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Knorr-Bremse Manager István Lepsényi awarded Hungarian Order of Merit

  01.09.2009    

The Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse's Hungarian commercial vehicle subsidiary, István Lepsényi, has received the Commander's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
This high honor was presented to Lepsényi at a ceremony in the Dome Hall of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest by President László Sólyom. The award came in recognition of Mr. Lepsényi's “several decades of contribution to the development of the automotive industry and to the formation of a domestic knowledge-based society” in Hungary.
The Hungarian state has thus paid tribute to the prominent role played by István Lepsényi for many years now as a representative of the nation's automobile industry. His activities are focused on strengthening the company's operations in the regional market, extending its research and development activities and setting up competence centers for the domestic automobile industry.
Knorr-Bremse first signed a licensing agreement governing the production of commercial vehicle brakes in Hungary back in 1969. At that time, one of the company's key-account customers was Ikarus, the largest bus builder in the former Eastern Bloc. When Hungary became the first socialist state to put in place the legal framework for joint ventures with western companies, Knorr-Bremse moved quickly to found a joint venture company for the production of commercial vehicle brakes on November 24, 1989. That company has since
become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Knorr-Bremse with two facilities. The first of these is in Kecskemét, 86 kilometers southeast of Budapest, where app. about 750 Knorr-Bremse employees manufacture pneumatic and electronic brake control systems and air treatment system components mostly for the European commercial vehicle industry. This location is the regional sales responsible for Central-Eastern Europe. The other is the Research and Development Center in Budapest, where 150 engineers develop hard and software for
brake systems.
The Rail Vehicle Systems Division of Knorr-Bremse also maintains a presence in Hungary, with a Development Center in Budapest and a new production plant, also in Budapest, scheduled to open in the spring of next year.
The Knorr-Bremse Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles. For more than 100 years now the company has pioneered the development, production and marketing of state-of-the-art braking systems. Other lines of business include automatic door systems and air conditioning systems for rail vehicles, as well as torsional vibration dampers for internal combustion engines. In 2008 the Group
posted sales of €3.38 billion and employed a workforce of approximately 15,000.


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