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Schindler is to equip the Chinese capital's tallest building, the China World Trade Centre Tower III, with elevators capable of travelling at speeds of 10 m/s. The 330-metre structure is to be fitted with 63 elevators – 50 of which are the top-range Schindler 7000 – as well as 30 escalators.

The China World Trade Centre is the latest addition to Beijing's increasingly impressive skyline, which is abuzz with activity ahead of the 2008 Olympics. Once completed in spring 2009, the Centre will contain more than 759,000 m2 of office, residential and retail space.

Formidable


Schindler's contract, signed last October, is a major source of pride for the company's Top Range Division (TRD), which spent three years negotiating the agreement. Key account manager, Andreas Ryser, said the challenges were formidable: "Work is racing ahead, and we are confronted with extremely short delivery deadlines."

Four Schindler 7000 systems will act as shuttles between the main entrance and the hotel lobby on the 72nd floor. The cars will be travelling at their top speed of 10 m/s for some 200 metres. They reach full velocity in 11 seconds (over 55 metres); braking takes the same amount of time. These will be the fastest elevators yet installed by Schindler in China.

Olympic flame


Structural work on Tower III (including the façade) is due to be complete by the end of 2007. By the time the Olympic flame arrives in the city, the podium area with shops and some offices is expected to be occupied. Completion date for the entire centre is spring 2009.

The World Trade Centre development, in Beijing's central business district of Chaoyang, is one of the capital's most ambitious projects. Two office towers are complete, as are two high-rise residential buildings, a hotel, an exhibition hall and a shopping mall.
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