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KNORR-BREMSE ESPAÑA, S.A.  (Knorr-Bremse Group)

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Postal address Miguel Faraday, 1 Parque Empresarial “La Carpetania”
E-28906 Getafe. Madrid. Spain
Company data
Management team

Chairman and CEO: Gustavo González. General Manager-BRAKES Division: Gustavo González. MERAK General Manager (emphasis Sales, RailServices, and Quality): Fernando Hazeu. MERAK General Manager (emphasis Engineering, Purchasing, and Production): Arkaitz Oyarbide. Director Sales & Systems-BRAKES Division: José Manuel Fernández. MERAK Director Sales & Projects: Jorge Alonso. Production Manager: Carmelo Mallagaray. RailServices Manager: Juan Carlos López Bravo. Quality, Management Systems & HSE Manager: David Méndez. Human Resources & IT Manager: Alfonso Palomeque. Financial Manager: Augusto Barrionuevo. Doors General Manager (IFE IBÉRICA & WESTINGHOUSE): Francisco José Valverde Aldana.

Main products and services

BRAKES Division: Brakes and Air Production Area: Pneumatic, electropneumatic, electrohydraulic brake systems and electromagnetic rail brake. Compressed air production and treatment systems. Developments and applications based on microprocessors for electrical and pneumatic brake control. Anti-skid equipment controlled by microprocessors. Brake discs made of cast iron, steel and aluminium. Brake cylinders and blocks with conventional brake rigging and compact brake calipers. Valves, reservoirs and hoses for pneumatic equipment. Friction materials for rail vehicles. Selling of Spare Parts and Kits. Repair Services. Technical Assistance, Maintenance. Modernization and Updates of Product. // Doors Systems Area: Access doors, steps, ramps and interior doors. Sales of Spare Parts and Kits. Repair Services. Technical Assistance, Maintenance.  Product Modernization and Overhaul. // Platform doors. // On Board Area: Telematics systems, communication technologies, dampers, video surveillance, passenger information systems, windscreen wipers, power converters, electromechanical & electronic components for railway systems, power electronics and signalling devices.

MERAK: Design, production, installation and maintenance of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for all types of rail vehicles. Sales of spare parts and kits. Repair services, technical assistance, modernization and product updates.

Activity Brake equipment; doors; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; other systems, and on board products for railway applications.

Activities by year

Activities in 2019: BRAKES Division: Design and manufacture of brake equipment for High Speed trains (e.g. FLYTOGET, Mecca Medina, Talgo Renfe F070, Transpennine/First Group 200 kph for UK), Regional trains CIVITY for NS in Holland and several operators in United Kingdom, EMUs for Toluca, Mexico, passenger towed trains for Kazakhstan, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, Locomotives for Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia and Bolivia, , Underground Railways Projects in the world (e.g. Santiago de Chile, Istanbul, Mexico, Santo Domingo, Lima, Barcelona, Helsinki, Brussels), and Trams (e.g. Budapest, Luxemburg, Utrecht, Karlsruhe, Oslo, Alicante …). Brakes modernization projects (Chile, Spain). Technical assistance services, corrective and preventive maintenance. Customer training // Access Doors Area: Commercialization and project management (Amsterdam Tram, Metro Brussels, DMUs and EMUs Northern, Tram Luxemburgo, Utrecht Tram, Tranpennine PC coaches (United Kingdom), High Speed Renfe, Tram Budapest Enlargement,  DMU West Midland, Tram de Lijn, Tram Mauritius, Metro Naples, Tram Vitoria Enlargement, Emus Auckland Enlargement, Tram Fribourg Enlargement, Metro Barcelona Enlargement, Urbos Lund, Refurbishment Metro Lisbon 95/97/99,  Refurbishment Metro de Madrid s/7000, etc.). Technical assistance services, corrective and preventive maintenance. Customer training. // Internal Doors Area: Commercialization and project management.

MERAK: Design, manufacturing, and service of HVAC systems for all types of railway applications: High Speed (e.g. complete series TGV, Talgo Renfe F070, RGV, NTV, Velaro Russia), Metros (e.g. Barcelona, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Lima, Milan, Montreal, Santo Domingo, Sanying, Thessaloniki), Regional/Commuter trains (e.g. France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Senegal, UK), and LRV (Freiburg, Lusail). Modernization of trains in service (France, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United States).


Innovations in 2019:

BRAKES Division: New air production modules, with intelligent control allowing to minimize energy consumption, noise emission, weight and size of the equipment due to the possibility of varying the rotation speed in an intelligent way. iCom monitoring systems providing the capability to know, in real time, the status of different equipment of a fleet of vehicles and to define a maintenance based on the condition. New design of the axle disc for freight wagons, 60 mm thinner and 45 kg lighter than the traditional one. ESRA Evolution electronics based on the tested ESRA brake control system and incorporating new microcontrollers; this system increases the integration interfaces and allows the SW to be quickly and easily updated. New MGS3 anti-skid electronic system, which minimizes brake distances when the adherence is very low. // Doors Systems Area: Development of SNAKE doors system for sliding doors with optimized dimensions of mechanism for challenging gauges. Development for sliding doors with improved tightness.

MERAK: Merak is leader in the market for railway climate control systems, including their migration to refrigerants with low GWP (Global Warming Potential) with alternative and natural refrigerants.

Furthermore, modular solutions have been developed which allow adaptation of a design to different climatic zones and the possibility of responding to different requirements like adaptation to High Speed, integration of air extraction systems, etc. The resulting systems guarantee maximum comfort and reduce energy consumption by between 10% and 30%.

Areas All over the world.

Certifications Certification of Management Systems: Quality Management Systems ISO 9001:2015 and IRIS-ISO/TS 22163:2017 Environment ISO 14001:2015, Occupational Risks Prevention OHSAS ISO 18001:2007. Energy Management Systems ISO 50001:2011.
Certification of processes: Bonding according to DIN 6701-2 standard, Welding according to EN 15085-2; RAMS according to DIN EN 50126-1:2017/50126-2:2017 and maintenance functions according Regulation 445/2011 .

Turnover (2019): 166 million Euros
No. of employees (2019): 555
Activities Air conditioning equipment, Brakes, Maintenance, Others, Telecommunication.
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