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Hong Kong, 20 February 2018 – The iconic Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZMB) in China is as ambitious as spectacular. It is the world’s longest ongoing sea-based construction project. Indeed, it is more than a single bridge: The HKZMB-project comprises a series of bridges and tunnels crossing the Lingdingyang channel. It serves as a brand new connection between the three major cities on the Pearl River Delta. With its length of 55 km, the bridge is set to become one of the world’s longest water crossings and will reduce travelling times between Hong Kong and Zhuhai or Macau. By simplifying a new flow of labour and goods, the HKZMB also plays a vital role in opening up access to global markets.
Photo courtesy of thyssenkrupp Elevator – Hong Kong.
Contributing to this highly impressive infrastructure is leading global brand, Germany’s thyssenkrupp Elevator, which installed 102 state-of-the-art mobility units – 76 escalators and 26 moving walks – at the Port of Zhuhai, the 500,000 sq. meter area on the Zhuhai-Macau frontier port artificial island.
The company’s high quality products and materials with specific anti-corrosion capabilities, including anti-moist, anti-salt spray and temperature-resistant technology, which not only keep people moving effectively throughout the year, but also crucially addressed the need for protection from corrosion highlighted in the project brief.
With the new escalators and moving walks, thyssenkrupp will ensure maximum efficiency for operators and staff as well as comfort for passengers. While construction work began on this immense project in 2009, thyssenkrupp’s installation started in June 2017 and was in five months’ time. The main offshore work of the bridge is executed by three regional governments combined – highlighting the combined effort needed to realize this multi-billion investment.
Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO at thyssenkrupp Elevator, comments: “This impressive project in one of the world’s busiest locations shows the need for forward-looking concepts and products. It’s great that thyssenkrupp is a key part of this exciting project on an artificial island. Reliability matters most to our customers worldwide, even more as the products have to withstand high stresses from daily use. That was a major reason for winning this project and once again shows that innovation is the bridge into the future, regardless of the challenges.”
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Project Management Office.
Quality and innovation play a crucial role in every detail, especially regarding mobility solutions. thyssenkrupp’s strength in facilitating the efficient and comfortable transport of people is a major reason why the company was chosen as the official supplier of escalators and moving walks that will have to withstand high stresses from daily use. The solutions perfectly match thyssenkrupp’s vision of future cities and infrastructures, combining security, reliability, and comfort with maximum flexibility and economical operation in a world that is largely dependent on mobility.
About thyssenkrupp Elevator
thyssenkrupp Elevator brings together the Group’s global activities in passenger transportation systems. With sales of €7.7 billion in fiscal 2016/2017 and customers in 150 countries, thyssenkrupp Elevator built its position as one of the world’s leading elevator companies from scratch in a mere 40 years’ time applying thyssenkrupp unique engineering capabilities. With more than 50,000 highly skilled employees, the company offers smart and innovative products and services designed to meet customers’ individual requirements. The portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive sales and service network to guarantee closeness to customers.
thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with a growing share of capital goods and service businesses and traditional strengths in materials. Over 158,000 employees in 79 countries work with passion and technological know-how to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2016/2017 thyssenkrupp generated sales of €41.5 billion.
Together with our customers we develop competitive solutions for current and future challenges in their respective industries. With our engineering expertise we enable our customers to gain an edge in the global market and manufacture innovative products in a cost- and resource-friendly way. Our technologies and innovations are the key to meeting diverse customer and market requirements around the world, growing on the markets of the future, and generating strong and stable earnings, cash flows and value growth.