Hitachi to unveil fastest elevators

April 22, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

TOKYO:  Japan’s Hitachi said yesterday it will provide the world’s fastest elevators, which can clock speeds of up to 72 km 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 centre will be the tallest building in Guangzhou, complete with office, hotel and residential space. AFP