Riva Brandenburg moves to rail freight

Riva Stahl, the German rebar making unit of Riva group, is shifting a good deal of its transports from truck to railway, Kallanish hears from freight train operator DB Cargo.

The steelmaker has signed a framework contract with DB Cargo for a new shuttle service from its mill in Brandenburg-an-der-Havel to southern Germany. DB Cargo will ship 200,000 tonnes/year of rebar and wire mesh to Mannheim. From there, local transporters will forward the material to the company’s processing subsidiaries in Trier and Lampertheim.

The relocation to rail will replace 8,000 truck loads per year, and save 4,000 tonnes of CO2, DB Cargo says. Until now, DB Cargo has handled Riva products in single cars. The new shuttle trains will initially go three times per week, and both partners envisage an increase of volumes over the course of the year.

The city of Brandenburg is located in the state of the same name, as is Riva’s other German rebar mill in Hennigsdorf near Berlin.

Christian Koehl Germany