Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement
MUNICH — Knorr-Bremse has been awarded a major supply contract by Siemens Mobility. Starting in Q4 2023 and extending to Q1 2026, Knorr-Bremse will be equipping 15 high-speed Velaro Egypt electric multiple units (EMUs) with braking systems and entrance systems.
The order includes an option for the equipment of another 26 trainsets.
In addition, Knorr-Bremse’s Evac brand will supply sanitary systems for 34 Desiro High Capacity regional passenger trains built by Siemens Mobility for the Egyptian market, including an option for another 60 sanitary systems.
“In recent years, Egypt has emerged as an ambitious, dynamic market for rail travel and transportation. The country has been investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure and railroads for some time, in the urban, regional and high-speed sectors,” explainED Dr. Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. “We’re delighted to have been awarded this contract, which will allow us to install our technologies in a whole series of new Velaro high-speed trains on behalf of our partner Siemens Mobility. As a systems specialist, this will mean we can contribute to the further development of safe, available, eco-friendly mobility for the people of Egypt.”
Knorr-Bremse will equip the 15 trainsets with braking and entrance systems between 2023 and 2026. The trains will run between Alexandria and other major Egyptian hubs, carrying millions of passengers each year at speeds of up to 230 km/h (155 mph).
The orders were placed with Knorr-Bremse in the first and second quarters of 2022. The braking systems will include all bogie equipment, axle-mounted and wheel brake calipers, steel discs and sintered pads, as well as brake control systems with integrated smart braking computers. Compressed air will be supplied by enclosed PistonSupply Eco compressors. The braking system as a whole will deliver safe, highly efficient braking performance in Egypt’s hot, dusty and consequently rather challenging desert climate.
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