Luxembourg, 18 August 2014 – This summer sees ArcelorMittal and CFL cargo repeating the feat achieved at the start of last year: Today, 14 more Jumbo beams will be transported by CFL cargo from ArcelorMittal Differdange to Dresden for use in the construction of a railway bridge by German rail company Deutsche Bahn.
The beams, from the Grey mill in Differdange, are exceptional in terms of their size: each one is 60.6 metres long. To produce them, two beams measuring 37 metres and 23 metres in length were welded together at ArcelorMittal’s Finishing Centre for beams and sheet piles (centre de parachèvement poutrelles et palplanches, C3P) in Differdange.
In compliance with strict quality standards imposed by Deutsche Bahn, the beams underwent numerous inspections, with particular attention being paid to the welds, which were examined with ultrasound and X-rays to detect any defects. “These beams bear testimony to our expertise and our ability to rise to our clients’ challenges,” said Frédéric Weissenburger, Production Engineer at the C3P Finishing Centre.
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In addition to the manufacturing of the beams, the transport by rail of these 14 behemoths, which tip the scales at nearly 190 tonnes, is a feat in itself. CFL cargo’s task consists of planning the transportation of this exceptional load, while taking into account the scale of the beams. The loading of the wagons, specially designed for transporting these oversize beams, has to be undertaken with extra care to ensure that the train can travel smoothly throughout its journey from Differdange to Dresden. As an ultimate constraint, the delivery must be made “just in time”; in other words, the beams must arrive at the site precisely when they are needed for installation, as it is impossible to store them in the vicinity of the bridge currently under construction.
“This second delivery proves that the success of last year’s operation was no mere coincidence,” Fritz Crelo, CFL cargo’s Loading Expert and Head Wagon Inspector, points out. “CFL cargo is a European leader in the transport of extra-long beams – an expertise that sets us apart from our competition,” he continues.
And since this operation sets a precedent, ArcelorMittal has requested an entry in the Guinness Book of Records!
Pascal Moisy, +352 4792-3120 (ArcelorMittal)
Christina Schürr, +352 51 98 10 495 (CFL cargo)
ArcelorMittal has its worldwide headquarters in Luxembourg. The group is present at 15 sites in the country, including corporate centers in Luxembourg-City and Esch-sur-Alzette, various steel production facilities of long, flat and wire products as well as distribution and steel service centers. ArcelorMittal also runs a R&D Center in Esch-sur-Alzette.
ArcelorMittal Luxembourg is a top producer of long products like beams and steel sheet piles that provide innovative solutions to the modern construction industry. Heavy Jumbo sections and high performance steel grades from ArcelorMittal in Differdange have a worldwide reputation for use in high rise buildings and save up to 40% of material weight (and accordingly CO2). Steel sheet piles from ArcelorMittal in Belval have achieved leadership in this market segment through high quality and reliability. In Dudelange ArcelorMittal produces high added value flat steel sheets, which deliver lightweight solutions for the automotive industry.
ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries and an industrial footprint in over 20 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.
Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.
For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components we use in our everyday lives more energy-efficient.
We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow.
In 2013, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $79.4 billion and crude steel production of 91.2 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 58.4 million tonnes.
ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).
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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 400 employees, a fleet of more than 70 locomotives and 4,000 wagons, CFL cargo offers customer-orientated services, including international long distance rail freight transport, regional rail freight trains and local feeder services, shunting and marshalling yard operations, freight wagon maintenance and repair, and oversize load transportation.
Together with its subsidiaries - CFL cargo Deutschland, CFL cargo Danmark, CFL cargo France, CFL cargo Sverige and Ateliers de Pétange – and with sister-company CFL multimodal, CFL cargo operates on the main European North-South and East-West routes.