BENGALURU, India, Feb. 10, 2015 — Otis Elevator Company (India) Limited today announced the opening of its expanded factory in Bengaluru that includes a new, state-of-the-art elevator test tower. The company is also announcing the launch of a new Gen2 Infinity product line, developed for the mid-rise residential sector. Otis, the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people moving products including elevators and escalators, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp (NYSE:UTX).
Established 15 years ago in the Jigani industrial area, Otis India’s production facility more than tripled the size of the factory footprint and doubled its manufacturing capacity with the recent enhancements. Co-located with the factory is Otis’ R&D center in India that has also significantly expanded its engineering capacity in recent years. The factory’s new test tower stands at a height of 51.2 meters and has the ability to test up to six elevators at a time. The test tower also includes mechanical and electrical test labs that are equipped with high-end test equipment staffed by a strong technical team to ensure all new products are tested and qualified to stringent Otis safety, quality and reliability standards. The expanded facility will enable Otis India to produce a wider range of smart, energy-efficient products, localized for the Indian residential and commercial segments.
The expanded factory’s latest product offering is the new Gen2 Infinity elevator product line. Designed to meet the needs of the Indian market, the passenger elevator operates at a speed of 1.75 meter per second and features a compact machine room making it ideal for mid-rise residential buildings, up to 30 floors. Built on Otis’ flagship Gen2 technology platform, this latest offering expands the localized Gen2 elevator range beyond its current applications in the commercial sector. In support of the country’s new “Make in India” initiative, the factory will exclusively manufacture the new product at the expanded Bengaluru facility.
Zubin Irani, president, UTC Building & Industrial Systems – India, said, “India is urbanizing at rates never seen before. As the need for housing grows with urbanization, the need for elevators will continue to grow just as rapidly. The expanded facility will help cater to our new project wins as well as expected elevator demand here in India. We’re delighted that with this expanded facility, Otis is equipped to ‘Make in India’ and well-positioned to meet the demand for sustainable building technologies in the country.”
Sebi Joseph, managing director, Otis India said, “Otis India is pleased to build upon our 100-year history in India by strengthening our manufacturing presence in Bengaluru. The Bengaluru factory expansion underscores Otis India’s focus on local innovation and continued investment in manufacturing and research activities.”
Otis is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded 161 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories, and maintains more than 1.8 million elevators and escalators worldwide. Otis is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.otis.com or follow @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter.