EGYPT: Knorr-Bremse is supplying pneumatic braking systems for the 1 300 coaches which TMH International is building for Egyptian National Railways.
The first of the 140 km/h coaches of various types, which were ordered in September 2018, are scheduled to enter regular service in Q3 2020.
The brake contract valued in the ‘mid-double-digit million-euro range’ involves Knorr-Bremse sites in München, Moscow, Budapest and Mödling, with deliveries to TMH International scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.
‘This project is extremely important to us on two counts’, said Dr Jürgen Wilder, Knorr-Bremse executive board member responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division, on April 16. ‘Firstly, it is Knorr-Bremse’s largest ever individual equipment order in Egypt. And secondly, it is our first joint original equipment project in Egypt with our partner TMH International. Along with our global production network, one of the key reasons we were awarded the contract is our established successful presence in Egypt’s growing rail transportation market.’
The hot and dusty desert climate poses particular challenges, and Knorr-Bremse is supplying brake calipers with a special paint finish designed to protect them in the tough environment.
Transmashholding CEO Kirill Lipa said the coach contract was a multi-country project involving Egypt, Russia and Hungary, as well as South Africa and the global supply chains of companies such as Knorr-Bremse.