For a long time, the capabilities of men were bound to the place where people were located. Not until the invention of the wheel were people able to share the fruits of their labour over longer distances. The role of the wheel has become all the more important in the contemporary global world. As one of the world's major manufacturers of railway wheels and wheelsets, BONATRANS GROUP as. sets people and goods in motion. Our wheels are used in over 65 countries on five continents. We are always ready to present solutions that will meet your needs and requirements.

New machining shop


18. 6. 2014 BONATRANS GROUP opened the new machining shop.


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New Corporate Identity


GHH – BONATRANS GROUP introduced the new logo


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The product portfolio

In the area of passenger railway transport, the concept of train units with drive distributed along the entire train has prevailed during recent decades over the former train concept of locomotive and connected wagons. Therefore a typical Bonatrans delivery for a passenger transport project includes power driving and non-driving wheelsets and parts.

Driving wheelsets - Standard wheelsets - Wheels, axles

Wheelsets and their parts for locomotives require high strength and fatigue resistance, since these wheelsets transmit large forces from the locomotive driving unit at high speeds, and are also exposed to high axle loading. Bonatrans designs and manufactures wheelsets meeting these requirements while keeping optimized weight and high production accuracy. Bonatrans supplies these wheelsets to the majority of the world’s leading manufacturers of locomotives on several continents.

Wheelsets - Wheels, axles

Railway freight transport is given great attention in Europe due to its lower environmental impact compared with road transport, and its significance should grow in the future.

Wheelsets for freight transport represent a significant segment of products developed and supplied by Bonatrans which is the biggest manufacturer of freight wheelsets in Europe.

Bonatrans has developed and supplies a number of wheelsets optimized for the demanding needs of existing and future railway transport, i.e. wheelsets for high axle loading, with increased safety – resistance to deformation and reduced stress and longer service life, i.e. with low life cycle costs.

Bonatrans wheelsets and wheels are certified by a number of European railways and are gradually replacing obsolete wheelset types.

Besides new wheelsets, Bonatrans also supplies a complete range of parts for repairs and servicing wheelsets.

  Bonatrans stress optimized wheels and wheelsetsOther products for freight applications

Railway transport is known to have lower environmental impact compared with road transport. Nevertheless, there are also effects on the environment that have to be solved. This includes especially the issue of noise, which is paid great attention.

One of four primary rolling stock noise sources is the noise that is generated during rolling of wheel on the rail. And this is exactly the noise source the Bonatrans research department focuses on. These activities lead to implementation of several wheel noise and vibration (generated by the wheel rolling) absorbing systems.

A. Noise absorbing rings

Rings represent financially undemanding method of noise supression. They offer low weight and purchase price, however, their suppression effect is lower and their service life is limited to the service life of the wheel. They are used in cases where lower absorption suffices to meet the noise limit.

Noise absorbing rings

Noise absorbing rings

B. Composite absorbers

Composite noise and vibration absorbers consist of a combination of several various material layers that are selected for maximum suppression of vibrations for a particular wheel type. Currently, the suppression effect reaches a quality level of up to 5dB(A) for rolling noise, up to 30 dB(A) for screeching noise, and further research is ongoing with the aim of improving these values. The service life of this absorber is higher compared with the ring, since it is not limited to the wheel service life. Low weight (up to 10 kg), possibility of application to all wheel types and simple and reliable method of fixation to the wheel predetermione this absorber for wide utilization.

Composite noise absorber

Composite absorbers

Měření hluku v metru MBTA, Boston, MA, USA

Noise measurement in MBTA metro, Boston, MA, USA

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04. September 2014

BONATRANS India

In 2013, BONATRANS india Pvt.Ltd was founded. Currently, the plant for the wheel and axle machining and assembly of complete wheelsets is under the construction. The opening is scheduled for the mid of 2015.

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10. June 2014

Invitation to the Czech Raildays

GHH – BONATRANS GROUP invites you to visit our stand at the Czech Raildays exhibition which will be held from 17. to 19. 6. 2014

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21. January 2014

BONATRANS GROUP finalises the purchase of Gutehoffnungshütte Radsatz GmbH

The BONATRANS GROUP has announced the finalisation of its acquisition of German-based Company Gutehoffnungshütte Radsatz GmbH (GHH).

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28. November 2013

BONATRANS GROUP acquires Gutehoffnungshütte Radsatz GmbH

The BONATRANS GROUP and GHH Radsatz International Holding announced today that they have executed an agreement based on which BONATRANS GROUP acquires German-based company Gutehoffnungshütte Radsatz GmbH (GHH). The transaction remains subject to approval of the relevant antimonopoly authorities.

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23. July 2013

Invitation to prominent exhibitions TRAKO (Poland), Nordic Rail (Sweden) and IREE (India)

We will be pleased to meet you at our stands at prominent railway technology exhibitions

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13. June 2012

Invitation to Czech Raildays 2012

To the 13th international trade fair of railway technology, products and services for railway and urban rail transport

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