Hitachi delivers ‘world’s fastest’ elevator to skyscraper

Hitachi has delivered its elevator system to Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a skyscraper complex building in Guangzhou, China.

The building has the Guinness World Records title as having the world’s fastest elevator. The presentation ceremony for the award of the official certificate was held recently.

This elevator travels with a rated speed of 1,260 metres per minute and connects the ground floor to the hotel lobby on the 95th floor in approximately 42 seconds, over a distance of 440 metres.

In 1968, Hitachi developed an elevator with the speed of 300 m/min, the fastest in Japan at that time, and delivered it to Kasumigaseki Building, Japan’s first skyscraper.

Hitachi has continued to provide innovative products and services that support the advancement of urbanization.

In China, Hitachi has operated its elevators and escalators business since 1980s. In 1995, it founded Hitachi Elevator, a manufacturing, sales and service company for elevators and escalators.

China’s new elevators and escalators market has become the world’s largest, where demand exceeds 500,000 units, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of global demand.

Hitachi Elevator China achieved the top share in the number of new elevators and escalators units ordered in China in 2018.

In 2012, working with Hitachi Building Systems and Hitachi Elevator China, Hitachi received an order for 151 elevators and escalators for Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, and proceeded with the deliveries sequentially.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, one of the world class skyscraper complex buildings that is 530 m tall, constructed in Zhujiang New Town Central Business District, Guangzhou, China.

The building consists of offices, serviced apartments, hotels and commercial facilities.

On September 10, Rosewood Guangzhou, the hotel on 93 F to 108 F, started operation.

In response to the beginning of operation of the elevator with the speed of 1,260 m/min connecting the first floor on the ground and the hotel lobby on 95 F, it received a Guinness World Records title as the world’s fastest elevator.

Moving forward, Hitachi says it will continue to utilize cutting-edge digital technology broadly to develop products and services and globally provide safe, secure and comfortable elevators and escalators as well as services that help resolve customers’ various issues in urban spaces to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

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