Global Key Milestones

KONE has a long track record of creating innovative and eco-efficient solutions – we have been leading the way in this field for over 20 years.

1987: V3F frequency converter launched, improving energy efficiency of KONE hoisting machines.

1991: KONE becomes the first company to utilize regenerative drives in its elevators.

1993: The energy-efficient planetary gear for escalators is introduced.

1996: The first machine-room-less elevator, KONE MonoSpace®, is launched, providing up to 70% energy savings compared to conventional technology.

2004: The KONE EcoMod™ solution is launched, enabling modernization of escalators without removing the truss, saving construction time and materials.

2005: KONE MonoSpace is the first elevator to include LED lighting as a standard feature.

2006: KONE unveils the solar-powered elevator concept.

2007: The KONE Innotrack™ autowalk is launched – the first autowalk to feature an energy-efficient gearless drive.

2009: High-performance regenerative drives for the full range of KONE elevators launched.

2009: New efficient gear outside step band drive launched for KONE escalators and autowalks.

2009: KONE MiniSpace™ elevator awarded A-class energy classification (VDI standard 4707).

2010: Kone energy-efficient sliding door solution launched.

2010: The KONE MonoSpace elevator receives an A-class energy classification based on the VDI guideline in measurements performed by the independent parties.

2010: KONE announces that it has achieved its 50% energy reduction target for new elevators.