The 606 new metro cars being built by Stadler for the Berlin U-Bahn (underground) will be fitted with braking, entrance and climate control (HVAC) systems from Knorr-Bremse.
This is the largest multi-system order that Knorr-Bremse has received from the Swiss rail vehicle manufacturer to date and is the first for its entrance and HVAC systems in the metro sector.
Deliveries for the initial order are due to commence at the end of 2021, with the final shipments to be made by the end of 2026.
Dr Jürgen Wilder, the Knorr-Bremse director responsible for its Rail Vehicle Systems division, commented: “In terms of both its size and its relevance, this order represents a huge success for our company and is the largest and longest-term order Knorr-Bremse has received from Stadler to date.
“Building on the longstanding collaboration between BVG, Stadler and Knorr-Bremse, we are delighted to help make this far-sighted investment in the new generation of Berlin Metro vehicles a reality.
“With a view to local value added, and as a sign of our long-term commitment to the city where the metro cars will operate, our Berlin plant will also be playing a major part in the production and servicing of the equipment.”
The previous generation of vehicles on the Berlin Metro – the Series IK fleet, which entered service in 2015 – already operates successfully with brake equipment from Knorr-Bremse. For the new Series J and JK vehicles, Knorr-Bremse is to supply its best-selling brake control system, originally known as the EP2002 but now given a new family name of Cube Control. With over 100,000 units installed worldwide, this mechatronic brake control system will now see service in Germany for the first time, giving Stadler and BVG technology that is both extremely well tried and tested and also right up to date.
As part of the contract, and for the first time ever, Knorr-Bremse will be supplying entrance and HVAC (heating/ventilation/air-conditioning) systems for metro cars from Stadler Deutschland. The door systems will be supplied by Knorr-Bremse’s IFE subsidiary, based Kematen/Ybbs, Austria.
Dr Peter Radina, director of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems, explained: “For our group brand IFE alone, the global market leader for rail vehicle entrance systems, this is one of the biggest orders in the company’s history.
“Together with Merak, our group subsidiary for integrated climate control solutions, our technologies offer the fleet operator maximum reliability, comfort and energy efficiency throughout the entire product life cycle.”
In addition to supplying the braking, ventilation and entry systems, Knorr-Bremse is to supply replacement parts and handle obsolescence management for its entire scope of supply for 32 years, ensuring that the systems supplied remain operational for the full term of the agreement.