KONE to Supply Elevators and Escalators for China’s Tallest Twin Towers
KONE has won an order for 131 elevators and 32 escalators for the Zhengzhou Eastern Center in the capital of Henan province in north-central China. The office and retail complex is set to be the tallest twin tower structure in China. It will include two 289-meter towers and a seven-story shopping podium, and cover a total floor area of 7.6 hectares.
The order for the North and South Towers and podium includes 12 KONE double-deck elevators, which will provide increased transportation capacity by serving two floors at once. The double-deck elevators will travel at a speed of 5 m/s and their travel distance will be 123.4 meters. Ninety-three KONE MiniSpace(TM) elevators with a top travel speed of 7 m/s, and 26 KONE MonoSpace® elevators will also be delivered. In addition, KONE will install 32 KONE TravelMaster® escalators at the site. The KONE E-link monitoring system will help manage the numerous elevators and escalators operating in the complex.
“We are delighted that KONE’s innovative People Flow® solutions will be featured in this landmark structure. Continuous communication between the customer and the project team enabled us to understand the customer’s needs and provide them with the best possible solutions for the project,” said William B. Johnson, Executive Vice President for KONE Greater China.
The developer of the Zhengzhou Eastern Center project is the Greenland Group, one of China’s leading real estate companies. The super high-rise twin tower complex was designed by the Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tongji University. The contractor for the North Tower is Shanghai Construction No.2 (Group) Co., Ltd, and for the South Tower Zhongtian Construction Group Co., Ltd.
The building, which is currently under construction, is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2016. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2013.
KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance. The company’s objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. In 2012, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 6.3 billion and approximately 40,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.
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