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UNIFE — the Association of the European Rail Industry was formerly represented by three associations: AICMR (Association Internationale des Constructeurs de Matérial Roulant), AFEDEF (Association des Fabricants Européens d’Equipements Ferroviaires) CELTE (Constructeurs Européens des Locomotives Thermiques et Electriques), all of which were based in France.
With the creation of the single market in 1993, the urgent need to focus on European transport matters arose. Hence, in 1991, the three associations decided to merge into UNIFE.

In 1992, UNIFE moved to Brussels. Today it directly represents European companies responsible for the design, manufacture, maintenance and refurbishment of rail transport systems, subsystems and related equipment. Membership in addition extends to associated members, mainly composed of national railway industry associations.

UNIFE’s role is to represent its members’ interests at international and EU level. The mission of the association is to pro-actively develop an environment in which UNIFE members can provide competitive railway systems for increasing rail traffic.

KLW WheelCo is the host company for 17th International Wheelsets Congress.

KLW ia a wheel brand of international company INTERPIPE. KLW sales company’s railway wheels at all markets.

Due to the strategic partnership between KLW and the biggest international railway companies all over the world, we foresee main market tendencies and stay the leaders of the industry. Synergy of manufacturing high technologies, investment activity and pforessional team let KLW meet the world’s quality standards and individual needs of the customers.

Conforming quality demands of the industry, KLW constantly increases the reliability and effectiveness of its production and manufacturing processes. Thereby, company changes the process of production development as soon as possible.

KLW railway wheels are supplied in 60 countries, particulalry the biggest railway operators, manufacturers and renovation companies of Europe, Northern America, Asia and CIS countries.

ERWA is the UNIFE Railway Wheels Committee — created in 2004 when its members, 11 companies from 9 different countries, all of them European producers of railway wheels and wheelsets — Bochumer Verein Verkehrstechnik, Bonatrans, CAF, Gutehoffnungshütte Radsatz, Lucchini RS, Lucchini Sweden, Lucchini UK, Lucchini Poland, Radsatzfabrik Ilsenburg, Valdunes SAS, and Valdunes Belux — decided to leave the status as a self contained association (created on 2001) and moved under the broad wings of UNIFE to build up a committee under the same name.

The ERWA members are highly committed to supporting the Railway Industry in the promotion of railway, by contributing to improvements in wheels and wheelsets through a focus on safety, reliability and economic efficiency.