13.09.2018 12:30

DAKO-CZ implemented an exclusive cooperation agreement with WESTCODE UK on service in the United Kingdom

DAKO-CZ has implemented an agreement with Westcode UK for service of DAKO-CZ products in the United Kingdom.

  • DAKO-CZ to focus on service of transit brakes in the United Kingdom
  • Westcode UK to become original equipment service partner in the United Kingdom

DAKO-CZ has implemented an agreement with Westcode UK for service of DAKO-CZ products in the United Kingdom.

The investment in the United Kingdom is for DAKO-CZ a further step in the globalisation in the rail vehicle systems, especially in the area of subsystems.

It reflects DAKO-CZ increased focus transit brakes subsystems and related services.

The agreement between DAKO-CZ and Westcode UK will give DAKO-CZ the ability and access to the experience of Westcode Uk in the United Kingdom. Westcode the 1991 spinn-off of Westinghouse Brakes Chippenham has a long experience working with transit authorithies in the United Kingdom. Via this strategic move DAKO-CZ secures full access to this experience.

We are continuing to focus on our core competencies as a key supplier for the railway industry – offering subsystems and components and related services for Airbrakes. DAKO-CZ is therefore carrying out a strategic realignment and has decided to invest in service units says Thomas Feser, Executive Board Member of DAKO-CZ and responsible for the Transit Rail Vehicle Systems unit.

Dagmar Matusova CEO and Chairman of DAKO-CZ continues: Our vision on the global Airbrakes – Industry let us further integrate on sub-system level with our key partners. With Siemens, Germany and Stadler rail, Switzerland we implement new interfaces on the brakes-systems. This allows us together with our partners to go the next step of integration with significant advantages for all stakeholders, especially the final customers.

The train operators benefit from lighter and more reliable brake solutions. This trend is comparable to the trend in the automotive industry coming with the electric powered cars. The possibilities of all electric drives significantly impacts the braking technology.

Mr Edward Widdowson, Chairman and owner of Westcode UK, a leading company in service and repair of transit brakes and other rail products that, commented. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a strong team, and together with DAKO-CZ, Westcode will be able to explore the brake-system market for original equipment, and service the installed fleet of DAKO-CZ in the United Kingdom of more than 700 cars.

ABOUT DAKO-CZ, a.s. - DAKO-CZ is the leading manufacturer of pneumatic, electromechanical and hydraulic brake systems for rolling stock with a tradition dating back more than 200 year. The firm, which has a planned annual turnover of around 40 million euro, 70 % of which is made up of contracts abroad, is based in Třemošnice in eastern Bohemia. Its majority shareholder is the CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP. Its other shareholder is Tatravagónka a.s. Poprad, the biggest manufacturer of freight wagons and bogies in Europe.

DAKO-CZ supplies brake systems and components for freight and passenger vehicles, suburban units, locomotives, metro cars and trams. Rolling stock with DAKO brakes can be seen not only in Europe, but also in China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Algeria, where the company collaborates with global rolling stock manufacturers and rail transport operators.

The company has its own development, a modern testing laboratory and a design and construction centre.

ABOUT WESTCODE - Westcode established by Westinghouse Brakes in 1973 Approved supplier to all major UK and US Rail Companies, Over 100,000 sq. ft. ISO Manufacturing Facilities in the US and UK, Committed to delivering quality products and services including Brakes, Door and Air Supply Systems.

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