This year, HÜBNER will be arriving in Berlin for "InnoTrans 2018" – the leading international exhibition for transport – with great news to share. As the global market leader for gangway systems, the company has been awarded one of the most prestigious orders in the worldwide railway industry. HÜBNER will be equipping the next generation of New York City subway trains with gangway systems.
Starting in 2020, the family-owned company based in Kassel, Germany, will begin delivering more than 1,000 of these systems. The gangway system for the New York City subway is therefore one of the central exhibition elements at HÜBNER's booth at this year's InnoTrans. The company will be presenting itself at InnoTrans under the motto "Making mobility happen" with some 200 square meters of exhibition space. The 12th InnoTrans will take place from
18 - 21 September 2018 at the Berlin ExpoCenter City.
"We are proud to have won this very important order for the New York City subway system. This will be the first time that modern gangways are being used in subway trains in the largest transport system of the USA," explains HÜBNER General Manager Helge Förster, who is responsible for HÜBNER's Mobility business unit.
In the course of a longer process, the company succeeded in convincing the management of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to make use of the gangway system concept. "With the possibility of moving from one car to the next, not only is the comfort level of passengers increased but their safety and the subjective feelings of security are also improved – particularly in a big city environment. Furthermore, and this is the most important aspect, more passengers can be transported," commented Förster.
In addition to HÜBNER's demonstrated technical know-how and many years of experience in the gangway systems field, the company was also able to score points in the tender process through its capacity to produce corresponding amounts of the products directly on-site in the USA. The final production for the order will take place principally in the USA at the HÜBNER plant in South Carolina.
The company is expecting further orders in North America following the successful tender for the New York City Subway. "It was important for us to position ourselves this way in the American market," remarked the HÜBNER General Manager. The company sees additional growth possibilities in the U.S. market, particularly with the so-called front-end gangways which are directly attached to the driver's cab and are typical for American regional trains. This construction makes it possible to combine cars and extend train length as required.
As a global supplier of comprehensive systems for the transportation industry as well as for general industry, life sciences and scientific research, the HÜBNER Group focuses on three market areas: Mobility offers products and solutions for buses, railway vehicles and airport technology as well as transportation concepts for the future. Material Solutions provides a wide range of products and solutions featuring elastomers, silicone, polyurethane and coated textiles. Photonics supplies products featuring lasers, terahertz technology and high-frequency technology.