 Boundary Road
Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217
M: 647-456-7547
www.ehc-global.com
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

EHC Global Opens New Facility in Spain to Support Future Growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa

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May 17, 2019 (Oshawa, Canada and Seville, Spain) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components, services and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce the expansion of its EHC Spain & Portugal operations with the opening of its new complex in Seville, Spain. The new facility, located in the La Negrilla district of Seville, consists of three floors of offices for sales, project management, customer service and administrative personnel. In addition, the expansion provides additional space and production capacity for handrail preparation and splicing, warehousing of key escalator parts such as rollers, chains, steps, safety brushes and combplates, Tractel lift equipment servicing as well as escalator assembly and storage.

 

EHC continues to expand its presence in the Iberian Peninsula to meet the rising demand for high-quality escalator parts, localized support and field services, quick turnaround times and highly skilled and experienced technicians. In addition to the new facility in Seville, EHC has also established the EHC Global Installation and Service+ Centre of Excellence in Santander, Spain. Strategically located in the north coast of the country, the Santander operation provides escalator and moving walk installation and modernization expertise, design and planning, training as well as project management services throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Additional support is provided through EHC’s local handrail and field-splicing operation in Madrid.

 

Jeno Eppel, EHC’s President and Chief Executive Officer and Norman Rosnersky, Managing Director of EHC Central Region, presided over the dedication of the facility, which included an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Our vision has always been to be a global market leader in the vertical transportation industry by developing innovative and value-added solutions that are a reflection of excellence, delivering best-in-class customer service and by building a global sales, service and distribution network to meet the current and future needs of our customers. EHC’s investment in this new facility highlights our strategic and long-term commitment to growth and supporting our network of customers and partners within Europe, Middle East & Africa,” said Eppel.

 

“EHC Global continues to be a leading and trusted provider of escalator handrails, key escalator components and technical services within the Iberian Peninsula and surrounding countries,” and Miguel Chías González-Blanch, General Manager, EHC Spain & Portugal. “Our new facility will enable us to meet the growing demands and the future needs of our customers in the region.”

 

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, convention centres and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

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Media Contact:

John M. Calderón

Director of Marketing

EHC Global

1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)

O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217

M: 647-456-7547

www.ehc-global.com

john.calderon@ehc-global.com

 

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EHC Global Awarded Multi-Year Contract to Supply NT and TufFlex Escalator Handrails to Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP)

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EHC to provide NT and TufFlex handrails, field splicing and support services to Paris Métro and the Réseau Express Régional (RER) networks

December 19, 2018 (Baesweiler, Germany and Paris, France) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that EHC France has been awarded a multi-year contract by Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to supply escalator handrails and related services to the Paris Métro and the Réseau Express Régional (RER) networks. Under the terms of the exclusive two-year contract, EHC will supply NT and TufFlex handrail platforms in addition to field splicing and technical support services.

RATP is responsible for most of the public transport in Paris, including the Paris Métro, tram and bus services as well as part of the RER network. Established in 1900, the Paris Métro is one of the busiest metro systems in the world with 16 lines and over 300 stations. In 2016, Paris Métro was ranked as the best public transport system in the world by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) with all Parisians having an easy access to rapid transport, ahead of 26 other international cities. The RER, a hybrid suburban commuter/rapid transit system serving Paris and its suburbs, is comprised of five lines and over 250 stations, including several connections with the Paris Métro.

“We are very pleased and proud to announce this latest contract award from the RATP to serve the needs of the Paris Métro and RER networks and the millions of Parisians, tourists and business travellers that rely on public transit each and every day,” said Norman Rosnersky, Managing Director of EHC Central Region. “Our NT and TufFlex handrails are engineered to perform in the most demanding public transit environments and high-traffic applications.”

Developed by EHC, the NT handrail platform was introduced in 1997 as an environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced alternative to conventional rubber-based products. The NT suite of value-added solutions, collectively referred to as “NT+”, has been engineered to provide enhanced safety, wayfinding, aesthetics and branding. The NT+ product family includes ColourRail™, SafeRail™, MotionRail™, BrandRail™ and AMRail™. Available in a wide range of profiles and colours, NT handrail is recyclable, easy-to-clean and requires minimal maintenance.

