KONE, an innovative leader in the elevator and escalator industry, today announced a new high-rise elevator technology that is set to break industry limits and enable future elevator travel heights of 1 kilometer – twice the distance currently feasible. The KONE UltraRope™ is a completely new hoisting technology that eliminates the disadvantages of conventional steel rope and opens up a world of possibilities in high-rise building design – an important consideration as urbanization brings increasing numbers of people to cities.
Comprised of a carbon fiber core and a unique high-friction coating, KONE UltraRope is extremely light, meaning elevator energy consumption in high-rise buildings can be cut significantly. The drop in rope weight means a dramatic reduction in elevator moving masses – the weight of everything that moves when an elevator travels up or down, including the hoisting ropes, compensating ropes, counterweight, elevator car, and passenger load (see image). Due