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Italy’s No. 1 spot for scrap

The Italian city of Terni is home to one of Europe’s most important stainless steel plants. DB Cargo keeps it well supplied with scrap from Germany.

Thyssenkrupp subsidiary Acciai Speciali Terni S.p.A. (AST) has upwards of 130 years of experience under its belt, making it a key European site for integrated steel works. The company is headquartered in the Italian city of Terni, and its core business is manufacturing stainless steel flat bars, of which it turns out roughly a million tonnes every year. “That makes AST market leader in Italy, and one of the four biggest producers in all of Europe, too”, says Massimiliano Caglio, Sales Manager at DB Cargo Italia Services Srl.

Scrap from Germany, four times a week
Apart from products that are rolled flat, the company’s Tubificio business unit also produces electrically welded stainless steel pipes for the European market. As if that wasn’t enough, AST’s Fucine division supplies gargantuan forged stainless steel components that are some of the biggest in the world. “DB Cargo helps with all of this as a key partner for the supply of raw materials. Four times a week, we take 3,400 tonnes of scrap from Munich and Karlsruhe and supply it to the plant in Terni”, explains Massimiliano Caglio.

Efficient use of available DB wagons
Due in large part to AST’s strong economic growth in recent months, DB Cargo has expanded its cooperation with the company to handle transport for finished goods, such as coils, which are exported from the Terni plant to Germany. 
Massimiliano Caglio continues: “Our ability to make efficient use of DB wagons already located in Italy was one of the primary reasons why we were given the job”.
Thanks to the potential of DB Cargo Italia’s single wagonload network and the shunting operations at the Brescia Scalo hub, the empty Shimmns wagons used to transport the coils are collected in Brescia Scalo (some 30 wagons a week). Then they are coupled with scrap trains coming from the north to save them the return trip to Germany. 

Taxi Train project is a smashing success
“DBscrap-solution gives our distributors and customers the opportunity to shorten wagon turnaround times, minimise times of peak traffic and improve planning reliability.”
In Terni, AST unloads the incoming scrap and then loads the outgoing coils onto the Shimmns wagons. Once the work is finished, the wagons are handed back to DB Cargo Italia so they can continue on to Germany. This is a practical way to link the traffic flowing in both directions. “The empty wagons used to transport the scrap return to Munich and Karlsruhe, where they are reloaded with raw materials. The Shimmns wagons loaded with steel coils go to the Hagen logistics terminal, which specialises in the transshipment and storage of steel”, adds Massimiliano Caglio, explaining how the wagons circulate.
The terminal management then distributes and delivers the finished products to up to 19 different end customers in the region and in other neighbouring countries. The project, dubbed “Taxi Train”, was developed by one team from AST in Terni and another from DB Cargo Italia Services in Novate Milanese. “We manage deliveries to coordinate scrap transport between scrap suppliers and steel works to ensure we always deliver the right kind of scrap in the right quantity at the right time. That way, we can be certain that our customer AST won’t ever run out of scrap”, Massimiliano Caglio continues.