Thyssenkrupp’s Highest-Ever Escalators for Baku Metro

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thyssenkrupp has won an order to supply 25 escalators to the Baku Metro in Baku, Azerbaijan. The order includes the highest escalators ever produced in Germany with a 48.7-m rise. Describing the order as a confirmation of its new distributor’s network strategy, thyssenkrupp noted the escalators — eight high-rise units for the Sahil and Khatai stations and 17 for a new station — will increase the stations’ handling capacity by 30% and help ensure the efficient flow of nearly 222 million passengers per year. Like similar units thyssenkrupp installed in the Tbilisi subway station in Georgia, which increased escalator-transport capacity by 50%, the units for Baku will be narrower yet just as comfortable as previous models, according to thyssenkrupp, which observed:

“This is achieved by an innovative approach of installing the drive (motor and gears) deep in front of the installation, rather than in the supports for the stairs, as usual. This will allow more people to travel down to the platform or up to the concourse at the same time, increasing the capacity of the escalators in the shafts.”