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Singapore Lift & Escalator Contractors & Manufacturers Association
(SLECMA)

News and Events

Events happening in the association.

1. Visit by China Elevator Association (Nov 2017)

The Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary of China Elevator Association held a dialogue session jointly with BCA and SLECMA on 29 Nov 2017. The meeting focus mainly on legislative matter, code of practice, regulations, and marketing status.
 
2. Dialogue session with Minister of Manpower (Nov 2017)

Mr. Lim Swee Say, Minister of Manpower held dialogue session with SLECMA on 28 Nov 2017 at the ITE College East. Nine wish lists were collected from SLECMA members, which were forwarded to the minister via BCA. The wish lists covered local manpower shortage, and industry challenges.
 
3. Work-Learn-Technical-Diploma (WLTD) (Nov 2017)

ITE proposed to conduct Work-Learn-Technical Diploma in vertical transport course and requested assistance from SLECMA to support the introduction of this course with the aim to attract more entrants to take up employment in the lift industry. A meeting was held with SLECMA at ITE East College on 2 Nov 2017.
 
4. Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) (Sep 2017)

On 27 Sep 2017, SLECMA held discussion with National Environment Agency on the minimum energy performance standards which would be introduced in 2018.
 
5. Public education on lift and escalator safety (May 2017)

The Corporate Development Group of BCA together with Singapore Kindness Movement, in collaboration with SLECMA, jointly launch public education on lift and escalator safety usage, targeting mainly on young users. Several safety campaigns were launched in various shopping malls.
 
6. Lift & Escalator Sectorial Tripartite Committee (L&E STC)
(March 2017)


The first meeting of the L&E STC was held in 17 March 2017. Subsequently it was formed in two groups as follows:

Workgroup 1 was headed by Mr. Teo Orh Hai, Group Director, Building Plan and Management Group, BCA. Workgroup 1 took charge of Progressive Wage Model (PWM).

Workgroup 2 was headed by Ms Grace Mui, Group Director, Manpower Strategy and Planning Group, BCA. Workgroup 2 took charge of Rebranding the job titles of the maintenance personnel, to improve work environment, to attract local workforce to the industry.

Both groups were represented by members of SLECMA, Unions, MOM, WSG, e2i.

This should be the awakening chapter in the lift industry after SLECMA has fought and championed this matter with the authority since 2002.
 
7. WSH Guidelines on lift and escalator Committee (March 2017)

At the request from Workplace Safety and Health Council, SLECMA formed a working committee during the AGM to take care of the development and update of the older WSH guidelines on lift maintenance and also to write new guidelines on escalator maintenance.
 
8. 42nd AGM in Sri-Lanka (March 2017)

The 42nd AGM was held in Sri-Lanka on 9th March 2017. 17 persons from SLECMA attended the AGM. The AGM was most memorial for SLECMA members where the President decided to step down after serving as President since 2002.
 
9. Signing of MOU with BCA (Feb 2017)

An MOU was signed with BCA on 13th Feb 2017 at ITE College Central. The MOU covered the manpower development plan for lift and escalator industry. The MOU was witnessed by the Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, Mr. Desmond Lee.
 
10. Dialogue session with BCA on regulatory framework for lift and escalator (Nov 2016)

BCA invited SLECMA to discuss the implementation of regulatory framework for lift and escalator on 30the Nov 2016. The objectives were to enhance the overall safety of lift and escalator with mandate requirements for the industry.
    
11. Dialog session with Singapore Workforce Development Agency
(Sep 2016)


A dialog session with Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) was held on 30th Sep 2016 at Fujitec office. WDA presented to members the training matter for employee and funding support for company employees.
 
12. Study trip on lifts and escalators to Belgium, Finland, and New York (Aug 2016)

BCA invited SLECMA to a study trip to Belgium, Finland, and New York, from 29 Aug to 2nd Sep 2016. The expedition was led by CEO of BCA and dialogue sessions were held with Belgium Authorities, Belgium National Lift Association, and European Lift Association.
 
