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DB Cargo and Voestalpine Join Forces for Climate-Friendly Steel Production

DB Cargo and Voestalpine Join Forces for Climate-Friendly Steel Production
photo: Deutsche Bahn, LogServ/DB Cargo and Voestalpine Join Forces for Climate-Friendly Steel Production
27 / 06 / 2023

Together, the steel and technology group voestalpine and Europe's largest freight railroad DB Cargo are increasingly focusing on a circular economy. The aim is to produce high-quality steel in a resource- and energy-efficient way. With shuttle transports by rail between large automotive plants, the use of new lightweight freight wagons, and the large-scale reuse of industrial scrap, additional crucial steps are now being taken on the way to climate-friendly steel production. The existing logistics partnership between DB Cargo, voestalpine, and Logistik Service GmbH (LogServ) has now been sealed for a further two years

Pierre Timmermans, a Member of the Management Board for Sales at DB Cargo AG, states, "DB Cargo offers customer-oriented solutions for the cycle between the steelworks and the automotive industry. For voestalpine, we transport steel and scrap quickly and CO₂-free on our European rail network to various industrial centers in Western and Northern Europe, thus supporting the transformation towards green steel production."

Wolfgang Mitterdorfer, Member of the Management Board of voestalpine Stahl GmbH: "The steel industry is facing a major transformation process towards climate-friendly production. Our goal is to significantly increase the share of recycled scrap. The steel to scrap to steel (recycling) cycle will thus be significantly intensified."

To transport more than one million tons of steel/steel scrap per year in a climate-friendly way, DB Cargo already offers innovative transport concepts from voestalpine's Austrian location in Linz. It combines the speed of block trains with the flexibility of the single-wagon network. The freight trains run several times daily and are coordinated with the customer's production rhythm - deliveries and pick-ups are made just in time. In addition to other shuttle services, prototypes of the innovative TransANT freight wagon model will also be used in the future, being able to transport around 15 percent more volume - an innovative lightweight wagon for scrap. By transporting goods by rail combined with 100 percent green electricity on electrified routes in Germany and Austria (DBeco plus), voestalpine is already saving the environment more than 42,500 t of CO₂ every year. The joint goal is to further reduce CO₂ emissions from transports in the coming years.

The Swabian Shuttle already transports steel from Linz to southwestern Germany and from there on to voestalpine's German and French end customers. Another example is the Bavaria Shuttle, for which DB Cargo, LogServ, and CargoServ, the logistics subsidiaries of voestalpine AG's Steel Division, were awarded the German Logistics Prize 2021. The jointly developed transport concept meets several customer requirements at once - firstly, supplying voestalpine with high-quality scrap for steel production, and secondly, the delivery of high-tech steel for the automotive industry in a closed loop.

DB Cargo thus transports half a million tons of steel and scrap per year between voestalpine's plants and the automotive industry in southern Germany. Moreover, with a round trip, voestalpine in Linz can ship steel to three different locations daily and obtain scrap from three shipping points.

Source: DB