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NORMA Group connects lines in the Gotthard Base Tunnel

(PresseBox) (Maintal, Germany/Erstfeld, Switzerland, ) NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology, has supplied the joining technology for the construction of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel. The tunnel will be officially inaugurated on 1 June 2016. It will then be the longest rail tunnel in the world at around 57 kilometres in length. NORMACONNECT FLEX pipe couplings connect the rainwater pipes in the two tubes of the tunnel.

“We are excited about having supported a public infrastructure project of such great magnitude,” said Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group. “The new Gotthard Base Tunnel will bring people from different countries together much faster, more reliably and more safely. This matches our high-performance joining products that connect pipes safely and reliably. Our engineered joining technology has the same qualities as this ambitious project.”

The Gotthard Base Tunnel runs up to 2300 meters below the Alps and reduces the travel time from Zurich to Milan by approximately one hour. In the future, around 260 freight trains and 65 passenger trains will roll through these two tubes every day with a speed of up to 250 kilometers per hour. The costs of the tunnel amount to around EUR 11 billion in total. Construction took approximately 17 years. Around 284 million tons of rock mass had to be moved during construction. After its inauguration, the new railway tunnel will be put into scheduled operation on 11 December 2016.

NORMACONNECT FLEX pipe couplings connect metal, stainless steel, concrete and plastic pipes and insulate tightly where a gap between the pipe ends needs to be compensated for. The couplings can compensate for axial movements and changes in the length of straight pipe connections. The pipe joints of the FGR product range also eliminate fire hazards because they can be mounted without welding. The couplings resist high vibration loads due to their special geometry.

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NORMA Group is a global market leader in engineered joining technology. The company manufactures a wide range of innovative connecting solutions and water management technology offering more than 35,000 products to customers in 100 countries with around 6,500 employees. NORMA Group helps its customers and business partners to react to global challenges such as climate change and increasing scarcity of resources. NORMA Group joining products can be found in vehicles and trains, ships and aircraft, buildings and water management as well as in applications for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. The company generated sales of around EUR 890 million in 2015. NORMA Group operates a global network of 22 production facilities as well as numerous sales and distribution sites across Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. NORMA Group has its headquarters in Maintal, Germany. NORMA Group SE is listed on the German stock exchange (Prime Standard) and included in the MDAX index.