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Trains & Rails

Check out the range of applications in railway where our engineering plastics are used.

Trains & Rails

Designing the future of transportation

Transportation by truck, train and airplane is essential to running the world – yet it is also responsible for more than 25% of greenhouse gas emissions. Improving transportation by making it smarter, safer, lighter, and greener is a key focus for the industry and governing bodies.

Engineering plastics have the power to transform the transportation industry, creating solutions that serve people, the planet and profit. Our high-performance materials, coupled with the knowledge and resources behind them, are helping manufacturers change the way they think about application design.

Featured customer applications

Railway Buffers

Transportation | Railway |

Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions due to its strength and elastic properties needed to withstand the forces required in the draft gear; Arnitel® TPC allow for cost effective solutions, since it does not require additional production processes that are required with competing materials as rubbers

Railway Insulation Plates

Transportation | Railway |

Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its good mechanical properties (stiffness and toughness) and due to its better surface appearance than PA66; Akulon® PA6 allows for very cost effective solutions

Railway Pads

Transportation | Railway |

Arnitel® TPC allows for cost effective solutions since it yields thermoplastic processing advantages over rubber, resulting in faster cycle times in compraison with other TPE's; Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions due to its high abrasion resistance, excellent load bearing capacity, great fatigue, and environmental resistance and due to a very consistent performance over temperature ranges from -55°C (-67°F) to +150°C (+300°F) and longest lifetime to failure as compared to any other rubber or class of TPE's used in this application

A scientific approach to building solutions

Our dedicated teams work closely with customers to look at the entire process of developing new parts and components – whether it is a case of metal replacement, or developing solutions that are stronger, safer and more effective.

Our methodical approach extends to every step of the process, from design and material performance to production and compliance.

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  • Design

    Discover the new high-performing plastic solutions for the extreme demands of next-generation example.

  • Performance

    To ensure safety and part integrity, our high-performance plastics need to meet all of the relevant requirements for each application.

  • Production

    Improving on a part includes improving how it is produced. Whether we are helping you improve the production process itself, or reducing and eliminating secondary operations, we support you through the entire process.

  • Compliance

    Getting a part ready for commercialization includes ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations.

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