• Knorr-Bremse reacts to the rapid changes in the global markets with agile working methods and digitalized internal processes.

  • Knorr-Bremse recently launched the North Star project, which is managing the digitalization of processes along the entire in-house value chain.

  • Knorr-Bremse is already using big data hubs in its networked factories, and they’re significantly improving productivity and capacity utilization in the plants.

Driving Digitalization.

Digitalization is one of the megatrends that we at Knorr-Bremse benefit from directly. In addition to urbanization, sustainability and mobility, collecting, analyzing and using data is essential for us – because data is a central resource for new products and services. For a technology leader like Knorr-Bremse, which has been a leader in its markets for decades, successful investments in digitalization are the key to continuing sustainable growth over the long term.

The megatrends generate new and promising business ideas. However, they also cause disruptive changes to existing business models and processes. We are prepared: we react to the rapid changes in the global markets with agile working methods and digitalized internal processes. We at Knorr-Bremse have an enormous advantage in this regard: our highly qualified employees, including some 740 software developers. With their expectation of technological excellence, their curiosity and their wealth of ideas, we are in an excellent position in our RVS and CVS divisions. This is how we are defending our position as a global leader in technology and innovation in our markets.

The previous year, which was once again characterized by the effects of the global pandemic, proved how crisis-proof our business model is. The very good economic performance of Knorr-Bremse is impressive proof that, in spite of enormous challenges, we are headed down the right path. This success is what drives us to continue developing new and fascinating solutions for our customers and to drive the digital transformation of our company with strength and curiosity.

Magazine Articles


As the global market leader for braking and other subsystems in rail and commercial vehicles, Knorr-Bremse is investing in the digitalization of its products, structures and processes – for the benefit of the business, its customers and employees. So what are the associated opportunities and challenges? An interview with Dr. Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Knorr-Bremse Executive Board responsible for digitalization within the Group, Michael Hilzinger, Head of IT, and András Sávos, Head of Digitalization & Process Optimization.

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Digitalization is opening up all kinds of intelligent, practical solutions to many of the challenges facing the rail industry. Knorr-Bremse is focusing on approaches involving data-driven systems – developments that are already adding plenty of value today. And have enormous potential for the future.

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Even when quality standards are stellar, rework is an important part of ensuring product quality – in all industry sectors. Data-driven solutions not only deliver the highest possible efficiency during the rework process, they also make it possible to quickly identify and eliminate the root causes of non-conformances or defects. Ultimately, this should make the rework process itself superfluous. Knorr-Bremse has implemented a self-learning system at the Commercial Vehicle Systems division’s Aldersbach plant that is making the most of this opportunity.

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