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COMPANY NEWS First five SELI-Kawasaki TBMs in production Jun 2011
SELI News Release
The Italian-Japanese collaboration between tunneling contractor and manufacturers SELI and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) has proven productive. A year after their groundbreaking agreement, leaders of the two companies gathered at SELI headquarters in Rome this week to sign the order to start construction of five new EPBMs for excavation of the Copenhagen and Bangalore Metro lines. The TBMs, to be assembled at the SELI workshops near Rome, will showcase state-of-the-art TBM technology.
Remo Grandori and Keiji Matsumura (centre left and right) confirm joint TBM construction

Remo Grandori and Keiji Matsumura (centre left and right) confirm joint TBM construction

"The philosophy behind the industrial agreement, which serves as a backdrop to the current order, is not only to create an industrial economy through production sites in Japan and Italy, but also to ensure a quality product with technology far beyond the competition, where widespread use of components made in China is less focused on innovation and overall quality," said Remo Grandori, President of SELI.
The five-year industrial agreement provides an exclusive KHI license for SELI to manufacture and market EPBMs and all the necessary auxiliary equipment up to a maximum 6 bar water pressure and with diameters from 5.5m-15.5m including.
The current order for the first five EPBMs comes as a result of SELI acting in its double role as TBM supplier and contractor. In Copenhagen, SELI, as part of the €1.7 billion all-Italian turnkey JV with Salini Costruttori and Maire Tecnimont for the Cityringen metro will use four of the new EPBMs. In Bangalore, it will use the fifth EPBM as the specialist TBM contractor in an alliance with Coastal Projects Limited on the second running tunnel contract for the city's first metro line.
Japan-based Kawasaki chose SELI for its quality achieved in TBM technology, the potential of its new factory nearing completion at the Italian location, and the technological and engineering expertise that the Italian company has gained during 60 years of leadership in the tunneling sector.
The initial collaboration agreement was signed between Keiji Matsumura, General manager of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Remo Grandori, President of SELI in April 2010.
References
SELI-Kawasaki agree to extend collaboration - TunnelTalk, Aug 2010
Four EPBMs selected for Cityringen drives - TunnelTalk, Jan 2011
SELI and Coastal form subcontinent alliance - TunnelTalk, Mar 2011

           

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