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ThyssenKrupp Elevadores has chosen the Basque Country as the location for its new Centre for the Development of Urban Mobility Technologies, where it will research and develop new technologies for elevators and escalators. The company has been installed in the Basque Country since 1968, where it currently has 250 employees.
The main lines of research will focus on user safety through the use of applications based on computer vision and artificial intelligence technologies. Twofold energy efficiency will also be explored: generating electrical power during elevator operation and its subsequent storage for future use.
To support these lines of research, the company will establish collaboration agreements with companies, universities and other innovation points in the Basque Country, as well as with suppliers and technology partners. These include ETS, infrastructure consultants in the Basque Country, which will pioneer implementation of the cutting-edge technologies produced by the centre.
The new centre will be located in the Bizkaia Science and Technology Park, in the town of Zamudio, where other activities involving the ThyssenKrupp Elevadores Northern Regional Office, covering the Basque Country, Cantabria, La Rioja, Navarra, Burgos and Soria, will also be conducted.
According to Jorge Estévez, executive director of the company in Spain, “This centre represents a step forward in ThyssenKrupp’s commitment to the Basque Country and to the development of technological capabilities and talent as leverage for industrial competitiveness”.
Established in the Basque Country since 1968, ThyssenKrupp Elevadores currently has 250 employees in the region, distributed among the factory in Andoain, which exports to 70 countries, the Bilbao-based regional office and call centre, which employs people with disabilities to facilitate their labour inclusion, and the service quality centre in Andoain.
The group has been operating in Spain for over 150 years, where it employs almost 5,000 people at its four factories and three training and R&D centres.