Knorr-Bremse to modernize high-speed fleet for Swedish State Railways
Swedish State Railways (SJ AB) has commissioned Knorr-Bremse to modernize its X 2000 high-speed trains
"This modernization of our high-speed trains is our response to customers' increasing expectations regarding the quality of our rolling stock," commented Crister Fritzson, Managing Director and CEO of SJ AB. "We are reacting to growing passenger numbers partly by expanding our seating capacity by 15 per cent - but without making any concessions in terms of internal space and passenger comfort."
Micael Zetterquist, CEO of Swedtrac AB, expressed his pleasure at receiving this order: "These trains are extremely popular with both business travelers and tourists, and we are proud to have been given the task of modernizing them. It is an opportunity to demonstrate our outstanding capabilities, strong customer focus and high quality in the Scandinavian market."
In 2013, Knorr-Bremse, the world's leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, acquired Swedtrac, a specialist in the maintenance and modernization of trains. Global demand for such services is steadily growing, as the requirements made of rail vehicles can vary during their relatively long life cycle due to changed levels of comfort, higher technical specifications, new statutory regulations - and also changes in operators.
SJ AB is Sweden's biggest train operator, with a workforce of around 5,400. The state-owned company carries an average of 100,000 passengers every day from Narvik in the north to Copenhagen/ Denmark in the south.c
Knorr-Bremse is the world's leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, with sales totaling almost €6 billion in 2015. 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 technology and components for powertrain and transmission control.
As a technology leader, for more than 110 years now, through its products the company has been making a decisive contribution to greater safety by road and rail. Every day, more than one billion people around the world put their trust in systems made by Knorr-Bremse.
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