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Polyurethane solution for new UK Intercity Express Programme rolling stock

Posted on 12 September 2014

Buers, Austria — Getzner Werkstoffe will supply rail vehicle manufacturer Hitachi with its polyurethane floating floors for the UK’s Intercity Express Programme.Getzner has agreed to design and supply Sylomer FR elastic strips in a deal worth around EUR1m ($1.2m), the company said in a press release in September.

The vibration-protection solution provider will equip all trains manufactured for the programme with vibration-isolating floating floors until 2018, in one of the largest projects of its kind in the company’s history.

Getzner project manager Lukas Tschann said: “We won the contract due to the exceptional performance of our materials, our extensive experience in equipping rail vehicles and because our solution was the most cost-effective. Other significant factors were our international references in this sector and the external assessments that demonstrated the high level of effectiveness and exceptional long-time behaviour of our materials.”

The floating floors will be made from the company’s registered Sylomer FR material and feature in Hitachi Class 800 series trains for the East Coast Main Line and Great Western Main Line trains.

According to Getzner, its 2013 output for technical PU materials was almost 8kT.