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United Wagon Company wins DB Cargo tender

The Russian wagon builder will supply 130 Sggrs80 articulated twin container flat cars to Europe’s biggest rail freight company in H1 2020, and there is an option for more sets

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The award follows a successful quality audit by DB Cargo in the summer and accreditation of Q2 supplier status, and UWC displayed the new car at Innotrans, Berlin in September.


The tender was contested by car builders from Europe and the USA.


Martin Kretschmer, Head of Procurement of Deutsche Bahn, said: “I am very pleased to welcome UWC as a new supplier for Deutsche Bahn. We rely on strong suppliers such as UWC to help us further increase our rail freight business. We look forward to receiving first freight cars from Russia.”

UWC displayed its new standard gauge Sggrs80 car at Innotrans 2018 in Berlin in September
UWC displayed its new standard gauge Sggrs80 car at Innotrans 2018 in Berlin in September

Earlier this year Poland’s multimodal logistics company Laude Smart Intermodal placed a large order with UWC for Russian gauge container flat cars, but the DB Cargo order represents a major breakthrough for its export strategy in the European standard gauge market.


The company says it has worked successfully on a technologically-challenging project to design and manufacture rolling stock that meets DB’s stringent requirements.


The 80ft Sggrs80 twin car has a payload capacity of 108.6 tons, enabling it to transport various standard-sized ISO containers, tank containers and swap bodies with a gross mass up to 36 tons. It is designed to be lighter than similar cars operating in Europe. The bogies have an axle load of 22.5 tons.


The articulated flat car was designed by United Wagon Company’s R&D Technology and Transportation Centre and the cars will be built at UWC’s production site in Tikhvin (Leningrad Region). The car assembly certification for compliance with the European TSI standard will be carried out by the end of 2019.


Maxim Kuzemchenko, the Managing Director at UWC, commented: “Designing a car for Deutsche Bahn was a very ambitious objective for UWC. It would be possible to enter the European market offering cars with a simpler construction for ordinary freight companies, but we decided to offer something more sophisticated, because DB sets extremely high standards for the quality of processes and implementation.


"Within a year, we carried out R&D work, worked on the design with our German colleagues, studied existing European standards, prepared our manufacturing facilities and personnel, and built links with international suppliers. I am confident that this project offers our company huge potential on the international market.


Our ability to produce 20,000 freight cars annually will help European customers to cover their needs in situation where local producers are overbooked with orders. We are ready to offer all types of rolling stock for the transportation of gases, bulk and other cargos to customers around the world.”

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