Bayer MaterialScience and China South Railway (CSR) Nanjing Puzhen have joined forces to create new interior designs for CSR’s low-floor trams.
The Chinese industry development zone Suzhou New District will be the first implementation site for the new designs. Bayer will supply the interior equipment for all low-floor trams of the new metro line number 1. This project was the first to be approved by the China National Development and Reform Commission through official tender.
To achieve their goal of having lightweight parts with greater energy efficiency, the railway manufacturer chose Bayer’s Bayblend and Makrolon polycarbonate (PC) sheets for its train components. As said, the sheets are used for the interior wall paneling of the trams.
Dr. Joachim Simon, Global Head of Mobility Marketing in Bayer’s Polycarbonates Business Unit, comments, “The mass transportation market is of great interest to Bayer and the company has committed significant resources to improving mass transportation applications.”
According to Bayer, the properties of its thermoplastic sheets provide strong dimensional stability over a wide range of temperatures. At the same time, their production cycle times are shortened with new processes, allowing for greater production volume of thermoformed components.
In addition, they satisfy all flame and smoke safety requirements by the rail industry.