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thyssenkrupp to Supply Escalators to Metro in Azerbaijan

May 17, 2017

Germany-based thyssenkrupp Elevator has been selected to provide 25 escalators in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital city, within the next three years.

The double-digit million contract includes eight high-rise escalators for Sahil and Khatai stations, as well as 17 escalators for a new metro station.

With a huge 48.7m traveling height, the four escalators for Khatai station will be the highest units ever produced by thyssenkrupp Elevator.

Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator, said: “In supplying our advanced mobility solutions to Baku Metro, thyssenkrupp Elevator can increase the metro stations’ capacity by as much as 30% and ensure efficient passenger flow of around 222 million commuters each and every year. This is a significant improvement, and we are proud to provide this support as Baku continues its journey to become an efficient and future-proof city.”

thyssenkrupp Elevator has an excellent reputation for innovation and transformation in the urban mobility industry.

The new high quality products and services in Baku will revolutionize the ability of the metro stations to cope with increasing passenger numbers, and bring the city in line with the modern-day transport demands of its 2.15 million people.

Schierenbeck added: “It is essential to find new solutions for people transportation that save time and reduce consumption of energy and environmental resources in all markets around the world. As a business we support cities with innovative solutions that meet the requirements of urbanization, and we are pleased that through our distributor network our reach and urban footprint can continue to grow even further.”

The work in Azerbaijan comes following thyssenkrupp’s great success in Georgia, where similar models were installed in the Tbilisi subway station and have increased escalator transport capacity by 50 percent.

Like the Tbilisi escalators, the Baku models will be narrower than previous solutions, without reducing the comfort and room that passengers are accustomed to.

This is achieved by an innovative approach of installing the drive (motor and gears) deep in front of the installation, rather than in the supports for the stairs as usual.

This will allow more people to travel down to the platform or up to the concourse at the same time, increasing the capacity of the escalators in the shafts by as much as 50 percent.

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