Germany’s Knorr-Bremse opens A$38.5m plant in Australia

18 Dec 2013

Heavy vehicle brakes manufacturer Knorr-Bremse has opened an expansive, state-of-the-art facility in Australia on the back of robust revenue growth across the state of New South Wales (NSW) and elsewhere across the country.  

“I have been delighted to watch the progress and growth in Australia over the past 13 years, culminating in this new state-of-the-art facility with which we can meet the needs of our customers even more effectively,” said Dr Dieter Wilhelm, Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems Director.

Knorr-Bremse said it has invested about €25 million (A$38.5 million) in the facility, which combines its business and production activities in Australia for rail and commercial vehicle brake components, IFE-Tebel intelligent doors, and specialised Sigma air-conditioning systems.

Its operations expanded following Knorr-Bremse’s merger with Sigma in 2010, one factor which led the German company to build a new facility in Australia.

The plant, in the western Sydney suburb of Granville, consolidates four facilities across NSW. It covers 16,000 square metres of office and production space and employs about 240 people.

The site includes a warehouse that stocks more than 23,000 line items to enable swift delivery to the range of rail and commercial vehicles that use Knorr-Bremse systems.

Knorr-Bremse is investing more than €250 million (A$385 million) in the four years to 2014 in modernising its plant and equipment in growth markets around the world, including Australia where it began operating more than a decade ago.

The Knorr-Bremse Group manufactures braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles. The company, headquartered in Munich, develops, produces, markets and services state-of-the-art braking systems. In the rail vehicle systems sector, the product portfolio also includes intelligent door systems, HVAC systems, control components, and windscreen wiper systems, as well as platform screen doors and driver advisory systems.