Headquartered in Baesweiler, Germany, EHC’s Central Region operations include manufacturing and distribution facilities in Germany, Spain and France, regional sales offices in Slovakia and the United Kingdom and a network of partners throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). EHC has established itself as a leading provider of escalator handrails, safety brushes, lift components, field splicing, escalator installation and escalator maintenance in the EMEA region, servicing both the new construction and replacement markets. Every day, EHC helps millions of public transit commuters move safely and comfortably on escalators, moving walks and elevators. EHC works with many leading public transit systems throughout the EMEA region including Paris, Marseille, London, Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Dubai.

About EHC Global Inc.
Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, convention centres and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

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Media Contact:
John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
EHC Global
1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217
M: 647-456-7547
www.ehc-global.com
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

EHC Global to Open New Facility in Spain to Accommodate Future Growth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 16, 2018 (Oshawa, Canada and Seville, Spain) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce the expansion of its EHC Spain & Portugal operations with the opening of a new facility in Seville, Spain. The new facility, located in the La Negrilla district of Seville, consists of three floors of offices for sales, project management, customer service and administrative personnel. The expansion will provide additional space and production capacity for handrail preparation and splicing, Tractel lift equipment servicing as well as escalator assembly and storage. In addition, the facility will provide increased warehousing and distribution space to accommodate a wide range of escalator components including steps, safety brushes, rollers, step chains, specifically for the modernization and replacement markets. Modifications to the newly constructed building are currently underway with an official ribbon-cutting planned for the first quarter of 2019.

“EHC’s investment in this new facility highlights our strategic and long-term commitment to growth and supporting our network of partners and customers within Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA),” said Norman Rosnersky, Managing Director of EHC Central Region. “Our new facility will enable us to meet the growing demands and the future needs of our customers in the region.”

“EHC Global continues to be a leading and trusted provider of escalator handrails, strategic escalator parts and technical services within the Iberian Peninsula and surrounding countries,” and Miguel Chías González-Blanch, General Manager, EHC Spain & Portugal. “We have seen a continued growth in demand from our customers and the market in general for replacement escalator components and specialized services such as handrail field splicing, Service+ as well as escalator removals, installations and modernizations.”

 

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, convention centres and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

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Media Contact:

John M. Calderon

Director of Marketing

EHC Global

1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)

O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217

M: 647-456-7547

www.ehc-global.com

john.calderon@ehc-global.com

EHC Global Appoints Bill King to Customer Service & Inside Sales Manager for North America

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October 29, 2018 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that Bill King has been appointed Customer Service & Inside Sales Manager for North America. Reporting to Patrick R. Bothwell, EHC’s Vice President of Sales, Bill will continue to be based in Oshawa, Canada, and will be responsible for supporting our customers and managing the inside sales and field service teams throughout the United States and Canada.

 

“EHC’s reputation is founded on our commitment to developing innovative products and integrated solutions and a passion for delivering exceptional customer service,” said Mr. Bothwell. “Bill brings a wealth of industry knowledge and technical insight to our customers and the EHC team, including hands-on production and field experience. In his new and exciting role, Bill will be responsible for ensuring the continued delivery of EHC’s first class customer service and field service experience that meet and exceed the expectations and growing demands of our customers throughout North America.”

 

Bill King has nearly twenty-five years of lift industry experience. He joined EHC in 1994 as a Production Technician and eventually transitioned to Western Region Sales and Service in 2000. In 2008, he was appointed Service Supervisor for the Western Region, which provides technical and field service support to customers in the USA and Canada.

 

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, convention centres and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

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Media Contact:

John M. Calderon

Director of Marketing

EHC Global

1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)

O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217

M: 647-456-7547

www.ehc-global.com

john.calderon@ehc-global.com

Joint Problems? The Raw Truth About Handrail Splicing!

Patrick Bothwell  |  David Ball


 

Make no mistake, the joint (or splice) in any endless handrail is the weakest part of that handrail.   

There are several misconceptions about handrail joining methods, the terms used to describe their various configurations, and the service life to be expected from each.

The methods and apparatus used when making a handrail endless depend on the specific materials used in the construction of the handrail product.  Rubber has traditionally been used as the base material for handrails. Naturally most raw rubber is not elastic at all ─ it is more like chewing gum until it is subjected to heat under pressure for a specific period of time.  This process, known as curing or vulcanizing (after the Roman God of Fire, Vulcan) turns the rubber into a bouncy, tough, elastic product we think of as “rubber”.  This process of cross-linking cannot be reversed.  Once cured the rubber stays that way.

