Zim to get modern elevators, escalators

Zimbabwe is poised to have a steady supply of modernised elevators and escalators for the booming construction and mining industries after a leading provider of vertical transportation solutions, Excel Elevators, sealed a partnership agreement to become the official local distributor of equipment and spares parts from global manufacturing giant, Otis.

Otis is making a comeback to the local market with a relaunch scheduled for Harare on July 7 with the company’s worldwide representatives, industry association representatives, pension funds representatives, building owners, National Social Security Authority (NSSA) representatives and Government officials expected to grace the event.

Other stakeholders will be hotel representatives, hospital representatives, bankers, consulting engineers and architects will grace the occasion.

The distributorship arrangement will see Excel Elevators riding on the back of Otis to offer some of the best elevators and escalators in the industry.

“As Excel, we are honoured to have been selected by Otis as the best placed local player to carry this prestigious brand.

“The majority of installed lifts in Zimbabwean buildings are Otis and this means that most clients are already familiar with the quality and longevity of Otis equipment.

“For the existing units, Excel Elevators will offer clients genuine Otis back up spare parts that will aid in extending the life of the equipment,” said Excel Elevators managing director, Engineer Ivan Savala.

“Zimbabweans staying in buildings with non-working elevators as a result of unavailability of spare parts will be happy to know that their problem of walking up and down countless flights of stairs will be a thing of the past as we have an abundance of spare parts together with the skills to fix these elevators.”

Excel Elevators started operations in Zimbabwe in with Eng Savala, a mechanical and manufacturing engineer, as the founding managing director working closely with Mrs Gaylord Baudi as executive director (commercial) and Mr Alexander Baudi as the finance director.

Eng Savala said their technical and commercial team was made up of widely experienced personnel ready to take up the distributorship challenge.

“We would like the public to be assured that with the backing of Otis, Excel Elevators will offer quality service carried out with utmost care and respect of ethical practices that will result in a win-win solution.

“We will continue to strive in our constant adherence to the absolutes of safety, ethics and quality as we continue to offer the market excellence in motion

Otis elevators and escalators are renowned for their advanced features, sleek designs, and superior performance, catering to a wide range of applications in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.

NSSA Occupational Safety department has over the years flagged some elevators in rise buildings for being dangerous for use and has ordered the decommissioning of those that are poorly maintained.

“Otis has a steadfast commitment to safety, adhering to stringent international standards and regulations. Excel Elevators, in partnership with Otis, will prioritise safety at every stage of the vertical transportation lifecycle, ensuring peace of mind for customers.

Otis, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, is the world’s leading manufacturer and service provider of elevators, escalators, and moving walkways with a heritage dating back to 1853.

The Herald

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