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Siemens Awarded $19.1 Million Baggage Handling System Contract for New Detroit North Terminal Project


Erlangen, Sep 6, 2006 - Siemens today announced it was awarded a $19.1 million design and build contract from Walbridge/Barton Malow LLC for an inline baggage handling system as a part of the new Detroit North Terminal redevelopment project. The $418 million North Terminal redevelopment project includes the razing of the older James M. Davey Terminal and the construction of a new, two-level terminal with 26 gates and approximately 685,000 square feet of space. The new terminal is expected to open in 2008 and will accommodate the airlines currently operating out of the Smith and Berry Terminals.

Siemens will design, build and integrate the baggage handling system, which includes 9,577 feet of conveyor and 23 patented high-speed diverters to route all checked baggage through Explosive Detection Systems before loading onto departing aircraft. The system will provide automatic and unobtrusive 100 percent screening of checked baggage. Siemens will also supply six baggage claim units. Additionally, the contract includes Siemens’ integrated software solution that will monitor, control and report on all system activity.
“With Siemens design / build and total lifecycle cost approach, we hope to recognize the great potential for cost savings and a smooth, on-time opening of the new North Terminal,” said Lester W. Robinson, CEO, Wayne County Airport Authority.

“Siemens is committed to providing world class technology and performance to Detroit Metro Airport,” said Art Kostaras Vice President, Airport Logistics Division of Siemens in North America. “The new system will make check-in noticeably easier on passengers and enable the airport to maintain a comfortable flow of traffic throughout the terminal’s public spaces.”

The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport served more than 36 million passengers in 2005, representing a 3.2 percent increase from 2004. The airport handles approximately 1320 arriving and departing flights per day.

Siemens Airport Logistics, a division of the Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) Group, is a global market leader in baggage and cargo handling solutions and systems integration for airports. In the U.S., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. represents the I&S Group within Siemens AG. I&S is the systems and solutions integrator for industrial and infrastructure facilities and global service provider for the plant and projects business covering planning, installation and operation across the entire life cycle. I&S uses its own products, systems and process technologies to enhance productivity and improve the competitiveness of companies in metallurgy, water treatment, pulp and paper, oil and gas, marine engineering, open-cast mining, airport logistics, postal automation, intelligent traffic systems and industrial services. In fiscal 2005, I&S employed a total of 31,700 people worldwide and achieved total sales of EUR 5.390 billion.

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