Innofreight and the world’s largest shipping company MSC have launched their first cooperation together. In March of this year, the first block train of 2×40 ft InnoWaggons with empty MSC sea freight containers arrived at the Montan Terminal Kapfenberg, Austria. This marked the start of a transport loop for the Austrian refractories company RHI Magnesita, delivering finished products to the port of Trieste, Italy and raw materials back to Kapfenberg in one train rotation.
In the future, this transport loop will run three times a week between Kapfenberg and Trieste. Combining the transports is not only economical, but also good for the environment –it can reduce empty train runs and standing times, making rail a more attractive mode of transport all round. The combination of raw material and finished product transports in one train rotation is an important step towards a greener and more sustainable future.
The ceremonial opening of the new rail connection took place in mid-April at Montanterminal Kapfenberg. Constantin Beelitz, President Europe, CIS & Turkey, Daniel Prutti, Head of Global Logistics, René Hirzberger, Head of Regional Indirect Procurement (all RHI Magnesita), officially opened the line operation together with Nicola Lelli, Managing Director of MSC/MEDLOG Austria, Christian Glauninger, Managing Director of Montan and Peter Wanek-Pusset from Innofreight. Patrizia Langer, Managing Director Austria and Johann Pötsch, Owner and Managing Director of ecco-rail were also present to launch this unique project.