13. Forum with IES M&E Technical Committee (July 2016)

A forum with IES M&E Technical Committee was held with SLECMA on 8th July 2016 at Fujitec office. 14 members from IES attended the forum which covered topics such as quality of lift installation, high profile lift incidents, and testing and commissioning standards.
 
14. 41st AGM in Bangkok (Feb 2016)

The 41st AGM was held in Bangkok on 25th Feb 2016 with 14 members attended the meeting.
 
15. Dialogue session with BCA on Barrier-Free-Accessibility
(Sep 2015)


At the invitation of BCA, SLECMA held dialogue session with BCA on Barrier-Free-Accessibility on 2 Sep 2015. The sessions covered the following matter:

1. Feedback on the provision for persons with disabilities in lifts.
2. Provision of stretcher lifts, AED in lifts, escalator for the visually impaired.
 
16. 40th Anniversary Charity Gold Donation (April 2015)

A charity fund raising cum golf tournament was organized by SLECMA and held at Tanah Merah Country Club on 17th April 2015. The charity fund raising was in aid of Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society. A total amount of $40,000.00 was raised with donations from members, individuals, companies, and association.
 
17. 40th AGM in Guangzhou (March 2015)

The 40th AGM was held in Guangzhou city on March 2015. At the invitation of The Guangzhou Bereau of Quality and Technical Supervision, SLECMA held dialogue session with the Guangzhou authorities and their members.
 
18. Dialogue with Guangzhou Bureau of Quality & Technical Supervision (Dec 2014)

The Guangzhou Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision visited Singapore and held a dialogue session with SLECMA. Their mission was to learn about various regulatory regimes in Singapore including lifts and escalators. They have in return invited SLECMA to meet them in 2015.
 
19. Discussion with ITE on Technical Diploma (June 2014)

Discussion was held with ITE to explore the setting up of a Technical Diploma course in Vertical Transportation. The course would help the ITE engineering graduates as well as existing lift industry workers to upgrade their skill and knowledge.
 
20. SCDF - Meeting and Clarification (May 2014)

On behalf SLECMA, Mr. S K Leong and two other members discussed with SCDF on long outstanding issues on evacuation lift, lift homing, fire lift switch etc. The discussion was also to seek clarification regarding the issues facing the industry.
 
21. Proposal to BCA to Legislate Retrofitting Older Lifts (April 2014)

Through our lawyer, SLECMA wrote to BCA proposing to legislate retrofitting older lifts which have wider gaps with newer lifts in terms of safety and performance.
 
22. Meeting NTUC (March 2014)

SLECMA Committee Members held a dialogue session with MIWU / NTUC and e2i to discuss on improve employability for local work force to join the lift industry. Apart from that discussion was also touched on progressive wage reform for the industry work force.
 
23. ACES - SLECMA Seminar on Lift System SS 550 (Jan 2014)

Jointly with ACES, SLECMA delivered papers in the seminar on lift system based on SS 550. The seminar was well attended by members from both organisations.
 
24. PALEA Seminar (SEP 2013)

SLECMA members were invited by PALEA to attend their seminar. In return, SLECMA hosted a dinner for PALEA members after the seminar.
 
25. HDB Consultation on Cyclical Maintenance Regime (Sep 2013)

HDB held a dialogue session with SLECMA members to discuss on lift cyclical maintenance as well as refurbishment and improvement works. It was a fruitful discussion with members' contribution on best practices for maintenance. The reasons for higher cost for lift maintenance were explained to HDB.
 
26. SS 530 Energy Consumption for Lifts and Escalators (Aug 2013)

SLECMA represented by Mr. E H Quah and Mr. S K Leong attended a discussion with the Working Group of SS 530 to review the energy efficiency standards for building services and equipment, including lifts and escalators.
 
