Knorr-Bremse is expanding its production capacity in India for the rail vehicle sectors. In the course of this week, the Group has opened one new production facility in Palwal, as well as a new Development Center to be shared by its division. In the presence of numerous customers and business partners as well as prominent representatives of Knorr-Bremse the grand opening ceremony for a newly built Rail Vehicle Systems was officially opened on November 15th in Palwal. To reinforce the Group's research and development activities, a state-of-the-art Development Center has been appended to the new production plant in Palwal.
These investments in India totaling around Ã¢â€šÂ¬26 million are part of a far-reaching program of capital expenditure by the Knorr-Bremse Group designed to modernize its global development and production network in India. To safeguard the Group's future and expand its capacity, in a four-year period between 2011 and 2014, Knorr-Bremse is investing over Ã¢â€šÂ¬250 million in leading-edge plant & equipment and buildings in growth markets around the world.
The new plant is located in Palwal, 30 kilometers south of the former site in Faridabad, and offers around 74,000 mÃ‚Â² of production and office space. Here, some 500 employees manufacture brake control systems, bogie equipment, compressors and air dryers for rail vehicles primarily for the Indian market and in close collaboration with certified regional suppliers.
Along with state-of-the-art production technologies, optimized plant logistics and an improved working environment for the employees, the new facility also presents an ecological focus. The design of the building conforms to green building standards, with energy-efficient air conditioning and high levels of insulation helping reduce its carbon footprint.