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Today, a fully-functional 1:3 scale model of MULTI premiered at ThyssenKrupp’s Innovation Center in Gijón, Spain, only one year after announcing the concept of the elevator technology that will allow elevators to move horizontally in a building.

The MULTI system uses linear motors, like the ones used in a magnetic levitation train, instead of ropes. It will incorporate various self-propelled elevator cabs in a shaft that run in a loop – up, down and side to side. 

 

 

Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator said, “As we promised 12 months ago, we present the first model of our ground-breaking MULTI elevator system. Our research and development team is right on track to realize this cutting-edge transport technology.”

He went on to explain that as the nature of building construction evolves, it is also necessary to adapt elevator systems to better suit the requirements of buildings and high volumes of passengers. Without the use of cables, MULTI runs on a multi-level brake system and inductive power which transfers from shaft to cabin.

The system requires smaller shafts than conventional elevators and can increase a building’s usable area by up to 25 percent. This is particularly important considering current elevator-escalator footprints can occupy up to 40 percent of a building’s floor space, depending on the building height. This also translates into a lower requirement for escalators and additional elevator shafts, resulting in significant construction cost savings and more leasable space.

MULTI also provides a solution to tomorrow’s challenges. Urbanization is an unstoppable trend and the scale of movement of people to cities has redefined construction and infrastructure requirements to keep pace with growing urban populations. An estimated additional 85 percent of the existing urban and commercial floor space will need to be developed by 2025 to accommodate people. Space limitations in urban areas means that mid to high-rise buildings are the most viable construction options, translating into an immense demand for elevators. By 2020, the global demand for elevator equipment and services is projected to rise over 4% annually to 61 billion euros from the 49 billion euros verified last fiscal year.

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