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Trade press, 2006-09-14, 12:03 PM

Ten more TWIN elevators for Moscow Federation Tower

ThyssenKrupp Elevator has won a contract to supply ten TWIN elevators and two conventional elevators for Tower A of the Moscow Federation Tower. After completion, scheduled for 2008, the complex will be Europe's tallest skyscraper with a height of 340 meters (420 meters including antenna structure) and will significantly alter the Moscow skyline.

Consisting of two towers, the building with office, hotel, apartment and recreation areas is being built for the Russian Mirax Group on the 100-hectare site of the future international center "Moscow-City" on the banks of the Moskva. Tower B, the smaller of the two towers, is currently under construction. The installation of 11 TWINs and seven conventional elevators from ThyssenKrupp Elevator began there in August.

In Tower A the TWINs will be supplemented by two conventional elevators. A first group of six TWINs will carry passengers between the first main floor and the 32nd floor, while a second group of four TWINs will run between the first main floor and the 46th story. In the first group the upper cab will travel at a speed of 6.0 m/s and the lower one at 4.0 m/s; in the second group the upper cab will run at 7.0 m/s and the lower one at 5.0 m/s.

The use of two cabs in one shaft makes it possible to transport the same number of people faster to their destination compared with a conventional solution. With the same number of shafts, the TWIN has a much greater transportation capacity than conventional elevator systems. A further advantage is the saving of construction volume: every shaft saved frees up valuable building and rental space. In the case of the ten TWINs in Moscow, the savings are particularly great, due to the high rents for office space in the Russian capital. According to the latest rankings of New York-based Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Moscow is the most expensive city in the world, ahead of Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

With 21 TWIN systems ordered, the Federation Tower is the biggest user so far of ThyssenKrupp Elevator's innovative technology. The Trumpf Technology Center currently under construction in Seoul, Korea, will include one TWIN. The already completed Oceanic Center in Valencia, Spain, also has one TWIN. The BMW headquarters building in Munich is being fitted with four systems as part of a modernization project, and in Frankfurt am Main the first two panoramic TWINs with glass cabs and open shafts began operation recently in the new Main Triangel office complex.