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SAERTEX Gains Two Awards for Rail Project

27 November 2018

SAERTEX Gains Two Awards for Rail Project

The renovation of the floor panels in 66 trains of Deutsche Bahn’s ICE fleet with fireproof SAERTEX LEO materials has led to two awards for SAERTEX.

On 5 November, SAERTEX was awarded third place in the AVK Innovation Awards' Products/Applications category at the International Composites Congress (ICC) in Stuttgart. In addition, the project won first place in the JEC Asia Innovation Awards' Railway category, which was announced on 15 November at the JEC Asia trade fair in Seoul, Korea.

The SAERTEX LEO composite system meets the HL2 fire protection requirements in R10 in accordance with EN 45545 for use in rail vehicles. The LEO system consists of four components, with SAERfoam as the core material, an NCF layer of fibreglass, special LEO infusion resins and a LEO protection layer as the finish.

SAERTEX LEO meets international fire protection standards in the rail vehicle, shipbuilding and construction industries with regard to flame propagation and smoke development. SAERTEX reports that compared to conventionally manufactured components, LEO laminates offer impressive mechanical properties and, in the case of the floor panels in the ICE-3 fleet, 50% less weight. Train floors are frequently exposed to moisture and the material components contained in the LEO system do not rot.

“We are extremely pleased to have received such recognition for our innovative performance in this project and would like to thank the juries,” says Daniel Stumpp, Head of Global Marketing at SAERTEX. “Special thanks also go to our two project partners: SMT Montagetechnik in Forst, Germany, and Alan Harper Composites in Great Britain.”

Photo provided by Saertex

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