Abacus’ raising and lowering columns chosen for China’s latest highways project

World leaders in lighting, Abacus, have beaten off competition from a leading Chinese manufacturer to win a prestigious contract awarded by the Hong Kong Highways Department.

 

Abacus will manufacture and supply nearly 2500 of their patented raising and lowering lighting columns as part of a project to light a number of city roads throughout China’s New Territories East Region.

 

Originally designed for the railway industry in the 1960s, the market-leading raising and lowering column has since been embraced the world over and is now found on almost every station platform across the UK, as well as in sports stadia, airports, ports and major construction projects across the globe.

Abacus’s Vice Chairman in Shanghai, Luise Schafer said: “By the very nature of the highways environment, maintenance personnel can be at risk when carrying out their duties at height. The raising and lowering system provides safe and controlled lowering of the column via a spring or hydraulic counterbalance, allowing essential maintenance work to be carried out at ground level, thereby improving health and safety conditions.”

Abacus, an approved supplier to the Highways Department, have already completed a number of prestigious installations throughout China including Shanghai Pudong International Airport and are currently putting the final touches to an apron lighting scheme at the country’s largest new airport construction project, Kunming New International Airport.

 

Luise added: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this contract as it reinforces Abacus’ leading position in road lighting projects in Hong Kong.

 

“The Highways Department has already placed the order for the complete number of columns and we will manufacture and dispatch the required quantities as the project progresses.  This ‘call off’ method is very good bread and butter business for the company and we value this relationship very much.”

The new highways contract follows the recent opening of Abacus’ new offices in the prestigious Gateway East building in Singapore.  Shanghai Abacus Lighting’s brand new production facility in the Fengxian District was also recently officially opened in October 2011 by HRH the Duke of York.

 

Abacus design, manufacture and install exterior lighting schemes ranging from road and retail schemes to airports and major sports grounds.  The company sees the Far East as an important staging post for international growth.

 

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