EHC also uses a proprietary thermoplastic polyurethane material in a growing number of its handrail products which works in a different but very useful way. At normal temperatures a thermoplastic has similar properties to that of cured rubber.  It is elastic, resilient and tough.  When heated above a certain temperature it begins to soften and becomes like a thick liquid during which it can be formed by molding or extrusion. When cooled it retains the desired shape and has the rubber like properties it possessed prior to heating and needs no further work done to it.  This heating and cooling process is repeatable, unlike the curing of rubber.

Both rubber and thermoplastic handrails require a stretch inhibitor. Most often this is in the form of 18-20 individual steel cables which run the entire length of the handrail and prevent that handrail from elongating. In the splice area these cables are discontinuous – and the ultimate strength of the splice relies on the interweave, a term referring to the intersection of the cables in a splice, to give the splice its tensile strength. See the image below.

Rather than the strength of each individual strand of steel cable to achieve tensile strength, the interweave is made robust through the force to remove each cable from the rubber or thermoplastic material that it is embedded in.   Stepping of the interweave increases the area of linear contact exponentially as opposed to simply butting the ends of the cables together.    The combination of force required to remove each cable from the material in which it is embedded determines the final tensile strength of the splice.

With thermoplastic handrails, the moulding process allows for material in the interweave to completely flow together, encapsulating all the cables in a durable polyurethane matrix.   Regardless of whether the splice is completed with factory equipment, or with portable field equipment – the resulting strength is the same and will exceed the code mandated 25kN breaking strength.  

A further benefit from choosing NT is the splicing kit. This is the added material introduced into the splice joint to re-create the necessary volume and integrity the joint needs to last. Unlike rubber splice kits, NT requires very little added material and absolutely zero adhesives, solvents or dangerous goods. This is the undisputed king of handrail splices – quick and clean without the need for harsh solvents or adhesives.

With rubber handrails, the results depend on workmanship and the type of ends that are being spliced together.   There are three types of rubber splice methods used globally.  

 

  • Raw-to-Raw splicing is the most commonly used method of factory splicing, but also recommended in the field, especially on handrail drives systems with tight forward and reverse bends. With Raw-to-Raw splicing, both ends of the handrail are composed of raw rubber, and are vulcanized together to form the highest quality rubber handrail splice.   Adhesion between all layers is robust, force to remove each cable from the rubber in which it is embedded is maximized and tensile strength will also exceed 25kN.

 

  • Raw-to-Cure splicing is most commonly used in the field. Comprised of one raw open end, and one cured end this configuration is popular in that it allows the handrail to be custom fit to the escalator in the field with relative ease.   The cured end is torn-down in the field once the optimal final handrail length has been determined,  raw and cured ends are then spliced together using special-purpose solvents and adhesives that encourage the cured rubber to bond with the raw rubber on the open end.    Completed by a seasoned handrail splice technician tensile strengths are also above 25KN.

 

  • Cure-to-Cure splicing using this method requires a trade-off on the durability of the splice – bringing together two cured ends requires more involved tear-down and build processes and relies heavily on adhesives to keep the splice together. Workmanship needs to be flawless in-order to ensure structural integrity of the splice.

 

Its important to appreciate that all these options require the afore mentioned splice kits which do contain components like the rubber handrail itself which are sensitive to ageing. Ensuring your rubber handrails are stored in their original packaging as well as in a dry, cool and dark location for less than 2 years is key. So too the splice kit materials, for rubber handrail joints have a limited shelf life and proper inventory management of both is essential for achieving a long life and trouble-free performance from your handrail.    One final point to remember about Rubber handrail splice kits is that they do contain adhesives and solvents, which can be difficult and expensive to ship.

All the rubber options, as robust as they are; in the hands of a qualified technician, still require the extra step of finishing off the splice joint once its fully vulcanized. This finishing process involves trimming, sanding and polishing the joint surfaces to blend them into the same shape as the rest of the handrail. This step not only requires skill but time both to execute and for clean-up and materials which is not required when splicing NT handrail.

One key feature of the NT handrail field splice is that, unlike the rubber handrail, the process and equipment used on-site are identical to those used in the factory.  Due to the characteristics of the thermoplastic rubber we have successfully developed an on-site splice procedure and bespoke portable moulding equipment. This allows EHC to reproduce a quality splice in the field that boasts the same robust durability, dimensional stability and breaking strength as that produced under the controlled conditions in the factory. The end result, is a finished appearance that is undiscernible from a factory splice.  EHC’s teams of certified service technicians and those of our official partners around the world, perform thousands of on-site splices every year.

