DB Cargo, voestalpine extend supply chain cooperation

Voestalpine and railway freight company DB Cargo have signed another contract for steel shipments and incoming scrap transport of over 1 million tonnes.

The contract extends the existing cooperation of DB Cargo’s Bavaria Shuttle. This provides climate-neutral transport from the steelworks to the assembly line of the automotive industry, Kallanish hears from the companies. With a round trip, voestalpine in Linz, Austria, can send steel to three different locations every day and receive scrap from three shipping points. The combination of steel and scrap avoids empty runs and thus CO2 emissions.

Necessary subsequent truck runs are neutralised with CO2 certificates. Voestalpine, logistics subsidiary Logistik Service GmbH (LogServ) and DB Cargo have now applied this principle to other shuttle concepts, such as the Schwaben Shuttle in the southwestern German Swabia region.

The concept is being taken further with additional innovation in freight wagons, a lightweight wagon for scrap metal, DB Cargo points out. The so-called TransANT wagons can transport about 15% more cargo and thus increase the efficiency of a train.

Christian Koehl Germany