Wabtec Corporation has launched the construction works for a 20,000-sqm, green factory in Bochum for developing and manufacturing brakes, as well as maintaining brakes and couplers for transit vehicles. The facility is being built by the investor and project developer Panattoni Europe.
The construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter 2020, when 34,000 m2 site will have a production area of 9,200 m2, a storage area of 5,100 m2 and 5,600 m2 of office space.
The environmentally-friendly facility will include a green roof on the administration building, make use of geothermal heating, intelligent light control, photovoltaics, offering loading stations for e-cars and -bikes, thus reducing its ecological footprint.
The new site will be part of the new 70 ha centre of knowledge for industry and technology.
“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,” Lilian Leroux, President of Wabtec’s Transit segment, said.