'Otis sweet riding!'
Elevators have been around for thousands of years, but only when Elisha G. Otis invented the world’s first safety break in 1852 did elevators become a safe and reliable mode of transportation. Otis ushered in the age of elevators in the Philippines, making mobility possible in larger buildings ever since. Over 80 years later, Otis, through Concepcion-Otis Philippines, Inc. (COPI), a joint venture between Otis and Concepcion Industrial Corporation (CIC), builds state-of-the-art elevators, using green technology, which reduces energy consumption and costs. Recently, Otis was given an award for Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) initiatives, from the OTIS regional office. Rajan Komarasu, group director of Alstra, the commercial division of CIC, told the Manila Standard that residential and commercial developments have been driving the demand for elevators and escalators in the Philippines. Alstra houses Otis, along with the brands Carrier and Toshiba. “The increase in larger projects involving taller buildings in Visayas and Mindanao, along with the continued growth of the BPO industry, also fuels this demand,” Komarasu said.