Knorr-Bremse in South Africa

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, marketing and servicing of state-of-the-art braking systems. Other lines of business in the rail vehicle systems sector include automatic, electro-pneumatic or electric door systems, air conditioning systems, control components and windscreen wiper systems, as well as platform screen doors. In the commercial vehicle systems sector, the product range includes complete braking systems with driver assistance systems, as well as torsional vibration dampers and powertrain-related solutions such as the Pneumatic Booster System (PBS) and transmission control system for enhanced energy efficiency and fuel economy.

The Knorr-Bremse subsidiary in South Africa was opened in 1969 as a sales office and expanded in 1973 to include local manufacturing for the domestic market. It has been successful in supplying brake systems for all types of rolling stock, including both vacuum and air systems.

Today the KBSA factory is a state-of-the-art equipped manufacturing plant situated in Spartan, Kempton Park. It has been successfully transformed into an export driven operation and the DB60 freight wagon valve is currently its primary export. As one of only two factories around the world to manufacture this AAR approved valve, the South African product is now equipped on rolling stock on 6 continents. The factory also produces valves and spares for all Spoornet braking requirements.

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