Oslo, Norway, March 16 - Adtranz, the international railway group, today presented seven new modular product platforms for local, urban, regional and intercity transport to the international media. The presentations were made during the Adtranz Railway Conference '98 in Oslo, Norway.
According to Joachim Gaissert, member of the Adtranz Group executive board and chairman of the conference, Adtranz developed these platforms by focusing on standardised and modular systems and components to achieve the highest degree of universality possible. The investment volume for all seven platforms totaled about 200 million ECU.
The seven new product platforms were developed over the last 18 months, building on the electrical and mechanical engineering expertise of the railway group's shareholders, ABB and Daimler-Benz. Says Mr Gaissert: "The platform strategy was developed within the automobile and aircraft industry years ago. By transferring this know-how and experience, we are now introducing these concepts to the rail industry."
According to Mr Gaissert, who has worldwide responsibility for Manufacturing & Technology within Adtranz, all of the new platforms were developed for the first time through a stringent process and against target prices that reduced costs in some areas by 30 per cent. Adtranz design and engineering experts put particular emphasis on customer benefits, passenger appeal, innovative design and interface management.
"The decisive buying criteria of our customers are quality, delivery times and price," Mr Gaissert said. "Meeting these demands requires totally new and innovative development and engineering methods within the railway industry. The new market-driven approach taken with these modular product platforms is our answer to the operators' requests, bridging the gap between standardisation and modularisation."
In the future, the international railway group will offer between 60 and 80 per cent proven, pretested standardised and modular systems and components in new train platforms. By simultaneously offering a wide range of different exterior designs like front-ends, as well as new appealing alternative interior designs, Adtranz offers the customers products which easily can be adapted to local needs. The new platforms will supplement the existing Adtranz product portfolio.
The new modular product platforms are offered with high standards, a large variety of pre-designed options and with clear interfaces and pre-determined prices. They allow the customer to choose from a comprehensive "catalogue" of features that fit specific local market requirements, such as gauge widths, electrical and signaling systems, etc.
"We at Adtranz are committed to supporting our customers' success at making rail an attractive travel choice. That is why we have made this strategic investment in the future of rail. The new products offer the latest proven state-of-the-art technology, as well as advanced design, benefiting our rail clients and passengers alike. The railway market is showing a steady growth of 5 to 8 per cent annually. With this new product portfolio, we intend to participate in this growth and increase our market share," Mr Gaissert said. Adtranz currently holds a 13 per cent share of the world railway manufacturing market.
The international railway group Adtranz (ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation) is the world's most complete provider of railway systems. The group is a 50/50 joint venture of ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd. of Zurich, Switzerland, and Daimler-Benz AG of Stuttgart, Germany. The Group's product portfolio ranges from electric and diesel locomotives and ICE and X2000 high-speed trains to intercity and regional trains, trams and underground trains, People Movers, signal and traffic control systems, fixed installations and infrastructure, as well as servicing and maintenance. The group has 25,000 employees.
Further information and publication-ready photographs are available at Adtranz's Web site, at http://www.adtranz.com
The New Adtranz Modular Product Platforms
For local transport at airports and in urban areas, Adtranz presents its next generation of People Movers. Under the brand name Innovia, the group displayed in Oslo a new automated guided transport system whose innovative design was developed by the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design in Irvine, California.
For urban transport requirements Adtranz introduces two new product platforms: a light-rail vehicle called Incentro and a metro under the brand name Movia. Incentro is a 100% low-floor tram featuring a totally modular design. Movia metro trains are developed for enhanced operations on conventional routes or dedicated lines.
The Adtranz product platform for regional operation comes under the brand name Itino and operates at speed ranges of 120 to 160 kilometers per hour. It is offered in a diesel-propelled version for low-density transport and an electrical one for high-density lines.
Short travel times and a top speed of 160 to 250 kilometers per hour are the main features of Adtranz' new intercity product platform, Crusaris. At the conference, the group presented the new Oslo Airport Express Train connecting the Norwegian capital with its new airport, in which Adtranz has already incorporated the primary features of the Crusaris platform.
The new electric locomotive family called Octeon was developed to serve customers in need of fast, efficient and reliable transport across international borders. Octeon is able to operate on different gauge widths and electrical and security systems, all major requirements for upcoming trans-European passenger and freight transportation systems.
In the diesel locomotive market, Adtranz offers powerful propulsion with its new Blue Tiger family, a product jointly developed by Adtranz and General Electric Transportation Systems (GETS) of the United States.