KONE DX Class elevators win four prestigious Red Dot Design Awards

Press Release Published 05/07/2020

KONE Corporation, press release, May 7, 2020

  KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won four awards for its KONE DX Class elevators in the renowned Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020 competition. The KONE DX Class elevator interior collection and the KONE DX Class digital experience elevator concept were awarded for their outstanding design features, innovativeness and smart elements.

Launched in 2019, the KONE DX Class is the world's first digital elevator series. With built-in connectivity as standard, it brings a new user experience to life through a combination of design, technology, new materials, apps and services. The offering features a whole new variety of design options and innovations, including anti-stain, anti-scratch, and anti-bacterial surfaces, that help keep the equipment clean and contribute to a healthier environment. Moreover, the collection includes a range of sustainable materials to meet green building criteria like BREEAM and LEED. Advanced dynamic displays can be used to improve communication in buildings, while sound and lighting options transform the ambience and interior of the elevators. The KONE DX Class enables customers to adapt and upgrade the elevator experience according to needs over the entire lifetime of a building.

  "We are thrilled and honored to have received these esteemed awards for our new KONE DX Class elevators," says Visa Rauta, head of KONE Design. "The whole offering was developed in close collaboration with our customers around the globe, resulting in a collection that is set to bring meaningful experiences and well-being for people in urban environments. With sustainable and innovative materials, the KONE DX Class allows the creation of personalized, eye-catching and safe elevator experiences for any building and contributes to making cities better places to live in."

The Red Dot Design Award dates back to 1955 and today, it is one of the world's largest and most recognized design competitions with more than 18,000 entries. The competition breaks down into three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. In 2020, designers and companies from 60 countries entered over 6,500 products in the Red Dot Award: Product Design competition - more than ever before. When judging the products, the jury assess not just the aesthetic but also the materials selected, the level of craftsmanship, the surface structure, ergonomics and functionality. This year the competition also introduced two new meta categories - Innovative Products and Smart Products - and KONE DX Class elevators were awarded in both.

The rewarded KONE DX Class elevator offering continues KONE's success in product design. KONE's products and solutions have been awarded the coveted Red Dot product design awards also in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012.

The KONE DX Class elevator series has been available in European markets from December 2019 onwards, and it will be rolled out to other areas during 2020-2021.

For more information about KONE DX Class elevators, visit: https://www.kone.com/en/products-and-services/elevators-escalators-automatic-doors/kone-dx-class-elevators.aspx

For images and videos, visit KONE's Material Bank.

For further information, please contact: 
Hanna Rutanen, Director, External Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 41 507 1361, media@kone.com

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Previous press releases are available at https://www.kone.com/en/news-and-insights/releases/ including: 
November 29, 2019: KONE DX Class elevators take the industry into a new era - the world's first elevator series with built-in digital connectivity as standard

June 1, 2018: KONE listed as one of the world's most innovative companies by Forbes
September 2, 2016: KONE listed as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Forbes for the sixth year running
May 20, 2015: KONE Turnstile 100 wins Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015

About KONE
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2019, KONE had annual sales of EUR 10 billion, and at the end of the year approximately 60,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

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