Swiss-based chemicals and biomanufacturing group Lonza and chemicals logistics specialist Bertschi recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the intermodal terminal in Visp
The terminal opened in 1999, just a year after discussions started, and in 2000 it handled 4,000 containers. Currently it handles 16,000 containers a year and the celebration with a small party of guests was timed to coincide with the handling of the 250,000 container.
Over the years the number of employees has risen from two to eight and storage capacity has almost doubled in 2009 to 400 containers. In the beginning, the terminal was primarily the site of traditional operations, such as rail loading and storage. Today, it is integrated much more strongly into Lonza’s logistics chain through Bertschi’s empty container management procedures.
The location of Visp (Viège) in the Swiss canton of Valais in the heart of the Alps has always represented a logistical challenge, but the terminal and the rail network connect the Lonza plant to global freight flows. Raw materials arrive in containers and finished products are shipped out in containers.