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11.23.2015 Shanghai, China

China’s Tallest Building, Tianjin 117, Tops Out to Set Guinness Records

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Tianjin 117 sets the Guinness World Record as the world’s longest single elevator hoistway and highest concrete pumping height.


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Reaching its full construction height of 596.5 meters, Tianjin 117 Goldin Finance Center has become the tallest building in China and the second tallest worldwide after the 601-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As the building with the tallest main structure in China and the world’s longest single elevator hoistway, Tianjin 117 Goldin Finance Center sets a number of Guinness World Records. Otis and UTC Climate, Controls & Security are providing total building solutions to the record-breaking complex.

Otis is providing 255 elevators and escalators, including industry-leading Skyrise™ high-rise elevator systems and energy-efficient GeN2® elevators. Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning pioneer Carrier is delivering year-round comfort and energy savings at the luxury high-rise with 24 of its innovative Evergreen® 19XR-E two-stage centrifugal chillers and 243 air-handling units. Market-leading fire and security brands Lenel and Interlogix are providing a range of solutions, incorporating the latest technologies to protect people and property at Tianjin 117.

“We are proud to support Tianjin 117 to reach this key milestone in the history of China’s landmark buildings,” said Perry Zheng, president of Otis China Area. “With industry-leading solutions and an unrivalled track record in high-rise buildings in China and around the world, Otis China is proud to contribute its expertise to the success of Tianjin 117.”

“Equipping the building with top-quality, safe elevators is an important part of the whole project,” said Pan Sutong, chairman of Goldin Properties Holdings Limited, the developer of Tianjin 117, adding that Otis elevators fully meet the demands of the new building.

Tianjin 117 will use 50 Otis double-deck high-rise elevators, more than any other Otis project worldwide. These advanced elevators use a shared hoistway to carry passengers in two cars simultaneously, increasing the capacity of inner-building transportation and saving up to 40 percent of building space.

In addition to helping Tianjin 117 set the record as the tallest building in China, Otis China also enabled Tianjin 117 to earn the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest single elevator hoistway. Tianjin 117 also holds 10 other records, including the record for pumping concrete up 621 meters for construction. The swimming pool, sightseeing observatory and revolving restaurant at Tianjin 117 also hold Guinness World Records for their floor height. Located at Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Park, Tianjin 117 covers an area of 289,000 square meters and features Grade-A office space, a luxury hotel and an observatory.

As the inventor of the world’s first safety elevator, Otis is the industry leader with a legacy of more than 160 years of innovation. Eight of the 10 buildings to hold the title of the world’s tallest in the past century have relied on Otis elevators, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, along with many of China’s landmarks, such as Shenzhen Ping’An Finance Center and Shanghai World Finance Center.

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(From left) Tony Black, president of Otis Elevator (China) Investment Company Limited (OCL); Edmond Ting, executive director, Goldin Properties (Tianjin) Co. Ltd; and Rod Waters, director, Major Projects Management of OCL celebrated the topping out of Tianjin 117 Goldin Finance Tower, which will house the world’s tallest sightseeing observatory.

About Otis

Otis is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories, and maintains more than 1.9 million elevators and escalators worldwide. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.otis.com.

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