KONE Plc announces the opening of its Midlands headquarters at the Birmingham Business Park

September 20, 2010

KONE Plc, one of the global leaders in the lift, escalator and automatic door industry, has announced the opening of its Midlands headquarters at the Birmingham Business Park.

The firm has appointed Steve Gould to spearhead the growth of the new office which will be home to circa 90 sales and service staff. The firm employs around 2,000 staff across 24 offices in the UK.

KONE has an established track record in Birmingham and has worked on a number of major projects in the city including recent schemes such as Colmore Plaza, Rutland house, One Snow Hill and Brindleyplace.

In the hat trick announcement KONE also confirmed that it has this week secured a new contract at the landmark Embassy House on Church Street in the heart of Birmingham, to install a state of the art lift together with an ongoing service contract.

Andrew Todd, KONE area director for the Midlands and South said: “The launch of a Midlands head office is a strategic move for KONE Plc and reflects our belief in the opportunities that this region brings.

“Our goal is to increase our sales portfolio and develop the biggest KONE UK service base here in the West Midlands.  Bringing the teams together under one roof has created a one stop local presence and an opportunity to achieve this.

“We have had a number of smaller offices in the region for some time that have developed strong relationships with local players and their work to date is a great platform for us to build on.

“Steve’s appointment is another great step forward in strengthening our presence and offering to the Midlands marketplace. He has local knowledge and invaluable expertise in the property and construction sector that is second to none.” 

KONE celebrates its 100th anniversary this month (October).  It operates some 800 service centres in more than 50 countries and delivers approximately 50,000 new lifts and escalators annually. Its service base consists of 650,000 lifts and escalators and more than 270,000 industrial and pedestrian doors.

Pictured right to left Steve Gould and Andrew Todd prepare to strengthen the Midlands market for KONE.

For further information, please contact: KONE Tel. 08451 999 999 or visit  www.kone.co.uk

About KONE

KONE is one of the global leaders in the lift and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading lifts, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernisation and maintenance.

The company'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 urbanising environment.

In 2009, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 4.7 billion and approximately 34,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland. Founded in 1910, KONE celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2010.

www.kone.co.uk