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Earlier in January 2017, the prototype for the world’s first composite lift was unveiled in Singapore. The investors involved in this ambitious project had scoured the world looking for the skills and creativity required to produce this new concept in passenger lifts. Critical was the use of the best, leading edge technology in the provision of the safety and control systems. Their search brought them to Worcestershire and the unique talents of the teams at Atwell International and Coomber Innovation.

Working in tandem and with other global leaders in lift technology, the team took the basic concept idea through to an actual working 2 floor prototype lift in just over 3 months.

Russ Walker, Managing Director, Atwell International said: “This project involves many firsts for the lift industry. Taking such an idea from paper to a physical reality, gaining formal certification as proof of concept, in such a short period, where you learn as you go forward, adapting the technology real time, is an incredible achievement”.

Coomber Innovation - new lift car

The prototype lift has been erected at Coomber Innovations design premises just off Junction 7 of the M5. Tony Bennett, Managing Director, Coomber Innovation added: “We are very proud to have worked with Atwell, a close partner, on such an exciting joint venture. Coordinating resources based in Singapore and several other remote locations has made this a challenging but very satisfying project. We have again proved that the UK can still lead the world in commercial innovation”.

Coomber Innovation Tony Bennett

The success of this project has provided several opportunities for both companies moving forward, from basic research, through design and importantly into the manufacture of various high tech components. The current intention is that all future work will remain based in Worcestershire.