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ÖBB deepen China relations

10-Apr-2018

  • New collaborations with major Chinese partners to further promote Asia-Europe transport operations
  • Large Chinese companies rely on the expertise of RCG

As part of the largest state visit in Austrian history, ÖBB used the opportunity for bilateral talks with potential customers and partners in China. The results were more than pleasing: several cooperation agreements were signed between the Rail Cargo Group and top players in the Chinese transport industry. The aim is to strengthen Eurasian transport operations as well as to implement further high-frequency connections between Europe and Asia. Customers benefit through comprehensive transportation from a single source as well as shorter transport times.

Expansion is the growth engine of RCG

Since 2017, the Rail Cargo Group has been successfully active on the Northern, Southern and Maritime routes of the Silk Road. In addition, the expansion of alternative routes via Dobra, Istanbul and Kaliningrad will relieve pressure on the northern borders of Brest and Malaszewicze. In addition, RCG has been a top provider on the south continental route to Turkey for many years.

With the growing supply of rail logistics services to the Far East and Central Asia, RCG is underpinning its strategy of internationalisation across European borders. Part of the ambitious growth strategy is to transport 150 million tonnes annually by 2025.

Intermodal network between Asia and Europe will be further consolidated

At up to 40 percent per year, the growth rates on the Eurasian corridor are more than remarkable. Above all, rail transport to and from Asia via the new Silk Road is booming. For this reason, RCG has been intensifying its transport operations on the Sino-European axis since last year, offering end-to-end logistics services between the two continents.   Over the next few years, Eurasian relations will be extended, capacity at the borders will be expanded, and intermodal transport volumes will be doubled to two million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) by 2025.

First China-Austria train

The first train from Chengdu in China to Vienna will be sent on its way on 12 April. The goal is to generate further orders for the additional utilisation of concentricity trains between West China and Europe. With this partnership, RCG is positioning itself at China's most important railway hub.

Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan Province, is China's largest railway hub. In the coming years, the location will continue to gain in importance and will be further strengthened as a hub for domestic traffic. Smaller quantities are transported in single-wagons and trucks to Chengdu and then sent on as block trains to Europe.

Knowledge sharing and new partnerships

In addition, as part of the large-scale state visit, further talks were held on new collaborations and in-depth cooperation. This included an exchange on an academic and entrepreneurial level.

The talks focused on the expansion of the transport network between China and Europe as well as the development of alternative routes. This includes, among other things, a competitive rail link between the Sino-Russian border and Central Europe as part of a continuous supply chain from China to Europe via the Trans-Siberian route. This was followed by the signing of various memorandums of understanding (MoU) – including with the Chengdu International Rail Port Group, the Yingkou Port Group, Shenyang Port Ltd., the COSCO Shipping Company, CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. and Chengdu University.