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Hodlmayr invests in more car wagons.

Austria-based automobile transport and logistics services provider Hodlmayr has invested in more car transporter rail cars to facilitate more block train services.

Five additional block train services are set to roll by the end of Q1 2017 with the addition of 110 double decker wagons to the fleet. The new wagons have lateral protection grilles, low height bottom decks and adjustable height upper loading beds. This results in better utilisation. Each of the new trains can transport around 240 cars, which corresponds to roughly 30 "haulway" road truck trips. Hodlmayr's "Go Green-GoHodlmayr" formula was recently awarded the Hermes Logistics Prize. Around 20% of the company's new car shipments already take place by train.

"In my estimation from 300 km upwards, roughly 40% of long-distance transports are suitable for the railways," said CEO Johannes Hodlmayr. "However, whether we can actually achieve this depends upon factors that we can barely influence. Apart from the availability of sufficient free line capacity, it is also necessary to have attractive framework conditions for private railways. As far as inland waterway transport on the Danube is concerned, we would like to see the securing of a 2.5m navigable depth of water along the entire river throughout the year, in order that extensive trimodal solutions could finally be drawn up and implemented across Europe". Last year Hodlmayr Group, with a 1,700-strong workforce in 16 European countries, transported around 1.7m vehicles. Its pan-European organisation has an own fleet of 730 transporters, parking capacity for 50,000 new vehicles, and 15 (to become 20) block train systems integrated in a closed loop ("circular") four stations system to carry 100,000 cars annually. Along with other trucking firms, Hodlmayr is concerned about the impact of the extended German MAUT.

It regrets that the new regime does not offer rebates for cleaner and quieter-running vehicles, pointing out that 95% of its haulaway fleet is made up of Euro V, EEV or Euro VI trucks.




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