New record for orders in 2014 financial year
In the past year 2014, Herrenknecht's business grew in almost all sales regions. The top performer worldwide was the European sales region with an order inflow of 364 million euros. Around one third of all orders for tunnelling technology, accessories and services came from the Middle East region: Utility and Traffic Tunnelling projects brought Herrenknecht orders there totaling 341 million euros. The Asia Pacific region followed with an order volume of 321 million euros. Project business developed particularly well in the Traffic Tunnelling sector, which for the first time in the company's history secured contracts worth over 1 billion euros in total. As the largest Herrenknecht Business Unit, Traffic Tunnelling supplies innovative tunnel boring machines unique to each project with a diameter of more than 4.20 meters, which are used mainly for the construction of road, railway and metro tunnels and other large diameter tunnel systems. The Utility Tunnelling Business Unit (machines up to 4.20 meters in diameter) achieved an order inflow of 184 million euros and with 216 million euros a significant increase in revenue (+ 28.6 percent).
Herrenknecht is the machine supplier with the strongest global brand in the tunnel construction business and is involved in the leading pioneering projects. For the city-wide construction of four new metro lines in Doha that will be completed by 2022 as part of a gigantic infrastructure plan, Herrenknecht has supplied Qatar with 21 tunnel boring machines for more than 100 kilometers of tunnels. "This project is one of the most ambitious ventures in the world and impressive tunnelling results have already been achieved," says Dr.-Ing. E. h. Martin Herrenknecht. This applies both to the specified construction times as well as the required operational progress.
As more and more mega-cities are developing worldwide, project owners and construction companies are also systematically expanding underground infrastructures elsewhere with tunnel boring machines from Herrenknecht. An example is Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, where work on a completely new transport system is underway. For the construction of the underground sections through difficult geology with karstified limestone, in 2014 six newly developed Variable Density Tunnel Boring Machines (Ø 6.62 m) from Herrenknecht were in operation. On April 21, 2015 the client Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) celebrated the completion of tunnelling of the first expansion phase. The tunnel boring machines can be used almost universally in loose rock and considerably increase flexibility and safety – a key innovative advance in mechanized tunnelling.
Herrenknecht is involved in another groundbreaking project in the greater London area. During construction of the Crossrail railway link, eight of the Group's tunnel boring machines were in use over a distance of 2 x 21 kilometers. The twin tubes run straight under the city center of London, the Thames is also crossed. TBM tunnelling performances of up to 72 meters a day and comprehensive services provided by Herrenknecht contributed to the project's success. Rail operations are due to begin in 2018.