Ultimate Europe was founded in 2003 and develops, services and sells automatic door systems, gangways and interior equipment for rail vehicles. To find these three product areas combined in one company is unique in the industry. The international company has four branches in Austria, Poland, Romania and Turkey with a total of 330 employees, 150 of whom are employed in Austria.
Ultimate Europe’s new headquarters is in St. Georgen am Ybbsfelde, Austria. Where the company was previously spread across three locations in Amstetten, the new location is a state-of-the-art future-orientated facility with production and development areas, and a product showroom for customers. The climate-friendly building is equipped with a heat pump and a photovoltaic system. In addition to green outdoor areas and atriums, the employees also have access to their own fitness room, activity-based workspaces, a relaxation area, roof-top terrace, and a large number of charging stations. This environment empowers the workforce to collaborate on our sustainable, lightweight solutions.
There are a number of challenges that shape the rail vehicle industry, including the long service life of up to 40 years, maintenance-free products, condition-based maintenance and the need for a holistic recycling strategy at the end of the service life. It is no surprise that ongoing development is always driven by these considerations. Ultimate Europe fundamentally revised its door system for tramways in terms of size, weight and cost, and the system has now seen successful use on the market for more than 20 years. The more compact design was achieved by optimising the weight, using finite element analysis to design the guide systems and installing new, patented locking mechanisms. Thanks to our cooperation with a supplier from the aerospace industry, we achieved a weight reduction of up to 50% by installing special rail industry-approved laminated safety glass.
While door systems and gangway systems have already been optimised in minute detail, there is still huge potential when it comes to interior solutions. Ultimate Europe has developed a proprietary lightweight sandwich panel that meets strict European fire standards up to HL3 while being 30% lighter than conventional GRP. This material can be adapted to the specific requirements of individual projects and is suitable for exterior and interior applications.
Faced with many customer-specific requirements, Ultimate Europe has switched from castings to welded parts in the development of couplings. The use of state-ofthe-art computer programs has enabled geometry and shape optimsations to ensure substantial weight savings, while production and delivery times have been optimised by the use of standard parts.
ULTIMATE Europe Transportation Equipment GmbH
Hart, Gewerbestraße 27
3304 St. Georgen am Ybbsfelde