CRRC awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply complete braking systems for 26 trains of Chengdu metro, a fleet comprising a total of 288 railcars. Knorr-Bremse says that the order value is in the lower double-digit million-euro range.
“China is one of Knorr-Bremse’s core markets. With our strong local presence in research, development, production and customer services, we’re able to meet the most demanding localization requirements – as we’ve already shown in a large number of Chinese metro projects over several decades,” Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG said.
Knorr-Bremse is tasked with supplying complete electropneumatic braking systems, including brake control systems for the fleet by mid-2024.
Knorr-Bremse will manufacture most of the components at its large R&D and production facility in Suzhou. In addition, the company is ensuring that the project and customer relations are efficiently managed at local level. For the technology leader, the order represents a special opportunity in the Chinese marketplace, as Knorr-Bremse will be supplying yet another project with braking technologies for metro trains that reach top speeds of up to 140 km/h.
The metro trains will operate on the Line 13 which is currently under construction. The line serves Tianfu International airport, which was opened in 2021.
In November 2019 construction was launched for the 29 km Line 13 and in January 2023 all 15 stations have been constructed. In March 2023, the tunnel of the line between Jiuyanqiao and Xinnanmen was completed.
The new Line 13 will provide transport connection between northwest and southeast districts of Chengdu city.
Chengdu metro system acts as a backbone for the city’s local mass transit services. Every day, some 7 million passengers currently use the 13 metro lines in the existing network, which covers an impressive 520 km. Ultimately, Chengdu is planning to expand the metro network to include 36 lines with 1,666 km of track.