China’s CRRC signs deal with Knorr-Bremse for metro rail systems

15 December 2020 (Last Updated December 15th, 2020 15:20)

Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC has signed an agreement with Knorr-Bremse to procure key metro rail systems for two lines in Beijing.

China’s CRRC signs deal with Knorr-Bremse for metro rail systems
Knorr-Bremse and Chinese train producer CRRC have concluded a major order for braking, entrance and HVAC systems. Credit: DuKai photographer / Getty.

Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC has signed an agreement with Knorr-Bremse to procure key metro rail systems for two lines in Beijing.

As agreed, Knorr-Bremse will deliver braking and entrance systems for Beijing’s new metro line 17, as well as HVAC systems for the city’s line 19.

Overall, Knorr-Bremse subsidiary IFE will deliver EP 2002 brake controls, external sliding door systems with the SmartSlide noise-reducing feature for 68 trainsets destined for line 17.

MERAK, Knorr-Bremse’s global brand for integrated climate control solutions, will supply pressure-sealed HVAC systems line 19’s ten trainsets.

These systems will be delivered to CRRC subsidiaries Changchun Railway Vehicles and Sifang in Qingdao.

According to Knorr-Bremse, the contract values in the ‘mid-double-digit million-euro range’.

Knorr-Bremse executive board member Dr Jürgen Wilder said: “Knorr-Bremse is geared towards providing future-driven solutions for public transit in order to meet the global megatrends of urbanisation and mobility.

“Concluding our largest ever multi-system order in Chinese metro history is a tremendous success for Knorr-Bremse, and it enables us to further strengthen our foothold in the Chinese rail market.”

Knorr-Bremse Asia Pacific board of directors member Dr Jonathan Paddison said: “Public transportation is essential for the functioning of megacities, and it shapes how millions of people move around urban areas every day.

“Therefore, we are all the more pleased to contribute to better mobility by rail, help increase transport capacities and improve passenger comfort for the people of Beijing.”

With a length of 49.7km, the fully automatic line 17 is scheduled to commence services in 2022.

Marking the first subway project in Beijing, line 19 is also fully automatic and slated to enter service next year.