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South Western Railways award Kiepe Electric a contract for traction upgrade and refurbishment

Kiepe Electric UK Ltd has been awarded a contract by First MTR South Western Trains
Limited to carry out traction upgrade and refurbishment works on 18 Class 442 trains
to be operated on the South Western Railway franchise.
The refurbished units will start to enter service from December 2018. The traction upgrade
element will see the existing DC traction equipment replaced with state-of-the-art AC equipment
incorporating IGBT (insulated-gate bipolar transistor) technology from Kiepe Electric
Düsseldorf. This upgrade will increase the reliability and efficiency of the trains by removing
the life expired equipment. In conjunction with the new traction equipment, a new braking
system from Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems will be installed which will improve the environmental
performance of the trains and lower operating costs by enabling regenerative
braking. The refurbishment will include new seats and carpets with at seat power in all classes
and table top charging facilities in 1st Class. The environmental benefits also extend to
the vehicle interiors with the installation of LED lighting. Wifi will be provided throughout and
disabled passengers will be catered for with universal accessible toilets and seating facilities.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract which follows on from other recent
turnkey projects, including retraction projects, delivered in the UK”, said Tim Jenkins, Managing
Director Kiepe Electric UK Ltd. “It is a further testament to Kiepe Electric UK’s skill, capability
and flexible approach in supporting customers to improve their rolling stock through delivering
complex turnkey projects”.
Neil Drury, SWR Engineering Director said: “We are delighted to have appointed Kiepe Electric
to carry out part of our planned £45m refurbishment and overhaul of our incoming Class
442 fleet of trains. Kiepe Electric has a proven track record in this field and we know that they
will produce high quality, as-new trains for our customers which will include fully refurbished
interiors, new information systems and improved performance.”

The “Brighton Belle”

Kiepe Electric UK (KEUK – formerly Vossloh-Kiepe & Transys Projects) are delighted to be working with the 5BEL trust in developing and designing a sanding system for the Class 403/1 “Brighton Belle” Pullman EMU.

The system will apply sand to improve braking and traction performance in times of low adhesion and will fully comply with GM/RT2461. The 5BEL Trust are restoring the historic “Brighton Belle” back into operational condition for passenger-carrying services.

The “Brighton Belle” was the most famous electric train in the world, running each day between London and Brighton between 1933 and 1972. When built, the quality of the accommodation set standards for luxury travel which continue to inspire today.  Each car was individually designed by a different leading British design house. It was – and will be again – the leading icon of the Art Deco period. The 5BEL Trust aim to have this wonderful train running on the mainline for many years so that future generations can enjoy an authentic 1930′s travel experience.




KEUK has a long history of providing sanding solutions into the UK rail market and are becoming increasingly successful in assisting Leasing Companies and Train Operating Companies achieve franchise commitments by installing technical enhancements, refurbishing existing rolling stock and increasing fleet reliability.

Vossloh Kiepe UK has Renamed to Kiepe Electric UK





Following the recent acquisition by Knorr Bremse A.G. we are pleased to inform you that our company name will now be Kiepe Electric UK Ltd.

In addition, our bank account has also been changed details of which will be passed to all concerned shortly. Please update your records accordingly to ensure a smooth transition. Our company documentation will reflect these changes from 1st June 2017.

Previous Company Name:           Vossloh Kiepe UK Ltd

New Company Name:                    Kiepe Electric UK Ltd

Vossloh Kiepe to become Kiepe Electric

Press Release
Munich, 9th May 2017

Vossloh Kiepe to become Kiepe Electric
Knorr-Bremse has initiated the renaming of its new subsidiary: Vossloh Kiepe will in
future be called Kiepe Electric GmbH.
“With the renaming process we are taking the logical next step in the successful development
of our business and the integration of our new subsidiary into our Group structures,”
says Klaus Deller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible
for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. “This acquisition will lead to the expansion of not only
our rail vehicle systems portfolio but our commercial vehicle systems offering as well. Given
the increasing levels of electrification in the commercial vehicle sector, as a systems supplier
for electric buses Kiepe Electric opens up new growth opportunities and potential applications
in this segment. The main advantages for our customers in both the rail and bus
sectors are the technological benefits generated by greater sub-system connectivity.”
Knorr-Bremse and Vossloh signed an agreement governing the acquisition in December
2016. Kiepe Electric is a globally active supplier of electrical equipment. Its customer base
includes the leading rail vehicle and bus manufacturers. The company offers efficient solutions
and ecologically sustainable concepts for low-emission public transportation. Kiepe
Electric specializes in eco-friendly electrical equipment for light rail vehicles, metros, regional
rail networks and electrically powered buses, as well as in the modernization of rail
vehicles. Along with system integration for trolley buses, the company also realizes systems
for other electrically powered buses such as battery-driven and In Motion Charging (IMC®)
buses. With In Motion Charging, trolley buses cover sections of route without overhead
lines in battery-powered mode, with the batteries then being recharged when the vehicle is
back under overhead lines. Kiepe Electric also specializes in rail vehicle modernization. The
company offers its products and services to mass transit authorities, state and private railroad
operators, and their supplier industry.
At the corporate headquarters of Kiepe Electric GmbH in Düsseldorf and at six subsidiaries
around the world, the company employs some 700 people. Annual group sales total approximately
EUR 200 million. Every day, the company’s employees invest their knowledge
in the development, design and manufacture of advanced, high quality products. Kiepe
Electric’s success is based first and foremost on the competitiveness of its products and
services. When new products and processes are developed, special attention is paid to
their ecological impacts and sustainability, with preference being given to eco-friendly, durable
and recyclable products.
Caption 1: The inner workings of a light rail vehicle I © Kiepe Electric GmbH
Caption 2: A view of production operations I © Kiepe Electric GmbH
Caption 3: The new logo of Kiepe Electric GmbH. | © Knorr-Bremse
Knorr-Bremse is the leading manufacturer of braking systems and supplier of additional sub-systems
for rail and commercial vehicles, with sales totaling approximately EUR 5.5 billion in 2016. Some
25,000 employees develop, manufacture, and service braking, entrance, control, and energy supply
systems, HVAC and driver assistance systems, as well as powertrain-related solutions. As a technology
leader, through its products the company has been making a decisive contribution to greater
safety by road and rail since 1905. Every day, more than one billion people around the world put
their trust in systems made by Knorr-Bremse.

