Otis Ships 1,000th Skyrise™ Elevator as Global Population Growth and Urbanization Drive Cities Higher
Otis High Rise Elevator (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Otis’ High Rise Contract and Logistics Center in Shanghai, recently arranged the delivery of the 1,000th Otis Skyrise elevator. The success of the skyscraper-specific elevator system underscores Otis’ leadership in super-tall building development. Otis the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Incorporating state-of-the-art Otis technologies, the Skyrise elevator was introduced in 2011 to address the challenges of skyscrapers as the world’s cities continue to rise skyward. According to global industry studies, 28 buildings over 400 meters in height are due for completion between now and the end of 2018, compared with just 15 in the previous 15 years. The United Nations expects the global urban population to surpass 6 billion by 2045, up from 3.9 billion this year, with the fastest growth occurring in Asia and Africa.
The 1,000th Skyrise elevator system will be deployed in Suzhou International Fortune Plaza in East China. Now under construction, the 230-meter skyscraper will rely on 40 Otis elevators including 12 Skyrise elevators, 20 Elevonic® elevators and eight Gen2® machine roomless systems.
“With the access to a portfolio of advanced technologies like those used in Skyrise, our experts on the high rise team help ensure the success of the world’s most prestigious skyscraper projects. The High Rise Contract and Logistics Center plays a pivotal role in the use of high-rise elevator technologies around the world and helps cities build taller buildings to accommodate the rising global population and rapid urban growth,” said Bora Gulan, vice president, Otis High Rise and Infrastructure Global Products.
The Otis High Rise Contract and Logistics Center in Shanghai oversees the company’s major international projects. It works closely with architects, consultants, general contractors and developers to deliver elevator solutions that offer efficient and flexible deployment, reliable energy-saving operation and optimal safety and riding comfort.
“The Skyrise elevator combines state-of-the-art technology and our most sophisticated manufacturing processes,” said Perry Zheng, president, Otis China. “Already deployed in many of the skyscrapers in China, the Otis Skyrise delivers safety, sustainability and comfort to help drive the growth of the green buildings of tomorrow.”
Designed with sustainability in mind, the Otis Skyrise offers energy savings of up to 60 percent compared with other permanent magnet machines. It has a rise of more than 600 meters, with single-deck, double-deck and super-double-deck configurations, and uses compact, optimized hoistway components and the safest and most efficient installation techniques. Engineered for comfort and reliability, it features an advanced control system that continuously monitors individual safety devices and adjusts elevator motion. The Otis Skyrise delivers a premium ride experience that is fast, smooth and quiet, making it ideal for the most prestigious skyscrapers.
Otis elevator systems are used in many of the world’s most iconic buildings, including eight of the last 10 to have held the title of the world’s tallest building. The current record holder, the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai, relies on Otis systems, as do the 660-meter Ping’An Financial Center in Shenzhen, which will be China’s tallest upon completion in 2016, and the 556-meter Lotte World Tower, which will be the tallest building on the Korean peninsula when it is completed in 2016.
In addition to inventing the safety elevator in 1852, Otis invented the gearless traction elevator in 1903, which made very tall buildings practical for the first time and ushered in the era of the modern skyscraper. The company has continuously innovated ever since, introducing breakthroughs such as the industry-leading super double-deck elevator and the self-climbing jump lift for safe and rapid installation.
With products offered in more than 200 countries and territories, Otis offers total elevator and escalator solutions ranging from design and engineering to consultancy and project management, manufacturing and delivery, field operations, service and maintenance, and elevator system modernization.
Otis is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded 161 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories, and maintains more than 1.8 million elevators and escalators worldwide. Otis is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.otis.com
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