News | May 2021
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René Hermann has been a key member of the CEN TC10 WG1 - “Lifts and service lifts” working group for many years and this year also became its chairman.
This working group is responsible for the most important lift standards, such as EN 81-20, EN 81-50 and EN 81-28.
Currently, the main task of the working group is revising ISO 8100 1 and 2, which form the basis for EN 81-20 and 50. These are to be published as EN ISO 8100-1 and 2.
"This project is an enormous challenge, since both completely new requirements, such as new traction equipment or vertical sliding doors are being taken into account, while the amended legal and qualitative requirements of the EU Commission on harmonised standards also have to be met," explained Hermann. Aligning the European requirements with the global requirements of the ISO members meant breaking new ground for WG 1 and will "cause us some headaches."
As a qualified Swiss electrical engineer and graduate of ETH Zurich, Rene Hermann has been working in research and development in the lift industry for Schindler Aufzüge AG for 36 years. He is a member of the board of management of the European Lift Association ELA and is chairman of the Technical Committee of the Swiss Lift Association VSA.
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The COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts on Schindler’s business in 2020. Order intake decreased by 9.1% to CHF 11 018 million and revenue dropped by 5.6% to CHF 10 640 million, operating profit reached CHF 1 032 million, corresponding to an EBIT margin of 9.7% (EBIT adjusted 11.1%).