CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TIME magazine has named the MULTI elevator system by thyssenkrupp Elevator as one of its "25 Best Inventions of 2017." Unveiled on June 22, 2017, to the public at the thyssenkrupp test tower in Rottweil, Germany, MULTI is the first and only elevator to be able to move both horizontally and vertically due to its revolutionary rope-less technology. The innovative elevator system offers dramatically expanded design and construction possibilities for architects, builders and urban planners.
MULTI, which will make its first commercial home in Berlin at OVG Real Estate's East Side Tower by 2021, was chosen to be one of the "25 Best Inventions of 2017" because of its unique cable-free technology and how it will impact building design moving forward. MULTI requires fewer and smaller shafts than conventional elevators, and can increase a building's usable area by up to 25 percent, offering additional revenue opportunities from the extra rentable/leasable space. This is particularly important considering current elevator-escalator footprints can occupy up to 40 percent of a high-rise building's floor space.
"We believe MULTI is a genuine game-changer that will truly transform the way people move, work and live in our built environment," says Andreas Schierenbeck, thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO. "It will reduce waiting times for passengers and offer building developers more free floor space for additional revenues. MULTI is a key offering that truly represents a landmark revolution in the elevator industry."
Instead of one cabin per shaft moving up and down, MULTI offers multiple cabins operating in a loop, much like a metro system inside a building. This results in a higher transport capacity – up to 50 percent – as well as reduced waiting times for passengers. MULTI also requires dramatically lower peak power – as much as a 60-percent reduction when compared to conventional elevator systems. This allows for better management of a building's energy needs, and reduces investment costs in the power supply infrastructure.
"The inclusion of MULTI as one of TIME's best inventions of 2017 is extremely rewarding and further validates our commitment to transforming elevators and building transportation," says Patrick Bass, CEO of thyssenkrupp North America. "As cities continue to grow, and as buildings get larger and taller, city planners and architects face significant challenges in moving people quickly and comfortably to their destinations. MULTI will help them do this safely."
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thyssenkrupp Elevator brings together the Group's global activities in passenger transportation systems. With sales of 7.5 billion euros in fiscal 2015/2016 and customers in 150 countries, thyssenkrupp Elevator built its position as one of the world's leading elevator companies from scratch in a mere 40 years' time applying thyssenkrupp unique engineering capabilities. With more than 50,000 highly skilled employees, the company offers smart and innovative products and services designed to meet customers' individual requirements. The portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products. Over 900 locations around the world provide an extensive sales and service network to guarantee closeness to customers.
thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and services businesses. Around 156,000 employees in nearly 80 countries work with passion and technological expertise to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2015/2016 thyssenkrupp generated sales of around €39 billion.
Together with our customers we develop competitive solutions for the challenges of the future in the areas Mechanical, Plant and Materials. With our engineering expertise we enable our customers to gain an edge in the global market and manufacture innovative products in a cost- and resource-friendly way. For us, technical progress and innovations, allied with the combined strength of the Group, are key factors enabling us to meet current and future customer and market requirements around the world, grow on the markets of the future, and generate strong and stable earnings, cash flows and value growth.