Knorr-Bremse equips 10,000th Chinese metro car

Posted: 7 July 2011 | Knorr-Bremse AG | No comments yet

Knorr-Bremse has further underpinned its strong position in the Chinese market…

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Knorr-Bremse has further underpinned its strong position in the Chinese market. The order to equip 240 cars for Metro Line 1 in Kunming, the capital of the Chinese province of Yunnan, ensures that Knorr-Bremse will soon be supplying the braking system for its 10,000th metro car in China.

“Today, everyday life in the rapidly expanding cities and metropolises of Asia would be unthinkable without their metro systems providing efficient transportation,” commented Dr Dieter Wilhelm, Executive Board member of Knorr-Bremse AG responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. “Before long, more than 10,000 metro cars with our braking systems will be in use in China, 7,000 of them in the three major conurbations of Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou alone.”

Knorr-Bremse has maintained close contacts with China since the late 1970s and considers the Chinese market very important. Its first major project in China came in 1990 and concerned the supply of braking systems for the Shanghai Metro. Since then, Knorr-Bremse has been able to establish a leading position for itself in the growing Chinese market and build on that position continuously. Apart from the major conurbations, Knorr-Bremse systems are also in service in numerous other metro networks in Chinese cities including Shenzhen, Nanjing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Suzhou, Dalian and Xi’an.

Through the manufacture and supply of braking, door and HVAC systems, as well as platform screen doors, for many years now Knorr-Bremse has been playing a substantial part in creating a reliable transportation infrastructure across China. “Given the planned expansion of the local mass transit networks in over 30 Chinese cities, we are anticipating further orders in the metro sector in the medium term,” said Dr. Wilhelm, looking to the future with optimism.

The Knorr-Bremse Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles. For more than 100 years now the company has pioneered the development, production, marketing and servicing of state-of-the-art braking systems. Other lines of business in the rail vehicle systems sector include automatic, electro-pneumatic or electric door systems, air conditioning systems, control components and windscreen wiper systems, as well as platform screen doors. In the commercial vehicle systems sector, the product range includes complete braking systems with driver assistance systems, as well as torsional vibration dampers, powertrain-related solutions and transmission control systems for enhanced energy efficiency and fuel economy.

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