KNORR-BREMSE Systeme für Schienenfahrzeuge has secured orders worth over €40m to supply braking equipment for metro cars in Guangzhou and Beijing.

In February the München-based firm was awarded a contract worth over €20m to supply brake equipment for the rolling stock being built for Guangzhou Metro Lines 4 and 5. This will include EP2002 modular brake controls. The company has also been awarded a contract covering stock being built for extensions to Lines 1 and 2, so that all 750 cars operated by Guangzhou Metro will be equipped with Knorr-Bremse brakes.

On March 1, Knorr-Bremse Chairman Heinz Hermann Thiele signed a contract with Hitachi to supply complete braking systems for Beijing Metro Line 5. By 2006 a total of 192 Beijing Metro cars will be fitted with brakes manufactured by Knorr-Bremse, which began supplying the city in 2003.

In order to provide local support, Knorr-Bremse has set up a sales office in Beijing. Many of the parts for the Chinese market will be produced at a plant in Suzhou, 120 km northwest of Shanghai, which opened earlier this year. By the end of 2005 the factory will have a workforce of around 200, with expansion to 500 planned.

Knorr-Bremse is also involved in China’s main line market, and under a contract signed on February 26 it is to supply Dalian Loco with bogie equipment, air supplies and CCBII locomotive control systems for 60 locomotives.

Knorr-Bremse, Germany

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