Marina Bay Sands

A new elevator hoisting technology has been installed in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands hotel. This is the first public installation of KONE’s carbon fiber UltraRope which may soon allow elevators to reach unprecedented heights.

KONE has announced the first customer installation of its new, super-light and durable UltraRope elevator hoisting technology at Marina Bay Sands integrated luxury resort in Singapore. The new elevator hoisting ropes were installed in a passenger elevator that travels from the ground floor to floors 34-57, or 195 meters, in Tower 3 of the hotel.

Made up of three impressive hotel towers and a spectacular Sands Sky Park that connects them, Marina Bay Sands was opened in 2010. It houses 146 KONE elevators and 6 escalators, and KONE also maintains the equipment. In upgrading the steel elevator hoisting ropes to UltraRope for one of its elevators, the resort has made a further commitment into energy efficiency and smoother people flow.

Comprised of a carbon fiber core and a unique high-friction coating, UltraRope eliminates the disadvantages of conventional steel rope. It is extremely light meaning that the elevator energy consumption in high-rise buildings, such as Marina Bay Sands, can be reduced significantly. It is also extremely strong, highly resistant to wear and abrasion, and has an exceptionally long lifetime – at least twice that of conventional steel rope.

“We have had a lot of interest in UltraRope globally since it was announced in June, and I am very excited that the first global installation was made here in Singapore at the impressive Marina Bay Sands, a symbol of the city and of innovative building technology. Marina Bay Sands is a pioneer in adopting state-of-the-art technology and of smart building, and it is very fitting that our first KONE UltraRope installation was made here,” said Noud Veeger, Executive Vice President and Area Director for KONE in Asia-Pacific and Middle East.

The UltraRope was introduced in June by KONE President and CEO Matti Alahuhta at an event preceding the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Annual Tall Buildings Conference (CTBUH) held in London.

“We are on the brink of something big,” said Alahuhta. “The benefits of KONE UltraRope versus conventional elevator hoisting technologies are numerous and indisputable. We are proud to introduce this innovation that we are certain will revolutionize the elevator industry for the tallest segment of buildings across the globe.”

The modernized KONE MiniSpace elevator at Marina Bay Sands will be made available to the public in connection with the World Architecture Festival, which will be held at the hotel the first week of October.

Image courtesy of Marina Bay Sands