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Delignit AG and Hitachi Rail Erope announce their cooperation in the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) for Great Britain
- 122 trains to be provided with a Delignit system floor solution
- Order volume in the mid-million euro range
- Replacements for intercity express trains in Great Britain
Delignit AG (ISIN DE000A0MZ4B0) - leading manufacturer of ecological, hardwood-based products and system solutions - is to fit out 122 intercity express trains of Japanese rail manufacturer Hitachi with its innovative Delignit system floor solution. The new trains will be deployed on high-speed rail routes in Great Britain. The total order for Delignit AG spread out over the next few years is valued at a mid-million euro figure. The first three pre-series trains will go into operation in 2015. The Delignit system floor solution based on beechwood meets the high technical requirements for public transportation in high speed trains and - aside from its exceptional strength - provides additional weight advantages in compliance with the requirements for fire protection and sound insulation. The Hitachi contract clearly attests to the technological strength of the Delignit solution and equally to its ecological benefits. Over the past few years, Delignit AG has consistently extended its product range in the company's fast growing rail sector.
The new Hitachi Rail Europe trains for the Intercity Express Programme will be deployed on the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines in Great Britain. The two routes connecting London with Bristol and London with Edinburgh rank as the most important ones in Great Britain. Over the next few years, the intention is to replace the almost 40 year-old intercity trains now in service. The new trains can be both electric and diesel-operated and will reach travelling speeds of 200 km/h. Passengers will not only enjoy faster connections but also improved furnishings and comfort in the new trains. The first three trains of a total of 122 (equalling 866 carriages) will be manufactured in Japan. Serial production will then take place in a new Hitachi plant in Great Britain.
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