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Alstom Knorr-Bremse Technologies in Coradia Max Trains

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Alstom has commissioned Knorr-Bremse to supply state-of the-art braking, entrance and sanitary systems for another 42 high-performance  electric multiple units based on the Coradia Max platform. The train manufacturer has  also optioned system solutions for 55 more trains. The four-car trains, all from the  Coradia Max family, are destined for regional rail services in Schleswig-Holstein.  Knorr-Bremse will start to supply the project with system solutions in early 2025;  deliveries will run to the end of 2027. 

Dr. Nicolas Lange, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG with global  responsibility for the Rail division, comments: “As systems partner, we aim to support our  customers over the long term as they seek to build attractive rail mobility. With this order,  raised as part of a wide-ranging platform partnership between Alstom and Knorr-Bremse,  we’ll be supplying various technologies for enhancing train safety, efficiency and passenger  comfort, and assisting Alstom’s project implementation team with our proven systems  expertise. Our relationship with Alstom has developed on a basis of mutual trust over many  years – and this platform partnership in particular is a very good example of our close  collaboration.” 

Platform partner for electropneumatic braking systems 

To upgrade its regional train fleet and improve transportation capacity, Schleswig-Holstein’s  local public transit association (NAH.SH) has ordered 42 Coradia Max trainsets from Alstom.  Knorr-Bremse has been commissioned to supply braking, entrance and sanitary systems for  the new trains. Under a framework agreement concluded in 2021, whenever rail operators  raise call-off orders for Alstom’s Coradia Max trains, Knorr-Bremse acts as a key supplier of  systems for the versatile, high-performance train family. 

The latest multi-system order covers electropneumatic braking systems, oil-free  PistonSupply Eco compressors, highly configurable FlexControl Modular brake control  systems, SysControl brake electronics, and SandGrip sanding systems. Knorr-Bremse  subsidiary IFE is supplying 672 weight-optimized, maintenance-friendly entrance systems, 

plus an equal number of flexibly extendable sliding steps that will make it easier for  passengers with reduced mobility, strollers or heavy luggage to board and alight from the  trains. Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Evac is contributing to passenger comfort by supplying  SanSys sanitary systems (three units per trainset). Among other benefits, the sustainable  sanitary system features lower water consumption and uses recyclable materials such as  aluminum instead of fiberglass honeycomb in its wall panels.

About Coradia Max multiple units 

For Knorr-Bremse, this is another major order over systems destined for Coradia Max low floor rains placed under the company’s framework agreement with Alstom, based on which  Knorr-Bremse is already equipping multiple Coradia Max projects in several European  countries. The four-car electric multiple units (EMUs) consist of two double-decker and two  single-decker railcars. With up to 390 seats, the trains do indeed have a high passenger  capacity, and the single-decker cars are optimized for barrier-free accessibility. Starting at  the end of 2027, the new rail vehicles will be deployed on busy routes across Schleswig Holstein’s central and southwestern rail network connecting the federal state’s towns and  cities – and, in the near future, Tinglev in Denmark – with Hamburg. 

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