Elevator and escalator specialist company ThyssenKrupp is supplying passenger elevators and escalators for all the Gautrain rapid-link stations.
The company was awarded the R59-million contract in November 2007 by Bombela Civils Joint Venture, and the project is due for completion in May 2011.
ThyssenKrupp project manager Tim Steenkamp tells Engineering News that 39 passenger lifts and 49 escalators will be supplied and installed. The units will vary from underground train platforms rising to different levels to above-ground units for malls and parkades.
The installation process is being managed by ThyssenKrupp project management, and local subcontractors. The contract also includes the elevators that serve the emergency shafts between Park station and Rosebank station.
Steenkamp reports that manufacturing is being carried out by ThyssenKrupp’s elevator and escalator plants in Zhongshan, China. The shipping of the elevators and escalators will be done by the company’s local shipping agent, Logwin, of Zhongshan, up to the point of site installation.
Subcontractors are being used for full installation in line with ThyssenKrupp South Africa’s social economic development plan and the commissioning of the project will be completed by ThyssenKrupp South Africa’s field engineers.
Steenkamp points out that the maintenance of the elevators and escalators of the Gautrain project will be shared with local joint venture maintenance companies, managed by ThyssenKrupp South Africa as the principal contractor with Bombela Civils Joint Venture.
Steenkamp comments that the Gautrain rapid link is currently ThyssenKrupp South Africa’s elite project, and adds that the project will reposition ThyssenKrupp South Africa within the South African market. He adds that the ThyssenKrupp product range is relatively unknown in the South African industry.
However, he says, the ThyssenKrupp product range covers all spectrums of the market with products such as heavy car lifts that have a capacity to lift over 4 000 kg, and lifts with lifting capabilities of above 40 floors at 8 m/s, says Steenkamp.
The company also has passenger conveyors that reach a speed of 2,5 m/s, which is unknown to the South African market, comments Steenkamp. He adds that Thyssen-Krupp does not have any backlog of outstanding projects in the South African market and has plentiful resources. “Thyssen-Krupp South Africa’s strategy is to become a leader in the South African elevator and escalator market,” he concludes.