27. BCA Consultation on Lifts and Escalator Regulatory Regime
(June 2013)


Mr. Quah, Mr. Phuah and Mr. Leong were invited by BCA to a discussion on lifts and escalator regulatory regime. SLECMA welcomes BCA’s effort to tighten up the lift and escalator regime and support all practical ideas to move forward as quickly as possible. After consulting with all our members, SLECMA consolidated all comments received and submitted to BCA for their consideration.
 
28. ITE Opening Ceremony of the Vertical Transportation Lab
(July 2013)


Following the participation in assisting ITE to establish the vertical transportation course, SLECMA was invited and participated in the opening ceremony of the laboratory. After the opening ceremony, SLECMA members held a dialogue session with the ITE staff and many issues including the importance of maintenance was discussed.
 
29. Building Specialists Trade Hand Book (May 2013)

SLECMA contributed to the writing of the articles on lift and escalator for the Building Specialists Building Trade Hand Book. The hand book was launched in May 2013 in conjunction with the International Facility Management Expo 2013. A booth was given to SLECMA to display information relating to SLECMA and articles on the importance of lift maintenance.
 
30. Continuing Education and Training CET (Jan 2013)

With the support from SLECMA, ITE embarking to start a part-time course in continuing education and training (CET) for existing workers in the lift industry. The course was targeted to start in middle of 2013.
 
31. Building Specialists Trade Hand Book (Oct 2012)

SLECMA sponsored the listing of all members in the hand book written and printed by Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore (STAS). This was the only hand book ever published in Singapore that contains all the building specialist trades, of which lift and escalator is part of it. The hand book was endorsed by BCA, WSHC and was supported by SPRING Singapore. SLECMA would be providing an industry write-up on lifts and escalators for this book which is being coordinated by the secretary.
 
32. Work Place Safety and Health Council (Aug 2012)

SLECMA participated in the preparation of Technical Advisory for Modernisation, Installation and Dismantling of Lifts (or MID in short). Mr. James Lee represented SLECMA for this assignment and the handbook was finally printed for distribution to all members in Aug 2012.
 
33. ITE Vertical Transportation (VT) Course (Jan 2012)

With the support provided by SLECMA, ITE successfully started the VT course. Member companies continued to support ITE by providing industrial attachment to their students. I am pleased to put in record that with the strong support provided by SLECMA and the effort of ITE, a vertical transportation course has been introduced in an institution in many years. The first batch of students is due for graduation in Dec 2012.
 
34. SLECMA Website (Dec 2011)

SLECMA website was upgraded during the year and will be maintained by FUJITEC.
 
35. Discussion with SPRING Singapore on Improvement of Standards (Nov 2011)

Led by Mr. S K Leong, SLECMA held discussion with SPRING Singapore to discuss on the introduction of UCMP (Unintended Car Movement Protection) which has been adopted in EN81 in 2009, and EN81-80 Safety Improvements for Existing (old) Lifts.
 
36. Joint Seminar with BEMA (Oct 2011)

A joint seminar was held on 19th Oct which was well attended by more than 120 participants.
 
37. Accessibility Code Review (Sep 2011)

Eight (8) representatives from SLECMA attended on 14th Sept to a meeting with BCA on Accessibility Code Review. These representatives were from Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Chevalier, Schindler and TL Jones.
 
38. Escalator Safety (Aug 2011)

BCA and SLECMA had a dialogue session in Aug 2011 to discuss escalator safety matters.
 
39. Work Place and Safety Council (Apr 2011)

The hand book on Technical Advisory (TA) for Lift Maintenance was issued during the year. SLECMA was represented by Mr James Lee in the working committee.

At the launching of TA for Lift Maintenance by WSHC, Mr James Lee was invited as a speaker on behalf of SLECMA.

SLECMA was also represented in the working committee that drafted the TA for Modernization, Installation & Dismantling of Lifts. The drafted TA was posted for public comments during last year.
 
