Knorr-Bremse and LB Foster cooperating on wheel flange lubrication systems
“LB Foster has delivered wheel flange lubrication solutions for decades and enjoys a market leading position in North American and Asian markets,” said Mark Cleobury, Member of the Management Board at Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems. “With our close-knit sales network we are well positioned to boost market penetration in the Central European markets and South Africa.” And as John Kasel, Senior Vice President Rail Business at LB Foster, explained: “The partnership with Knorr Bremse leaves us even better placed to meet the needs of our customers and access markets that we expect to deliver substantial growth.” In the past, LB Foster relied mainly on decentralized distribution of its wheel flange lubrication systems in Central Europe and South Africa through local dealers.
The new partnership is already proving successful in a large-scale project: The two companies are currently engaged in equipping 240 TRAXX locomotives being built by Bombardier Transportation for South African railroad operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) with wheel flange lubrication systems and solid sticks. Knorr-Bremse is involved in the development and supply of the braking systems for this project. Wheel flange lubrication systems are standard equipment on modern rail vehicles. Mounted on the wheel flange and flange back, the lubrication sticks minimize wear at these points. As a result, these systems extend the rail grinding intervals and prolong the service life of the wheels. The supply and distribution agreement means that Knorr-Bremse is now in a position to complement its existing product portfolio with tried-and-tested wheel flange lubrication systems, along with the associated solid sticks and services, while LB Foster can now target the German-speaking markets as well as Poland and South Africa more accurately.
Knorr-Bremse is the leading manufacturer of braking systems and supplier of additional sub-systems for rail and commercial vehicles, with sales totaling approximately EUR 5.5 billion in 2016. In 30 countries, some 25,000 employees develop, manufacture, and service braking, entrance, control, and energy supply systems, HVAC and driver assistance systems, as well as steering systems, and powertrain and transmission control solutions. As a technology leader, through its products the company has been making a decisive contribution to greater safety by road and rail since 1905. Every day, more than one billion people around the world put their trust in systems made by Knorr-Bremse.