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AGA MkIII Refurbishment

Tim Jenkins Managing Director and Dennis Bailey Operations Manager were fortunate enough to attend Norwich train Station on the 16th September 2016 for a photo call with Abellio Greater Anglia, the DFT and the Essex Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the successful completion of the MKIII refurbishment project.

Abellio’s Commercial Director Andrew Camp said “This project is a great success and has been delivered under budget and ahead of time! This is down to the hard work undertaken by Vossloh Kiepe, and this refurbishment program has enabled AGA to significantly increase capacity on the network”.

Tim Jenkins said “It was great to be able to join our colleagues from Crown point who have executed this contract for us and to hear the kind words from Abellio’s Commercial Director Andrew Camp. For me to hear a customer speak this way about our Company is incredibly rewarding and only further confirms that we as a team and individuals can continue to achieve great things.”

Renatus Re-Tractioning Series Roll-Out for 30 off Class 321 EMUs Awarded to Vossloh Kiepe UK by Eversholt Rail

Following the success with the pre-series upgraded traction and auxiliary system with innovative energy-saving Vossloh Kiepe traction equipment on Class 321 EMU No 321 448, Vossloh Kiepe UK is pleased to announce that it has received an order from Eversholt Rail for a further 30 off traction and auxiliary equipment packages for the first batch of mid-life upgraded and re-tractioned Class 321 EMUs.

Eversholt Rail has committed to this investment ahead of the new East Anglia franchise being let with 10 off Class 321 EMUs being delivered into service with Abellio Greater Anglia by October 2016 and the remaining 20 off EMUs being offered for service when the new East Anglia franchise starts.

In 2013, Eversholt Rail and Vossloh Kiepe embarked on the pre-series project to demonstrate modern AC traction on a Class 321 unit. The key objectives were to reduce journey time for passengers, improve reliability and maintainability, and reduce the total cost of operation through a combination of reduced energy consumption and regenerative braking.

The major change to the Class 321 EMUs traction packages includes replacing the current DC traction system with a modern lighter-weight 3-phase AC Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) traction system.

The new AC traction system is contained in a single case and uses the same bogie frame and axle suspension tube mountings as the present DC traction case.   Reliability is improved by the reduction in the number of moving parts and lower maintenance requirements.

Vossloh Kiepe in Düsseldorf will be responsible for the manufacture and delivery of the AC traction equipment including the Main Transformer, the AC Traction Motors, the Traction Converter, the Auxiliary Power Supply Unit and the installation of a modern braking system with improved wheel-slide prevention.  The traction system provides a regenerative braking facility that uses the traction motors as generators when the train is braking.  The electrical energy generated is fed back into the overhead 25 kV traction power supplies and offsets the electrical demands of other trains on the same network.

Vossloh UK based in Birmingham will carry out the Turnkey project that includes engineering design, approvals, installation and testing of the equipment.

The upgraded units, given the programme name Renatus by Eversholt Rail, will follow the work being undertaken by Wabtec in their Doncaster facility to vastly improve the Class 321 EMU passenger environment.

Eversholt Rail is committed to enhancing its existing rolling stock to meet passenger expectations and reduce costs to the UK rail industry with the Class 321 product upgrade matching the quality and performance of a new train.  The contract for the re-tractioning builds on the strong relationship between Eversholt Rail and Vossloh Kiepe, both in the UK and in Germany.

When the contract was announced by Eversholt Rail, Mark Williamson, Managing Director of Vossloh Kiepe UK Limited said; “We are delighted to have secured this contract for new and modern Vossloh Kiepe traction equipment for the Eversholt Rail Class 321 Fleet.  Our clear focus is on ensuring that our newly fitted traction equipment and integrated braking enhancements deliver a highly reliable and greatly improved Class 321 performance level for Eversholt Rail, the train operators and the passengers that use these trains in future years.”