40. ITE Vertical Transportation (VT) Course (Mar 2011)

SLECMA strongly supported and assisted ITE to prepare for the launching of the VT course. The course was launched and ITE accepted students' enrolment for 2011.

During the preparation time, member companies provided training for the ITE teaching staff during ITE Staff vacations. Chevalier, EM Services, Fujitec, Hitachi and Mitsubishi were involved in providing the training. SLECMA members will continue to provide OJT to the ITE Students Apart from the above, SLECMA will be contributing medal awards subject to a maximum of S$1,000 per year starting from graduation year 2014.
 
41. Core Trade for Lift Technician ( Apr 2011)

BCA has approved for Fonda Global Engineering Pte Ltd to start a training and running of the Core Trade Scheme for Lift Technicians where the building industry are required to have their staff send for training and pass the SEC K test before they are allow to work at the worksite. Fonda has agreed to engage SLECMA to help in the technical support on the training and advice. SLECMA members Chevalier and EM Services are now working with Fonda to prepare the test towers to be ready for use before end of Apr 2011.

42. 36th AGM (11th Mar 2011)

The 36th AGM was held on Fri,11th Mar 2011 at Pulai Spring Resort, Johor, Malaysia. Mr Sugumaran N Pillai was elected as President and Mr Quah Eng Hing as Secretary. and Mr James Lee as Treasurer. Click here to see the other members of the 2011 committee.

43. Lift Technician Training (2nd June 2010)

To meet the shortage of lift technicians and to encourage locals to join the lift industry, e2i (under NTUC) conducted a industry preview for the lift technicians on 2nd June 2010. The preview attracted 75 candidates but eventually only 21 candidates were shortlisted for an intensive about one month training course on basic lift installation. After the course the candidates are expected to sit for the SEC test by BCA. On passing, they can join the various lift companies for on-the-job training for one year.

44. Technical Advisory on Lift Maintenance (6th Apr 2010)

SLECMA was invited to participate in the technical advisory committee on lift maintenance under WSH Council. Mr James Lee and Mr Guay Ying Leong represented SLECMA and help to draft the guidelines. The final draft will be completed for public comment by end June 2010.

45. Forum on SS 550-2009 (31st Mar 2010)

SS 550 -2009 replaced CP2 with effect from 1st July 2010. SLECMA held a forum for about 20 staff from its member companies. Comment from the forum were collated and feedback to BCA.

46. 35th AGM ( 26th Feb 2010)

The 35th AGM was held on Fri,26th Feb 2010 at Southlinks Country Club, Batam Island ,Indonesia. Mr Sugumaran N Pillai was elected as President and Mr Quah Eng Hing as Secretary. Mr James Lee was elected as Treasurer to take over from Mr Leong Shee Kok whose 3 years as Treasurer is due under the constitution. Click here to see the other members of the 2010 committee.

47. Dialogue with NTUC on Lift Maintenance and Manpower Issues
(11th Dec 2009)


On 11th Dec 2009, SLECMA met with Mr Heng Chee How, Dy Sec Gen of NTUC and officers from e2i, MOM, WDA, MIWU and BATU to discuss on the maintenance and manpower issues facing the industry.

Mr Quah EH, SLECMA's secretary briefed on the work involved in lift installation and maintenance and gave an update on the aging lift maintenance forces. There is an urgent need for the industry to attract and train new comers to the industry. The dialogue has provided a better insight to Mr Heng on the plight of the industry and he shall feedback to the relevant parties for their consideration to resolve the issues.

48. Interlifts at Augsberg (13th Oct 2009)

On 12th Oct 2009, some of the members of SLECMA left for Augsburg to attend their bi-annual exhibition. The exhibition was held from 13th to 16th Oct 2009.

49. Visit to Nanjing Technical Vocational College ( 1st June 2009)

On 1st June 2009 SLECMA management committee led by Mr Sugumaran left Singapore for a visit to the Nanjing Technical Vocational College to better understand the trade test provided by China for workers coming to work in Singapore. Along the way, they also visited the Jiangsu Safety Steel Rope manufacturer in Wuxi.

