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Langfang, China, Apr 21st – 24th 2010

Wittur was present with a booth in Hall B, stand 223 at World Elevator & Escalator Expo 2010, the international trade fair for lifts, escalators, components and accessories that took place in Langfang, China, at Langfang Exhibition Centre from April 21st to April 24th, 2010.
Ms. Bettina Schoen, Managing Director of WITTUR ELEVATOR COMPONENTS CO. LTD., underlined the importance of WEE EXPO for the Asia-Pacific markets: "Wittur was pleased to meet its customers at World Elevator & Escalator 2010. We exhibited several innovations for energy efficiency of lifts, as well as our complete range of lift components and our expertise in tailored lift projects. Thanks to the pioneering mindset of Mr. Horst Wittur, who recently passed away at the age of 67, the Wittur Group established their China office and production facility in Shanghai, Suzhou area as early as in February 1995 to manufacture lift components at European quality standards. Wittur China is serving the lift markets in China and Asia Pacific”.
Wittur has shown a full range of innovative lift components in four sections.
An “Energy efficiency” section of Wittur stand hosted:
  • The new “ECO” series of gearless drives with reduced power consumption  
  • The new generation of ECO+ and MIDI+ door drives – brushless and with reduced power consumption and a very low standby consumption;
  • The new frequency controlled Hydraulic pump unit HI equipped with inverter for lower energy consumption and better ride comfort
  • The Hydraulic pump unit HE equipped with electronic valve, which offers significant energy savings.
Another section of the booth was dedicated to Wittur experience in ”Safety Components”, showing amongst others the UCM solution for protection against unintended car movement. The solution consists of the electronic overspeed governor EOS and the bi-directional progressive safety gear BSG-25P. Wittur’s commitment to safety was underlined through the exhibition of Wittur Fire rated doors including Russian-certified EI60, EN 81-58 E120 and EN 81-58 E120 with glass framed panels.
The section “Special Expertise” featured some special samples, such as Wittur round glass OSAKA lift car with LUNA round glass doors. These products show Wittur’s expertise in dealing with special applications, where customer specifications are set very high.
The fourth section “High Performance” gathered lift components such as Pegasus door in a version for high rise applications and WSG-29, the latest addition to Wittur’s range of high power gearless drives for demanding projects.
Sales and technical representative from Wittur were present to provide customers the best-in-class support they expect from the Wittur Group.
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Colorno, April 16th - 17th 2010

Wittur has welcomed it customers during the Wittur Open Days 2010 at Wittur S.p.A.production facility in Colorno, 12 Melloni street on
Friday April 16th, 2010
Saturday April 17th, 2010
Wittur Open Days 2010 main topic was:
New Opportunities for Modernization of existing lifts
Wittur's showroom has been at customers' disposal starting from 9.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. Many new products were presented:
  • New HYDRA 3000 PLUS serires of car operators in 2 panels, 3 panels, 4 panels version;
  • ECO BUS folding door with new flat panel execution
  • FINELINE door in a new version with frames and new finishing possibilities
  • New Wittur cars with horizontal staves and  self-standing panoramic wall available as option

Short presentations of the new products were scheduled during the two days.

A guided visit of the production facility was scheduled at one hour intervals, starting from 9.30 a.m.

Many thanks to the more than 150 customers who took the time to come to this event.

See the video on WITTUR TV!

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I have some sad news to share with you today: Following a serious illness, Horst Wittur passed away on 6 February 2010, at the age of 67.
He will be mourned not only by his family but by everyone who knew him, who experienced him and who worked with him. His entire life centred around building up and developing his company into a world market leader in lift components. Horst Wittur was an entrepreneur with all his heart, with a positive, forward-looking mindset and the courage to take risks and hereby experienced the full range of heights and depths over a period of nearly four decades. His expertise, creativity and untiring commitment enabled him to build up a globally renowned company that bears his name. This has earned him appreciation among colleagues and staff and recognition in the lift construction sector.
We are now saying farewell to a great personality in the business world - someone to whom all of us are greatly indebted. Horst Wittur will therefore be fixed in our minds and will always be remembered with great respect.
On behalf of the EMB,
Stephan Rojahn
Wiedenzhausen, 9 February 2010
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From Bot&Co. to Wittur B.V.: celebrating 50 years in the lift business

