by Josephine Cordero Sapién
05 Mar 2021
Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler, who holds the contract to supply Berlin’s new metro cars, has chosen Knorr-Bremse to deliver the braking, entrance and HVAC systems for the new trains.
The contract, which is currently for 606 cars. However, the framework agreement with Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) includes additional options so that the total number of cars to be equipped could rise to 1,500. As part of its contract with Stadler, Knorr-Bremse will also supply replacement parts and deliver digital maintenance services for 32 years.
Knorr-Bremse says this order is worth in the low three-digit millions of euros and is its largest multi-system order to date in its collaboration with Stadler. Knorr-Bremse will start delivering on this contract from the last quarter of this year and complete the order by the end of 2026.
“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.”
This is the first time Knorr-Bremse will be supplying entrance and HVAC systems for metro cars from Stadler Deutschland. The entrance systems will be equipped with advanced obstacle detection and LED lighting to make it easier to board and alight quickly, safely and accessibly.
In addition to supplying replacement parts and deliver the obsolescence management for Knorr-Breme’s scope of supply for 32 years, should the framework options be exercised, Knorr-Bremse would supply its solutions for up to 894 additional cars between 2026 and 2031.
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