ASSA ABLOY China wins ANSI-standard lock contract

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As a graceful and sturdy “sculpture-style” structure, China’s new central television headquarters that will not only redefine Beijing’s skyline, but also turn over a new leaf in the archives of Chinese architecture.

The new China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters was designed by Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas and his team from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Koolhaas is well known for masterpieces such as the Seattle Central Library and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum Las Vegas in the US, Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China.

CCTV’s new 550,000 square-meter headquarters is a large-scale public construction project with more than 12,000 doors according to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards. To meet these standards, ASSA ABLOY is providing a comprehensive solution including Yale 8800 Mortise Locks, 3000 Door Closers, 7100 Panic Devices and effeff 76-14 electric strikes. The contract for the total package is worth more than RMB 11 million (USD 1.6 million).

Philip Yeung, ASSA ABLOY China’s General Manager for Project and PEU, credits the project’s success to the hard work and common purpose of the entire group.
“This was a tough tender. We were up against some of our biggest competitors,” says Philip. “From the onset of this project, we worked closely with the jury and architects to specify the requirements. We were able to secure the project by listening to the customer and offering user-friendly and systematic solutions, quality products and technical know-how.

“Take electronic locks for instance. Based on a deep analysis of both the components and our resources, we chose to bid with effeff electric strikes as they allows us to easily solve certain technical issues that IR’s Von Duprin solutions cannot handle. At the same time, we are actively cooperating with the system integrator and door manufacturer to speed up the process. Finally we are influencing the user with friendlier products and services.”

Philip also says that early in 2006, ASSA ABLOY China adopted a similar strategy to defeat IR in another project, Chengdu Town Hall, where, in the end, the company applied over 3000 effeff electric strikes to secure the government building.

The total construction cost of the CCTV project is valued at more than RMB 5 billion (USD 700 million). And it has been attracting attention far beyond the television industry. According to the Chinese government, President Hu Jintao plans to make an on-site inspection to monitor the complex’s progress.

“I feel honored to be involved in this project,” Philip says. “Once the CCTV building is completed, it will be a landmark recognized both locally and abroad, and ASSA ABLOY will be part of this historical moment.”