Technologies for tomorrow's cities
The new, 246-metre (807ft) elevator test tower is specially designed for the elevator technology of tomorrow: The tower – with a diameter of 21 metres (69ft) – features twelve shafts in which engineers can test elevators travelling at dizzying speeds of up to 18 m/s. This tower puts Rottweil at the forefront of developments in vertical passenger transportation.
Three 100-metre (328ft) high shafts have been specially designed for testing innovative MULTI systems. With the advent of the MULTI elevator, the dream of transporting several elevator cars at once can finally become reality. MAGLEV technology first developed for high-speed trains is now finding its way into the elevator industry, increasing conveying capacity by up to 50 percent and considerably reducing the space required to install elevators in buildings.
Innovations at the Rottweil site
A new era of vertical (and horizontal) passenger transport optimises efficiency and enables architects to build more creative, higher and more user-friendly buildings. Using multiple elevator cars in a single shaft would reduce the time spent waiting for an elevator to 15-30 seconds.
With customers in over 100 countries served by more than 50,000 employees, thyssenkrupp Elevator achieved sales of around €8 billion in the fiscal year 2018/2019. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive network that guarantees closeness to customers. After building its position as one of the world’s leading elevator companies in a mere 40 years’ time, thyssenkrupp Elevator became an independent company in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is its service business, with approximately 1.4 million units under maintenance and over 24,000 service technicians globally. The product portfolio covers commodity elevators for residential and commercial buildings to cutting-edge, highly customized solutions for state-of-the-art skyscrapers – such as One World Trade Center in New York. In addition, it also consists of escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts, as well as tailored service solutions such as MAX, the industry’s first predictive maintenance solution – thus covering a broad spectrum of urban mobility.
thyssenkrupp Elevator have been a constant presence in Baden-Württemberg for many years, with our elevator plant in Neuhausen on the Fildern contributing to the region's position as a centre for research and a key economic hub.
The construction of the research and development tower has put us in a position to supply cutting-edge, tested elevator technology for the world's tallest buildings.