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World’s Shortest Escalator: A Tiny Star on the Expo Floor

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World’s shortest escalator by Suzhou Hansen Lift Co.

Secretary General of the China Elevator Association Zhang Lexiang recently used LinkedIn to show off some cool escalator photos from the 14th World Elevator & Escalator Expo, held in Shanghai in August 2020. Among them was the world’s shortest escalator by Suzhou Hansen Lift Co., Ltd., showcased atop a multilevel, circular platform resembling a futuristic wedding cake. According to Hansen, escalator and technology enthusiasts crowded around the display to “take pictures, research and negotiate.” Hansen says the unit, with a rise of 488 mm, is shorter than the one in Guinness World Records. Zhang also shared photos of a curvy escalator with colorful handrails displayed by Sydney Electric (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd., and a curved unit resembling a bridge (manufacturer unclear). When one of the commenters asked if a 32-m-long curved unit could be made, Wang Zhigang, vice president of Asia Business Development for Nidec Drives Systems, answered, “Everything is possible!”

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