Wabtec to open new factory for new rail brakes

Wabtec set to open new factory
Credit: Wabtec

Wabtec has announced that work has begun on a brand new factory to develop and manufacture brakes and couplings for transit vehicles.

The new facility in Bochum, Germany, will be a DGNB Gold-certified property, as a sign of its sustainable and innovative design.

The new 34,000 m2 factory will be completed in the third quarter of 2020.

The new site will have a production area of 9,200 m2, a storage area of 5,100 m2 and 5,600 m2 of office space at Sophie-Opel-Straße 5, 44894 Bochum.

Panattoni Europe is building the facility. There will be a green roof on the administration building, geothermal heating and loading stations for e-cars and bikes.

What did the officials say?

Lilian Leroux, President of Wabtec’s Transit segment, said:

“This new building represents a major investment into Wabtec’s capabilities and expertise to deliver green, business-critical products and services for our customers. It will be an environmentally-friendly facility focused on producing a variety of transit braking solutions, including segmented and conventional disc applications and brake control systems for customers around the world,”

“We are excited to break ground on this new facility and leverage our deep history in Germany to bring breakthrough technologies to the industries we serve,” said Dr. Christopher Antes, President Transit Brakes & Safety. “This new facility will provide the space we need to deliver the highest standards of productivity and quality, as well as a future-oriented working environment for our employees. It also is centrally located near Bochum’s universities and rich engineering talent pool.”

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  1. Wabtec also maintains the BREL rolling stocks such as Class 158 and Class 159 Sprinters. Class 317, Class 318, Class 319, Class 320, Class 321, Class 321 Renatus and Class 322 and Class 455 and Class 456. And Class 365, Class 465 and Class 466 Networkers. And Royal Mail Class 325. And other older British built trains built in the 1970’s, 1980’s and Class 1990’s.


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