Connecting Up to Additional North European Ports
This is how WACKER has managed to reduce shipments of empty containers by nearly 25%. Also playing a central role in this strategy is the combined road and rail terminal in Burghausen. Three companies – DB Schenker BTT GmbH, Deutsche Umschlagsgesellschaft Schiene-Straße (DUSS) mbH and Karl Schmidt Spedition GmbH & Co. KG – have stakes in the terminal, which began operations in October 2014 and currently accommodates up to 40,000 container transshipments (between trucks and rail cars) per year for the companies operating in the Bavarian Chemical Triangle. The terminal has significantly improved the region’s link to northern ports and international markets. Links to the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp were recently added in October.
Thanks to the terminal, the WACKER plant in Burghausen will soon be able to ship all of its containers using the Deutsche Bahn railway system. Doing so will also reduce the company’s emissions of harmful carbon dioxide. In the past, roughly 700 containers would be shipped back and forth by truck between Burghausen and Munich each year, but ever since the Burghausen combined road and rail terminal was connected to the railway network of Triest on Italy’s Adriatic coast, WACKER has entirely eliminated the need to ship containers by truck. As a result, WACKER now transports 14,000 containers per year – and not a single one goes by road.