Hitachi to deliver world’s fastest elevators for 530-meter skyscraper in China

JIJI

Hitachi Ltd. said Monday it will deliver two units of the world’s fastest elevator to a Chinese skyscraper set to open in 2016.

The elevators, to be installed in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, have a speed of 1,200 meters per minute and will be able to travel the 440 meters between the first and the 95th floors in about 43 seconds.

The Japanese maker will deliver a total of 95 elevators to the 530-meter-tall building in Guangzhou, southern China.

The two world’s fastest elevators employ technologies to prevent vibrations and noises. Highly heat-resistant materials allow their emergency brake systems to operate at temperatures over 300 degrees Celsius, Hitachi said.

In fiscal 2013, elevator sales in China accounted for about 60 pct of the world’s total.

Hitachi held 15 pct of the Chinese elevator market in fiscal 2012, the second-largest share. It aims to increase orders further by demonstrating its technical edge.

Toshio Ikemura, the company’s vice president and executive officer, told a press conference that the delivery of the world’s fastest elevators will be a good opportunity for Hitachi to show its technology to the world.