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Vacon to supply KONE with energy-efficient drives

 

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2010-11-29
Vacon to supply KONE with energy-efficient drives

Variable-speed AC drives specialist, Vacon, has signed an important supplier contract with one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE Corporation. The contract covers new energy-efficient AC drives that have been designed as a result of close cooperation between the two companies.

Drawing on Vacon’s expertise as a dedicated variable-speed AC drives house and its commitment to developing new solutions that reflect changing market and customer needs, the drives will feature Vacon’s latest technology platform and will help KONE save a significant amount of energy in its products. Deliveries will begin this year and ramp up during 2011 and 2012.

Vacon’s AC drives, used to control electric motors or help generate power from renewable sources, have won a high reputation worldwide. The company has R&D and production units in Finland, the US, China and Italy, sales offices in 27 countries, and employs around 1,200 people. For more on their business, see our article or visit their Web site.

Founded in 1910, KONE has approximately 250,000 customers globally today, including builders, building owners, facility managers, and developers. Providing industry-leading elevators, escalators, and innovative solutions for modernisation and maintenance needs in residential, office, and retail locations, airports and other areas of public transportation, hospitals, hotels and industrial properties,
KONE had annual net sales of €4.7 billion in 2009. Read more here or check out their Web site.

Vacon drives enable significant energy savings to be achieved compared to conventional solutions and reduce the load on the electricity network and mechanical stress on machinery when starting a motor. Photo courtesy of Vacon.