In this section you will find the latest news and press releases on Liftinstituut.

Interlift 2017 in Augsburg (Germany) was the most successful Interlift in its history, which began in 1991. The trade fair set new records again, with 574 exhibitors and 21,260 visitors. In addition, the trade fair has become more of an international event, with participants from 48 countries and visitors from 97 countries. 92% of the exhibitors rated the fair as ‘satisfactory’ to ‘very good’. It met the expectations of 98% of the visitors.


Earlier this year Vestner had its Advance 5 lift certified by Liftinstituut.  Mr. Helmut Egner, Director Engineering, New Installations and Development of Vestner Aufzüge GmbH: "To obtain certification in accordance with the European Lifts Directive, the lift had to undergo a demanding evaluation by Liftinstituut. It was a rigorous and highly interactive process. We find certification an important element in the marketing of our products.”


Lifts that comply with NEN-EN 81-70 guarantee accessibility for everyone. Also for people with disabilities. The standard determines the cabin dimensions and interior accessories that facilitate access for people with disabilities. Now that there is a compromise on the contrast indications on the operating panel, publication is expected in the spring of 2018.


During Interlift 2017, Lars Gustavsson, from the ‘New Products Development’ management team at Orona Spain, received a new Energy Performance Certificate. John van Vliet, Managing Director of Liftinstituut, was on hand to present the certificate. It concerned an EPC certificate label A for the Orona M33v3 and M34 lifts and related to ISO 25745-2. Orona works closely with Liftinstituut on product and EPC certification and, in addition to safety, attaches great value to sustainability.


The standards for lifts EN 81-20, EN 81-50, and other standards for specific applications (e.g. EN 81-70, EN 81-71…) were recently updated and issued. Now again an update is necessary to fulfil the mandate of the European Commission to update Annex ZA. A change of Appendix ZA is considered as a technical adjustment with a new official edition of the standard. This could mean that recently purchased standards need to be purchased again! Also many documents with references to the dated versions might need to be updated again. A time consuming and costly affair.

‘At no time or place in the world has an elevator industry event ever been entirely focused on Elevator Safety with people from all aspects of the industry coming together for a sole safety goal, to save lives!’ Liftinstituut presented its ‘Integral Safety Vision’.


It wasn’t just the trade fair, but also the VFA Forum that attracted more visitors during Interlift 2017. Liftintituut was represented on the exhibition floor and also gave a talk during the VFA Forum. Tijmen Molema gave a talk about developments in the field of programmable electronic safety, as well as the advantages and pitfalls. Read the summary of the talk by Tijmen Molema.


Ms. Sooeun Jang, General Director, Young Heung Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.: "At the beginning of this year we had our 8 x 19 (W) IWRC suspension rope for lifts with 6 and 6.5 mm. outer diameter certified by Liftinstituut in accordance with the European Lifts Directive 2014/33/EU. To obtain certification, the rope had to undergo a stringent evaluation by Notified Body Liftinstituut. It is our belief, that a Liftinstituut certificate, once obtained, is a very important element in the international marketing of the product.”


Over recent years, Liftinstituut received the necessary accident reports of children getting trapped in glass lift doors, as their little hands were dragged along by the slip-resistant glass. This is urging for a warning for lift users and for lift owners to take extra safety precautions. Information officer Koos van Lindenberg: “The number of accidents reported to Liftinstituut is not indicative. In real life, this number is much higher. This is why we advise parents to see to it that their children do not put their hands on the glass lift doors. And we urge glass lift owners to take additional precautions where necessary.” 


Hitachi’s PES-02 electronic safety controller is a SIL 3 certified electronic safety device that is intended to be applied as an 'add-on system', independent from the lift control system. It is certified by Liftinstituut.