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Hitachi Elevator China President Yuhui Jia addresses the crowd at the 2019 Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Summit in Yunnan Province in May.

Hitachi: Big Job, Plans on Horizon

Escalators, Elevators for New Metro Line

Hitachi Elevator has begun installation of elevators and escalators for its first rail transit project in Kunming. Kunming’s Metro Line 4 calls for 155 escalators and 32 elevators for the 43.5-km long line, Yahoo reports. Hitachi Elevator has supplied nearly 7,000 elevators and escalators in metro stations in 22 major Chinese cities. This new line will run across Kunming, as well as to Chenggong New District. Hitachi stated it has been committed to developing products and solutions to enhance public transportation services and improve quality of life.

China Head Shares “Smart” Elevator Strategies

Hitachi Elevator (China) Co., Ltd. President Yuhui Jia gave a speech at the 2019 Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Summit at the Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Center in Yunnan Province in May titled, “Hitachi, With 100-Year History, Partners With Tencent Welink to Promote Development of the Smart Building Sector.” Followed by a question-and-answer session, the speech included digitized construction of cities, new technology such as Internet of Things, cloud computing, energy management and building information modeling.

Jia also shared how Hitachi provides mobility solutions based on the fact elevators are closely connected with public- transportation systems. In a building’s smart “ecosystem,” elevators are connected to other systems such as access-control and gate systems, cameras and delivery/security robots. Tencent is a Chinese multinational conglomerate focusing on Internet- related services and will work with Hitachi to supply transportation solutions to Lingang Group’s Hero Land development in northwest Shanghai.

thyssenkrupp Sole Provider in Beijing Airport

thyssenkrupp Elevator is set to provide 177 elevator and escalator units for the Beijing Daxing International Airport for China Southern Airlines. The airline is expanding to a two-hub base designed by Sir Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid Architects. thyssenkrupp Elevator is the sole elevator supplier for the airport base and will supply 155 elevators and 22 escalators for the project. Despite the large size of the airport, it will reportedly take less than 8 min to get from security to the farthest gate. The new airport, which will be 7.5 million ft2, will support 45 million passengers when it opens later this year. thyssenkrupp Elevator is also working on similar projects at other major international hubs, including Istanbul Grand Airport, Hamad International Airport in Dubai and Heathrow Airport in London.

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