ADB SAFEGATE: A key partner in Shanghai Pudong International Airport’s fast-paced growth

One of the pioneer airports in China to use ADB SAFEGATE Solutions’ proven, world-class technologies. The Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) has made unbelievable progress in the 13 years since it started operations. Today, it is the busiest international hub of mainland China, ranking 22nd in terms of international traffic globally.


The Shanghai Pudong International Airport which started operations in October 1999 is today, the primary international airport serving mainland China, and a major aviation hub in Asia. As of December 2011, thPudong_International_Airport,_Shanghaie airport hosted 87 airlines serving 194 destinations!

The airport has come a long way since the 1990s when it was envisioned as an alternative to support international air traffic and thus resolve the major expansion challenges faced at Hongqiao, Shanghai’s primary airport during that time.

ADB SAFEGATE’s association with Shanghai Pudong Airport dates back to 1996, when construction for the first phase of the new airport began in Pudong development zone located to the east of Shanghai. Selected on the strengths of its expertise and market leadership, ADB SAFEGATE provided its microprocessor controlled Constant Current Regulator (CCR) – MCR2, followed by Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) solution including the Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI), runway centerline light and FAE flashing lights in 1996.

Over the years, ADB SAFEGATE has supported the airport’s phased expansion, providing state-of-the-art products and solutions, enabling safe and seamless operations. As a long-standing partner, ADB SAFEGATE was signed on again by Pudong Airport in 2002 to provide its reliable and flexible AGLAS Individual Light Control and Monitoring System (ILCMS) and Airfield Lighting Control System (ALCS) for a high level of control and monitoring.

In 2006, when Pudong started building its third runway to support the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, ADB supplied its MCR3 CCR, and AGL solution including the touchdown zone lights and threshold lights. The company continued to deliver MCR3 two years later as part of an expansion project. The partnership continues to grow from strength to strength with every passing year, and recently, ADB has bagged another contract with the Pudong Airport, to supply and install PVO guidance signs for the first phase of the construction project for its fourth and fifth runways.

These signs ensure legible guidance and increased safety for the pilots, in addition to reducing the maintenance costs. The PVO signs will be locally manufactured at ADB’s Tianjin plant in China that started operations in 2011, with the aim to bring the company’s products even closer and faster to its Chinese customers.

“The Shanghai Pudong International Airport is a great example of a project that has kept pace with the increasing demands of passenger and cargo traffic, reflected in its excellent growth over a short period. It feels great to be a key partner in the airport’s several phases of expansion over these years. Our products reduce the operational burden of the airport by improving efficiency of its operations, and reducing equipment maintenance. We look forward to expanding the scope of cooperation and further strengthen our relationship with Pudong Airport in future.” Christian Onselaere, CEO, ADB SAFEGATE”

ADB SAFEGATE is a leading provider of intelligent solutions that deliver superior airport performance and operations, and jointly identify and solve bottlenecks. Our consultative approach enables airports to improve efficiency, enhance safety and environmental sustainability, as well as reduce operational costs. Our portfolio includes solutions and services that harmonize airport performance, tackling every aspect of traffic handling and guidance, from approach, runway and taxiway lighting, to tower-based traffic control systems and intelligent gate and docking automation. ADB SAFEGATE has 900+ employees in more than 20 countries and serves some 2,000+ airports in more than 175 countries.

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