With all methods of handrail splicing, success ultimately depends on the use of the proper splice materials for that specific type of handrail.   All components or added materials including adhesives contained in splice kits have a limited shelf-life and need to be used while they are fresh.   Out of date splice kits, might look OK but will compromise the integrity of the final splice, and in extreme cases cause the handrail to come apart at the splice.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your EHC Global sales representative to answer any questions and to determine which method of handrail joint is best suited to your application.

Successful handrail splicing relies heavily on the skillset of the technician performing the splice – attention to detail. For this reason, EHC insists upon an annual certification requirement for all factory and field splice technicians.   Splice integrity is the key to long service life and paramount to rider safety. 

If you are experiencing problems with your handrail splices or any sort of premature handrail failure – please let us know, we’d be happy to help.

EHC Global Founder Ronald Ball Receives Prestigious 2018 Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award

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September 17, 2018 (Shanghai, China and Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that Ronald Ball, founder of EHC, has received the prestigious 2018 Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award in recognition of his many contributions to the City of Shanghai over the past two decades. The awards were presented to fifty foreign individuals representing nineteen countries in an official ceremony held on September 12 in Shanghai with many government officials, business leaders, and other distinguished guests in attendance.

First presented by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government in 1989 and named after the City’s official flower, The Magnolia Silver Award is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a foreigner by the Shanghai government. The award is given annually to expatriates in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to the City of Shanghai in fields such as economy and trade, finance, education, science, technology, health and culture. To date, 1158 individuals have received this award.

“I am honoured and grateful to receive the Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award and am delighted to share this award with the EHC staff and family in recognition of their commitment, passion and relentless determination,” Mr. Ball said. “I am very proud to call Shanghai home for more than twenty years and am humbled to be one of approximately fifty Canadians to have been bestowed this prestigious award.”

Mr. Ball founded Escalator Handrail Company, now EHC Global, in 1977 with only two employees in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. Within five years, EHC would become a dominant handrail supplier in the North American lift industry. Building on this success and equipped with new technology and production capacity, EHC focused its efforts on globalization and establishing manufacturing and supply chain capabilities strategically located in close proximity to leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

By the early 1990s, EHC began looking at setting up manufacturing in Europe. Jeno Eppel (now EHC President and Chief Executive Officer) and his wife, Diane, moved to Baesweiler, Germany, to launch European production. Since that time, EHC’s European operations have grown to include manufacturing, distribution and installation facilities in France and Spain.

At around the same time, two of the world’s largest escalator manufacturers had started to realize some significant success in China and were followed soon after by other OEMs with expansion plans of their own. Taking notice of China’s increasingly significant role in international trade, manufacturing and the shift of production of escalators and elevators to Asia, Mr. Ball moved to China in 1996 to set up a handrail manufacturing plant in Shanghai, which would grow to become one of the largest integrated handrail manufacturing operations in the world.

In the company’s 20 years in China, EHC has diversified and introduced additional products. Its Engineered Polymers division opened in 2005 in Shanghai, producing polyurethane rollers for the lift, automotive and agricultural industries. In 2014, EHC’s Shanghai High Tech Center began manufacturing composite belts for elevators, enhancing EHC’s materials and processing capabilities. Today, EHC operates two manufacturing plants in Shanghai and employs over 300 people. Mr. Ball continues to reside in Shanghai and is frequently asked to share his insights and success story with industry associations, government, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Last October, Mr. Ball received the prestigious Governor General’s Medallion from the Canadian Government in recognition of his many contributions to international trade and for his efforts in fostering a strong relationship between Canada and China. He is a long-time member of The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Manufacturers’ Business Council. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto and attended Durham College in Oshawa, Canada. In 2016, EHC Global established the Ronald H. Ball Family Scholarship at Durham College in recognition of EHC’s long-standing relationship with the institution. This annual scholarship is based on academic performance and is granted to a student in Durham College’s School of Business, IT and Management.

