German bid to wider rise elevators makes headway

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 10 Jul 2017, 13:38:02
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German bid to wider rise elevators makes headway

German bid to wider rise elevators makes headway
The elevator of the future will be exciting, almost seductive in the way it moves, not just up and down - but sideways and diagonally, according to a global media report Monday.

A clever child 50 years from now might ask why lifts are so named, as they switch and change direction and are used not just in buildings but over canals or to whisk people horizontally from underground stations to offices.

This is how Germany’s Thyssenkrupp, a leading elevator manufacturer, expects the market to evolve as more people move into the world’s expanding cities and buildings rise higher on the back of technological advances.

The number of skyscrapers taller than 200m constructed globally has witnessed rapid annual growth to a record 128 last year compared with just 23 in 2000. And the market is projected to grow to 155 completed projects next year, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

With this in mind, Thyssenkrupp is aiming to steer away from making steel and focus on its higher-margin capital goods business, which has elevators at its core but also includes producing high-speed walkways using magnetic levitation technology.

In June, the group unveiled its latest functioning prototype, called the Multi, as it looks to steal a march on rivals, which include the world’s biggest lift manufacturer Otis, of the US, Switzerland’s Schindler and Finland’s Kone.

These groups are the main suppliers of lifts - from those installed in regular office blocks to the highest skyscrapers, such as the world’s tallest, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 828m and is equipped with 57 elevators by Otis.

Thyssenkrupp’s Multi allows for multiple cabins to move up the same shaft, travel horizontally, then come down another shaft in a continuous loop.

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