Knorr-Bremse: The missing link

From the December 2015 issue.

Pairing traditional German thoroughness with a cosmopolitan approach to knowledge management, braking specialist Knorr-Bremse has established itself as a global powerhouse with a unique edge.

There is something serene and strangely revealing about the two-hour drive between Knorr-Bremse’s busy head office in Munich and the company’s high-profile brake plant in the country town of Aldersbach, located halfway to Prague in Germany’s rural southeast.

While many attribute the feeling to the country’s signature scenery, abundant with lush pastures and century-old architecture, some merely blame the sudden drop in noise that will set in once the sprawling capital is left behind. Yet, there is hardly a time where the glaring contrast between country vibe and high technology is not palpable during the journey – and it has become symbolic for what could be the most prominent success story in the world of braking technology to date.

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