Knorr-Bremse makes history; produces over 3 million exhaust valve systems

The GT Emissions Systems, part of the Knorr-Bremse Group-owned GT Group, has created a milestone by producing more than three million exhaust valve systems around the world. The County Durham-based operation would dispatch over 500,000 Engine Air valves from its Peterlee headquarters in 2018.
GT Emissions Systems manufactures exhaust gas control systems for on- and off-highway vehicles, construction equipment and industrial & marine applications, for global OEMs at its North-East manufacturing site. These systems positively contribute to diesel engine manufacturers’ emission strategies and are compliant with the latest international emission targets Euro 6, Tier 4 and pPNLT (Japanese emission standard).

Knorr-Bremse is the leading manufacturer of braking systems and supplier of additional sub-systems for rail and commercial vehicles, with sales totalling over EUR 6 billion in 2017.

GT Emissions Systems’ integration into the global Knorr-Bremse Group happened following its acquisition in 2016. It is providing validation, development and testing for other valve systems, developed by Knorr-Bremse divisions, for its customers in a variety of countries including the United States, South America, Russia, China, Japan and India.

Keith Bendelow, Managing Director of GT Group and Vice President of the Center of Competence for Engine Air products, said: “The support of Knorr-Bremse has bolstered activity at GT Emissions Systems helping to significantly increase production, and position us as a global centre of excellence in the field of engine air management.”

“Emission reduction continues to be a key consideration for the transport industry. It is essential for OEMs, that the supply chain partners, like GT Emissions Systems, continually develop innovative solutions that minimise the environmental impact of industrial and off-highway vehicles, in line with evolving legislation. Reaching the milestone of having more than three million valves operating in the field is a significant achievement for the business and testament to the
ingenuity and dedication of GT Group’s skilled workforce,” said Thorsten Seehars, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems.

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