KONE and the Kranenburg Group: high-level partnership

KONE Nederland, market leader in People Flow Solutions, and the Kranenburg Group, market leader in both standardized and sustainable and energy-generating facade maintenance systems, have established an exclusive partnership. From 1 January 2012 Kone will take responsibility for the sale of Kranenburg Groups products. The development, production and assembly of the installations will be carried out by the Kranenburg Group.

KONE is active in the façade maintenance and lift sector. In 2005, after the takeover of Lalesse, KONE actively started with brand-independent maintenance of facade maintenance systems. In 2006 KONE acquired Borga Bijstede, this enabled them to expand in the construction and replacement market. Now, 5 years later, Kone is an important player in this market with increasing construction and replacement assignments and a yearly growing maintenance portfolio.

Both parties have a clear vision on the integration of sustainability. KONE conducts a worldwide eco-efficient policy, from purchase to production, from installation to maintenance. “Installations need to contribute to the preservation of a building and the careful use of energy. The Kranenburg Group has focused on the 350 days a year that the facade maintenance systems are not used. For instance, the Kranenburg Group delivers hybrid installations, which produce energy when they’re used but also when they’re not used”, according to Marco Schuurman, General Director of the Kranenburg Group.

“By joining forces with KONE, the Kranenburg Group is able to strengthen their market position. KONE has a nationwide sales and maintenance network. Building owners’ need to be independent of high platforms increases. Through the partnership with the Kranenburg Group, KONE will be increasingly able to respond to this trend”, according to Gerard van Dijk, Region Director of KONE.

The brand name of the Kranenburg Group Installaties will remain intact. From 1 January 2012, the assembly, engineering and calculation will take place from the Kranenburg Groups office in Nieuwkoop. KONE will take care of sales, services and project management from their office in Utrecht.

About KONE

KONE is the world market leader in the smooth moving of persons and commodities in and around buildings. The company’s objective is to offer the best People Flow™ experience in an increasingly urbanizing environment. Our lifts, escalators, automatic door systems as well as innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance, enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings. KONE supports customers throughout the entire life-cycle of their installations: design, production, installation, maintenance and modernization. Worldwide, approximately 34.000 employees are working on innovative and environmental friendly transportation solutions. This made us able to realize a turnover of EUR 4,98 billion in 2010. KONE was founded in 1910. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki ltd.

About the Kranenburg Group

Kranenburg was founded in 1880 as a forge by Gijsbert Kranenburg. In 2007 Marco Schuurman obtained the general control of Kranenburg. Several years later the name of Kranenburg changed into Kranenburg Group. The Kranenburg Group deliberately took actions to integrate sustainability, energy and cradle to cradle in her products and production processes. With the environment as a source of inspiration, the Kranenburg Group invested substantially in sustainable developments. This led to ground-breaking product developments within the sector of façade maintenance systems. The Kranenburg Group has grown into an international, innovative, versatile, professional and customer-oriented company.

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