With the rapid development of China's rail transit industry, the application of new technologies in the field of rail transit has become urgent under the strategic direction of improving the position of manufacturing industry in the global industrial chain.
Lightweight has always been an extremely important subject in the application of new technologies for rail vehicles, which has a very obvious effect on reducing energy consumption, improving braking performance and reducing the cost of the whole operation cycle. Among them, the lightweight brake disc has great potential.
The brake discs of rail vehicles can be divided into cast iron,cast aluminum and cast steel, which are suitable for vehicles with different speeds from subway, intercity and high-speed railway. The potential of weight reduction from structural optimization is extremely limited. More lightweight may come from the application of new materials.
In August 2018, Managing Director/Board Member of KB RVS China Mr. Joseph Han visited Hunan Shixin New Materials Co. Ltd.Professor Xiao, Chairman of Hunan Shixin New Materials Co. Ltd, as a leading figure in the held of carbon ceramic new material research in China, is actively promoting the application of carbon ceramic new material in the field of rail transit vehicle braking disc, relying on the scientific research strength of Central South University and taking Shixin as a platform. The two sides discussed the application prospect of brake discs and the possibility of cooperation.
From 2018 to 2020, in the past two years, KBSZ and Shixin have kept in-depth exchanges from design to procurement from the initial pure technical exchange to the cooperation negotiation of potential projects, the two sides were closer and closer to the formal cooperation, and decided to sign a negotiation agreement in May this year.
Due to covid-19 pandemic, KBAP/CN RVS Board Dr Paddison and Director Purchasing Rail AP Mr. Schmidt-Eckert can not go to Changsha in person,Mr.Han led a team to negotiate with Shixin on May 15. Professor Xiao led their senior management,team to meet KB in front of the new office building.
Although they have not seen for two years, still enthusiastic.Professor Xiao introduced the progress of Shixin's application in new carbon ceramic materials during the past two years,which im pressed Mr. Han on the achievements made by Shixin in the field of railway vehicle brake disc, military industry and aerospace. Mr Han introduced the changes of KB in the past two years, including the IPO of the company.the establishment of KBCN, and the continuous improvement of KB to better serve the global rail transit industry.
Regarding the application of this new material, both sides intended to cooperate and get a win-win result.
This meeting is very crucial although KBSZ and Shixin have been exchanged the cooperation agreement for nearly half a year. Mr Han and Professor Xiao had a full and in-depth discussion and exchanged different opinions.
Where there is question mark, Mr Han communicated with legal department and procurement department by phone call. Professor Xiao and major shareholders exchanged views on the spot.
Finally, four contracts with the official seals of Shixin and the signature of Professor Xiao were handed over to KBSZ. The cooperation between us officially began.
With 100 years history of KB, 30 years in Chinese market,relying on the experienced team worldwide, KB will not be absent in the application of new technologies in rail transit industry through cooperation with local high-tech enterprises, and will continue to play an important role in China's rail transit industry.