Key milestones

Key milestones

KONE has a long track record of creating innovative and eco-efficient solutions – we have been leading the way in this field for over 20 years.

1987: V3F frequency converter launched, improving energy efficiency of KONE hoisting machines.
1991: KONE becomes the first company to utilize regenerative drives in its elevators.
1993: The energy-efficient planetary gear for escalators is introduced.
1996: The first machine-room-less elevator, KONE MonoSpace®, is launched, providing up to 70% energy savings compared to conventional technology.
2004: The KONE EcoMod™ solution is launched, enabling modernization of escalators without removing the truss, saving construction time and materials.
2005: KONE MonoSpace is the first elevator to include LED lighting as a standard feature.
2006: KONE unveils the solar-powered elevator concept.
2007: The KONE Innotrack™ autowalk is launched – the first autowalk to feature an energy-efficient gearless drive.
2009: High-performance regenerative drives for the full range of KONE elevators launched.
2009: New efficient gear outside step band drive launched for KONE escalators and autowalks.
2010: KONE receives A-class energy efficiency ratings for its elevators (VDI standard 4707).
2012: KONE launches completely renewed and more energy efficient KONE EcoDisc® hoisting machine for the KONE elevators.

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KONE offers VDI A-class energy efficiency for our entire elevator range.