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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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

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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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Director of Marketing

EHC Global

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O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217

M: 647-456-7547

www.ehc-global.com

john.calderon@ehc-global.com

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 Strengthens Central Region Operations with Appointment of Richard Cardinaal as Sales & Supply Chain Manager

Richard Cardinaal - Photo

July 4, 2016 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of escalator and elevator components, is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Cardinaal as Sales and Supply Chain Manager, Germany. In his new role, Mr. Cardinaal will be responsible for the integration, optimization and continuous improvement of customer-centric strategies and processes including sales, order processing, fulfilment, and support. He will lead a team of eight and will report directly to Norman Rosnersky, Managing Director of EHC Central Region.

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).

“To meet the growing needs and challenges of our customers, EHC continues to integrate its customer-focused philosophy in its day-to-day processes and operations,” said Norman Rosnersky. “The appointment of Mr. Cardinaal and the integration of our sales and supply chain operations reinforce EHC’s commitment to maximizing customer value and maintaining the highest levels of operational excellence, quality and customer satisfaction.”

Mr. Cardinaal has been a member of the EHC team since March 1995. He has held several management roles within the company including IT, project management and business development. Mr. Cardinaal holds a degree in Information Technology and Business Administration as well as a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences’ School of Technology (The Netherlands). He speaks Dutch, English and German.

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
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

EHC Global Expands Presence in EMEA Region with New Distributor in South Africa

EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of escalator and elevator components, is pleased to announce that it has expanded its local presence in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region with the appointment of Mofasa Lifts (Mofasa) as its authorized handrail distributor and service provider in the Republic of South Africa. Based in Pretoria, Mofasa will service the growing need for new and replacement escalator and moving walk handrail solutions within the transportation, retail, commercial and other key market segments. Mofasa will also offer specialized and custom EHC-manufactured and licensed escalator components including, rollers, guides, chains, plates and safety brushes.

“EHC is committed to expanding its global sales, service and supply chain network to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of key markets,” said Jeno Eppel, President of EHC. “Our Central Region operations continue to experience significant growth in its core businesses and as well as its field operations department throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Expanding our local footprint in South Africa is an integral part of our overall growth strategy.”

“We are excited to be representing the EHC Global brand and the TufFlex™ and NT™ series of escalator handrail solutions in South Africa,” said Jacques Groenewald, President of Mofasa. “As the only company in South Africa specialized in the turnkey installation of escalators, we are strategically positioned to provide the highest levels of quality, reliability and customer satisfaction that EHC customers worldwide have come to expect.”

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
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

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