Mitsubishi Electric Improves Speed of World's Fastest Elevators to 1,230 Meters per Minute

New technologies to be installed at Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building

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TOKYO, May 10, 2016 - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has developed elevator technologies that achieved a speed of 1,230 meters per minute, or 20.5 meters per second, the fastest elevator speed in the world*. The new technologies will be installed to one of three elevators at China's tallest building, the 632-meter Shanghai Tower.

*According to Mitsubishi Electric research as of May 10, 2016

The record-breaking speed was achieved through the development of new equipment, including control panel that can maximize the traction machine's performance, and improvements of safety devices such as the speed governor, brake device and buffer. Once the elevator is equipped with the new technologies, it can travel from the second-level basement to the 119th floor in just 53 seconds.

While Mitsubishi Electric's cutting-edge technologies drastically increase the speed, the elevator also delivers enhanced safety, top-level riding comfort, silence and power saving.

Outline of World's Fastest Elevators
Delivered to Shanghai Tower (Shanghai Zhongxin Dasha)
Owned by Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Elevators One of the three elevators servicing the observation deck will use the new speed technologies because of that elevator's hoistway dimension enough for installation. The operator at Shanghai Tower will have the option of switching speeds between 1,080 and 1,230 meters per minute according to actual passenger traffic conditions.
Manufacturers Inazawa Works, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Installer Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Co., Ltd.

About Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower is located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade District of Pudong, Shanghai. It houses offices, a hotel, conference and exhibition halls, restaurants and facilities for commerce, culture and sightseeing.

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