A proven technology leader

KONE is the industry forerunner in technological innovations.

Customer and user experience are at the core of KONE’s research and development efforts. In accordance with our vision of delivering the best People Flow® experience, we focus on understanding the needs of our customers and the people who use our solutions in order to make the flow of people in buildings as smooth as possible. KONE has global R&D centres in Finland, Germany, India, Italy, China and the United States.

A history of innovation

KONE’s history of innovation is one of our success factors. We have always made systematic and long-term investments into our R&D capabilities. In striving towards serving customers to perfection, we explore technologies in other industries and monitor changing markets, trends, customer needs, and working methods. We have introduced a wide range of major innovations throughout the years and have over 3,000 lift and escalator industry related patents.  

Quality is always a priority

Ensuring the high quality of all KONE products and services is crucial for us and it is one of the cornerstones of our strategy. We constantly monitor the quality of our products and facilities and the performance of equipment after it is installed.

KONE's innovations and solutions

KONE MonoSpace® lift

KONE revolutionised the industry in 1996 with the world’s first machine-room-less lift – the KONE MonoSpace® for low- to mid-rise buildings. In 2012 a completely new range of KONE MonoSpace lift was launched. Our new solutions are significantly more energy efficient than before, provide industry-leading ride comfort and feature award-winning car interior design.

KONE EcoDisc® motor

The KONE EcoDisc hoisting motor is the heart of KONE’s lifts solutions. The innovative copper winding system reduces the amount of energy lost as heat, making KONE lifts very energy efficient. The motor control system and brakes provide a smooth and quiet ride.

KONE UltraRope™

The latest in a long line of technological breakthroughs, KONE UltraRope™ sets a new benchmark for high-rise buildings. The super-light KONE UltraRope technology provides unrivalled lift eco-efficiency, reliability and durability, while also improving lift performance. It eliminates the disadvantages of existing steel ropes – high energy consumption, rope stretch, large moving masses and downtime caused by building sway. KONE UltraRope can enable future lift travel heights up to 1000 metres.

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KONE MiniSpace™ lift

The KONE MiniSpace is a lift with a small machine room and is the ideal solution for the most demanding high-rise buildings. KONE MiniSpace lifts are powered by the energy-efficient KONE EcoDisc® hoisting machine, offer superior ride comfort and feature award-winning car interior design. 

KONE MaxiSpace™ modernisation solution

A revolutionary lift solution that can transform your lift from an aging, uncertain performer into an attractive, energy efficient machine. The solution can increase car space by up to 50% and reduce energy consumption by up to 50%. The method also ensures minimum disruptions to the building during the installation period.

KONE EcoMod™ escalator modernisation

An innovative and systematic approach to replacing the entire workings of your escalator. The solution delivers brand new technology without expensive and disruptive truss removal. The solution also reduces the energy consumption and operating costs of the new and installed equipment.

KONE InnoTrack™ autowalk

Enabling people to move quickly and smoothly over long distances. KONE InnoTrack autowalks are easy to install without making changes to floor structures, and their modular design means you can easily change their length or location.

KONE JumpLift construction time lift

KONE JumpLift is a construction time lift with a temporary machine room that can be moved upwards as construction progresses. Advantages of the KONE JumpLift: enables a faster, safer construction process, earlier closing of the facade, reduced down-time, and safer transportation in all weather conditions.

KONE Polaris™ - destination control system

KONE Polaris increases lift handling capacity, improves passenger comfort and reduces waiting times. It also improves security through integration to the building’s access control system.


The KONE IDE300™  access system integrates automatic building doors and lifts. It provides easy, hands free access to buildings and lifts.IDE300 also recognises the resident, opens the door, turns on the lights, calls the lift and takes the residents automatically to their home floor.

Tytyri - the world’s highest lift test shaft

Our lift test laboratory in Lohja, Finland, is the world’s tallest lift test tower and an innovation in itself. Here the conventional idea of a test tower has been turned upside down: the test facility is situated in the extreme conditions of a limestone mine, 333 metres (1090 ft) below the surface of the earth. 

KONE among the world's most innovative companies

For the fifth year running, KONE is included in the latest Forbes list of the 100 most innovative
companies in the world.

KONE ranks 48th in the 2015 list.

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Our vision and strategy

Our strategy is to deliver a performance edge to our customers by creating the best user experience with innovative People Flow® solutions.

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