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, convention centres and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

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Media Contact:
John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
EHC Global
1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217
M: 647-456-7547
www.ehc-global.com
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

 

Ron Ball – EHC High Tech Center, Shanghai

EHC Global Founder Ron Ball Awarded Prestigious Governor General’s Medallion by Canadian Government

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Governor General’s Medallion recognizes Ron Ball’s contribution to international trade and fostering a strengthened relationship between Canada and China

 

June 21, 2018 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that Ron Ball, EHC’s founder, has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Governor General’s Medallion in recognition of his successful career and achievements as well as his many contributions to international trade and the economies of both Canada and China. The Governor General’s Medallion is awarded by the Governor General of Canada, who serves as the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Canada. The Governor General presents honours and awards to recognize excellence, valour, bravery and exceptional achievements.

 

“I would like to congratulate you on receiving the Governor General’s Medallion,” says The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada from 2010 to 2017. “Your work to foster a strengthened relationship between Canada and China is appreciated by so many. I appreciate the efforts taken to build a successful company in both countries, allowing our peoples to flourish economically. Thanks to your efforts and those of like-minded citizens, I have no doubt that Canada’s ties in the region will continue to grow.”

 

Ron Ball and his family received a special invitation from The Honourable John McCallum, Ambassador of Canada to China, to attend a luncheon at the Official Residence of the Embassy of Canada in Beijing. Ron visited the Official Residence, accompanied by his wife Olivia and daughter Alexandra, and enjoyed a formal lunch and social afternoon in the company of Ambassador McCallum, his wife Nancy Lim, and Mr. Kan. Ambassador McCallum also presented Ron with the Governor General’s Medallion on behalf of the Governor General of Canada.

 

Canada and China share a long-standing relationship on many levels, including political, commercial, scientific, cultural and academic. More than 1.3 million Canadian residents are of Chinese origin and over 110,000 Chinese students studied at Canadian educational institutions in 2014. Chinese is also Canada’s third most spoken language after English and French, and immigrants born in China, including Hong Kong, form one of the largest groups within Canada’s immigrant population.

 

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping centers, airports, office buildings, hospitals, condominiums and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Barbados, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

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Media Contact:

John M. Calderon

Director of Marketing

EHC Global

1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)

O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217

M: 647-456-7547

www.ehc-global.com

john.calderon@ehc-global.com

 

 

EHC Global’s ADRail™ Handrail Solution Featured in New Balance Training Footwear and Apparel In-Store Campaign

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ADRail™ Escalator Handrail Technology Enhances New Balance Training’s Tactile Branding Experience at Sports Experts Flagship Store in Downtown Montréal

May 22, 2018 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that New Balance Athletics, Inc. has recently implemented EHC’s patented ADRail™ escalator handrail film platform as part of their current interactive and hands-on New Balance Training branding campaign at the Sports Experts flagship store in downtown Montréal, Canada. The installation of the ADRail™ campaign was managed and executed by Time2Ad Inc., EHC’s exclusive Canadian ADRail™ licensee.

The New Balance Training footwear and apparel campaign was launched on January 25 and features EHC’s patented ADRail™ handrail film technology. ADRail™ is installed directly over the escalator handrail by an EHC-trained and certified technician. The installation and removal process is quick (approximately 60 minutes to install and less than 30 minutes to remove) and does not compromise the performance or service life of the escalator handrail. To date, EHC and its global network of licensees have completed over two thousand ADRail™ installations worldwide.

“ADRail™ was specifically developed by EHC Global for short-term advertising, branding and safety campaigns on escalators and moving walks within retail environments, convention centres, shopping malls, airports and other public spaces,” says Jeno Eppel, President and Chief Executive Officer of EHC. “Our innovative and proven ADRail™ solution can literally transform a ubiquitous black handrail into an attention-grabbing, dynamic and memorable tactile branding experience.”

Additional New Balance Training campaign elements include custom graphics on the escalator balustrades, footwear display tables in all Sports Experts locations, a digital campaign streamed on Sports Experts-owned channels, and custom NB Training videos that will be run in-store on digital screens and on social media channels.

“For New Balance, branding a prominent (and unconventional) section of retail space within this experiential store format with EHC’s innovative ADRail™ solution provided an opportunity to delight consumers, adding a tactile branding element to the overall Training campaign,” says Mark Wasserman, Marketing Manager of New Balance Athletics, Inc. “The larger than life activation allows consumers to see and engage with our brand and get inspired on their path to purchase, and adds to other great consumer activations like the NB Stride I.D. 3D foot scanning technology which is situated on the third floor.”

