Rail opens the Silk Road

Fujitsu Siemens Computers' train on course towards Germany.

The Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ train on its 17-day journey from China to Germany.

A container train carrying IT products has set off on its 10,000-kilometre journey from China to Germany. 

The Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ (FSC) train, carrying 50 containers, is transporting high-end IT products, such as monitors and chassis manufactured in China for the Munich-based company, to Hamburg.

The train, for which DB Schenker is responsible in collaboration with the Russian Railways RZD and the Chinese Railways, is expected to arrive in Germany on October 6, after completing its journey in 17 days. 

 

Heribert Goeggerle, FSC’s senior vice president of supply operations said: “Shipping IT products by rail is more flexible and around one third faster than by ocean freight. And compared with air freight, we save around one quarter of the costs with a 95 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions. This shows that rail is the best choice – both economically and ecologically“.

FSC becomes the first company to decide in favour of rail via the trans-Eurasian Landbridge.

DB Shenker’s managing director of trans-Eurasia logistics Hartmut Albers said the train shipment offered speed and environmental friendliness, providing businesses with an opportunity to promote their green image in terms of both production and logistics.

“With Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a company has commissioned us for the first time to take a complete trainload on the land route from China to Germany. We intend to continually develop our concept of company trains, because this is a future-compatible supplement for our customers to ocean and air freight,” Mr Albers said.

“At the same time, this train marks our entry into regular scheduled operations on this key transit corridor: we are planning to introduce the Trans-Eurasia Express in the next month. This will be a weekly service between China and Germany with trains departing from both countries.”

The train travels through China and Mongolia, and crosses the border to Russia near Irkutsk. It then continues along the route taken by the Trans-Siberian Railway via Novosibirsk, Omsk, Ekaterinburg to Moscow. From there it travels through Belarus and Poland on its way to Germany.

On arrival in Hamburg, the 50 containers will be forwarded in two directions: the monitors will continue by train to FSC’s European distribution centre in Worms, while the chassis will be taken directly to the assembly plant in Augsburg, where PCs and servers are produced. Around 60 per cent of FSC products are manufactured in Germany.

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