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New Zealand's tallest tower enlists Kone UltraRope

The elevator system of Auckland’s Sky Tower is to be modernised with Kone UltraRope, the hoisting technology that has been selected for Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower

At 328m in height, Aukland’s Sky Tower is the tallest manmade structure in New Zealand.
At 328m in height, Aukland’s Sky Tower is the tallest manmade structure in New Zealand.

Auckland’s Sky Tower is to modernise its elevator system with Kone UltraRope, the hoisting technology that has been selected for Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower.

At 328m, Sky Tower is the tallest manmade structure in New Zealand. The decision to modernise its elevator system was taken due to increased visitor numbers and ageing equipment.

Kone’s carbon fibre-based hoisting system, UltraRope, has been selected for the modernisation work because of its ability to reduce energy consumption and mitigate the effects of building sway.

Arron Money, Skycity’s executive manager for capital development and facility services, said: “The significance of Sky Tower as a key part of Auckland’s tourism industry can’t be understated. Maintaining and modernising our facility is crucial to ensuring we are providing an exceptional experience for customers, ensuring people flow is optimised and visitor safety is maintained.”

Kone’s UltraRope technology has also been selected to hoist the elevators at Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which at over 1km in height will become the world’s tallest manmade structure on completion.

Commenting on the lift firm’s work in New Zealand, Johannes de Jong, Kone’s head of technology and major projects, said: “We are extremely proud to work with Skycity in the elevator modernisation of the iconic Sky Tower in Auckland. The modernisation from conventional ropes to Kone UltraRope in high-rise buildings brings tangible benefits in terms of energy efficiency, longer lifetime, and less sensitivity to building sway. Over 3,000 buildings globally would benefit from a rope modernisation similar to the one taking place at Sky Tower.”

The modernisation of Sky Tower is currently underway, and is due to be completed in September 2015.

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