Finland’s global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE, has announced it won orders for three metro projects in China, described as “an important infrastructure market for the company”. The orders are for Changsha Metro Line 5, Xiamen Metro Line 2, and Nanning Metro Line 3.
The order for Changsha Metro Line 5 includes 105 Kone TransitMaster(TM) escalators, 26 Kone MonoSpace® elevators, and five Kone MiniSpace® elevators. These will serve people traveling on the new, north-to-south route in the capital of Hunan Province.
Line 2 of the Xiamen Metro is an east-west line which connects Xiamen Island and Haicang District on the mainland. It also connects to Xiamen Metro Lines 1, 3, 4, and 5 through transfer stations. The line will be equipped with 199 heavy-load Kone TransitMaster(TM)140 escalators designed specifically to meet the special requirements of metro projects in China.
For Line 3 of the Nanning Metro, Kone will provide 150 Kone TransitMaster(TM) 140 escalators and 28 Kone MonoSpace® elevators.
The traffic handling capacity for equipment at each of the sites in estimated at some 7,000 people per hour. All of the metro lines are due to begin trial operations in 2019.
“As cities grow, the need for sustainable and efficient ways to help people move around them also grows. We have a solid record of supporting the development of infrastructure in China with our people flow expertise and are proud to have been selected to contribute to these projects,” says William B. Johnson, executive vice president, Kone Greater China.