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Schindler escalators to keep visitors moving at Expo 2010

2009. 7 August

( Schindler is to provide mobility in the most important buildings of the 2010 world exhibition in Shanghai. The crowds of visitors to China's showpiece national pavilion as well as the Expo Boulevard, the main access route of the exhibition, will be moved by 94 Schindler escalators.

The most visually striking installations that Schindler is supplying for the world exhibition are two escalators, each nearly 20 meters long, to transport visitors into main exhibition space of the China pavilion.

The pavilion itself consists of a 45,000 square-meter base or "podium" topped by a magnificent roof structure of interlocking wooden beams, assembled in the traditional Chinese architectural style. The podium will be equipped with ten Schindler escalators and two moving walks.

The attraction: Expo Boulevard

The Expo site straddles Shanghai's Huangpu River, with most of the pavilions located in the Pudong area. Eighty Schindler escalators will go into operation in the Expo Boulevard, the main entry point and access corridor for the pavilions.

Linked to the Shanghai Metro, and providing access to many of the site's permanent buildings, the boulevard will be an attraction in itself. The largest stand-alone structure of the exhibition, it stretches more than a full kilometer and has three levels, two of which are underground.

The boulevard will also showcase the exhibition's green credentials: along its length are six funnel-shaped glass towers which refract sunlight down to the lower levels and collect rainwater for the plants.

Some 70 million people are expected to visit the Expo, which runs from May 1 until October 31, 2010. The China pavilion will afterwards be converted into a museum of Chinese history and culture; the boulevard will remain as a key axis of the city.

Schindler has a highly successful track record in providing mobility solutions for major events and exhibitions around the globe. It supplied the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium and other key infrastructure for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain, and the Olympics in Athens (2004) and Sydney (2000).

A high-resolution image of the China Pavilion and Expo Boulevard can be found in our Image Download Center ("Expo 2010 Shanghai").

About Schindler

Schindler was the first western industrial company to set up a joint venture in China in 1980. Today Schindler China is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Schindler Group with four manufacturing facilities, an R&D center and three training centers. The Schindler Group, headquartered in Switzerland, is a leading global mobility provider, present in more than 140 countries. The company designs, manufactures, installs, services and modernizes elevator and escalator systems for almost every building type. Schindler supports sustainable urban development with safe, reliable and ecologically sound mobility solutions.

For more information, please contact:

Schindler Management AG
Head Corporate Communications
Zugerstrasse 13
6030 Ebikon
Tel. +41 41 445 30 60
Fax +41 41 445 31 44