thyssenkrupp breaks ground on new Innovation and Qualification Center in Atlanta

WCN Editorial Team 23 Apr 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

thyssenkrupp Elevator has broken ground on new Innovation and Qualification Center (IQC) in Atlanta, US.

The innovation centre, which will feature 420ft-tall elevator test tower, is claimed to be the tallest of its kind in the US and one of the tallest in the world.

Due for completion in 2021, the building forms part of a complex that will comprise thyssenkrupp Elevator’s new North American headquarters.

The 18-shaft tower will be used to test new concepts and product pilots, including high-speed elevators and Twin, thyssenkrupp’s elevator system that features two cabins working independently in one shaft.

Additionally, the IQC will test Multi, a rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system as well as conduct tests to ensure compliance with stringent safety requirements on standard elevators.

thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Peter Walker said: “thyssenkrupp Elevator is investing $300 million in the US over a period of 10-15 years, which is the most significant investment from the thyssenkrupp group. We place a high priority on the North American market, and this investment reflects that.

"From new product development to renovated manufacturing facilities, and from installation through to the provision of advanced maintenance service solutions, our US teams are becoming highly productive.

"They’re capable of offering the efficiency our customers expect. The new state-of-the-art facilities in Atlanta are a cornerstone in this investment strategy, and we are very proud to make a home there."

thyssenkrupp is also planning to build a Corporate Headquarters (CHQ) adjacent to the IQC on the site owned by the Atlanta Braves Development Company.

The thyssenkrupp Elevator North American headquarters will include more than 900 full-time employees across three facilities.

thyssenkrupp Elevator North America Interim CEO and CFO Steve Wedge said: “The Innovation and Qualification Center is going to be a true differentiator in this industry thanks in part to its prominent, high-visibility location and its state-of-the-art design and innovative functionality."

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Image: Officials during the groundbreaking ceremony of thyssenkrupp Elevator’s Innovation and Qualification Center (IQC). Photo: courtesy of thyssenkrupp Elevator Technology.

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