In May 2017, Sports Experts (www.sportsexperts.ca) officially reopened its downtown Montréal store on the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Mansfield. The $10-million investment included the addition of a third floor, the modernization of two existing escalators and the integration of the latest technologies, including smart mirrors equipped with motion sensors, an indoor track, a New Balance shoe lab, and multiple HD video walls. The 60,000-square-foot store is now the largest Sports Experts store in Quebec. A division of FGL Sports Ltd., Sports Experts has been the go-to retailer for active Quebecers for nearly 50 years and features more than 105 stores in the province.

EHC Global is a proud and long-standing provider of escalator handrail and other lift solutions to leading sporting goods brands and retailers around the world including Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Champs Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Foot Locker, Mike Sport, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Nike, Scheels, Sport Chek, Sportarena, Under Armour and Viladomat.

About EHC Global Inc.
Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping centers, airports, office buildings, hospitals, condominiums and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Barbados, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

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Media Contacts:
John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
EHC Global
1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217; M: 647-456-7547
www.ehc-global.com
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

 

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Mark Motors Group Promotes Porsche Luxury Brand at 2018 Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show with EHC Global’s ADRail™ Escalator Handrail Solution

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March 26, 2018 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts, and components to the vertical transportation industry, is proud to announce The Mark Motors Group has implemented EHC’s ADRail™ escalator handrail solution to promote the Porsche luxury brand and engage attendees at the 2018 Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show. The annual auto show took place between March 22-25 at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa, Canada. The Mark Motors Group is one of Ottawa’s premier luxury car dealerships, representing prestigious brands such as Audi and Porsche. The installation of the ADRail™ campaign was managed and executed by Time2Ad Inc., EHC’s Canadian ADRail™ licensee.

 

“We are excited about the new redesign of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne, and love the innovative nature of the ADRail™ escalator handrail wrap,” said Liza Mrak, Mark Motors Group Executive Vice-President. “This eye-catching ad is strategically located on the escalator leading into the Porsche section to ignite interest and drive car-enthusiasts into our display.”

 

ADRail™ has been specifically developed by EHC for escalators and moving walks and consists of a custom graphic film applied directly over the handrail by a qualified installer. ADRail™ features an antimicrobial surface and is ideal for short-term advertising, branding, and safety awareness campaigns. ADRail™ also provides a source of ancillary revenue for building owners, property managers, and event organizers. To date, EHC and its global network of licensees have completed thousands ADRail™ installations worldwide and has worked with leading car brands including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Range Rover, Land Rover, Smart, Suzuki, Nissan, Kia, Toyota, and Mazda.

 

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts and components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in convention centers, public transit systems, shopping centers, airports, office buildings, hospitals, condominiums, and other urban spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value, and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Barbados, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

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Media Contact:

John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
EHC Global
1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217
M: 647-456-7547
www.ehc-global.com
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

 

 

Miguel Chías González-Blanch Appointed General Manager of EHC Global Operations in Spain and Portugal

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Miguel Chías González-Blanch Appointed General Manager of EHC Global Operations in Spain and Portugal

March 21, 2018 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that Miguel Chías has been appointed General Manager of EHC Spain and Portugal. Based in Seville, Mr. Chías will be reporting directly to Norman Rosnersky, Managing Director of EHC Central Region, and will focus on growing EHC’s market presence throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

Headquartered in Baesweiler, Germany, EHC’s Central Region operations include manufacturing and distribution facilities in Germany, Spain and France, regional sales offices in Slovakia and the United Kingdom and a network of partners throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In addition to providing escalator handrails, safety brushes and other lift component solutions, EHC provides turn-key escalator and moving walk installation and modernization services within the EMEA region.

“I am very pleased to welcome Miguel Chías to the EHC Global family and the Central Region leadership team,” says Norman Rosnersky, Managing Director of EHC Central Region. “Miguel’s extensive lift industry experience, in-depth knowledge of the Iberian market and his proven leadership will further enable EHC to meet the growing needs and opportunities in Spain and Portugal.”

Immediately prior to joining EHC, Mr. Chías was the operations manager of MP Lifts in Seville, Spain. He has also served as branch manager for MP Lifts in Seville and Almeria. Mr. Chías holds a degree in Law and a degree in Economics from the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville. He speaks Spanish and English.

About EHC Global Inc.
Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping centers, airports, office buildings, hospitals, condominiums and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Barbados, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

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Media Contact:
John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
EHC Global
1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217
M: 647-456-7547
www.ehc-global.com
john.calderon@ehc-global.com