Thyssenkrupp Norte – the company belonging to the German holding company Thyssenkrupp AG – which manufactures escalators and moving walkways from the La Pereda Mieres-based industrial estate, is celebrating 25 years of activity in Asturias.
Over 14,000 escalators and moving walkways manufactured, a turnover of more than 1,000 million euros, a company activity tax estimation of 166 million euros and 325 employees, are the figures that were announced at the celebratory act of the company’s 25th anniversary in Asturias. The Director General of Industry Sandra Velarde, the CEO of IDEPA Eva Pando, and the President of Femetal Guillermo Ulacia, all attended the event, among others.
At the act, the Chief Executive Officer of Thyssenkrupp Elevator, Andreas Schierenbeck, confirmed that the company was backing the region, “by introducing developments that allow it to be positioned as a cutting edge region for innovation and industry 4.0”. Thanks to the innovation developed in the Thyssen centres in the region, they “reveal the high level of the products made in Asturias”. A key aspect is the close proximity to the World Research and Development Centre in Gijon and the University of Oviedo Engineering Polytechnic School, which in the eyes of the company, and as the CEO indicated, “the Principality offers an unparalleled setting where we can grow and carry out our activity”.
The company, committed to the development of the sector, places a firm backing on the improvement and on-going updating of processes, and on the Industry model 4.0; an aspect that has allowed it to be at the forefront of the sector and to successfully take on such large scale projects as those implemented at the airports of Dubai, Phoenix, Dallas and Toronto, among others; the One World Trade Center skyscraper in New York, and the high-capacity metro networks in Madrid, Sao Paulo and Cairo. The Asturian factory currently has the coming few years covered for work, with formalised contracts in the supply of escalators and moving walkways in the airports of Medina in Saudi Arabia, and Doha in Qatar, as well as the Riad metro in Saudi Arabia – the largest financial contract in the plant’s history.
At the World R&D&I Centre in Gijon, the Thyssenkrupp MULTI Project has developed a 1:3 scale prototype of what will be the first rope-free elevator in the world. This system uses linear motors and various elevator cars, transforming the conventional elevator into a vertical train with the possibility of also moving horizontally. The project, known as MULTI, increases the transport capacity of just one shaft by over 50%, and halves the space used by elevators in buildings. It will also enable the company and Asturias to be positioned as benchmarks in global cutting edge technology, and to offer architects the chance to design buildings without the limitations of conventional elevator systems. It is a pioneering project on a world scale, with which the company aims to change and revolutionise the current urban mobility scene and the construction industry. This is just one of the many innovative and successful projects developed by the company from the region.