Diambil Dari Wall Street Journal.
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. is one step closer to having its name etched into the world’s fastest elevator when the Shanghai Tower is completed, reclaiming the title it lost seven years ago.
Upon completion in 2014, describing the soaring Shanghai Tower will unavoidably call for a mouthful of superlatives. Among them will be the trio of what will be the world’s fastest elevators, shooting up the skyscraper at a speed of 1,080 meters per minute.
The ear-popping speed squeaks past the elevators in Taipei 101, which currently tout the record speed of 1,010 meters per minute.
Mitsubishi Electric announced Wednesday that it won the bid to supply all 106 elevators, including the high-speed ones, in what will be Shanghai’s latest architectural darling. The Shanghai Tower will be the tallest of the super-tall constructs stretching to kiss the sky: Rising 632 meters, it will become the tallest building in China and second-tallest in the world, according to current construction schedules. The tallest completed building is currently the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Mitsubishi Electric ruled the high-speed elevator race until local rival Toshiba Elevator & Building Systems Corp., knocked it from its perch in 2005 when the Tapei 101 lifts launched. It takes just 39 seconds to travel from Taipei 101’s ground level up 382 meters to the 89th floor at the reigning speed of 1,010 meters per minute. It was a game changer. Until then, Mitsubishi Electric’s elevators at Yokohama Landmark Tower were the fastest, with a speed of 750 meters per minute.
The Shanghai Tower contract is a boon for Mitsubishi Electric. A company official said development of the record-breaking technology was finalized earlier this year, but this will be the first time it will be installed. In May 2010, Korea’s Hyundai Elevator Co. said it developed an elevator, “The EL 1080,” that as the name suggests can travel at 1,080 meters per minute, the same as Mitsubishi’s lift. But as yet, it doesn’t appear to have been installed in a building other than Hyundai’s testing facility.
A Mitsubishi Electric official declined to comment on the price of the contract. In 2010, the company said it aimed to increase overseas sales to 35% of business by 2016, with a strong focus on the Chinese market. Increased demand in elevators and escalator orders in China and other regional markets lifted sales by 1% to 194.2 billion yen compared to the same period the previous year, according to earnings for the first quarter of the current fiscal year ended June.