Knorr-Bremse says the integrated development of rail braking systems and brake pads will lead to greater rates of deceleration, lower noise emissions and reduced life cycle costs. It says customers and the environment will benefit from greater innovations, and in future will manufacture these systems at its own production site.

In 2016, Knorr-Bremse acquired the rail vehicle operations of brake pad specialist TMD Friction, as well as all the outstanding shares in the Icer Rail joint venture. In 2008, Knorr-Bremse had already acquired Anchor Brake Shoe Company, a North American manufacturer of brake shoes for locomotives and freight cars.

“By acquiring this rail friction product know-how and integrating it into our production operations, we are rounding out our expertise in friction materials and further strengthening our overall market position,” says Mr Klaus Deller, Knorr-Bremse board chairman, who is responsible for the rail vehicle systems division.