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WITTUR APPOINTS CEO, COO
The Wittur Group has appointed Antoine Doutriaux as CEO and Johann (Hans) Koenigshofer as chief operating officer (COO) and member of the Executive Management Team of Wittur Group. Doutriaux, a previous leader at Valeo Thermal Systems and Zodiac Aerospace, has experience in various high‐tech industries, comprehensive strategy deployment, and leading and transforming global organizations. Koenigshofer most recently worked as executive vice president of operations for all land business of Palfinger AG, an Austrian manufacturer of hydraulic lifting, loading and handling systems, most known for cranes. There, he held various positions in Austria and China, and gained responsibility for Asia in 2015. He has also directed operations for power-sports products manufacturer Bombardier Recreational Products; bearings, engine components and industrial solutions manufacturer Schaeffler; and ENGEL Injection Molding Machinery, an Austrian family business with worldwide operations.
KONE GETS MORE ZHENGZHOU METRO PROJECTS
KONE has won an order for phase two of the Zhengzhou metro line 2 expansion and phase two of the Zhengzhou suburb metro line. The company is already providing escalators and elevators for phase two of metro line 1 construction and phase one of metro line 2 development. This time, it will add 64 TransitMasterTM escalators, 13 MonoSpace® elevators and two MiniSpaceTM elevators. Some 290,000 commuters will use the equipment every day following its installation, to be completed at the end of this year. The second phase of the metro line 2 expansion runs approximately 10 km.
INDIAN, JAPANESE FIRMS PARTNER ON GURGAON HIGH-RISE PROJECT
Sumitomo Corp. of Japan and India's Krishna Group have come together as Krisumi Corp. on the first phase of a 5,000-home development in Gurgaon, India, Global Construction Review reports. The source said Sumitomo is the first Japanese corporation to build condominiums in India. Phase One will consist of a pair of 35-story towers on a 2.1-ha site containing 433 units. Scheduled for completion in 2021, the towers are designed to attract middle-class buyers in what is described as an emerging city in the Delhi Capital Area, where office buildings and high-rise condominiums are proliferating.
CONDO SKYSCRAPER AT NYC’S CENTRAL PARK NEARLY COMPLETE
Just shy of supertall status at 950 ft., the 70-story 220 Central Park South in Midtown New York City (NYC) is nearly complete, with New York YIMBY reporting its limestone cladding is almost entirely in place. While neighbors such as Central Park Tower will loom over it, the Robert A.M. Stern-designed building still has a lot to offer. It will contain 116 condominiums, ground-level retail and an impressive list of amenities including a fitness center, a library, meeting rooms and second-floor terrace. A 14-story annex will include 13 large residences expected to fetch a hefty fee. Vornado Realty Trust is the developer, and SLCE is the architect of record. Completion is anticipated this year.
CITY OF SYDNEY APPROVES PERMIT FOR 50-STORY, MIXED-USE TOWER
Sydney officials have approved a permit for a plan by Dexus Property Group and Perth billionaire Stan Perron for a 50-story tower at 201-217 Elizabeth Street in the central business district containing a hotel, retail and residences, The Urban Developer reports. The approval is contingent on a competition-design process and the inclusion of public art. Located on the edge of Hyde Park, the tower would join 10 other new projects nearby as the area continues to bustle with activity, despite concern over a slowdown in sales to overseas buyers.
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