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Hitachi and KONE bring hundreds of units to Xiong’an New Area, Beijing and Shenzhen.

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Numerous buildings are under construction in the Rongdong District of Xiong’an New Area; photo provided by Hitachi Elevator (China).

Hitachi (China) Delivers First of 361 Elevators for Project

Hitachi Elevator (China) took part in a ceremony in December 2020 to mark delivery of the first of 361 elevators it will provide for Group B2, a large residential development in the Rongdong District of Xiong’an New Area, the company announced. Group B2 is a resettlement housing project consisting of 92 residential buildings, an office building, a kindergarten, a separate primary school and a community activity center. Hitachi is providing all elevators and related services. Work on the site is being overseen by Beijing Construction Engineering Group Co. Construction began in April 2020, but a completion date was not reported. Hitachi noted that, despite the pandemic, it delivered more than 110,000 elevators in 2020, the first time it had achieved that single-year milestone.

KONE Wins Big in Beijing Metro, Shenzhen

KONE has won an order to supply 297 escalators for two segments of the new Metro Line 12 in Beijing, the company announced in December 2020. Line 12, stretching 29.3 km, will run an east-west route through four main districts of the capital city. Its 21 stations will be entirely underground, with 15 of them connecting to other lines. KONE will equip stations from Sijiqing to Jimenqiao with 171 of its TransitMaster™ 140 escalators, and stations from Sanyuanqiao to Guanzhuangluxikou with 126 of the same model. The Beijing Subway, with 23 lines and around 700 km in total length, is the longest and busiest metro system in the world. Line 12 will help relieve traffic pressure in the city center. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The main architect is China Railway Electrification Survey Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.

KONE has won an order to deliver 50 elevators to GDH City, a new, two-tower mixed-use development in Shenzhen, the company announced in December 2020. Sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Valley of China”, Shenzhen is a global technology hub and home to more 200-m-plus skyscrapers than any other city in the world. The two GDH City towers, standing 180 and 303 m, will offer business apartments and commercial space, including a 100,000 m2 mall. Within the development will be cultural offerings in a setting highlighting natural surroundings. KONE will deliver 46 MiniSpace™ elevators and four MiniSpace double-deck elevators. The buildings will be equipped with KONE’s Destination Control System and E-Link™ monitoring system, which can keep track of the performance of all the equipment in real time from a single location. The contract also includes two years of standard maintenance. The project, under development by Guangdong Land Holdings, is targeted for completion in 2023.

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