Luxembourg, 17 October 2008 – Two years to the day after the creation of CFL cargo on 17 October 2006, the company has moved into its new headquarters, in the offices of the Esch-sur-Alzette railway station.
Previously known as EuroLuxCargo, in charge of rail freight in Luxembourg, CFL cargo, specializing in trans-European door-to-door rail transport, was created on 17 October 2006 by merging the freight department of the Luxembourg national rail company (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois) with the internal rail transportation department of the Luxembourg sites of ArcelorMittal, world leader in the steel industry.
In particular, the creation of CFL cargo has enabled the development of new operational synergies. The proven abilities of CFL in the area of rail operations, combined with the long term experience of ArcelorMittal in distribution and finance, as well as a wagon fleet perfectly adapted to the specific needs of the steel industry, enable CFL cargo to offer its customers a logistics service of a very high quality.
Aware of the unquestionable benefits and the numerous advantages of rail freight as compared to road freight, notably in the areas of safety and environmental impact, the Luxembourg government not only authorised but strongly encouraged this important merger.
Two years later, the achievements of this young and dynamic company have proven to be the success that the founders had hoped for. During its first two years, CFL cargo has focused on developing new traffic, its infrastructure and its organisation. Strategically located at the heart of Europe, in the middle of the major north-south and east-west rail corridors, CFL cargo already serves the most important rail links to the neighbouring countries of Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. Together with its subsidiaries CFL cargo Deutschland and CFL cargo Danmark, the company is considering new long distance services.
To guarantee high quality customer service, CFL cargo is investing heavily, both in its human resources and its rolling stock. Two years after its creation, the fleet of CFL cargo includes 62 locomotives and 4000 wagons, transporting more than 8.5 millions tonnes of diverse products each year. Over the course of the next two years, 540 25-metre-long flat wagons, which are designed especially for the transport of long steel products produced in Luxembourg, will be added to its fleet of around 500 such wagons already in service, thus positioning CFL cargo as the undisputed leader in the transport of long products.
For maximum efficiency, CFL cargo has consolidated all its shunting activities in the marshalling yard in Bettembourg. Each day, CFL cargo dispatches more than 1000 wagons from this international centre. In order to improve the performance of the existing site, the marshalling yard of Bettembourg is to be modernised. The existing infrastructure, consisting of 10 reception tracks and 28 formation tracks, has reached its maximum capacity and needs to be expanded by 4 reception and formation tracks.
To be able to adequately respond to its customers' increasing needs, CFL cargo has also developed its human capital. Since its creation in October 2006, CFL cargo has recruited more than 160 new employees.
Thanks to its committed and devoted personnel, CFL cargo continues to pursue its goal to position itself as one of the major railfreight companies in Europe. With CFL cargo's first priority remaining the health and safety of its employee base, the company has also taken steps to obtain certification in the areas of safety (Safety Management System) and quality management (Quality Management System – ISO 9001).
About CFL cargo
CFL cargo was created by the merger of the freight department of the Luxembourg national rail company (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois) and the internal transport department of the Luxembourg production sites of ArcelorMittal.
With more than 440 employees, a fleet of around 62 locomotives and 4000 wagons, CFL cargo offers customer-orientated: whether it be regional or international freight transport, the rental of wagons, the formation of complete trains, the issuing of waybills or the maintenance of wagons.
CFL cargo today is positioned as a key a player in the European rail transport market.
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Photo caption: (from left to right) Guy Greivelding (secrétaire général Landesverband), Henri Hinterscheid (échevin ville d'Esch-sur-Alzette), Lydia Mutsch (Bourgmestre ville d'Esch-sur-Alzette), Nico Wennmacher (président Landesverband), Eugène Berger (Membre de la Commission des Transports), Lucien Lux (Ministre des Transports, Ministre de l'Environnement), Georges Bach (président Syprolux), Fernand Rippinger (CEO CFL cargo), Marc Wengler (Président du conseil d'Administration CFL cargo, Directeur Financier CFL), Felix Braz (échevin ville d'Esch-sur-Alzette, Vice-Président de la Commission des Transports), Roland Schreiner (bourmestre Schifflange, Président de la Commission des Transports)