Das Team von DB Cargo Logistics und Mitarbeiter von Binderholz und Bürgermeister Schwarz vor einem beladenen Waggon.

 All systems go in Burgbernheim for wood consignments to Scandinavia

This week saw DB Cargo Logistics and its customer binderholz dispatch their first load of cross-laminated timber on its journey from Burgbernheim in northwest Bavaria to Sweden. Previously, binderholz sent its products by road, but it has now switched to green rail services: with the support of DB Cargo Logistics, the company spent a number of months working to reopen a disused private siding located on its production premises.

binderholz and DB Cargo Logistics have enjoyed a close business partnership for many years. Cross-laminated timber products are made at a number of sites, including Burgbernheim, and, from now on, they will be transported to construction sites in Scandinavia and France by rail on open or covered wagons.

Martin Sigl, head of binderholz's logistics activities, says, "Working together, we are increasing the volume of freight leaving our Austrian and German plants on eco-friendly rail services. Measuring up to 20 metres in length, our cross-laminated timber units are in high demand internationally in the residential construction sector. We are delighted that our partnership with DB Cargo has resulted in a model that enables us to cater to this demand. Using the single wagonload network, we can transport consignments to Sweden, where they arrive on schedule after a journey of over 2,000 kilometres."

Dr Sigrid Nikutta, Member of the DB Management Board for Freight Transport, agrees: "That is an excellent description of our partnership. Tailor-made solutions for our customers are what we need if we want to increase the volume of goods being transported by rail. Whether these solutions take the form of a new or reopened private siding, or innovative ideas for simple transshipment processes at our marshalling yards and container terminals, we are ready to work with our customers on increasing rail freight's importance."

With locations in Austria, Germany and Finland, the binderholz Group is Europe's market leader in solid timber products and innovative solutions for the construction industry. Deutsche Bahn is dedicated to growth in the rail freight sector, and it is stepping up its single wagonload services for customers as a green alternative to road-based transport. The binderholz private siding is just the first of many success stories that we can expect to hear about in 2020.

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Martin Fiebig

Sales and Operations Center Timber 1 DB Cargo Logistics