50. SLECMA 34th AGM cum Golf Game at Sentosa Golf Club,Singapore (20th Feb 2009)

SLECMA held its 34th AGM at the Sentosa Golf Club on 20th Feb 2009. In conjunction with the AGM, a golf game was organized for its members. Our Hon members Mr BK Wong and Mr HK Lam and some MALEA members (Mr Cheam, Mr Frankie Ho and Richard Oh) were also present.

During the AGM, the following members have been re-elected

President - Mr SN Sugumaran | Fujitec
Secretary - Mr Quah Eng Hing | Chevalier
Treasurer - Mr Leong Shee Kok | Mitsubishi
Member - Mr Ong Chong Ping | EM Services
Member - Mr James Lee | Hitachi

The following associate members were elected to be the auditors for the year 2009.

Mr Tan Kok Liang | Draka Cableteq
Mr Toh Chin Chuan | Unilift

51. Meeting with MOM on Safety Issues (6th Feb 2009)

On 6th Feb 2009, Occupational Safety and Health Department of MOM , led by Mr Chan Yew Kwong met the members of SLECMA to discuss on the Risk Management for Lift Maintenance work. SLECMA has completed the RA for lift maintenance and shall extend a copy to MOM for their reference.

52. PALEA 10th Anniversary (3rd Sept 2008)

In conjunction with Pacific Asia Lift & Escalator Association (PALEA)'s 10th anniversary, SLECMA helped to organise the seminar on "Global Lift Standards - The Path to Harmonised Safety" on 3rd Sept 2008 at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. The Guest of Honour is Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West CDC District who delivered the opening address. The seminar is well attended by the lift industry players in Singapore and the Asia Pacific regions.

53. BCA Study Trip to Hong Kong (26th to 28th Aug 2008)

SLECMA was invited to join BCA and HDB for a study trip to visit the following 3 organisations in Hong Kong:

a. Electrical & Mechanical Services Department (EMSD)

b. Electrical Industry Training Centre ( EITC)

c. Lift & Escalator Contractors Association (LECA)

Mr Pillai (Fujitec), Mr Quah EH( Chevalier), Mr Leong SK (Mitsubishi), Mr James Lee (Hitachi) and Mr Ong CP( EM Services) represented SLECMA for the meeting and discussion.

The study trip provided an opportunity for BCA and HDB to understand the regulation and control of lift and escalator trades in Hong Kong. The training and facilities provided by EITC in the training of lift technicians is comprehensive and well equipped. The meeting with LECA highlighted the need for lift contractors to work closely with authority to ensure the safety and high standard of lift installation and maintenance works.

54. Dialogues with CEA, JEA, MALEA & TEA in China (22nd Apr 2008)

A delegates of SLECMA members led by Mr Pillai visited the China World Elevator and Escalator Expo (CWEE 08) held in Langfang, from 22nd to 25th Apr 2008. During the visit a dialogue session were held among China Elevator Association(CEA), Japan Elevator Association(JEA ). Taiwan Elevator Association(TEA) , Malaysian Lift and Escalator Association(MALEA) and SLECMA. The dialogues provide an opportunity for the different associations to have a better understanding and insight to the operation and safety issues faced by the different countries. Follow up visits to the different countries are proposed.

55. SLECMA 33rd AGM and Visit to Draka Factory (22nd & 23rd Feb 2008)

SLECMA held its 33rd AGM in Malacca Ayer Keroh Resort on 22nd Feb 2008. Mr Pillai, Mr Quah EH and Mr Leong SK were re-elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. [ Full management committee 2008 ]. The following morning, one of our associate members, Draka Cableteq hosted an informative factory visit to view the cables manufacturing processes for the members present in the AGM. MALEA members also joined us in the factory visit.