Good News from Thu, 29 December, 2011:

Kone wins metro extension projects in Hong Kong

Kone helps stations keep up with the flow Kone helps stations keep up with the flow

Kone has struck another major deal to supply elevators and escalators for the Hong Kong metro.

It has been selected by MTR Corporation to provide 49 elevators, 79 heavy-duty escalators and four autowalks for the new South Island Line (East) and the Kwun Tong Line Extension projects.

Both railway lines will be completed in 2015 and involve seven new stations. Kone will begin installing its lifts from next year and the work will continue until the end of 2014. 

Kone’s elevators come equipped with regenerative drives, which convert braking energy into electrical current that can be used by other applications in the stations or to drive other elevators. Regenerative drives can recover up to 35 per cent of an elevator’s total energy consumption.  

This is definitely a milestone achievement for Kone in Hong Kong, says Noud Veeger, EVP and Area Director of Kone Asia Pacific.

I am delighted that our working relationship with MTR continues with these additional projects.

Kone maintains more than 1,000 elevators and escalators in the existing MTR network.

In October, the company agreed to supply 139 elevators and five dumbwaiters to Hong Kong’s Express Rail Link project which connects Hong Kong with mainland China’s high-speed railway network. 

A year ago, Kone won an order to supply 37 elevators, 41 escalators and five autowalks on the West Island Line railway extension in Hong Kong.