Kiel in Show-Stopping Exhibits at APTA 2014 EXPO in Houston
US-seating specialist takes center stage in Bombardier and MCI exhibits; Introduces seat model for high-speed trains, newly developed slider version to North American market
Kiel North America, a trendsetting seat provider to transit systems around the world, reported today that the market introduction of its new seating options were a resounding success at last week’s APTA EXPO 2014 in Houston, Texas. In addition, Kiel seating solutions were featured in two of the show’s most significant exhibits.
One of the highlights that the show’s more than 15,000 visitors enjoyed was the exhibition of the brand new 45-feet coaches at the Motor Coach Industries booth that the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro Houston) recently added to its fleet. Each of the 95 new commuter buses features 55 Kiel Avance 2010 seats with lightweight design and the signature Kiel shape and ergonomic styling. As an added show experience, some of the new Metro buses were being used as shuttle buses to the George R. Brown Convention Center, providing visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the utmost comfort and amenities of Kiel seats. The October 2014 issue of BUSRide Magazine contained a detailed report on the prestigious project.
Bombardier Transportation’s new train car for BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit serving San Francisco, CA Bay Area) was another show highlight as visitors were able to enter the full-scale model car and experience the trendsetting new design and layout for which Kiel developed a custom-tailored seating model. The vinyl covered seats in attractive, modern colors are almost 50% lighter compared to the fabric seats currently in use, contributing to BART’s moniker as the lightest and therefore most efficient train car for its size in the United States. The U.S.-produced seats will be officially introduced into ten fully functional pilot cars by early 2015 before the production of the 775-car fleet commences in 2016.
At its own booth, the award-winning manufacturer of bus and train seats and U.S.-subsidiary of the well-established Kiel Group, introduced Comfort Line, its multi-functional and technologically barrier-breaking seat model for high-speed transportation. Manually or motor-operated adjustable back and seat cushions, as well as foldable armrests are a standard feature and so is the pleasingly contoured head rest providing travelers with a shielded area for utmost comfort and restfulness. A vast number of available extras like flexible LED reading lamps and USB-chargers conclude the state-of-the-art rail seat that sets completely new standards for intercity travel.
Among Kiel’s broad variety of other high-tech, top-quality bus and train seats the company’s redesigned slider model garnered the attention of many visitors and partners. The significantly upgraded version allows quick and easy fitment and can be placed into a secure locking position with one smooth ergonomic movement. The slider is a self-positioning model with a foot-operated final lock and boosts additional safety features such as the easy safety lock, sturdy stainless steel pedestals, and provisions for restraint belt fixing.
Thomas Schwank, General Manager of Kiel North America summarized the 2014 APTA EXPO as “a primary showcase of the industry’s most innovatively leading companies that are defining the rapidly changing landscape of public transportation. Kiel couldn’t be more thrilled to provide its partners across North America with the most modern, comprehensively designed seating solutions that enable our clients to enjoy reliable and durable systems of the highest value.”
Founded in 1945 in Nördlingen, Germany, Kiel is a leading manufacturer of innovative passenger seating systems for commercial vehicles and public transportation, including seating solutions for busses and trains on the local, regional, and intercity level. Kiel seats distinguish themselves with their high quality, sophisticated technology, and their contemporary design while meeting the highest requirements both in safety and passenger comfort. Kiel conducts business worldwide with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Turkey and dedicated sales teams in Greece, France, Austria, and the UK.
Susa Quinn | Kiel NA LLC | Head of Corporate Communications