September 25, 2013
KONE Corporation, trade press release, 25 September 2013
KONE has won an order for 112 KONE TravelMaster® escalators and 64 KONE MonoSpace® lifts, including panoramic lifts, for two new lines of the Ankara Metro system. The new Kizilay-Çayyolu line, also known as M2, and the new Batikent-Sincan/Törekent line, also known as M3, are two of three new metro lines that are under construction in the Turkish capital.
Ankara's rapid transit network is currently made up of a suburban rail system, the Ankaray light metro and two existing lines of the Ankara Metro. The three new lines being added to the Ankara Metro are scheduled to open in early 2014. The 16.5-kilometre long Kizilay-Çayyolu line will add 11 new stations to the network, linking the city centre to the residential, commercial and university district of Çayyolu in the southwest. The Batikent-Sincan/Törekent line in turn runs 15.5 kilometres westward from the northeastern suburb of Batikent to the suburb of Sincan/Törekent, adding a further 11 new stations.
"We are honoured to be involved in this project, which will serve the growing needs of Ankara's commuters. Our understanding of passengers' requirements in the public transport sector and our experience in infrastructure developments has helped us provide the best solutions for the extension", says Jaakko Kaivonen, Managing Director for KONE Distributors and new operations.
The order was booked in the first quarter of 2013. The developer of the project is Turkey's Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications.
For further information, please contact:
Jaakko Kaivonen, MD, KONE Distributors and new operations, tel. +90 2166651685
Previous press releases on KONE's infrastructure orders are available at www.kone.com/press including:
28 February 2013 KONE wins contract to modernise Washington, D.C. Metro escalators
26 February 2013 KONE wins order for Copenhagen Metro extension
KONE is one of the global leaders in the lift and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading lifts, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernisation and maintenance. The company's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanising environment. In 2012, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 6.3 billion and approximately 40,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.