KONE strengthens its presence in East Africa

August 01, 2014

Press release, August 1, 2014

KONE, a global leader in the lift and escalator industry has acquired the lift and escalator business of Marryat & Scott (Kenya) Ltd. and Marryats East Africa Limited,  its authorized distributors in East and Central Africa. These acquisitions will help KONE expand its presence in the African market and improve the availability of KONE's people flow solutions in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Marryat & Scott (Kenya) Ltd. has operated in the African lift and escalator market for over 50 years and acted as KONE's distributor in the country since 2003. Marryats East Africa Limited has been KONE's distributor in Uganda since 2003. Together, the companies employ over 120 employees.

"Africa is urbanizing rapidly and new housing and infrastructure building projects are emerging as a result. This creates business opportunities for KONE," says Pierre Liautaud, Executive Vice President and Area Director for KONE West and South Europe and Africa. "These acquisitions are in line with our long-term business strategy, and we look forward to bringing reliable products and services to Kenya, Uganda and their neighboring regions," Liautaud adds.

The acquisitions were booked in the third quarter of 2014.

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For further information, please contact:
Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4775, media@kone.com

About KONE
KONE is one of the global leaders in the lift and escalator industry. KONE'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. KONE provides industry-leading lifts, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings. KONE's services cover the entire lifetime of a building, from the design phase to maintenance, repairs and modernisation solutions. In 2013, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 6.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 43,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

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