Thyssenkrupp's ropeless lift to star at Germany's Expo 2020 pavilion

Manufacturer said 'Multi' elevator system will be world's first cable-free elevator, requiring fewer and smaller shafts

thyssenkrupp's rope-free lift 'Multi' was originally unveiled to the public in June 2017.
thyssenkrupp Elevator
thyssenkrupp's rope-free lift 'Multi' was originally unveiled to the public in June 2017.

German elevator manufacturer thyssenkrupp is set to showcase what it describes at the world’s first ropeless elevator for skyscrapers called 'Multi' at the Campus Germany pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

According to a statement, the system will be presented at the world fair – which will open its doors on 20 October, 2020 – using “digital and real elements”, demonstrating what people flow within and between buildings could look like in the future.

By employing linear motors for each individual cabin, the ropeless Multi – developed by thyssenkrupp Elevator – can move vertically, horizontally, and on inclines. Instead of one cabin per shaft, the system offers multiple cabins operating in a loop.

This results in, thyssenkrupp said, a 50% higher transport capacity, as well as reduced waiting times for passengers.

The solution also requires fewer and smaller shafts than conventional elevators and can decrease a building’s elevator footprint by up to 50%. Current elevator-escalator footprints can occupy up to 40% of a high-rise building’s floor space, the system’s manufacturer added.

“[Dubai is] a city that provides a platform for new inventions, attracting people and businesses from around the world,” said Peter Walker, chief executive officer at thyssenkrupp Elevator, speaking on the news.

“Multi will support this aim, demonstrating to those at Expo 2020 precisely how technology can support the growth of urban mobility.”

The Multi system was originally unveiled to the public in June 2017 at thyssenkrupp’s 800-foot test tower in Rottweil, Germany.

The news comes three months after ground broke on the 4,600m2, three-floored Campus Germany pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Close to host nation UAE’s falcon-inspired structure, the pavilion will be organised and run by the one of the country’s largest trade fair organisers, Koelnmesse, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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