Services Oct 31, 2014 7:00 AM

Rail instead of road

For the haulage of foundry coke, ThyssenKrupp Metallurgical Products is now using efficient Black BoxXes. The raw materials experts of the ThyssenKrupp Group have relocated the supply chain for this sensitive product from truck to train. This innovative logistics method means that weekly two trains will be traveling from Poland and one from the Czech Republic to Germany and Denmark. Each train carries 54 Black BoxXes each with 27 t of coke.

Altogether around 200,000 t of coke is hauled annually in this fashion, replacing some 8,000 truck haulages and about 6.4 million road kilometers. ""The new procedure is much more cost efficient and kinder to the environment compared with the road haulage used up to now. It's also easier on the sensitive coke which is now rehandled less frequently,"" says Kai-Norman Knötsch, General Manager, ThyssenKrupp Metallurgical Products.

About ThyssenKrupp

ThyssenKrupp has around 157,000 employees in just under 80 countries working with passion and expertise to develop solutions for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2012/2013 ThyssenKrupp generated sales of around Euro39 billion.

ThyssenKrupp Metallurgical Products GmbH is part of the ThyssenKrupp Group and one of the world's leading commodity trading companies. The company pools resources and technical expertise to provide solutions for virtually all applications in the metallurgical industry. With exceptionally good connections on the raw material markets, in part exclusive marketing rights and end-to-end quality surveillance, the company offers the best possible price/performance ratio for its products. Its close cooperation with the LME (London Metal Exchange) and the expertise of its in-house Metal Hedging Competence Center (CCMH) - which is also sought-after Groupwide - makes MetPro the first-choice partner for international customers. Services include product preparation, coke, coal and petcoke trading, warehousing, the sale of advanced furnace technology and trading of industrial gases, natural gas, electricity, high-quality coal products and industrial minerals.