Knorr-Bremse will equip 15 of Siemens Mobility’s Velaro high-speed electric multiple units (EMUs) with braking and entry systems between 2023 and 2026. The trains will run between Alexandria and other major Egyptian hubs, carrying millions of passengers each year at speeds of up to 230 km/h. The orders were placed with Knorr-Bremse in the first and second quarters of 2022. Knorr-Bremse has been a long-standing supplier of systems for the Velaro platform and this is the latest contract between the two companies.
“We’re delighted to have been awarded this contract, which will allow us to install our technologies in a whole series of new Velaro high-speed trains on behalf of our partner Siemens Mobility. As a systems specialist, this will mean we can contribute to the further development of safe, available, eco-friendly mobility for the people of Egypt,” commented Dr. Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division.
The new braking system as a whole will provide safe and highly efficient braking performance in Egypt's challenging hot and dusty desert climate. The contract will include all bogie equipment, axle-mounted and wheel brake calipers, steel discs, and sintered pads, as well as brake control systems with integrated smart braking computers. Compressed air will be supplied by enclosed PistonSupply Eco compressors.
In addition, Knorr-Bremse will supply reliable and pressure-tight doors for Velaro trains, including boarding aids, through the Group’s global IFE brand. The doors will improve passenger safety when getting on and off the trains and contribute to reliable railway connections. Similarly, Knorr-Bremse will equip Siemens Mobility's 34 high-capacity Desiro regional trains with a total of 136 extremely reliable toilet systems, including a new type of bidet function. The new systems, supplied by the Evac brand, are intended to improve passenger comfort while simultaneously improving train availability.