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 a.s. 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.

We speak Low Floor


From driven wheelset to the independent wheel unit, we design, engineer and manufacture every solution for low-floor applications.

The GHH-BONATRANS GROUP is the partner of the manufacturers of low-floor Light Rail Vehicles.


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The GHH-BONATRANS has created a new Logo.


This new Logo symbolizes:

  • Two Wheels in motion
  • Friendly connection of two companies
  • The revival of existing colours

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The product portfolio

As part of the world’s leading group for high performance railway wheels and wheelsets, with 200 years experience, we can offer the most comprehensive portfolio of wheels, axles and wheelsets in the industry according to AAR, EN, BS, UIC or tailor made to your own specification and operating conditions

  • Monobloc wheels
  • Resilient wheels
  • Low noise wheels
  • Wheel tyres & centres
  • Axles
  • Low floor axle bridges
  • Wheelsets for passenger, locomotive & freight vehicles both simple or fully equipped with bearings, axleboxes, gearboxes, etc
  • Noise reduction systems
  • Maintenance kits

We can find a solution to all your requirements for new build or for vehicles / products maintenance especially for:

  • Light rail, tramway
  • Metro
  • Locomotives
  • Passenger cars
  • EMU / DMU
  • Freight
  • Heavy Haul
  • High speed

Every day, passengers are carried in comfort & without noise.

Reduced unsprung mass, reduction of vibration and noise, easy replacement of wheel tyres

GHH proposes a wide product range of rubber-sprung wheels, based on the experience of more than 75 years and 120’000 wheels supplied in very different applications, from light rail to heavy haul locomotives:

  • The SAB V-Wheel family (V15 - V30 - V60).
  • The SAB Resilient Disc Wheel.
  • The VUT Wheel.

Running comfort, for the passenger, the resident, the vehicle and its track

Proven by field measurements or positive customer ratings. GHH resilient wheels provide a very efficient reduction of shocks and vibrations. With their low radial stiffness, the SAB Resilient Wheel or the VUT wheel can replace a primary suspension or accommodate specific bogie designs, e.g. direct motor drives.

Key benefits of GHH solutions

Tailor-made solutions, because each project is unique. Specifics like: small diameter, high wheel load, thermal impact from block brake are adapted to each project.

Maintainability, because service costs must be minimal

One common feature for all our wheels: a split design. Three steel parts: a wheel tyre, a wheel body and a wedge ring. In between, some pre-stressed rubber elements: rubber pads, or, alternatively, one rubber ring or two rubber rings. Result: a very easy replacement of tyres and rubber elements, with only conventional tools.

Noise reduction

GHH resilient wheels decrease rolling noise and squealing noise in curves. In case of additional requirements, GHH proposes customised noise absorption systems, like rings, absorbers or shields, mounted on the wheel tyre.

Key benefits of GHH solutions

Tailor-made solutions, because each project is unique. GHH designs its solution following the specific requirements of bogie, drive and brake modules. Meter or standard gauge, restricted spaces, high loads or severe operating conditions. Bogie or running gear, wheelsets or independent wheel axles. GHH provides the solution.

GHH is the partner of the manufacturers of low-floor Light Rail Vehicles

From driven wheelset to swivel-mounted independent wheel unit, high tech for low-floor.

From development and engineering to production and assembly, the complete wheelset system is the core of our expertise.

Our products fulfil the requirements of any specific vehicle platform:

  • Driven and non-driven wheelsets
  • Independent wheel axles with cranked axles
  • Independent wheel unit with or without swivel-mounted wheels

The systems are supplied with resilient wheels of the extensive product range of GHH for a significant reduction of noise and vibrations.

Some of our references

Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation, Siemens, Skoda, Stadler...

Networks using GHH low-floor solutions : Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfort, Kassel, Mannheim (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Brussels (Belgium), Marseille, Nantes, Strasbourg (France), Wroclaw (Poland), Basel, Bern, Geneva, Zurich (Switzerland), Adelaide (Australia), Hiroshima (Japan)...

Ready to install, because system engineering is our strength.

GHH develops and delivers a complete solution, from wheel and axle to bearing system and speed sensor, ready to install in the bogie or running gear.

Reliable design, reduction of maintenance costs.

A robust and service-proven design, a strict respect of manu-facturing quality and a thoroughly studied maintenability ensure low costs for operation and maintenance. GHH offers tailor-made service packages, from operation consulting to in-house service.

Attractiveness and comfort, low-floor as a key feature.

The systems of GHH provide vehicles with the improved accessibility of low floor. Resilient wheels of GHH contribute to a significant reduction of rolling noise and, more impressively, squealing noise. For passenger comfort, for residents quality of life and for the environment.

GHH products designed to equip rolling stock for urban traffic, i.e. for:

  • Suburban trains
  • Metros
  • Light rail vehicles... 

Solutions proposed by GHH are adapted to meet safety and comfort conditions, particuarly through the reduction of nuisance caused by noise.

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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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08. 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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