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Brand new: pultrusion profiles for the railways in accordance with EN 45545-2:2013

As an exclusive sales partner of Ernst Kühne Kunststoffwerk, the KREMPEL-GROUP offers certified pultrusion profiles for railway applications in accordance with EN 45545-2:2013. The latest additions to the well-established WACOSIT® range of profiles aroused a great deal of interest at Innotrans 2014, the international trade fair for transport technology. Up until now, only a few manufacturers have offered pultruded profiles that meet the European fire safety requirements for materials and components for railway vehicles.

"As a combination of national standards, the current EN 45545-2 standard contains much of our experience in the implementation of fire safety requirements", confirms Dietmar Kühne, Managing Director of Ernst Kühne Kunststoffwerke GmbH & Co. KG. As a pioneer of the pultrusion process, the southern German company has been developing customer-specific plastic profiles since 1967. For eight years it has been producing profiles for railway applications in accordance with the standards of various countries (DIN 5510-2, BS 6853, NF 16-101). With its latest railway profiles, the pultrusion specialist is also now successfully implementing the fire safety requirements in all production stages (processing, primed, assembly) in accordance with EN 45545-2:2013. For example, a base profile for use in internal areas meets the R22 and R23 sets of requirements for hazard level 2 railway vehicles; a roof panel used in external areas also meets the R1, R6 and R7 sets of requirements for hazard level 2.

As an exclusive sales partner of Ernst Kühne Kunststoffwerk, the composite specialists at KREMPEL have been providing customer-orientated support with the implementation of pultrusion profiles for more than 40 years. "We know the potential and limits of a wide range of fibre composite materials from our own production. We incorporate this know-how in close cooperation with our customers", explains Tobias Bässler, Sales Manager of the Composites business division; "For example, we provide material parameters for calculations in accordance with the finite element method". The KREMPEL-GROUP started operating at the end of the 1960's with the production of fibre composite materials and today its products are used in a wide variety of industries worldwide, including in aerospace. "We can produce customer-specific prepregs, panels and components made of carbon or glass-fibre reinforced plastics for various applications", explains Ralph Reiser, Applications Engineer in the Composites business division. "We have already implemented the important properties for the railway sector, such as reduced weight and resistance to corrosion, with many composite products".