At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings.
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators, and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people’s journeys safe, convenient, and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2019, KONE had annual sales of EUR 10 billion, and at the end of the year approximately 60,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.
Thematic Shopping List
Buildings should be designed and built to be flexible and adaptable to serve multiple and changing uses. How can you predict the different ways various user groups interact with and within a building? KONE was the first elevator company to offer such a service to architects, builders, consultants, and developers. They have expanded on its approach to people flow optimization, upgrading its tools and adding, for example, interior architects and data scientists to its own team of people flow experts. Want to integrate your design solution with KONE’s offering? Let us hear from you!
Buildings are becoming smarter at an increasing rate. Touchless interfaces, voice assistant / AI-assisted user interfaces are becoming commonplace in new buildings being built today. KONE enables smart construction with flexible solutions for elevator construction time use, creating an efficient flow of goods and people. We are constantly searching for technologies and services for construction sites, along with data-driven digital solutions adding value for building users and/or building operators. Does your startup work on anything that is applicable?
KONE modernization solutions are tailored to exact needs, ranging from component upgrades to full replacement of existing equipment, as well as retrofit installations. Their purpose is simple – to keep equipment running safely and reliably for the building lifecycle.
In the elevator and escalator industry, material and energy consumption reduction is a critical trend. This includes the development of light materials, renewed materials, energy-saving solutions, material and material flow optimization, and solutions for smart and energy-saving transportation. We are also on the lookout for circular innovations for product end-of-life, the second life of components, and reusing/upcycling components or materials.
People flow is the way how people move in and between buildings. Good people flow means people moving smoothly, safely, comfortably, and without waiting. To constantly improve our offering, we are seeking new services and solutions improving people flow between and inside buildings. These can be robots taking care of in-house logistics and serving as receptionists, and mobile apps guiding our way in complex building environments. Solutions that utilize KONE’s Cloud API to build new services for tenants and property management around the world. At KONE, we have a responsibility to help keep society running and critical services operational, especially given the Covid-19 situation. We can already see how digital technologies have a more prominent role in people flow.
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Opportunities by KONE
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Low Carbon Circular Materials by KONE
KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has set science-based targets for significant reductions in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the year 2030. In addition, KONE has pledged to have carbon-neutral operations by 2030. To reach these ambitious goals, we are looking for startups developing innovative materials and circular processes which could help us reduce the carbon footprint of our elevators and escalators.
Digital Enablers to Minimize Corporate GHG Emissions with KONE
KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has set science-based targets for significant reductions in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the year 2030. In addition, KONE has pledged to have carbon-neutral operations by 2030. To reach these ambitious goals, we invite the best-in-class startups to co-create digital solutions with KONE teams to measure, manage and minimize KONE’s GHG emissions.
Improving Passenger Safety with KONE
KONE helps more than 1 billion people move in and between buildings daily, in the smoothest and safest way. We invite the best-in-class Chinese startups to co-create new solutions to ensure an even safer journey for our passengers in the China market. We are talking about safety in a broad scope, including elevator and escalator passenger safety detection sensors, predictive maintenance tools for our equipment and solutions for preventing transmission of diseases inside buildings. We look forward to hearing about your solution in these areas.
Enabling Smart Building Environments with KONE
Buildings are becoming more intelligent faster than ever. KONE is constantly looking to add new solutions to our customers buildings by connecting 3rd party solutions into our elevator API’s. Our partners connect their smart building solutions to our API to improve the urban flow of more than 1 billion people every day globally. We are looking for Chinese startups with solutions for infotainment systems in buildings, WeChat mini programs for residential engagement or new smart building interfaces based on voice or gesture control.
New Health & Well-Being Solutions for KONE
We are working with our customers around the world to help make buildings and cities safer and healthier places to live, work, and commute. Our solutions build on KONE’s deep expertise and knowledge of people flow, which is vital when addressing the challenges of adapting to a new way of life in the face of the current pandemic. If your solution contributes to creating healthier environments inside and outside of buildings, let us hear from you!