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Construction, buildings & infrastructure – innovations for urban transformation

Our cities are growing rapidly. According to forecasts, the number of people living in cities is set to increase by three billion in the next 30 years. This will pose challenges for transport and traffic – and above all for infrastructure and the design of buildings.

With our business areas, we at thyssenkrupp have our sights set firmly on the future. We are working hard to develop innovative products and solutions that will make everyday life easier.

Passenger transportation in urban areas is an increasingly important issue. We have already developed a wide range of solutions in this area, as our TWIN® elevator system shows. This is the only elevator system in the world in which two cabs travel independently of each other in the same shaft. The technology requires 25 percent less space to transport the same number of passengers. In the MULTI cable-free elevator system, several cabs travel in a single shaft – both vertically and horizontally. Our service and maintenance solution MAX makes passenger transportation even more reliable and reduces downtimes by up to 50 percent.

thyssenkrupp TWIN elevator in the thyssenkrupp Quarter, Essen
As a result of ongoing urbanization, elevators gain particular prominence. Today, they are the safest and most widely used means of transportation in the world.

Urbanization in the developing world means that demand for cement will remain high. Cement production is an energy-intensive process that traditionally uses coal, gas and oil to fire the kilns; as a result, CO2 emissions from cement plants are very high. To reduce these emissions, we offer technologies that use alternative fuels and raw materials (AFR). In addition to biomass materials such as sewage sludge, paper and wood, these include residues and waste materials such as domestic and commercial refuse. Many of these alternative materials can be converted into high-grade fuels. Thanks to the latest technology, 60 percent of fossil primary fuels are already being replaced in this way in Germany, and roughly 20 percent in the rest of Europe. We offer equipment for both thermal and mechanical processing. We already build plants that can be operated entirely using alternative fuels. This not only improves the efficiency of new plants, it also helps significantly reduce the use of scarce fossil resources.

At thyssenkrupp we develop our innovations for urban transformation together with our customers. With our long experience, sound knowledge of the industry, and our eye for detail, we create products and solutions that are already visibly shaping the growing cities of tomorrow.

One of the world's largest suppliers of solutions for special foundations and shoring systems, including services, equipment, sheet piles and metal profiles, thyssenkrupp, through its Infrastructure unit, also acts in Brazil in civil engineering, ports, sanitation, transportation, among others. Efficiency, based on speed of operation and economy of resources, is the main element of the technologies that thyssenkrupp offers to the construction industry. In highly demanding works such as sanitation, protection against flooding and landslides, the company operates with an efficient foundation and shoring system by means of the drilling and extraction of metallic sheet piles.

Traditional systems usually take weeks and even months to be built, and after they are ready they still need a time of drying and healing. The thyssenkrupp's system, which incorporates a pioneering hydraulic and vibration process in Brazil, provides, on average, a 30% reduction in the foundation or shoring time of the work. The system is faster, more secure and precise in its crimping and guarantees the full use of materials. The number of workers for execution is also reduced: only three people per machine are required for daily drilling work.

Product overview construction, buildings, and infrastructure

Components Technology
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Bearings
Bearings

Slewing bearings and rings from thyssenkrupp are essential construction and connecting elements for machines. They are used in wind turbines, cranes, excavators, telescopes, solar and tidal power plants. Our products are developed and designed exactly in accordance with our customers' requirements. Working closely together, we find solutions which are unique in terms of design, material properties, and performance.

Elevator Technology
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Home elevators
Home elevators

thyssenkrupp home elevators offer a new level of comfort and quality of life for the home environment. Our systems are sold individually to private customers or as standard solutions to housing developers. Available in various sizes, for installation with or without a shaft, in existing or new houses, indoors or out, and with an incredible selection of cabin décor elements and materials, home elevators from thyssenkrupp are a feature no home should be without.

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Platform lifts
Platform lifts

thyssenkrupp platform lifts offer practical accessibility solutions for wheelchair users – indoors and out, at home and in public places. For authorities, tourist attractions and public transport, barrier-free access is particularly important, so our clients include architects, facility managers and construction companies. Our products meet all architectural requirements, are robust and reliable and feature smart, user-friendly functions.

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Stair lifts
Stair lifts

thyssenkrupp stair lifts allow people with reduced mobility to use the stairs in their own home. Our stair lift solutions are available directly to private customers as well as to public institutions. Numerous international design awards prove that design and functionality don't have to be mutually exclusive. Our patented ASL technology for automatic swiveling and leveling of the chair makes our lift best in class.

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Passenger boarding bridges
Passenger boarding bridges

In addition to increasing aircraft efficiency, thyssenkrupp passenger boarding bridges enhance the comfort and safety of passengers on the way to the plane. A variety of options are available to serve most aircraft types, from the Airbus A380 to propeller planes. Our clients – airport operators and developers – trust our custom solutions, the result of decades-long experience. thyssenkrupp creates not just a product, but a tailor-made solution for every need.

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ACCEL
ACCEL

ACCEL is a game-changing transportation system shortening connection times at airports and metros. Passengers enter at normal walking speed and are transported at high speed to the other end. Powered by linear motors, ACCEL can cut transit times at airports by an incredible two-thirds. ACCEL can also be installed in existing metro stations without major building work or infrastructure modifications.

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Escalators
Escalators

thyssenkrupp escalators optimize traffic flows in train stations and airports and improve use of all floors in department stores and malls. Architects, consultants, general contractors and operators count on us when it comes to handling new installations and modernization projects and providing reliable service and maintenance support. Our tailor-made products ensure cities are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.

Materials Services
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Infrastructure projects & services
Infrastructure projects & services

Whether it’s about mobility, urbanization, climate change, or resource efficiency: As a leading supplier of civil, marine, and foundation engineering solutions, we cover the full range of services for global infrastructure projects. The portfolio includes piling sections, machinery, and shoring and scaffolding services.

Steel Americas
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Steel slabs
Steel slabs

thyssenkrupp meets the most sophisticated and demanding markets in Brazil and worldwide. The steel slabs produced byCSA are used in several industries such as civil and equipment construction, oil and gas, white goods and automotive industry. For each client, we develop a specific type of steel with chemical compositions and measures specifics.

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