Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower transforms with new Otis elevators

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SHANGHAI, March 18, 2019 – With a stunning new inclined elevator going into service at Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower, Otis Elevator (China) Co Ltd (“Otis”) has completed its largest modernization project in China and revitalized one of the world’s most famous iconic landmarks.

Opened in 1994, the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower is a 468-meter-high sightseeing attraction with 14 Otis elevators that welcomes more than 5 million visitors a year. In 2017, Otis started to modernize the Tower’s elevators to expand their passenger-handling capacity. Three sightseeing elevators were upgraded to Skyrise® double-deck units. A new inclined elevator was added and provides an exciting experience for new and returning visitors.

Installing an elevator shaft in a 60-degree inclined tunnel is challenging work, especially since it is the first Otis elevator of its kind in China. To ensure smooth execution, the project team, comprised of local and international Otis experts in engineering and service worked day and night for two months to complete the complex installation.

Inclined Elevator Fast factsInclination    60 degreesSpeed          2.5 m/sHoistway      102 mLoad            3000 kgSlant range  85 m

“Elevator modernization adds value by improving elevator capacity, performance and efficiency, as well as a potential new source of revenue. For this project, we went even further to help this world-famous landmark deliver a new experience to visitors attracted by one of the best views in Shanghai,” said Otis China President Perry Zheng. “Otis is proud to bring innovative technologies and deep technical expertise to continue to support Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower for long-term business success.”


The modernized elevators at Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower deliver a new immersive passenger experience

About OtisOtis is a leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 165 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in approximately 200 countries and territories. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information, visit

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