Global R&D System
Hitachi Elevator has fully integrated the resources of six R&D centers, i.e., Asia R&D Center, Shanghai R&D Center, Escalator R&D Center, Motor R&D Center, Building Technology R&D Center and Japan Mito R&D Center, forming a 5+1 R&D network system, jointly developing high-end elevator products with independent intellectual properties in order to maximize resource sharing.
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- Asia R&D Center
- Motor R&D Center
- Building Technology R&D Cente
- Escalator R&D Center
Asia R&D Center
Hitachi Elevator Asia R&D Center is the largest research and development center in Asia. It creates the most advanced elevator controls and energy-saving technology. In addition, the first post-doctoral scientific research workstation in the China elevator industry is also located here.
Motor R&D Center
By adhering to the spirit of Hitachi Group excellent motor manufacturing technology, precisely pursuing quality and making progress everyday, the Motor R&D Center is devoted to building the most excellent research and development base for elevator tractors in China. The center researches and develops permanent magnet synchronous tractors and motors for elevators and door motors, and provides customers with systematic motor product solutions.
Building Technology R&D Cente
In December, 2000, Hitachi Elevator (China) Co., Ltd. joined with the Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Research Institute, and Guangzhou Hi-tech Innovation Service Center to establish Ropente Technology (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd. as the research and development center of Hitachi elevators control technology, for buildings developing hi-tech control systems with independent intellectual property rights. In order to better meet market demands, in 2017, Ropente Technology (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd. was formally renamed Hitachi Building Technology (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd., which further increases technology introduction from Japan, and research and development of independent intellectual property technology.
Escalator R&D Center
The escalator R&D Center was founded in 2012, it is the largest-scale escalator research and development center in China. The center possesses complete equipment and facilities for research and development, testing and inspection, including an all-weather escalator test tower which can test escalators exceeding 30m, and it is the best domestic one with the highest lifting and biggest loading abilities for escalator testing.
Shanghai R&D Center
Shanghai R&D Center was founded in October, 2010. It possesses the highest elevator test tower (172.6m) in China, at present, and the center is mainly responsible for related technology research and development of high-end elevators with super high speed and large capacity. Both Shanghai R&D Center and Guangzhou R&D Center are aligned. They realize sharing of Chinas and Japans resources and develop products synchronously, further enhancing the independent research and development force. They spare no effort to promote the applications of new technologies, new processes and new materials, and develop more stable and efficient products of higher cost performance ratio.
Japan Mito R&D Center
In April, 2010, Japan Mito Research and Development Center established the world highest (currently) elevator test tower "G1 TOWER" (213.5m above the ground and 15m under the ground). It is mainly responsible for researching and developing advanced elevator technology facing the global market.