Wittur B.V. welcomes its customers on April 8th-9th 2010, in its headquarters in Almere, The Netherlands for an Open house showing the latest lift components introduced by Wittur.
This year’s Open house is also a special occasion to celebrate, as it marks the 50th anniversary since the establishment of the company.
Wittur B.V. started its activity in the lift business in April 1960 with the name Bot & Co. It was established by Mr C. Bot and Mr. J. van Woerden in Hilversum, The Netherlands.
During the seventies, the cooperation between Bot and Wittur pushed a steady growth of activities on the Dutch and Belgian lift market.
The move in 1980 from Hilversum to Almere gave these activities a further push. In 2001 the company became part of Wittur Group under the name Wittur B.V. 

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Vienna, April 14th, 2010

Under the patronage of Vienna city council's, the next Lift days of TÜV Austria will take place in Vienna on April 14th, 2010

The Lift day will collect renowned speakers from industry, public authorities, interest groups and TÜV AUSTRIA experts in a platform to gather information, share mutual experiences and improve your network of contacts.

Some of the topics treated include:
  • Latest developments in the lift market
  • Modernization Solutions
  • Safety devices for lift doors
  • Status quo of energy consumption in lifts
  • Improved energy efficiency in new and existing lifts
  • What does the future hold? Norms and legal developments

Mr. Florian Leutner from Wittur GmbH will make a presentation about modernization solutions.

Please refer to your local Wittur sales contact for further information.
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Current requirements for lifts - Safety, Construction, Fire Protection

More than 250 lift professional gathered together for the 27th edition of Heilbron’s Lift Days in Heilbronn, Germany.
The main topic of this year’s edition was “Current requirements for lifts - Safety, Construction, Fire Protection”. Technical presentations were divided into 3 main groups:
1. Codes & Standards
2. Building regulations & fire requirements
3. Legal questions about maintenance and lift checking
Markus Hößle from Wittur Holding GmbH gave a presentation about “Experiences with tests of fire-resistant doors” . He highlighted the expertise of Wittur group in dealing with the different fire-resistant certifications in terms of technical development, range of available door types and model and range of available dimensions and finishing.
Please refer to your local Wittur sales contact for further information about Wittur range of fire-resistant doors.

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2010 calendar

Please be informed about 2010 exhibitions where Wittur will be present worldwide:

EXPO Elevador 2010
August 18th - 19th 
Centro de Esposiçoes Imigrantes, Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 20th - 22nd
Trade Fair Centre, Kielce, Poland

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Mumbai, India, Feb 3rd - 5th, 2010

Wittur was present at IEE EXPO, the most important exibition in India related to the lift industry, that took place at the Bombay Exhibition Center Goregaon in Mumbai, India,  from Wednesday Feb. 3rd to Friday Feb. 5th, 2010.
Wittur Group exhibited a wide range of Wittur products, including:
  • Wittur AUGUSTA landing door with RAL painted panels and frames (a smart commodity door, reliable and easy to install);
  • Wittur HYDRA fire-resistant EN 81-58 landing door with glass framed panels, stainless steel finishing and anti-vandal certification EN 81-71 Class 1 (a high quality door for public buildings);
  • Wittur AUGUSTA car door operator with new ECO+ drive for reduced power consumption;
  • Wittur HYDRA car door operator with new ECO+ drive for reduced power consumption;
  • The new Wittur HD Hydraulic pump equipped with electronic valve from Wittur Hydraulic Drives (Bergamo, Italy);
  • The Wittur HD HM hydraulic pump with mechanical valve;
  • WLG 08 and S1 gearless drives from Wittur Electric Drives (Dresden, Germany);
  • The Wittur HD "Minilift" hydraulic pump for lift platforms;
  • OL35 overspeed governor and BSG bidirectional safety gear from Wittur GmbH (Scheibbs, Austria).
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Official opening ceremony at Wittur GmbH´s Technology and Innovation Center in Scheibbs, Austria.

