Amberg, Germany — Grammer could be supplying the seats for up to 200 new Alstom Avelia Horizon trains, in both first and second class.
The trains have been ordered from manufacturer Alstom by the French national rail operator SNCF.
'The seat system for the TGV is a completely new development,' said Timo Bauer, vice president for rail and bus at Grammer. He promised seats that 'set standards' in terms of comfort, ergonomics weight savings and life cycle costs. The company added that the LL 3000 seats were designed from the ground up.
Under the agreement, Grammer will initially supply seats for 50 trains assembled by Alstom. It also includes the option to fit a further 150 trains with the seats.
According to Alstom, the Horizon trains will feature articulated double-decked passenger cars. Because there is 20% more room for passengers than there was in the trains' earlier designs, they can accommodate up to 740 passengers.
The basic trains will cost EUR 25m each, with up to EUR190m of services and optional extras that can be added. In use, they should consume 20% less energy than conventional TGVs. Their maintenance costs are expected to be 30% lower than conventional models.