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30/08/13 02:08

KONE unveiled its new UltraRope™ amid much fanfare in the shadow of London’s tallest building during the 2013 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) conference in June. More than nine years in the making, UltraRope™ increases the height elevators can go – up to 1 and possibly even higher 1 km.


Antony Wood, CTBUH executive director, said a major building trend is that structures are increasing in height ata rapid pace. For example, he pointed out that construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010 represents a 320-m, or 63%, increase over Taipei 101’s height, 829.8 m. There is also an increase in the number of tall (200 m), supertall (300 m) and megatall (600 m) buildings, he said. The number of tall buildings, for example, jumped from fewer than 50 in 2008 to 82 in 2011.

Changing social demographics could drive the trend toward tall in some areas, Wood said. People in the Far and Middle East are not inhibited about living in high
towers, he continued. Further, he said, one million people a New Product Designed to Reach New Heights by John Gale each week are being born or moving into urban areas,
essentially meaning a “new city is required each week” to accommodate them. Many of the new tall, supertall and megatall buildings are still primarily office space, he said,
but an increasing amount of space is mixed use, including residential.
The UltraRope unveiling was held at Vinopolis under the railway arches of the London Bridge and within view of the 72-story skyscraper The Shard on June 10. The entire
auditorium was bathed in blue light, the KONE corporate color, which created an aura of mystery and a buzz of anticipation. About 30 media professionals, as well as key
international executives, attended. Top: UltraRope was described by attendees as being surprisingly light and rigid. Events
John Gale is a third-generation veteran of the lift industry. He has worked as a photographer and contributor for ELEVATOR WORLD since 1986,
primarily covering meetings, congresses and trade shows. In 1999, he codesigned Moving People from Street to Platform, a book on the vertical-transportation
equipment in the London Underground. KONE Unveils UltraRope, August 2013 | ELEVATOR WORLD | 41 KONE President and CEO Matti Alahuhta provided an overview of
the company’s business, what role high-rise projects play in its portfolio and where these projects are being built. KONE Head of Technology Johannes de Jong, meanwhile, described
UltraRope as a “real leap forward in technology” that provides numerous advantages. UltraRope, de Jong explained, was developed
and tested over nine years. The final result, he said, is rope that is not restricted by weight and size like those made of steel. Besides
having remarkable climbing ability, de Jong said, UltraRope reduces energy consumption and doubles life expectancy of lift suspension
rope. In lieu of steel, UltraRope consists of 2.5-cm-wide by 0.5-cm-thick carbon-fiber belts embedded in epoxy resin with a high-friction surface.
To cap off the event, attendees were invited to see and touch the new product. Observers said lift specialists will be interested to know
UltraRope is very light, and that everyone was surprised by its rigidity.

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