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World's first ropeless elevators to feature at Expo 2020

Latest technology to be presented in German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

World's first ropeless elevators to feature at Expo 2020
The MULTI revolution changes the way people move inside buildings, providing completely new perspectives for architects, real estate owners and passengers. By employing linear motors for each cabin, no ropes are needed at all - MULTI moves move vertically as well as horizontally. (PRNewsfoto/thyssenkrupp Elevator AG)

The world’s first ropeless elevator for skyscrapers by Thyssenkrupp will feature at Expo 2020.

Known as Multi, the system can move multiple cars in a single shaft, vertically and horizontally, and has been selected as one of the lighthouse projects to be presented in the German Pavilion during Expo.

“Dubai is both a significant global business hub and a tourist destination. It’s a city that provides a platform for new inventions, attracting people and businesses from around the world. Multi will support this aim, demonstrating to those at Expo 2020 precisely how technology can support the growth of urban mobility,” said Peter Walker, CEO at Thyssenkrupp Elevator.

Multi requires fewer and smaller shafts than conventional elevators and can decrease a building’s elevator footprint by up to 50 percent - current elevator-escalator footprints can occupy up to 40-percent of a high-rise building’s floor space.


When EXPO 2020 opens its doors in Dubai in October 2020, the world's first ropeless elevator for skyscrapers will be featured prominently. thyssenkrupp Elevator's pioneering system was selected as one of the EXPO's lighthouse projects. (PRNewsfoto/thyssenkrupp Elevator AG)

As well as moving vertically and horizontally, Multi also moves on inclines. And instead of one cabin per shaft, it offers multiple cabins operating in a loop, resulting in a 50 percent higher transport capacity, as well as reduced waiting times for passengers.

The new technology, which was first revealed in 2017, removes height limitations and can be used for skybridges to shuttle from one building to another. It can be also used to open up new directions of travel in underground transport hubs.

Multi moves with a top speed of five to six m/s and requires dramatically lower peak power – as much as a 70-percent reduction when compared to conventional elevator systems.

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