Hyundai Rotem tram impression

INTERNATIONAL: Knorr-Bremse has signed a framework agreement to supply Hyundai Rotem with subsystems for more than 200 light rail vehicles in 2023-28.

Valued in the ‘mid-double-digit million-euros’ range, the agreement announced on August 8 covers ‘field-proven and robust’ electro-hydraulic braking systems including sanding equipment and magnetic track brakes, as well as ‘reliable, weight-optimised, low-maintenance’ door systems from Knorr-Bremse’s IFE subsidiary and ‘scalable, energy-efficient’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning from Merak.

Knorr-Bremse Asia Pacific director Dr Jonathan Paddison said this would combine a standardised portfolio of subsystems, but with the flexibility to adapt to specific customer and local requirements for multiple rail markets around the world.

Hyundai Rotem tram design concept

The deal builds on previous co-operation between HRC and Knorr-Bremse in the tram market, and includes options to extend the contract.

‘South Korea, with its reputation as an innovation hub and trendsetter in modern transportation, is a highly relevant market for Knorr-Bremse’, said Dr Jürgen Wilder, Knorr-Bremse Executive Board member responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. ‘Apart from the purely technical advantages, this framework agreement provides opportunities for further synergies that will benefit both companies in the long term.’