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Yes, you read that right. I assert we will need to miniaturize our products’ burden on buildings while having bigger experiences and faster delivery times which requires stronger materials. 

Remember Ironman’s super-cool digital screens inside his ocean-side lair? Well today, thyssenkrupp announced that our service technicians will use HoloLens technology in its elevator service operations worldwide.

There is no getting around it. If your building is two stories or hundreds of feet, you are going to need an elevator. You have to meet the American Disabilities Act codes but what you don’t need is a complicated elevator system to travel just a few feet.

The term “smart city” can be open to interpretation. Here are a few prerequisites established a few years ago.  A smart city uses technologies to be more intelligent and efficient when using resources.

thyssenkrupp is currently putting the finishing touches on the installation of 30 elevators and 2 escalators that will serve 52 floors at River Point, a new office tower located on a prime piece of property overlooking the Chicago River.


"We support each other," said Matthew Brazas, an elevator service technician from our Anaheim, California branch who won the Health and Safety Award for Outstanding Qualitative Performance at a global thyssenkrupp Elevator Technology conference in Singapore. "There are often a lot of buzz words used in our industry, like ‘teamwork,’ and ‘safety culture’ but at our Anaheim branch, the words ring true. Every conversation I have with my fellow service technicians ends with reminders to be careful, stay safe or sometimes includes an excerpt from the daily safety talks we have before starting our work. Our Anaheim branch recently surpassed the 11-year mark without an accident, a milestone we are all very proud of,” added Mathew.

Gabriele Sons, member of the executive board and chief human resources officer of thyssenkrupp Elevator AG presents Brazas his award.


Matthew has also been consistently singled out by customers for his safe work habits and practices. They report he always addresses safety concerns with their elevators quickly and efficiently. He recently scored perfectly on a company customer service feedback survey with The University of La Verne, near Los Angeles. Officials at the university said, “Matthew is our service tech and I cannot say enough about how responsive he is to our needs. As the safety specialist here at the University, I can always rest assured that safety is foremost with Matthew and thyssenkrupp.” A state elevator Inspector also refers to Matt as his favorite elevator technician - which speaks volumes. He said, “I thank him for his continued great service; it’s a pleasure working with Matthew.”

His excellent service record with thyssenkrupp began in 2006 when he joined the organization in Anaheim. Company officials shared that Matthew has never had an accident, been involved in an incident or received a citation. He is regarded by his peers and managers as a mentor for safety and safe work habits.

“We have a good relationship, me and the other service mechanics and it is humbling to hear that I may be considered as a role model. The truth is that any one of the guys I work with here deserves this award. I feel a personal responsibility to do my best every day. I learned during my childhood that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right. That lesson was reinforced when I served in the U.S. Army, where I also learned to pay attention to detail,” said Matthew. He added that the branch is very supportive when it comes to safety. “They fulfill requests for safety gear without question or delay and make sure that our customers have the necessary safety mechanisms in place as well.” 

thyssenkrupp flew Matthew and his wife to Singapore for the awards ceremony. “It was our first trip to Asia and my wife is my best friend so that is the best way to travel,” said Matthew. “The accommodations were all first class. It was a blast. It was incredible.” 

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