Thyssenkrupp wins the bid to develop urban mobility in Italy
Thyssenkrupp celebrates its latest success in urban mobility: the company has won contracts to provide maintenance services for 585 mobility systems in Milan and Naples’ metro stations. Of these, 352 systems (237 elevators, 115 escalators) are spread across of Milan’s 60 metro stations, and 233 systems (83 elevators, 150 escalators) extend over 23 stations in Naples. Combined, the contracts are worth approximately €9 million.
Thyssenkrupp was awarded these major multi-year contracts thanks to its innovative technologies and high-quality products and services which are aimed at improving urban mobility. With sales of €7.5 billion in fiscal 2015/2016 and customers in 150 countries, thyssenkrupp Elevator built its position as one of the world’s leading elevator companies from scratch in a mere 40 years’ time applying thyssenkrupp unique engineering capabilities.
Luigi Maggioni, Managing Director of thyssenkrupp Elevator Italia stated: “As city populations continue to rise, passenger crowding at metro station junctions and at peak hours has become a major issue of concern, making efficient mobility of people inside metro stations just as important as their mobility between them.”
He added, “We want to address the challenges of urbanization together with our customers and are very proud that Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) and Azienda Napoletana Mobilita (ANM) have entrusted us with the maintenance of their systems. Every day, 1.2 million commuters transit though these two metro networks, and our goal is to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for each and every one of them.”
Thyssenkrupp has an excellent reputation in the urban mobility industry, as proven by significant tenders recently awarded to the company in Italy. These include a contract to supply and install 88 escalators and 53 elevators, and provide Agenzia del trasporto autoferrotranviario del Comune di Roma (ATAC) with maintenance services at all 30 stations of the metro Line C in Rome, the longest urban underground railway line in Italy with a length of 25km and carrying over 24,000 passengers per hour.
The company is also responsible for providing maintenance services at numerous other railway facilities, including large stations such as Rome Ostiense, Milan Central Station, Turin Porta Nuova, Genova Porta Principe, and others.
Omar Riva, Sales Manager at thyssenkrupp Elevator Italia, said: “We are able to guarantee time-saving interventions by solving malfunctions within 15 minutes of our arrival on site, which translates to more than 98 percent system efficiency. These results are thanks to our highly-qualified technicians who have over 3,700 hours in operational training and over 2,000 hours in safety training, besides the support provided by our International Technical Services, delivering support for mobility systems of any brand or model. Together with our customer care centers, we are capable of providing 24/7 support, aiming to have mobility equipment always running as it should.”
As a part of its efforts to improve the efficiency of urban mobility systems, thyssenkrupp has introduced MAX, a cutting-edge predictive maintenance system that connects all elevator systems to the cloud with the aim of foreseeing possible malfunctions before they actually happen. MAX is enabled by a highly-advanced algorithm designed in collaboration with Microsoft, and is currently being implemented in the US, Spain and Germany; it will be available in Italy in the near future.
Mobility innovations for megatrends
Several large cities are finding themselves weighed down by an increasingly overloaded infrastructure coupled with a growing population. Shifting transport in the city from road to rail is a central challenge, and thyssenkrupp is working to support cities around the world with innovative solutions to answer the challenges of urbanization.
For example, by enhancing access to existing metro stations, the ACCEL transportation system has the potential to draw commuters who previously shunned public transport because they are not within easy reach of a station. Applying linear motor technology from the Transrapid magnetic train, ACCEL can transport as many passengers as typical fully automated cabin systems, move up to 7,300 passengers per hour per direction. By creating new access points, ACCEL is capable of increasing the catchment area of each station and therefore the number of passengers by up to 30 percent. With ACCEL, the capacity utilization of metro systems throughout the world can be maximized, offering an alternative to the cost-intensive construction of new stations or interconnecting underground passageways. Another advantage: The number of vehicles on the road would also drop.
For more information on thyssenkrupp’s developments in creating seamless transportation systems, we visited thyssenkrupp’s Innovation Centre in Gijon and spoke with Javier Sesma, General Manager at thyssenkrupp’s Elevator Innovation Centre. Our interview is in January’s edition of Construction Global
Read the January 2017 issue of Construction Global here
217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery
As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022.
The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.
Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%.
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According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year.
There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.
“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.
“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said.