World’s fastest elevator will whisk Chinese businessmen up at speeds of 72km/h

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2014, 10:40am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2014, 12:39pm

Japan’s Hitachi said on Monday it will provide the world’s fastest elevators, which can clock speeds of up to 72 kilometres per hour, to a high-rise building in China.

The lifts will be delivered to the 111-storey, 530-metre-tall Guangzhou CTF Financial Centre due to be opened in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in 2016, the electronics and engineering firm said in a press release.

They will be able to travel the length of the 440 metre shaft - from the first to 95th floor - in a stomach-churning 43 seconds.

Hitachi will install a total of 95 elevators at the tower, including two of the superfast lifts, as well as slower machines such as double-decker lifts, the statement said.

The centre will be the tallest building in Guangzhou, complete with office, hotel and residential space.

It will be situated on the Zhujiang East Road and will have a gross floor area of 398,000 square metres.

At 530 metres tall, it is lower than China’s current highest tallest building, the 632-metre-tall Shanghai Tower, and the proposed 700-metre-tall Suzhou Zhongnan Centre, which began construction this year.

These are all eclipsed by the world’s current highest building, the 828-metre-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the proposed 1000-metre-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, due to be completed in 2019.

The world’s fastest elevator uses a newly developed permanent magnet motor that achieves both a thin profile and a high output, the statement said.

It is also equipped with a braking system capable of withstanding the terrific heat that might be generated if a malfunction ever develops.

China accounts for about 60 per cent of global demand for elevators and is at the centre of fierce competition among the world’s elevator makers, a Hitachi official said.

The world’s fastest elevator currently in operation is the 60.6 kilometre per hour lift at Taipei 101, in Taiwan’s main city, he said.