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Rep of faulty metro cables supplier bows in apology in NW China

日期: 2017-03-22
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Rep of faulty metro cables supplier bows in apology in NW China

 “I would like to express my deep apologies to all the people of Xi'an!” said Wang Zhiwei on a local television program aired on Monday night.

The company that Wang represented was Shaanxi Aokai Cable Co., Ltd. which was found to have used faulty products while working on the cable system of the recently-opened city’s metro Line 3 despite staunch denial from its management.

The subway Line 3 of Xi'an, in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, stretches for around 40 kilometers. It was put into operation on November 2016, with the daily passenger flow reaching 350,000 on average.

Rep of faulty metro cables supplier bows in apology in NW China

The exposé came to light last week when an insider of the company posted online a piece entitled, “Do you dare riding metro Line 3?” to warn of massive safety risks on the subway line.

The person said that the company used shoddy and inferior materials to manufacture cables for the metro line, which were not tested up to the standard of the Xi’an Metro.

In the wake of the allegations, the company published a statement on its official website on March 16 denying what they called “rumors” and claiming they were groundless.

The company’s response did not however persuade the officials, who then started looking into the matter.

Rep of faulty metro cables supplier bows in apology in NW China

At a press conference on Monday, the results of the investigation were announced.

"All of the five samples of the low-voltage cables from subway Line 3 failed to meet set standards," said Jin Qun, deputy head of the National Wire and Cable Products Quality Supervision and Test Center.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Liu Jian vowed to conduct security checks on all of the city’s subway lines “to ensure the safety of the subway network.”

So far, eight people in the company have been detained for providing faulty electric cables for the city's subway.

According to Wang, the faulty cables’ cost accounted for 75 percent of the total cost of cables supplied, which amounted to 40 million yuan (5.9 million US dollars).

“In the production process, our company reduced costs to obtain profit,” Wang admitted. He also knelt down to show his regret, saying he is ready to face justice.

Rep of faulty metro cables supplier bows in apology in NW China

The scandal has dealt a heavy blow to the company’s reputation and stoked concerns that the safety of other projects might have been jeopardized during the company’s quest to increase its bottom line.

The firm had previously publicized on its official website that “(We) have established a long-term stable partnership with Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing and other major cities’ subway and rail transport companies.”

However, in the wake of the incident, Chengdu Railway Group announced it is suspending the supply and installation of the company’s cables in its construction projects, and promised to conduct a comprehensive test of its cables.

 

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