By participating in the China International Import Expo (CIIE), which took place for the first time, the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) is underlining its increasing commitment to China. In addition to 3,600 companies from 172 countries, RCG will have its own stand at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai for one week.
Political representatives from different countries visit the fair and take the opportunity to inform themselves about the cooperation efforts of regional companies. The Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck, the Austrian Ambassador in Beijing Friedrich Stift, the Hungarian Minister for Innovation and Technology Laszlo Palkovics, ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä as well as RCG Board Director Thomas Kargl were present. In addition, every day around 100,000 visitors have the opportunity to obtain first-hand information about the Rail Cargo Group's service portfolio in the field of train connections and innovations. Potential customers and business partners were particularly interested in intermodal transports and RCG's end-to-end logistics network, as well as in the wagon innovation TransANT – the revolutionary lightweight platform wagon with flexible superstructures.
Focus on China transportsIn order to increase transport volumes in the long term, ÖBB's freight transport division is extending its logistics arm as far as China and is taking a further step towards further strengthening its presence in the Far East by participating in the trade fair in Shanghai. Meanwhile, transports from and to China are running according to plan: In November, RCG achieved its ambitious goal of handling a total of 400 trains between Asia and Europe by 2018. More than 30,000 standard containers were transported by rail between Asia and Europe. RCG handles regular transports to China mainly on the Chongqing–Duisburg and Xian–Budapest routes. Goods are always transported "in both directions", i.e. from China to Europe, as well as from Europe to China. RCG plans to operate a total of 600 trains between neighbouring continents in 2019.