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Hitachi Rail Commissions Knorr-Bremse to Equip 46 New Metros for Multiple Lines

Hitachi Rail Commissions Knorr-Bremse to Equip 46 New Metros for Multiple Lines
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15 / 02 / 2023

Knorr-Bremse has secured a substantial order to equip multiple systems for a new generation of metro trains in Italy, manufactured by Hitachi Rail.

The project, which includes the world's first use of Knorr-Bremse's new couplers for passenger trains, is set to see the first trains become operational in 2024. Dr. J├╝rgen Wilder, a member of Knorr-Bremse's Executive Board responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division, expressed his enthusiasm for partnering with Hitachi Rail and supplying their innovative technologies.

The company will provide equipment for a total of 46 metro trains, each made up of six railcars, to be deployed on Milan's M1, M2, and M3 lines. Delivery of the systems is scheduled to commence in Q4 2023 and continue through Q1 2026. The order comprises pneumatic braking systems with FlexControl Modular brake control units and door systems from IFE, a leading brand for train entrance systems under Knorr-Bremse.

This contract marks Knorr-Bremse's successful entry into the global market for coupling systems. The company has been developing a wide array of modular couplers for different passenger train types since 2019, such as AutoLink center buffer couplers and ShortLink semi-permanent couplers. These robust and durable systems are designed to ensure safe and reliable automated coupling operations. Additionally, Knorr-Bremse is working on a Digital Automatic Coupler (DAC, FreightLink) for freight trains, with plans to become a top supplier of automated system solutions for the rail freight industry by 2026.

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