KONE and ProRail have signed a ten-year partnership contract for the installation of new KONE elevators and their maintenance. The contract defines KONE as one of two preferred suppliers for the installation of 175 new elevators. The maintenance period has been defined for 25 years.
ProRail is responsible for the Netherlands' national railway network. It is responsible for construction, maintenance, management and security of the network. Over 3,200 employees ensure that 1,200,000 travelers and 100,000 barrels of goods get to their destination on time everyday.
"In the next ten years, ProRail is rolling out its Accessibility Implementation Plan in order to improve the accessibility of our stations and the installation of elevators is a direct part of this plan," says Patrick Buck, Projects Director for ProRail. "By installing elevators into our stations, the accessibility of our platforms will be greatly increased, highly improving travel and convenience for travelers."
"We are very pleased to have been chosen as one of ProRail's partners as this is a great display of confidence in our company," says Noud Veeger, EVP and Area Director for Central and North Europe, KONE. "ProRail has taken into account our installation and delivery processes as well as our maintenance methods and solutions. It is clear that those strengths were the key factors to success in implementing this new agreement."
KONE, one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, was founded in 1910 and celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2010. 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 urbanizing environment. Providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance, KONE has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers in various segments for the past century. In 2009, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 4.7 billion and approximately 34,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.
For further information, please contact:
Noud Veeger, Executive Vice President and Area Director for Central and North Europe, KONE.
Anne Korkiakoski, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications, KONE.
tel. +358 (0)204 75 4787