Our story begins in 1961 with the founding of Isralift Ltd., which for many years focused on manufacturing and installing elevators and providing service to a wide range of projects throughout Israel. During that time, the company was also Israel’s sole licensed provider of products made by the global corporation KONE.
In 2013, the cooperation and synergy between the companies resulted in KONE’s decision to buy Isralift outright. Since then, Isralift has been the Israeli branch of KONE and a member of the global KONE family.
At the beginning of 2018, KONE’s Israeli branch made the official decision to adopt the KONE brand and become KONE Israel.
The natural connection between Israel’s Isralift and Finland’s KONE, which began about a decade ago, joins the experience, community roots, and family atmosphere of the industrial workers in Israel with the proven track record and reputation of this international company specializing in technology, innovation, safety, and the promise of a better tomorrow. Together, we have generated added value of knowledge, professional excellence, reliability, and a fierce desire to meet the new challenges brought about by progress.
The KONE Company
Established in Finland in 1910, KONE has been improving the flow of urban life for more than 100 years. Understanding the importance of renewal through innovation and transforming the business according to the changing environment, contributed to its establishment as one of the four leading elevator companies in the world. KONE’s mission is to improve the flow of urban life, believing that smarter, more sustainable cities are part of the solution for better living.
As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE supplies elevators, escalators and automatic doors along with maintenance and modernization solutions that add value to the lifecycle of each building.
In 2016, KONE held 54,000 employees, serving more than 450,000 customers in more than 60 countries worldwide. KONE is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, and has eight research and development centers along with seven manufacturing plants and a worldwide network of distributors in 140 countries.
Vision and Strategy
Diverse types of buildings serve different purposes and affect the movement of people and space where they move. KONE’S vision is to provide “The Best People Flow Experience.”® This means that KONE offers end users and customers, ease, effectiveness, and a unique user experience throughout the building’s lifecycle.
In order to make the vision a reality, KONE has charted four ways it uses to win together with its customers: Collaborative innovation and new competencies; Customer-centric solutions and services; fast and smart execution; and a True service mindset. KONE’s corporate culture is based on a strong foundation of safety and quality values.
Leading Global Projects
KONE is involved in many of the world’s most important real estate projects, such as the Greenland Puli Center – a 300 meter high office tower with an enormous shopping mall in the ancient city of Jinan, China; the famous and unique Brisbane 180 building in Australia; the Sky Tower in New Zealand which is open year round and reaches 229-meters high; the Arena Stadium in Moscow, with elevators that were designed to operate at temperatures expected to fall below 0° C; Rotterdam’s new indoor food market built with a magnificent office building up above, with tight synchronization between the market and office tower; and Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower which is now under construction, and is to be the world’s tallest tower.
Leading Projects in Israel
KONE Israel is involved in large-scale projects, such as:
Tidhar on the Park; Psagot Afek; Tel Aviv’s 22 Rothschild Hotel; Assuta Hospital in Ashdod; the Herzliya HILLS project in Herzliya; the Menorah Building in Ramat Gan; the Malibu Project in Harish; Alon Towers in Tel Aviv; Mayer on Rothschild in Tel Aviv; the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Herzliya; along with the Lagoon Hotel in Netanya.
Technological Leadership and Innovation
KONE is a proven technology leader. Along with its partners, it constantly strengthens its position as a leader in innovation in the industry. In the research and development field, KONE owns more than 3,000 patents. In 2018, FORBES, the world’s leading economic magazine, ranked KONE as one of the world’s 100 most innovative companies for the sixth time in a row. KONE is the only elevator company in the industry that has been included in this ranking in recent years.
KONE invests in the development of innovative and “green” solutions, and thus was awarded an ‘A’ rating, the highest rating in the energy sector.
Research and Development
Tytyi, KONE’s research and development center in Finland, is located in the depths of a mine, enabling tests of elevators designed for the tallest buildings in the world. This center is unique as an elevator can be tested and move more than 300 meters, and the center allows for the testing in real world settings. The “Asian Twin” of this facility is located in the Kushan Experimental Tower in China. Among technologies incorporated in the Tower is KONE UltraRope®, which delivers unparalleled eco-efficiency, reliability, and durability while improving lift performance. The technology eliminates the drawbacks of existing steel ropes – high energy consumption, rope tension, large moving mass, and downtime caused by fluctuations. KONE UltraRope can allow elevators to travel up to 1,000 meters.
KONE revolutionized the elevator industry when, in 1996, it developed the world’s first elevator without a machine room – KONE MonoSpace®, for low-to-medium height buildings. KONE EcoDisc® motor is the heart of the elevator solution that it offers.
Collaboration with IBM
KONE uses IBM’s IoT and cloud development platforms to collect data from various sensors and systems related to KONE elevators, escalators, doors, and turnstiles that serve about 1 billion people a day. Using the platform, KONE will be able to dramatically improve the reliability and operation time of elevators and escalators, offer a better experience, shorten travel times, and improve the flow of people in major cities. People movement in buildings will be customized, faster, secure, and better.
KONE’s dedicated and veteran employees are attentive to customer developments and are responsive to changing demands. KONE makes daily ideas and dreams a social and successful reality. KONE is excited about new challenges, and to offer quality, modern and reliable technological solutions, and is proud to be at the forefront of Israeli industry.
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