Press release : CFL cargo acquires 540 flat railway wagons

New rolling stock strengthens CFL cargo’s leading position in the transportation of long products


Luxembourg, 14 November 2007 – As part of its investment strategy, CFL cargo today signed a contract for the purchase of 540 25-metre-long flat railway wagons with the German company On-Rail. These new freight cars will join CFL cargo's existing 3700 wagons, which already include 500 25-metre-long flat wagons.

Last spring, CFL cargo issued a European call for tender for a contract involving 540 25-metre-long flat wagons (Rbnpss), which are designed especially for the transport of steel products (beams and sheet piles). Four companies replied favourably to the call for tender. After a rigorous selection process, CFL cargo retained the bid of On-Rail – the wagon supplier who best meets the needs of CFL cargo as outlined in the requirements document.

Fernand Rippinger, CFL cargo's CEO, declares: "This order puts CFL cargo in the position of undisputed leader of 25-metre-long railway wagon owners. Our company alone will have 1000 of these wagons, whereas there are roughly 1500 throughout the whole of Europe. With this agreement, CFL cargo is also contributing to the strengthening of Luxembourg's position within the long steel product industry."

This investment is a response to the general shortage of rail freight wagons in Europe, a situation that has resulted in well-filled order books for the manufacturers. Consequently, production times can take 2 years. CFL cargo's 540 new wagons will be assembled in Bulgaria and delivered at a rate of 20 wagons per month from the beginning of 2009 onwards.

CFL cargo's investment policy concerning rolling stock will continue in the coming years. Since railway wagons have an expected life span of 35 years, about a hundred wagons will have to be replaced each year.


About CFL cargo

CFL cargo grew out of the merger of the freight division of the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (CFL) and the internal transport department of the Luxembourg production sites of ArcelorMittal, the world's number one steel company. This situation has allowed CFL cargo to benefit from these two companies' vast experience in terms of railway operation, client services and safety.

The company's strategic positioning in the heart of Europe allows CFL cargo, in collaboration with its subsidiaries CFL cargo Deutschland and CFL cargo Danmark, to operate Europe's major North-South and East-West railway axes. In addition, CFL cargo offers feeder services in the greater SaarLorLux region as well as in northern Germany and Denmark.



Carole POULL

Communication Manager

Tel: + 352-4990-4713


Photo caption:

CFL cargo et On-Rail seal the agreement for 540 25-metre-long flat railway wagons.

First row, from left to right: Jeannot Waringo – Administrateur CFL cargo, Fernand Rippinger - CEO CFL cargo, Marc Calmes – COO CFL cargo, Raymond Lehnert – CFO CFL cargo

Second row, from left to right: Nico Reuter – Administrateur CFL cargo, Marc Wengler – Administrateur CFL cargo, Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge – Administrateur CFL cargo, Thomas Bamberg –Geschäftsführer On-Rail, Thomas Engelen – Handlungsbevollmächtigter On-Rail, Alex Kremer – Administrateur CFL cargo, Marc Polini – CCO CFL cargo

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