Once again, 2017 was an excellent year for OTIS in this activity. Our sales for new buildings grew by 33.1% in units and 31.9% in value in comparison with 2016. This growth is even more notable insofar as it is in addition to the sales growth that Zardoya OTIS had already achieved in previous years. The trend, therefore, is very solid.




Large projects for which we obtained contracts in 2017

One of our strategic products in the new installations market and the already-existing buildings market is still the Otis Gen2 Switch. This elevator, manufactured exclusively by Zardoya OTIS at the Madrid plant, is plugged into a conventional 230 v socket and only needs 500W to operate, which allows our customers to obtain very considerable savings.

After the successful launch of the new Gen2 Home in 2017, we began to sell and put into operation our new elevating platform. As a result, Zardoya OTIS has entered the single-family home market with a model designed for a market that has been practically unexplored to date and has great growth prospects.

In Spain, there are more than a million homes with three or more floors that have no elevator. The Gen2, conceived to be installed with minimal impact, both structurally and aesthetically, is intended precisely for this type of installation, where the pit is almost non-existent. Although these elevators are used much less intensively than those installed in other kinds of building, OTIS has furnished the Gen2 Home with the same safety measures as it applies in its most advanced products.

Zardoya OTIS is also a pioneer in the difficult area of inclined elevators, a sector for which our engineers have incorporated synchronous-motor permanent-magnet machines. Our company designs, manufactures, assembles and maintains high-technology equipment that moves on different planes with different angles of inclination, which we have already installed in the Camelias area of Vigo. This elevator has the capacity to transport 2,000 people per hour and covers a distance of 32 metres with a gradient of 20 degrees. Over the next few months, we will be installing two further elevators with the same characteristics in Mugía (La Coruña).

Likewise, the growth in orders for ancillary works, which inevitably arise when an elevator is installed in a building that does not have one, should be specially highlighted. For us, this is specially significant: our customers do not only place their trust in Zardoya OTIS because of its elevators, but also value and appreciate our ability to find architectural solutions in complex installations and deliver our products on a turnkey basis.

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