KONE Strengthens Environmental Leadership in Mexico with FIDE Certification


KONE Inc., press release, December 2, 2011

KONE Inc., one of the world’s leading elevator and escalator companies, continues to pioneer sustainable environmental practices by achieving the FIDE Certification for its KONE MonoSpace® and MiniSpace™ elevators. The certification makes KONE the first and only member of the elevator industry to offer certified energy-saving products throughout Mexico and Latin America.

FIDE and KONE worked together for over a year to establish the technical energy consumption specification for elevators which is based on the VDI 4707 classification standard. The VDI guideline is a European-based code of practice established by the Association of German Engineers (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure) and is now used mainly in Europe but also in other countries around the world.

KONE is the very first company in its industry to reach the A class energy rating from the VDI 4707 classification rating for its KONE MonoSpace® and MiniSpace™ elevators. The A class rating is the best rating that can be given under the VDI 4707 classification standard.

“Achieving this certification is another testament to the priority KONE places on the continuous reduction of the environmental footprint of our business,” said Vance Tang, KONE EVP and Area Director for the Americas. “We continue to provide our customers with energy-efficient solutions to help people move safely and smoothly through a more sustainable urban environment.”

FIDE (Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energía Eléctrica) is an official Mexican organization that acknowledges companies for their technical and economical efforts to produce energy efficient equipment. FIDE is part of CFE, a government company that produces and distributes electricity in Mexico.

This achievement adds to KONE’s growing list of ways the company has made environmental excellence part of its culture through the way it does business and the solutions it offers. In October, KONE was featured in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Nordic Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. In November 2010, the company announced it had achieved its ambitious target of 50 percent reduction in the energy consumption of its new range of volume elevators.

KONE is also focusing on the ongoing development of standards such as ISO/DIS 25745, Energy Performance of Lifts and Escalators, which will define globally agreed criteria for measurement and comparison between different technologies and products in terms of energy consumption.

For further information, please contact:
Kellie Lindquist, Marketing Manager, KONE Inc., tel. +1 630 955 4202

About KONE

KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. KONE's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides industry-leading elevators, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings. KONE's services cover the entire lifetime of a building, from the design phase to maintenance, repairs and modernization solutions. In 2015, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 8,6 billion, and at the end of the year close to 50,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

For more information, see www.kone.us