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The elevator industry has been transforming dynamically and the transportation systems have become more economical, environmentally friendly, comfortable and fast.
The Lift Directive has been undergoing a process of revision. It will set higher standards for energy performance and safety.
In the context of global changes the Bulgarian capital Sofia will host the second edition of LiftBalkans (5-7 March 2014) - the only international exhibition for elevators and escalators in the country. Via Expo goal is to present the latest technological achievements and to provide a business platform for direct contacts between exhibitors and visitors.
In the present newsletter you can get acquainted with the interview with Mr. Vladislav Kiprov, CEO of Liftkom, two presentations of LiftBalkans international partners: the USA magazine ‘Elevator World’ and the National Russian Lift Union.
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Via Expo Team 

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Interview with Mr. Vladislav Kiprov, Executive Director of Liftkom

Mr. Kiprov, what was the reason for your participation in the first edition of the LiftBalkans?
Our participation at LiftBalkans (29-31 May 2013) demonstrated the high technological level of the company. The aim was to present to all stakeholders in Bulgaria and the region the latest technological innovations regarding the product development of Liftkom and ThyssenKrupp Elevator and to answer to the technical questions of potential customers, as well as to strengthen its leading market position.

LiftBalkans 2013 is the first event of its kind in the Bulgarian elevator industry. As CEO of one of the largest factories in Bulgaria, I think that this event has promising future in terms of supply, quality and competition in the individual units (escalators, wheelchair platforms, moving walkways and elevators) among the Bulgarian and European companies.
How do you evaluate the results?
We expected many visitors to visit our stand during the exhibition in order to be able to showcase our products and those of our subsidiary companies. We definitely appreciate our participation as a successful one - Liftkom stand was visited by a great number of foreign clients.

We received orders from Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Italy, and last but not least from Bulgarian investors and construction companies.
Tell about your recently completed projects and future ones?
For the period 2012 to March this year Liftkom had completed projects to the value of over 10 million euros.

Some of the major sites are the two beams of the Metropolitan Sofia, Paradise Mall, Lufthansa, Hope Market, Carrefour Mall Stara Zagora, Carrefour Mall in Bulgaria, several objects of Billa, Lidl, factory Prestige - Veliko Tarnovo, plant Orgahim - Ruse plant's tire Michelin - Romania, over 50 sites in Turkey and many of them in Italy, Kosovo, Germany, Macedonia and Albania.

As a company partner of ThyssenKrupp Germany, and at the same time their approved supplier of components and whole plant for export to 17 countries, Liftkom doubled workload after April this year.

We are planning to start manufacturing and exporting for ThyssenKrupp Middle East and ThyssenKrupp Africa, which is connected with the manufacture of new models and types of elevators.
Source: TD

Elevator World, Inc. (USA)

Elevator World, Inc. serves the global building-transportation industry. Products and divisions include ELEVATOR WORLD magazine; the EW SOURCE, the most inclusive directory for the international elevator and escalator industry; EW India, a quarterly magazine for the growing Indian elevator industry; the Educational/Book Publishing Division; continuing education and certification that includes at least six accredited articles published in the magazine each year; three electronic newsletters that reach more than 30,000 industry personnel; the Virtual Elevator Event, the industry’s first online trade show and conference; and an online network of websites visited by over 900,000 industry professionals each year.

National Lift Union (Russia) 

The National Union of Lift Self-Regulatory Organizations is a non-commercial body voluntarily uniting self-regulatory organizations that involve lift industry businesses and was created to represent and to protect the interests of such self-regulatory organizations.
The Union’s main objectives include:
- coordination of activities of Union members; 
- representation and protection of interests of self-regulatory organizations which are Union members in national and local authorities;
- ensuring cooperation of the said self-regulatory organizations with state and local authorities and final consumers;
- assistance in creating conditions for self-regulation development in the lift industry;
- protection of Union members (national manufacturers of goods, works and services in the lift industry).