Europe and Asia united with Elektro-Thermit

Europe and Asia united with Elektro-Thermit :True to our motto “We unite the world”, on 27 June 2013 the last Thermit® weld was completed on the railway track through the Marmaray Tunnel in Istanbul, so creating a continuous rail-connection between Asia and Europe by way of this rail tunnel stretching more than 13 km.

The Turkish company responsible for carrying out the welding, Yapiray Railway Construction Systems Industry INC., relied on years of positive experience with Thermit® consumables and equipment from Elektro-Thermit GmbH & Co. KG.

The welders were supported on-site by our technical services staff who provided basic and additional training in our Thermit® welding processes to ensure optimum process operations.

The Marmaray Tunnel passes under the Bosporus and is part of the “Marmaray” transport project which includes, among other things, the extension and modernisation of the existing tracks in both the Asian and European parts of Turkey. The two parts of Istanbul were previously connected solely by ferries and road bridges. Goods wagons were previously transported across the Bosporus by ferry. The newly completed connection promises to take the pressure off the infrastructure in the city, which has a population of over one million people. The Marmaray project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Europe and Asia united with Elektro-Thermit

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