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Earthquake Engineering Cluster Contract Promises Inroads into Turkey ( See Picture)

11 September 2002

The Wellington based Earthquake Engineering cluster have recently landed their second major international contract, with cluster members Holmes Consulting Group and Robinson Seismic Ltd having just returned from Turkey after successfully negotiating a contract for the design of three substantial new Turkish apartment buildings, and the supply of seismic isolation bearings for the Istanbul construction company Yapi Merkezi Group. The contract marks the anniversary of the memorandum of understanding signed between the cluster companies and Yapi Merkezi almost a year ago, brought about to facilitate the sharing of earthquake engineering know how.

The Yapi Merkezi Group is a significant Turkish conglomerate, and a major world player in both Mass Transit and Construction, involved in projects diverse as a 50-storey apartment building in Istanbul, a US$800m metro rail project and the reconstruction of the 16th century Mostar Bridge in Bosnia destroyed by war in 1993.

The Apartment contract will mark the first use of lead rubber bearings in a residential apartment building and this follows the successful supply and installation of lead rubber bearings in the new Bhuj Hospital last year by Robinson Seismic Ltd, together with the Earthquake Engineering cluster members Holmes Consulting Group, Dunning Thornton Consultants and support of Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner at Bhuj in India, the epicenter of a devastating earthquake in January 2001.

Dr Bill Robinson, Chairman of Robinson Seismic Ltd and inventor of the bearings believes this is a very positive step for not only Robinson Seismic but for the cluster as a whole, enabling further promotion of NZ expertise in seismic design into Turkey and throughout the Middle East. There is currently a high demand for modern earthquake proofing technologies in the area in line with the recent disastrous earthquakes.

The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, responsible for facilitating the Region's cluster programme, reports that this is the third major cluster contract in as many months. "This latest win is yet another prime example of the regions clusters gaining international recognition and is a reflection of the continued flexibility and ingenuity of their members. Continued international success however will require ongoing support to guarantee a continued market presence," says CEO Blair McRae.

Cluster Chairman, David Hopkins expressed appreciation of the strong support from the Wellington Economic Regional Development Agency, TradeNZ and the NZ Embassies for the Earthquake Engineering NZ and Natural Hazards NZ cluster overseas marketing initiatives in Turkey and India.

For further information, contact:

Earthquake Engineering NZ Cluster Chairman
David Hopkins
+64 4 384 3903, +64 27 246 8922

Holmes Consulting Group
Bill Gordon +64 4 471 2292

Robinson Seismic Ltd
Mack Morum +64 4 569 7842, +64 25 341668
Dr Bill Robinson +64 4 569 7843


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