November 12, 2010

TRAXX helps rebuild CentralWorld in Bangkok.

CentralWorld  (Formerly the World Trade Centre) is a shopping plaza and complex in Bangkok, Thailand.

It is the third largest shopping complex in the world.

The complex, which included a hotel and office tower, is owned by Central Group of Companies, one of the world’s biggest private development companies.

In 2006, after three years of design and renovation, CentralWorld was expanded to 550,000 square metres of shopping mall and 1,024,000 square metres of complex, topping its nearby rival Siam Paragon terms of size.

CentralWorld has been a “must visit” for foreign visitors since it opened

On 19th May 2010, CentralWorld was one of the many properties set on fire by members of the Red Shirt anti government protestor groups as they were being cracked down on after months of violent demonstration which included complete blockage of the Rachaprasong shopping district.

More than 60 people died in the resultant fires, said to have cost more than 10000 million Baht.

The portion of the complex most affected were the Zens department store and its adjacent annex.

When the CentralWorld Plaza renovation project was first put out for tender, the TRAXXmarket share was virtually zero. Mainly because, as a new company in the Thai market, the Traxx brand of products was un-heard of and un-tested.

 

Power Cut Co., Ltd. Thailand, acting as TRAXX’ agent, went to the main contractors and offered the TRAXX brand of products for their consideration for use on this major project.

 

At first they were skeptical but took some Wall Saw blades for testing. After a few changes to specifications as discussed between all party's the decision was made, by some contractors, to use TRAXX products.

 

Now the project is under way it has proved to be a good decision. Between 70% to 80% of the Wall Saw blades now being used at the project are from TRAXX and the reports and comments from the contractors and their staff are excellent.

More than 80,000 sqm of concrete floors need to be removed and mostly replaced, due to extreme damage in the fires.

 

More than 30 wallsawing machines and 15 roadsaws are currently working on site 24/7.

 

It is estimated that more than 1000 wallsaw blades from 800mm -1600mm, 400 Roadsaw blades from 800-1200mm and 1000’s of core bits will be consumed by the time the project is completed, in January.

 

TRAXX and Powercut have already supplied 100’s of blades with the balance due for supply early next month.

 

 

 

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