Daily press, 2014-11-24, 10:01 AM
Engaging urbanisation: Urban-Hub.com is a new digital magazine to promote discussions on how people shape cities
Urbanisation will see a 2.5 billion increase in city populations by 2050, and of the 10-11 billion population expected by the end of the century, around 70% will live in urban spaces. Factoring in the challenges that urbanisation represents for the world, it is more imperative than ever that we make sustainable choices to move towards creating cities that are not only pleasant but also the most environmentally friendly structures possible, offering efficient mobility in the city as well as inside buildings, with easy and cost-effective infrastructure.
Urban-Hub.com, a digital platform launched by ThyssenKrupp Elevator at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, aims to promote discussions on how people shape cities, and how sustainable development can best be integrated in this era of rapid urbanisation. This novel interactive platform will curate ideas on sustainable development in all areas of urbanisation, ranging from mass transit and passenger mobility to building construction and infrastructure. It will also feature an amalgamation of news on landmarks and buildings currently under development that employ the principles of sustainability, as well as profiles of pioneers in the field.
Urban-Hub.com includes articles on timely events such as technologies incorporated in the new One World Trade Center in New York, the fostering of urban mobility through innovative technologies such as ThyssenKrupp’s ACCEL, and the use of The Internet of Things to create smarter, more efficient cities.
Luis Ramos, Head of Communications of ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG said, “ThyssenKrupp is powering Urban-Hub.com with the aim of promoting a fruitful and engaging discussion on urbanisation, with a focus on people developing stress-free, sustainable cities for the future. In the world’s inaugural metropolitan century, with cities prospering in the new global economic order, it is imperative that we make our cities the best places to live that humankind has ever created, and leave a lasting and positive impact on the generations to come”.
Available in the first phase in English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and in its second phase in Chinese, the platform aims to reach the broadest possible audience to garner a wide spectrum of views from around the globe. It is also suited to all digital interfaces, and will be easily accessible on computers, tablets, and smartphones.
thyssenkrupp Elevator brings together the Group’s global activities in passenger transportation systems. With sales of 7.2 billion euros in fiscal 2014/2015 and customers in 150 countries, thyssenkrupp Elevator built its position as one of the world’s leading elevator companies from scratch in a mere 40 years’ time applying thyssenkrupp unique engineering capabilities. With more than 50,000 highly skilled employees, the company offers smart and innovative products and services designed to meet customers’ individual requirements. The portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products. Over 900 locations around the world provide an extensive sales and service network to guarantee closeness to customers.
thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and services businesses. Around 155,000 employees in nearly 80 countries work with passion and technological expertise to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2014/2015 thyssenkrupp generated sales of around €43 billion.
Together with our customers we develop competitive solutions for the challenges of the future in the areas Mechanical, Plant and Materials. With our engineering expertise we enable our customers to gain an edge in the global market and manufacture innovative products in a cost- and resource-friendly way. For us, technical progress and innovations, allied with the combined strength of the Group, are key factors enabling us to meet current and future customer and market requirements around the world, grow on the markets of the future, and generate strong and stable earnings, cash flows and value growth.