Knorr-Bremse designs and manufactures state-of-the-art rail system solutions for a wide variety of rail vehicle and station platform applications including systems for trams, monorails, metro trains, freight trains, commuter trains, high speed trains, training facilities and metro station platforms.
Within the extensive Knorr-Bremse systems portfolio are a range of high-performance, quality systems including; complete braking systems for all train and tram types, train driver advisory and training simulator systems, train door systems, level crossing systems, train heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and platform screen systems.
Innovation in rail systems
Knorr-Bremse is committed to driving innovation to create rail products and systems which deliver real benefits to train builders and operators. In 2012 alone, Knorr-Bremse invested over 250 Million Euros in research and development.
Focus is increasingly on energy saving and environmental care as well as the reduction of life-cycle costs. These efforts and investment have already resulted in, for example, the development of high-energy brake discs that reduce weight, distributed brake control systems for optimised brake performance across the whole train, the environmentally friendly oil-free compressor, which negates the need to dispose of oil and oil-contaminated filters and the LEADER driver assistant system, which reduces train energy usage and emissions whilse helping to maintain better operational headways.
Global and local capability
With over 19,000 employees located in 29 locations covering every continent of the world, Knorr-Bremse is committed and able to supply and support customers locally. Through this global network customers can access not only the entire extensive product and systems range and support available from their local Knorr-Bremse facility but also the knowledge, advice, expertise and support of the entire global Knorr-Bremse Rail Group.
RailServices service and support for customers
Support for all Knorr-Bremse systems, whether on board or off board is provided through the dedicated Knorr-Bremse RailServices organisation. Through RailServices, customers can access a structured but flexible range of support and services; from original parts to upgrades, to training, major overhauls and even ‘whole life’ shared risk maintenance contracts.
RailServices staff are always happy to work with customers and advise on the latest technology and developments from Knorr-Bremse, which can enhance performance and reduce lifecycle costs. This support is all designed to keep trains running safely, efficiently and in revenue earning service.
The Knorr-Bremse Group
With over 100 years of heritage the Knorr-Bremse Group today remains at the forefront of safety, performance and reliability. The Group also remains committed to offering train builders, operators and rail user’s products and systems which deliver real benefits.
The drive for innovation continues within the Knorr-Bremse Group with a focus today on the environment and lifecycle cost reduction. Quality and safety remain at the core of Knorr-Bremse Rail Group activities and it is estimated that around the globe every day over one billion travellers rely on Knorr-Bremse systems for their safety.
The companies and brands of the Knorr-Bremse Rail Group
Within the Knorr-Bremse Group member companies, still today, design, develop and manufacture advanced rail systems under their individual world famous brands for Knorr-Bremse Rail Group distribution.
These companies use specialist skills, resources, knowledge and experience to develop best in class systems, including train door systems from IFE, HVAC systems from Merak and Sigma, brake resistors, contactors and disconnectors from Microelettrica Scientifica, driver simulators from Sydac, platform screen systems from Westinghouse Platform Screen Doors and level crossing and signalling systems from Zelisko.
Knorr-Bremse in the UK
In the UK Knorr-Bremse operates from two state-of- the-art facilities, the Knorr-Bremse UK headquarters at Melksham, Wiltshire and the specialist Knorr-Bremse HVAC facility at Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire. From these facilities all Knorr-Bremse Rail Group systems, services and support are available to customer in the UK and Ireland.
The former Railcare facilities at Wolverton near Milton Keynes and at Springburn near Glasgow, operated by Knorr-Bremse RailServices, are now fully operational and able to offer the capacity and capability to deliver full service solutions to rail customers.
Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Limited has acquired the rail vehicle component and overhaul business of Railcare. The acquisition sees the UK Company of the global Knorr-Bremse Group taking over the Railcare operational sites at both Springburn in Glasgow and at Wolverton near Milton Keynes.
Hitachi Rail Europe has signed a contract with Knorr-Bremse, which will see Knorr-Bremse supplying the braking system for the new Hitachi Class 800 series trains destined for UK operations. The signing took place at the Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK (KBRS) facility at Melksham in Wiltshire at a ceremony which was attended by senior representatives of Hitachi Rail Europe and the entire workforce of KBRS.
The Go-Ahead Group has awarded Knorr-Bremse two contracts to fit a state-of-the-art driver advisory system on the diesel train fleets at London Midland and Southern. The LEADER Driver Advisory System (DAS) will be installed on 23 Class 170 DMUs and 27 Class 172 DMU trains operated by London Midland, and 16 Class 171 DMU trains operated by Southern. In all, 132 LEADER cab sets are being supplied.
