(Photo: © thyssenkrupp)

(Photo: © thyssenkrupp)

Time magazine honours the Multi


Respected global news source Time Magazine today named the Multi elevator system by thyssenkrupp Elevator as one of its "25 Best Inventions of 2017". In addition Multi has won the 2018 Innovation Award.

The annual list spotlights the year’s inventions judged to offer the most potential to make the world better, smarter, and/or more enjoyable. Multi is the first elevator ever to be able to move both horizontally and vertically, due to its revolutionary rope-less technology.

Unique cable-free technology

The new invention offers dramatically expanded design and construction possibilities for architects, builders and urban planners. Multi was chosen to be one of the "25 best Inventions of 2017" because of its unique cable-free technology and what it means for buildings.

Multi requires fewer and smaller shafts than conventional elevators and can increase a building’s usable area by up to 25%, representing extra revenues from the additional rentable/leasable space. This is particularly important considering that current elevator-escalator footprints can occupy up to 40% of a high-rise building’s floor space.

Up to 60 percent lower energy consumption

Commenting on this distinguished recognition, thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Andreas Schierenbeck says: "We believe Multi is a genuine game-changer that will truly transform the way people move, work and live in our built environment. It will reduce waiting times for passengers and offer building developers more free floor space for additional revenues. Multi is a key offering that truly represents a landmark revolution in the elevator industry."

Instead of one cabin per shaft moving up and down, Multi offers multiple cabins operating in loop, much like a metro system inside a building. This results in a higher transport capacity – up to 50% – as well as reduced waiting times for passengers.

Multi also requires dramatically lower peak power – reducing that by as much as 60% when compared to conventional elevator systems. This allows for better management of a building’s energy needs, and reduces investment costs in the power supply infrastructure.

Innovation Award 2018

In addition Multi has won the 2018 Innovation Award at CTBUH’s first annual Tall + Urban InnovationConference, which was held May 30-31 at the Aqua Tower in Chicago. The InnovationAward winner was selected by an independent panel of experts based on the technologythat is expected to have the greatest positive impact on high-rise buildings as well as thepeople who use these buildings.


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