Three bridges which will support sections of the largest high speed rail project currently being developed anywhere in the world have been coated with products supplied by Akzo Nobel’s International Protective Coatings business.
The USD 15 billion Taiwan High Speed Railway will run the length of Taiwan, from Taipei in the north to Kaohsiung in the south (the only main line in the country which is electrified), with the network due to begin operating in October 2005.
It will be serviced by a number of high speed bullet trains—running at a maximum of 300 kph (186mph)—which will provide Taiwan with a fast and efficient rail link across the length of the country.
As one of the most challenging rail construction projects ever undertaken in Taiwan, both in terms of engineering and financing, the choice of coatings for the bridges was crucial.
More than 200,000 liters of paint was supplied by International—which was chosen because of the brand’s worldwide strength and reputation—including Interzinc® 22, Intergard® 269 and 400, Interthane® 990 and Intertuf® 708.
The railway line will be 345km in length and around ten new stations are expected to be built, along with a large number of new bridges, tunnels and viaducts, so as to avoid conflicts with other forms of transport wherever possible.
(Released: November 4, 2003)