Strukton delivers static converters for South African locomotives

12 February 2014

Strukton Rolling Stock delivers new static converters for Transnet Engineering’s Class 18E locomotives. The static converters replace the current motor alternators which are suffering from high maintenance costs and obsolescence issues. The contract comprises of deliveries for a first set of seven locomotives (14 units) with options for more deliveries. The first set of converters will go through an extensive test programme which starts in the second half of 2014.


Class 18E locomotives are one of the most important locomotive types in South Africa with over 700 units in operation. The new converters have six different outputs and are equipped with an innovative cooling mechanism to withstand the harsh temperature conditions. Especially when locomotives are coupled and have to break inside tunnels temperatures can rise to extreme values.

“We are very pleased with this new order from Transnet Engineering which further establishes our position in the important South African market. Also in this project we are able to provide real value through our experienced engineering team. The core of the system comprises of our standard power modules and by adding ingenious engineering, Transnet Engineering will have a cost-efficient and reliable solution. ”

Director Gert Kwikkers

The first set of static converters will be designed and produced in the Netherlands and technology and production will be transferred to Transnet Engineering to create local jobs and contribute to Transnet Engineering’s supplier development goals.

Strukton Rolling Stock

Strukton provides technological solutions for rolling stock. As one of the few independent and financially strong suppliers, Strukton Rolling Stock has a unique position in the world market for delivering traction converters, auxiliary converters and train control management systems. Strukton uses its modern power modules for custom-made systems for renovation and new-build trams, trains and locomotives. Systems are designed and manufactured in the Netherlands. It is our mission to make existing and new rail vehicles more sustainable and cost effective. More about Strukton Rolling Stock.


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