Alstom relies on Knorr-Bremse technologies in Coradia Max trains

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Alstom has commissioned Knorr-Bremse to equip an additional 42 Coradia Max regional trains with advanced braking, entrance, and sanitary systems, with an option for systems on 55 more trains. This marks another significant order under Knorr-Bremse’s platform partnership with Alstom, enhancing regional rail traffic by improving safety, sustainability, and passenger comfort. The order value for Knorr-Bremse falls in the lower to mid double-digit million-euro range.

Key Highlights

  • Knorr-Bremse will supply systems for 42 high-performance electric multiple units based on the Coradia Max platform.
  • Alstom has also optioned system solutions for 55 more trains.
  • The trains are intended for regional rail services in Schleswig-Holstein, with deliveries starting in early 2025 and continuing until the end of 2027.

Dr. Nicolas Lange, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG with global responsibility for the Rail division, comments: “As systems partner, we aim to support our customers over the long term as they seek to build attractive rail mobility. With this order, raised as part of a wide-ranging platform partnership between Alstom and Knorr-Bremse, we’ll be supplying various technologies for enhancing train safety, efficiency and passenger comfort, and assisting Alstom’s project implementation team with our proven systems expertise. Our relationship with Alstom has developed on a basis of mutual trust over many years – and this platform partnership in particular is a very good example of our close collaboration.”

Platform Partner for Electropneumatic Braking Systems

To upgrade its regional train fleet and improve transportation capacity, Schleswig-Holstein’s local public transit association (NAH.SH) has ordered 42 Coradia Max trainsets from Alstom. Knorr-Bremse will provide braking, entrance, and sanitary systems for the new trains under a framework agreement concluded in 2021. This agreement positions Knorr-Bremse as a key supplier for Alstom’s versatile, high-performance train family.

The latest multi-system order includes:

  • Electropneumatic braking systems
  • Oil-free PistonSupply Eco compressors
  • Highly configurable FlexControl Modular brake control systems
  • SysControl brake electronics
  • SandGrip sanding systems

Knorr-Bremse subsidiary IFE is supplying 672 weight-optimized, maintenance-friendly entrance systems, along with flexibly extendable sliding steps, facilitating easier boarding for passengers with reduced mobility, strollers, or heavy luggage. Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Evac is contributing to passenger comfort with SanSys sanitary systems, which feature lower water consumption and use recyclable materials.

About Coradia Max Multiple Units

For Knorr-Bremse, this order is another major step under its framework agreement with Alstom, based on which Knorr-Bremse is already equipping multiple Coradia Max projects across Europe. The four-car electric multiple units (EMUs) consist of two double-decker and two single-decker railcars, offering up to 390 seats and optimized for barrier-free accessibility. Starting at the end of 2027, these new rail vehicles will operate on busy routes in Schleswig-Holstein and connect with Hamburg and, in the near future, Tinglev in Denmark.

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