Adelte Group, a company specializing in the design and manufacture of boarding bridges for airports and ports, has won a contract of 16.4 million euros to equip the new shipping terminal Kai Tak, in Hong Kong (China).

Team Ports & Maritime, a subsidiary of Adelte, will supply five boarding bridges for cruise passengers after winning the tender launched by the Government of the old British Colony. This, according to Adelte, is the largest contract of this type in the port industry.

The boarding bridges, which will be manufactured at Team’s factory in Monzón (Huesca), will enable both large cruise ships and smaller pleasure craft to dock in Kai Tak. With the new terminal, designed by the British architect Norman Foster, Hong Kong aims to become the leading cruise port in Asia.

The fingers will have external lighting and photovoltaic plaques to produce electricity, and will be conditioned so as to enable access to people with reduced mobility.

Once manufactured, the boarding bridges will be assembled at Barcelona Port, where they will set sail for Hong Kong. They are expected to reach the Chinese city in the middle of 2013.

“This contract consolidates Team in the region”, indicated yesterday Josep Maria Bartomeu, CEO of Adelte Group. Last September, Bartomeu, who is Vice-president for sport of FC Barcelona, allowed the venture capital firm Baring Private Equity Partners into the shareholding of the company, with a 48% share. The Bartomeu family – which founded the group in 1992 – now holds 52% of the capital, together with minority shareholders. Baring also purchased 48% of EFS–Equipo Facilty Services, a firm linked to Adelte and also controlled by the Bartomeu family.

The incorporation of the new shareholder coincides with the return of Adelte to the business of airport fingers, five years after selling this line of activity to the multinational ThyssenKrupp.


Source: Expansión


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