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On course for further growth: Knorr-Bremse acquires two suppliers to the rail transport industry

  31.01.2014    

Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH, Munich has acquired Trans-technik GmbH & Co. KG, based in Holzkirchen, Bavaria, and PCS Power Converter Solutions GmbH, Berlin. With the addition of these two specialists in auxiliary power converters Knorr-Bremse’s product portfolio now includes electrical systems that play a pivotal role in supplying on-board power to modern rail vehicles.
Knorr-Bremse will in future be able to offer customized on-board power supply solutions to its rail vehicle customers. The acquisition of Transtechnik and PCS Power Converter Solu-tions enables Knorr-Bremse to combine the two companies’ expertise in auxiliary power converters of different output categories and using various technologies. The specific local presence of each of the companies will also be strengthened by Knorr-Bremse’s extensive international sales, production and service network. Knorr-Bremse customers will benefit from a greater range of services both in the OE market and the aftermarket.
Auxiliary power converters supply the power required by operators of rail vehicles for a range of installations from air conditioning units to on-board bistro equipment. As the num-ber of different power users on trains is increasing in line with requirements for greater com-fort and safety, the market for auxiliary power converters has considerable growth potential world-wide.
Transtechnik GmbH, with a workforce of over 250 and PCS Power Converter Solutions GmbH with some 220 employees develop and manufacture various types of on-board power converters for commuter and mainline trains, as well as electrical energy supply systems, pre-mounted assemblies and electrical equipment. Both companies enjoy a world-wide reputation and complement each other perfectly. The takeovers are subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.


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