February 28, 2013
KONE Corporation, press release, 28 February 2013
KONE has been awarded a contract by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to replace 128 escalators at 34 stations throughout Washington, D.C.'s Metro transportation system. The contract is part of WMATA's multi-year capital improvement programme known as Metro Forward. KONE was selected through a procurement process which took into consideration KONE's technical excellence and expertise providing replacement solutions for the mass transit segment.
Under the agreement, KONE will replace up to 128 outdated escalators with KONE's industry-leading heavy-duty transit escalators, designed to meet the needs of highly-demanding public areas and featuring the latest in eco-efficient technology, safety and reliability.
"We are honoured to have been chosen to work on this major renovation, which will improve escalator reliability across the Metro system for years to come", said Larry Wash, KONE EVP and Area Director for the Americas. "Our energy-efficient solutions and expertise in the mass transit segment will ensure the system will receive the significant renovations it needs, while minimising potential disruption for passengers."
The order was booked in the first quarter of 2013 and is expected to be completed by 2020.
For further information, please contact:
Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4775
Previous press releases on KONE's orders in the mass transit market are available at www.kone.com/press including:
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(TM) 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 around 40,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.