September 5th, 2007
KONE Acquires RSU5 in St. Petersburg
KONE has acquired the remaining 90 percent of the St. Petersburg based elevator service company called RSU5. Since 2006, KONE has had a holding of 10 percent in this formerly City held company, which was¨privatized in 1999. KONE now has a full ownership of the company.
In St. Petersburg, the number of elevators in operation currently amounts to 40,000 units and annual new elevator volume to 2,000 units per year. The acquisition further strengthens KONE's position in St. Petersburg by giving KONE access to the municipal housing market, which is the largest maintenance segment in St. Petersburg. This housing segment offers significant potential for modernization and
"Since its privatization from the City of St. Petersburg, RSU5 has continuously increased sales of modernization and replacement, which remains an immediate growth opportunity for KONE," states Klaus Cawén, KONE Executive Vice President.
RSU5 has 5,600 elevators in its maintenance base in the City of St. Petersburg and it employs 240 people.
KONE is one of the world's leading elevator and escalator companies.It provides its customers with industry-leading elevators and escalators, with innovative solutions for their maintenance and modernization. KONE also provides maintenance of automatic building doors. In 2006, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 3.6 billion and
pproximately 29,000 employees. Its class B shares are listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland. www.kone.com
Jeff Eaton, Country Director, Russia, tel. +7 095 755 4730
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