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KONE to modernize the high vertical rise escalators at Ruoholahti metro station in Finland

Press Release Published 14/11/2011

KONE has been selected by Helsinki City Transport (HKL) to modernize the high vertical rise escalators at Ruoholahti metro station. Three escalators with a vertical rise of nearly 30 meters will be fully modernized to ensure the reliable and safe performance of the equipment for the coming decades. The order also includes a five-year maintenance contract.


Ruoholahti station is currently the westernmost stop of the Helsinki metro with approximately 20,000 passengers traveling through daily. Together, HKL and KONE have already fully modernized the escalators at the Central Railway Station and Sörnäinen metro stations, and the modernization at Hakaniemi station is near completion.

“We are proud to continue our cooperation with HKL in such demanding public transport projects and to enable the smooth and safe People Flow of the residents of Helsinki,“ says Ari Lehtoranta, EVP and Area Director of KONE Central and North Europe.

The order was booked in Q4 of 2011. The escalators will be modernized one at a time starting in January 2012 and the project is estimated to be completed by February 2013.

For further information, please contact:

Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4775

About KONE

KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization 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 urbanizing environment. In 2010, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 5 billion and approximately 33,800 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.

www.kone.com