thyssenkrupp to build test tower and innovation complex in Georgia, US


thyssenkrupp Elevator in collaboration with the Braves Development Company has unveiled a new high-rise test tower and innovation complex near The Battery Atlanta in Cobb County, Georgia.

The thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas Complex, which is being developed by the Braves Development Company, will serve as the new headquarters for thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas.

The complex will house three facilities anchored by a 420ft tall elevator qualification and test tower, which is touted be the tallest of its kind in the US and one of the tallest in the world.

With 18 shafts, the Innovation Complex test tower can be used to trial new concepts and product pilots, including high-speed elevators, the two-cabins-per-shaft elevator system, TWIN, as well as the rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system, MULTI.

Furthermore, the test tower will be used to conduct tests to ensure compliance with stringent safety requirements on standard elevators.

The complex will include more than 900 full-time employees, which represents about 6% of thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas total workforce across North America.

thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Andreas Schierenbeck said: "Our new test tower in Atlanta will be a testimony to thyssenkrupp's commitment to investing in its global network of innovation centers, which all have forged ever-deepening ties with students and universities nearby.

"Within our network of spectacular high-speed test towers in Germany and China, the new facility in Atlanta will be the third laboratory for futuristic technologies such as the world's first rope-less elevator, MULTI, and the proven high capacity, two cabins per shaft elevator, TWIN."

Braves Development Company president and CEO Mike Plant said: "This complex will re-shape the Atlanta skyline and be a point-of-pride for Cobb County and our region.

"We are thrilled to have a top company like thyssenkrupp join other businesses in and around SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta as the area continues to enjoy unprecedented growth."

The Innovation Complex is expected to be completed by early 2022.

thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas has more than 20,000 employees across the US, Canada, Central America and South America, with 15,000 of those employees based in North America.


Image: A rendering of the new high-rise test tower and Innovation Complex. Photo: courtesy of thyssenkrupp Elevator.

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