Continental is increasing its activities in the rail transport sector and has become a member of the Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE). “Railways, both local and mainline tracks, will also be responsible for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why the rail transport sector is a strategically important industry for us, in which we see major growth opportunities for our innovations and technologies. Our membership offers us a platform to help shape the rail industry of the future,” declared Hans-Jürgen Duensing, who is responsible for the ContiTech division on the Continental Executive Board. Continental has been involved for many years in research projects aimed at making rail transport safer, more comfortable and quieter.
UNIFE has been the official body representing the European railway industry in Brussels since 1992 and brings together 14 national railway industry associations from European countries. The more than 100 members of UNIFE include both market leaders in the rail vehicle industry and many small and medium-sized companies.
Vibration control technology to reduce noise
Whether in the bogies of carriages and locomotives, in the air-conditioning and heating systems, or in the interior trim materials, Continental develops technologies for the rail industry that are robust and durable and offer maximum safety, thanks to compliance with, for example, the European fire protection standard EN 45545. The air springs specialist already offers systems that use various technologies to help further lower the noise level on busy rail lines, thereby reducing the impact for those living nearby. Tests on trial sections of line demonstrate that sound levels are cut by 2.5 to 3 dB, which corresponds approximately to halving the noise perceived previously. A low level of noise nuisance as a result of rail transport is the declared goal of track operators, rail vehicle manufacturers and governments.