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Wabtec Europe - Friction Group

Becorit GmbH
45659 Recklinghausen

Telephone: +49 (0)2361 666 6
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Company Description

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Wabtec Corporation)
is a leading global provider of products and services for rail and industrial markets. Through its subsidiaries, the company manufactures a range of products for locomotives, freight cars, transit cars and buses. In addition, Wabtec specializes in developing and creating power-related products for industries worldwide. For the convenience of our customers, we offer products and services through our network of offices around the world.

The companies Becorit and CoFren are leading producers of highly superior disc brake pads and composition brake-shoes in Europe. We are providing the full range of products for all worldwide applications in modern railway traffic. That means that virtually all railway companies of note use our products – including companies far beyond the boundaries of Europe. In Addition we are offering friction products for industrial applications such as mining, wind power and cable brakes.

Continuous development of our products has made us to one of the most renowned manufactures of friction materials across the whole of Europe. It has always been our goal to develop technically innovative products which prove themselves to their users through their excellent quality. To meet these demands we are using our extended innovative R&D test centres, which are setting new standards. Their technical possibilities are unique in our industry and allows us to use innovative test methods, simulating all operational profiles encountered by our clients world- wide under conditions close to reality (simulating environmental and climatic conditions, analysis of energy transfer between brake disc and friction material etc.).

POLI design, manufacture and supply complete brake systems for all types of railway vehicles. Through the supply of all components, POLI assume the total responsibility for the braking performance of the complete system. Special attention is focused on safety and reliability of the brake system; each component is designed using long experiences, checked by severe in-service tests and manufactured with the most advanced technologies. With 50-year experience in the railway field and the acknowledged high technical capability, we design and supply reliable systems integrating pneumatics, electronics and mechanics.

In cooperation and common research with Becorit and CoFren performance of the friction couple between pad and disc and life cycle cost of the whole system are under contineous investigation.

Providing this knowledge, add-on-services and innovative products allow us to support our customers in line with their needs and ensure our success in the future. We focus on a clear goal: To satisfy our clients worldwide to the very highest degree.


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