With its landmark test tower rising 50 metres high, the new TIC (Technology and Innovation Center) opened by Wittur GmbH in Scheibbs, Austria, is a visible symbol of the innovative and future-oriented approach taken by the entire Wittur Group.
Frames, door operators, safety components and drives are to be developed at the TIC to expand Wittur’s own product range. In addition, joint development projects with customers will benefit from Wittur’s long experience and know-how.
The TIC will enable Wittur GmbH to fulfil its mission and provide the Wittur Group with an outstanding level of R&D expertise for the development of innovative components.
A day-long official opening ceremony took place on July 11th, 2009, attended by many of those who made the TIC possible. They included representatives of the local authorities in Scheibbs and the Lower Austrian state authorities, Wittur Group customers and the entire staff of Wittur GmbH, along with their families who provided continuous support.
Mr. Andreas Zwerger, Managing Director of Wittur GmbH, welcomed the guests and introduced the speakers - Mr. Norbert Schleicher (Works Council), Mr. Ahmet Özcan (Staff Council), Mr. Johann Schragl (Mayor of Scheibbs), Mrs. Martina Gerersdorfer (Scheibbs District Commissioner) and Mr. Kurt Trnka (Vice President of the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce). Their speeches underscored the importance of investing in research and development in times of economic turmoil by creating a facility such as the TIC. Positive mention was also made of the decision to celebrate the opening together with all the staff and their families as thanks for their outstanding dedication to Wittur and their contribution to realising the TIC.
Mr. Stephan Rojahn, President of the Wittur Group and Mr. Wolfgang Sobotka, as Vice President of Lower Austria, subsequently stressed the importance of the TIC, both for the development and future-oriented growth of the Wittur Group and as a symbol of ongoing expansion.
After the ribbon had been officially cut, the TIC was opened to all the guests. They were able to visit the test facility, watch a video of a lift test and then take the lift to the top of the tower to admire the breathtaking view - it was almost like flying high above the town of Scheibbs.
An afternoon of music and festivities followed, with a play corner for children of all ages and traditional Austrian music for everyone to enjoy until late in the evening.
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Hall 7

Wittur has been present at Interlift 09, the international trade fair for elevators, components and accessories that took place at Augsburg Exhibition Center from October 13th to October 16th, 2009.

