In the Austrian pulp and paper industry, around 20 million tons of raw materials and products are transported annually.
First, the raw materials wood and waste paper are transported to the paper mills, and then the finished products in the form of pulp, paper, cardboard and paperboard are delivered back to the customers for further processing. All these transports require efficiently coordinated logistics, which are carried out as CO2-saving as possible. For this reason, the paper industry relies on the highest possible rail share (almost 50 %) for all transport destinations.
Tonnage increase reduces journeys
Especially on shorter distances<100 km) ist der LKW-Transport unumgänglich. Im Speziellen bei Holztransporten macht es Sinn, die Tonnage von derzeit 44 t auf 50 t anzuheben. Dies hätte zur Folge, dass deutlich weniger (-15 %) Transporte notwendig wären und dadurch eine signifikante Menge an CO (2 could be saved.100>
Optimise rail transport
We also see significant potential for optimisation in the rail transport sector. In order to increase the attractiveness of rail transport, it is essential to expand the rail infrastructure as well as the rolling stock. For the highly export-oriented paper industry, it is also very important that the transport of goods to the Mediterranean and North Sea ports can be carried out as efficiently and promptly as possible.
SMART GIGAWOOD WAGON
ENABLES 50 % INCREASE IN CAPACITY
Innofreight Solutions, Bruck an der Mur, has developed the "Smart GigaWood Wagon", a freight wagon that enables a capacity increase of up to 50 percent by using particularly wide and high stanchions. The advantages of using this wagon are a higher payload gain, reduced logistics and maintenance costs, and fast and safe loading.
The paper industry is producing less in the crisis year 2020 and has to accept a significant drop in sales. Nevertheless, it is focusing on the climate targets.
After a very good year in 2018, the paper industry will record slight declines in sales and production in 2019.