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Over the last 15 years, Wikov has developed from an occasional manufacturer of gearboxes for rail vehicles to a key player of
European importance with IRIS certification. The company is also very proud to have
done so through their own production of
key components in the Czech Republic and not through sourcing
products from branches in Eastern
Europe or China.
Hard, systematic, and longterm specialised work has borne
fruit in the form of a several-fold
increase in the numbers and turnover of gearboxes produced per year and the expansion of the product portfolio to cover virtually
all types of rolling stock.
and meeting the local
The main acquisition in recent years in Wikov was undoubtedly the takeover of the
German manufacturer of gearboxes for
rail vehicles, Gmeinder Getriebe Gruppe.
The acquisition of the German competitor
resulted in an expansion of the product
portfolio, especially for special rail vehicles, locomotives and DMU diesel units.
Gmeinder also has very valuable experience and capacity in the area of repairs
and modernisation of gearboxes for rail
Wikov is also considering other forms of
acquisition activities. There are more and
more countries that require the placement of part of production in their territory within the framework of large and key
orders for rolling stock. The gearbox is not
exactly a crucial component in those requirements, but frequently this request
cannot be avoided, especially where the
percentage of components that must be
manufactured locally is slowly and steadily increasing.
For example, in the spring of last year,
Wikov began assembling gearboxes for
the Russian market in Tvera, Russia,
in a joint venture with the Russian PKTS
customer with a capacity of at least 1,000
gearboxes per year.
Another significant achievement is the
WiKorea project, the main objective of
which is to assemble gearboxes for the
Seoul metro directly in South Korea.
Although the project was suspended
for a while due to the COVID pandemic,
activities resumed in June 2020, despite
Today, Wikov has a market-proven complete range of gearboxes and drives for
low-floor trams, both for bogies with axles
or with freely rotating wheels, with power
outputs per gearbox from 60 to 180 kW.
The market for low-floor trams is specific
in that it is still relatively new, although the
first tram came into operation in the early
1990s. 30 years may seem like a long time,
but full-scale low-floor trams were not used
more substantially outside Western Europe
until around 2012. That this is a new market is also shown by the fact that there is
still a large number of tram manufacturers
in the world compared to manufacturers
of metro units. Gradually, however, the situation is being consolidated, which brings
temporary uncertainty to the component
supply chain. This is clearly visible from the
gearbox and drive supplier point of view.
With regard to drive solutions, currently,
there are 4 groups of chassis types used
in the world . The first uses a classic axle
which provides a transverse mechanical
connection between the wheels; the second group are bogies without an axle,
but still with a transverse mechanical connection of the wheels, thanks to a special