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Tallest elevator test tower is now going up in Icheon

Feb 22,2008
Hyundai Elevator is scheduled to finish the world’s highest elevator test tower in Icheon, Gyeonggi by the end of this year. The company celebrated the start of construction on the 183 meter (600.4 feet) high, ultra-rapid elevator test tower yesterday in Icheon.
The tower will include a total of nine high-tech elevators, two of which will be ultra-rapid elevators that move 1,080 meters per minute. To be built jointly by Hyundai Elevator and Hyundai Asan, the test tower is scheduled to be completed by December. It will serve to test vibration, temperature, noise, pressure and safety.
The tower will also be used to develop and test double-decker elevators, which allow passengers on two floors to ride the same unit at once.
Hyundai Elevator said it will finish development of a 600-meter-per-minute elevator by September and complete the 1,080-meter-per-minute unit by next year. The company is collaborating with Seoul National University on the project.
“We are hoping to stand on our own two feet where technology concerning ultra-rapid elevators is concerned and rise as an industry leader,” said Hyundai Elevator head, Song Jin-chul.


By Cho Jae-eun Staff Reporter [jainnie@joongang.co.kr]



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