Where shipping is problematic, Logistik Service GmbH (LogServ) turns to the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) as a transport route to China. At almost 9,300km in length, the world's longest railway line serves as a land bridge for transporting exterior body parts.
Emergency solution becomes an alternative
Problems can arise using the standard sea route to transport freight and raw materials to China and subsequently export the finished goods. For this reason voestalpine and its partner Far East Landbridge came up with a Plan B: to use the Trans-Siberian Railway as a transport medium. And this alternative has proved convincingly effective. Since June 2015 deliveries have been regularly sent from Linz to China using the TSR. As a result, the longest railway line in the world has partially replaced the sea route, halving the journey length and guaranteeing the climatic conditions to which the coils used in exterior body parts are exposed. One thousand tons of material were sent on the TSR at the end of January and beginning of February alone.
Arriving safely with the train
From Linz via Hamburg and on to Dalian in China, the exterior body parts travel almost 11,000km by train. The advantage offered by the train is the consistently dry climate. When transported by sea, the materials pass through several climatic zones, causing them to sweat. Transporting the materials on the TSR greatly minimizes the risk of white rust formation. Furthermore, only containers produced after 2010 are used in order to avoid material damage caused by shunting. However, the exterior body parts are only sent on the long train journey when there’s danger ahead, because shipping to this destination is always the less costly option. Even so, the Trans-Siberian Railway has become an efficient alternative.