At Wittur booth in Hall 7, stand 721, visitors coming from all over the world have been able to experience Wittur extensive range of products directly and got a glimpse of new products to come.
Mr. Sergio Biglino, Executive Vice President Corporate Sales & Marketing, Wittur Group, comments in a favourable way the outcome of the exhibition: "Wittur was pleased to meet its customers at Interlift 09 with innovations for energy efficiency, modernizations and accessibility, safety and special expertise in tailored lift projects.
As a global supplier, Wittur is transferring its worldwide competence to a new generation of lift components: smaller, less power-hungry, more flexible, easier to install. Many of this products were on display in Wittur stand in Hall 7”.
Wittur has been the first company to obtain the A-class energy efficiency certificate for complete MRL W-Line lifts made mainly using Wittur components at Wittur headquarters in Wiedenzhausen, Germany, as well as in Wittur production companies in Istanbul, Turkey and Scheibbs, Austria.
Most of the components used on these lifts were present on the Wittur stand, namely:
  • The new “ECO” series of gearless drives designed and produced by Wittur Electric Drives GmbH in Dresden, Germany. They feature a reduced current consumption of as much as 20% depending from the application;
  • Hydra Plus car doors, the internationally acclaimed door series which stands for utmost reliability, presented with the new generation of ECO+ and MIDI+ door drives. This new drives substantially reduce the energy consumption required for each opening/closing cycle (up to 48% compared to previous design) and have a very low standby consumption;
  • The new Hydraulic pump unit HI produced by Wittur Hydraulic Drives S.r.l. in Bergamo, Italy, equipped with inverter. The WITTUR HI pump unit is the only unit currently on the market that is able to control the car movement through an inverter only, thereby optimizing the motor efficiency at any given moment of the lift operation. Thanks to its specific configuration, the WITTUR HI pump unit is already compliant with the new EN 81-2 pr.A3 Standards, which will come into force in 2010.
  • The Hydraulic pump unit HE with electronic valve produced by Wittur Hydraulic Drives S.r.l. in Bergamo, Italy, which offers significant energy savings (up to 30% compared with traditional pump units installed in lifts with a short travel height)
Another section of the booth has been dedicated to Wittur experience in safety components:
  • UCM solution for protection against unintended car movement. The solution consists of electronic overspeed governor EOS and bi-directional progressive safety gear BSG-25P. Wittur EOS electronic overspeed governor, the innovative solution to comply with the new uncontrolled car movements directive. Thanks to the continuous electronic monitoring of position, speed and acceleration EOS offers a higher accuracy of measurement compared to conventional governors.
Modernization and accessibility solutions were also featured on Wittur Booth:
  • Fineline extended range of automatic lift doors: an extremely compact footprint designed to insert an automatic car door and an automatic landing door in a minimal depth (115 mm) when modernizing an existing lift with swing doors.
  • Hydra Plus 3000 car doors, presented in a new version with reduced sill thickness starting from 50 mm and equipped with the new generation of ECO+ and MIDI+ door drives. New solutions such as the possibility to place the motor on upper left or right without adapters account for high installation versatility
  • AMD car door operator modernization package. A perfect solution for car door operator modernization, with a wide rangeof pre-designed and customised solutions available
  • ECO Bus, the new patented folding car door available with flat or W-panels. ECO Bus features a light but strong design with sturdy deformation-resistant panels coupled together using high-strength extruded aluminium hinges
A special section was set up to show Wittur expertise in dealing with special applications, where customer targets are set very high:
  • Wittur round glass OSAKA lift car with LUNA round glass doors
  • Wittur Marine doors. A complete range of lift doors for passenger ships, cruise ships, cargo ships and off-shore platforms, designed and tested to work in extreme environments according to LD 96/98/EC, Marine Equipment (MED) and International Marine Organization (IMO) standards
  • HYDRA and PEGASUS full range of landing and car door types now available with vandal resistant certification according to EN 81-71:2005 (class 1)
  • Wittur MRL H-Pack system: a package of major lift components designed and engineered for an optimal interface. A dedicated solution for applications in hospital lifts according to ISO 4190 Class III.
  • Wittur Miami passenger car: WITTUR car equipped with lean light panels directly produced from Super Mirror stainless steel and LED lighting, available in a wide range of dimensions according to ISO 4190.
  • Wittur HHL W line lifting platform, suitable for removing architectural barriers in residential, office or public buildings. This is a Plug-and-play system for fast and easy installation, available with a wide range of finishing materials to complement any interior design and compliant with the requirements of the new Machine Directive 2006/42/EC and the prEN 81-41
 Wittur was also present at the VFA-Forums in Hall 2 during the exhibition with four presentations:
"Energy and Ecology Focus of the Wittur Group", Markus Hößle, Thursday 15.10.09, 09:30 - 09:50
"Trends for Modern Gearless Traction Machines", Jens Werdin, Tuesday 13.10.09, 14:00 - 14:20
"Rules and Regulations and Their Influence on a Lift according to the New Machine Directives", Thomas Bichler, Wednesday 14.10.09, 15:30 - 15:50 
"UCM-Technology", Florian Leutner, Friday 16.10.09, 13:00 - 13:20
Many visitors have taken the opportunity to speak directly with Wittur experts that have been present on the Wittur stand during the whole exhibition. Sales and technical representative from most Wittur trading companies worldwide have gathered together to provide customers the best-in-class support they expect from a company such as Wittur.

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