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Cork used in state-of-the-art Siemens metro

7 Jan / 2013

Amorim provided solutions for the state-of-the-art Inspiro metro, designed by Siemens to be one of the most efficient and sustainable vehicles of its kind, boasting cutting-edge design.

The new Inspiro, which can be experienced first-hand in the Polish capital of Warsaw, is one of the most lightweight metro trains currently in existence. Allowing configurations of three to eight carriages, it offers weight savings of around eighteen tonnes based on a six-carriage vehicle.

Lighter, but with a higher passenger capacity, the Inspiro system uses less energy thanks to a range of efficiency measures including the innovative AluCORK flooring system by Amorim Cork Composites. Lightweight, durable and offering outstanding technical performance, AluCORK flooring provides improved acoustic and thermal insulation alongside weight savings of around 30 percent.

The choice of AluCORK was also influenced by the fact that it is made from cork, a sustainable and recyclable material – after a 40-year lifespan, the vehicle is to be recycled to the greatest possible extent.

The first 35 Inspiro vehicles will be delivered to the company operating Warsaw’s metro in the near future.

CoreCORK and AluCORK:

The CoreCORK and AluCORK solutions exploit cork’s natural lightness and acoustic and thermal insulation properties to create innovative interior systems – floors and side/roof panels. The main benefits of these solutions are a reduction in carbon footprint, environmental impact and weight, and significant improvements with regard to acoustic and thermal insulation.

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