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23rd July, 2021: KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has today announced their partnership with TAFE NSW to undertake the largest lift upgrade and modernisation project in Australia.
This partnership will involve replacing 60 lifts across 29 TAFE locations across NSW with KONE’s premium DX Connected Elevators as part of TAFE NSW’s Lift Renewal Program. Spanning 1,350km, more than a quarter of all lifts in the TAFE NSW portfolio are being upgraded, which will see the largest single order of DX elevators globally.
This $13.5 million investment will help build a TAFE NSW for the future, transforming their next generation of learning environments to ensure adaptable, industry standard and digitally enabled spaces and to make training more accessible, convenient and relevant.
TAFE NSW Managing Director Steffen Faurby said the public VET provider is thrilled to partner with KONE to deliver Australia’s largest ever lift replacement program. “This record-breaking program will help to future-proof our network of campuses and improve accessibility for students and employees, including those with a disability,” Mr Faurby said. “By installing next generation, digitally-enabled elevators, we are helping to meet the diverse needs of our students and staff and ensuring ease of access for years to come.”
The Lift Renewal Program is part of TAFE NSW’s Asset Renewal Program to support assets at end of life and critical risk of failure. This program comes off the back of the NSW government’s $600 million stimulus package towards infrastructure in the education sector, of which $100 million has been allocated to TAFE NSW’s Asset Renewal Program.
Jerome Audais, Managing Director at KONE Australia and New Zealand says, “Our DX Class technology will offer TAFE NSW students and employees a more personalised and sophisticated experience, while ensuring facilities remain fit for purpose, efficient and sustainable. Modernising elevators can itself result in energy savings of up to 70%, and along with the host of other benefits of a digitally connected lift, the DX will transform the efficiency, safety and sustainability of TAFE NSW buildings.”
The Lift Renewal Program is due to commence on sites from September 2021.
KONE booked the order in the second quarter of 2021.
For further information, contact:
Head of Marketing and Communications, KONE Australia & New Zealand
M: +61 412 779 693