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China Environmental Protection Foundation Recognizes Otis as Environmentally Responsible Company, Gen2 as 'Green Machine'

China Environmental Protection Foundation Recognizes Otis as Environmentally Responsible Company, Gen2 as 'Green Machine'

Published 09-01-05

Submitted by Otis Worldwide Corporation

FARMINGTON, Conn. - Otis is the first elevator company ever to receive a Green Product Award from the China Environmental Protection Foundation. The group recognized Otis for its Gen2™ belted, machine-roomless elevator system. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX).

"We are pleased to continue to support China's sustainable development policy by providing products that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly," said Otis President Ari Bousbib. "This award reaffirms Otis' commitment to 'green' buildings with its Gen2 belted elevator technology."

The Gen2 elevator system's flat, polyurethane belts and its gearless machine do not require any form of polluting lubrication, eliminating the need for storage, cleanup and disposal of hazardous waste. The Gen2 system is also 50 percent more energy efficient than conventional elevators because its low-inertia, permanent magnet gearless machine with variable frequency control eliminates energy loss that occurs in more traditional geared systems.

Candidates for the Green Product Award must be leaders in their industry with outstanding contributions or achievements in environmental protection. The China Environmental Protection Foundation recognized the Gen2 system for its "excellent quality in energy efficiency and environmental protection."

As part of its commitment to environmental protection, Otis has also taken steps to minimize pollution in its manufacturing processes. In 2004, the Otis Tianjin factory was awarded ISO14001 environment system certification by BSI, the largest standards body in the world. Since then, other Otis joint ventures and factories in China have been awarded ISO system certifications, including the ISO9001 quality system certificate, ISO14001 environment system certificate and OHSAS18001 occupational, health and safety management system certificate. Last year, the Tianjin factory received the Environmental Protection Innovation Award from United Technologies Corporation for reducing sewage disposal expenditures by 58 percent.

Otis Elevator Company is the world's largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. With headquarters in Farmington, Connecticut, Otis employs 60,000 people, offers products and services in more than 200 countries and territories and maintains more than 1.45 million elevators and escalators worldwide. United Technologies Corporation, based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the commercial building and to the aerospace industries.

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Otis Worldwide Corporation

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Otis is the world’s leading elevator and escalator manufacturing, installation and service company. We move 2 billion people a day and maintain approximately 2.2 million customer units worldwide, the industry’s largest Service portfolio. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, Otis is 69,000 people strong, including 41,000 field professionals, all committed to meeting the diverse needs of our customers and passengers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on LinkedInInstagramFacebook and Twitter @OtisElevatorCo.

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