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Daily press, 2009-04-08, 11:00 AM

Double-deck elevators reach record speed

After three years of planning, production and installation, ThyssenKrupp Elevator has created a particularly fast method of passenger transportation in the Shanghai World Financial Center, the tallest building in China and currently the third-highest building in the world. The four double-deck elevators each comprise two cabs attached one on top of the other, each with a capacity of 2,000 kilos, and serve a sky lobby at a height of 240 meters. Visitors can now get there at record speed: traveling at a top speed of ten meters per second (36 km/h), the systems in the new Shanghai World Financial Center are the fastest double-deck elevators in the world.

To achieve these high speeds, among other things ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s engineers developed aerodynamic cladding for the cabs and doors. Electronically controlled active roller guides ensure low-vibration travel. The guide rails were installed in the shaft using advanced laser technology to ensure extremely high precision and thus guarantee maximum ride comfort even at high speeds.

In addition to the four double-deck elevators ThyssenKrupp Elevator has manufactured and installed a further 40 systems for the 492-meter-tall, 101-floor Shanghai World Financial Center. Numerous passenger and service elevators between the 79th and 93rd floors guarantee fast, safe and comfortable transportation in “the world’s highest hotel”. There are further ThyssenKrupp Elevator systems in the parking garages, the shop and restaurant areas, and in the forum, which offers a variety of conference and VIP rooms as well as an 800 square meter event hall.

With the fastest double-deck elevators in the world, ThyssenKrupp Elevator has added a new, innovative system to its range of passenger transportation products. Together with the TWIN elevators supplied exclusively by ThyssenKrupp Elevator, the company is proving its capabilities and expertise in the high-rise market.