Melksham based Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) is celebrating after being announced as the winners of the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award at the 2011 Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Awards. The award ceremony took place at the 2011 Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Awards held at an imp
In September 2010 Knorr-Bremse Asia Pacific, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group acquired the Australian HVAC systems specialists Sigma Coachair Group. The move forms part of the long term strategic drive to expand the Group's position in a number of areas through targeted acquisition. S
The 19 October 2009 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Georg Knorr. Knorr was one of the world's pioneers in the field of railway brakes. Without his inventions - which enabled the safe deceleration of trains that became faster and heavier as time went by - the new era that the railways
Thursday, 8 October saw a visit to Wiltshire-based Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) by a delegation from the Liberal Democrat party including their leader, Nick Clegg, and their deputy leader and shadow chancellor, Vince Cable. The party toured the impressive facilities of Knorr-Brems
Following the announcement of the honour in April of this year, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, yesterday officially presented Knorr-Bremse with the Queen's Award for enterprise in the innovation category for the company's development of the EP2002 Distributed Brake Control system for trains.
Despite the massive slump in the commercial vehicle markets and falling global demand for freight cars and locomotives, in 2009 Knorr-Bremse has charted a safe course through the crisis. This was confirmed by the latest ratings published by Moody's and Standard & Poor's: Moody's aw
Knorr-Bremse is to supply braking systems for the trains and platform screen doors for the stations on the new metro in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Worth almost €40 million, the contract includes the biggest ever single order for platform screen doors in the history of Knorr-Bremse's subsidiary Wes
In the 2008 fiscal year, the Knorr-Bremse Group reported a 4% increase in sales, which totaled €3.38 billion (2007 figure: €3.25 billion). After adjustment for foreign exchange effects, this equates to operating growth of 6%. The rise in sales, which was achieved despite a turbulent mar
New York Air Brake Corporation, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group based in Watertown, NY, has acquired Anchor Brake Shoe Company, a leading North American manufacturer of locomotive and freight car brake shoes. “Anchor is a good strategic fit for New York Air Brake,” said J Paul Morg
At the InnoTrans 2008 exhibition in Berlin, Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems presented its EP1001 wheel flat protection system for freight cars. EP1001 is a robust, low-cost and low-maintenance system, designed to cope with the harsh operating environment in the rail freight sector. In contrast
At the InnoTrans exhibition in Berlin, Hübner announced the sale, with effect from January 1, 2009, of its rail vehicle door division to Knorr-Bremse's IFE automatic door systems division. Managing partner Reinhard Hübner expressed his confidence that in Knorr-Bremse the comp
Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems will be attending InnoTrans 2008, the world's biggest international trade fair for rail vehicle technology, which takes place from 23-26 September, 2008 in Berlin (hall 1.2, stand 202). The company will be presenting an extensive portfolio of innovative solutions
Knorr-Bremse has concluded a long-term framework agreement ("Long Term Supply Agreement") for braking systems with Bombardier Transportation, the world's largest manufacturer of rail transport technology. The agreement was signed on the 7th of July in the Berlin representative offices of Knorr
In the presence of their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, Knorr-Bremse officially opened its new plant in Getafe near Madrid on June 25. Knorr-Bremse has merged the existing activities of its braking and door systems subsidiary Frenos and its air-conditioning subsidiary Merak
The French rail vehicle manufacturer Alstom Transport has concluded an extensive long term framework agreement with Knorr-Bremse for the development and supply of braking systems. The leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail vehicles world-wide can, as a preferred supplier, in
The Knorr-Bremse Group once again sustained the pattern of growth of previous years in fiscal 2007, attaining new record levels of sales, net income and incoming orders. Consolidated sales were up 4.2% at EUR 3.251 billion (2006: EUR 3.121 billion) – adjusted for exchange rate fluctua
During fiscal 2007 the Knorr-Bremse Group continued to grow, with the company posting record results. Sales rose by 4.1% to €3.25 billion (2006: €3.12). Adjusted for currency effects, the group's operational growth amounted to 6.6%. Significant growth in Europe, South America
Knorr-Bremse demonstrates effectiveness in field test With the help of elaborate derailment tests Knorr-Bremse, the world's leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, has demonstrated the effectiveness and operational reliability of a new generation