WESTINGHOUSE Rail Systems Ltd has been restructured to reflect ’the quite different needs of main line and mass transit customers’, who will now be served by distinct commercial divisions.

The two customer-facing profit centres will be supported by resources operating across both, including research and development. An export team has been created to target Scandinavia and China, where the company hopes to expand.

Strong brakes

KNORR-BREMSE reported strong growth for 2004, with sales rising 10% to €2bn. Most growth was in commercial vehicles, but rail also expanded, especially in the Americas and Asia.

North American sales of brakes for railway and commercial vehicles were up 17% to $686m, and South American sales were up 39% to €61m. Asia-Pacific remained at €153m, with major rail orders from China balanced by reduced road orders in Japan. n