Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement
MUNICH/BEIJING – Knorr-Bremse and Chinese train producer CRRC have sealed a major order for braking and entrance systems for Beijing’s new metro line 17, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) for line 19.
In total, Knorr-Bremse will deliver systems in the mid double-digit million-euro range for 78 trainsets with a combined 624 cars to CRRC subsidiaries Changchun Railway Vehicles and Sifang in Qingdao
In addition, Knorr-Bremse Suzhou’s RailServices unit is to modernize a train of the city of Shenyang’s metro line 2, and Knorr-Bremse’s MERAK-Jinxin HVAC joint venture has received overhaul certification for CRH5G high-speed trains.
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Knorr-Bremse, a global market leader for braking and other systems for rail and commercial vehicles, has won its largest ever multi-system order for Chinese metro.
“Knorr-Bremse is geared towards providing future-driven solutions for public transit in order to meet the global megatrends of urbanization and mobility,” says Dr. Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. “Concluding our largest ever multi-system order in Chinese metro history is a tremendous success for Knorr-Bremse, and it enables us to further strengthen our foothold in the Chinese rail market.”
The contract between Knorr-Bremse and CRRC includes the supply of braking systems featuring EP 2002 brake controls, external sliding door systems with the noise-reducing feature SmartSlide from Knorr-Bremse subsidiary IFE, the global market leader for entrance systems for rail vehicles, and pressure-sealed HVAC systems from MERAK, Knorr-Bremse’s global brand for integrated climate control solutions.
Knorr-Bremse will equip 68 trainsets (544 cars) with braking and entrance systems for line 17, and 10 trainsets (80 cars) with HVAC systems for line 19, amounting to 78 trainsets with a combined total of 624 cars.
The operator Beijing MTR is a joint venture between Beijing Capital Group, MTR Beijing Line 4 Investment Co., Ltd. and Beijing Infrastructure Facilities Investment Co., Ltd.
Mobility for megacities: Knorr-Bremse system solutions onboard Beijing’s metro
Serving an average daily ridership of 10.35 million people (2019) and with passenger numbers expected to rise over the coming years, Beijing has one of the world’s busiest metro systems. With multiple new lines planned or under construction, its system length of approximately 699 km is set to grow to around 1,000 km.
With a length of 49.7 km and top speeds of 100 km/h, the new line 17 is scheduled to start service in 2022. Fully automatic and designed as a rail transit line, it will run through central Beijing and serve large parts of the city’s downtown residents and workforce.
By winning Beijing line 17, Knorr-Bremse’s braking systems will now be present in Beijing’s subway fleet on a large scale. In addition, it will be the first time that IFE delivers door systems for the Beijing subway market.