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German high-speed trains will ride on Ukrainian wheels

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Interpipe became the first manufacturer in the post-Soviet space to become a certified supplier of railway wheels for Deutsche Bahn.

German high-speed trains will ride on Ukrainian wheels

The Ukrainian industrial company Interpipe has carried out the first delivery of passenger railway wheels for high-speed trains of the national German railway operator, Deutsche Bahn.

INTERPIPE has been cooperating with Deutsche Bahn for a long time and managed to establish itself as a reliable partner. Moreover, the company is one of the leaders in the European market in the segment of railway wheels for freight cars. According to the company, two out of three freight wagons in Europe already run with Ukrainian wheels. In addition, Interpipe has already supplied wheeled products for commuter passenger transport.

Passenger railway wheels for high-speed trains are a high-precision complex product. To reduce the load on the rails from friction with the wheels, strict requirements are imposed on their plasticity indicators, as well as to the strength characteristics and design in terms of geometric parameters: they must have holes in the disc and a final bore of the hub.

Interpipe R&D specialists have successfully coped with the task, having developed the entire production technology - from design of the structure and chemical composition to the finished wheel.

Thus, Interpipe became the first manufacturer in the post-Soviet space to enter the Champions League - the European market for passenger wheels for high-speed trains - and become a certified supplier of such a product for Deutsche Bahn.

Alexander Garkavy, director of the railway products division, Interpipe:

- This is a very important order and a great opportunity to be included in the list of suppliers for high-speed passenger transport. In the European market, very stringent requirements are imposed on such products, and, as a rule, carriage building and car repair companies prefer already proven suppliers. The successful completion of this order for Deutsche Bahn opens up new perspectives for the Interpipe railway division.

About the company:

Interpipe is a Ukrainian industrial company, manufacturer of seamless pipes and railway wheels. The company's products are supplied to more than 80 countries around the world through a network of sales offices located in the key markets of the CIS, the Middle East, North America and Europe. In 2019, Interpipe sold 798 thousand tons of finished products, including 203 thousand tons of railway products. Railway products are sold under the KLW brand.

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