ÖBB Rail Cargo Group subsidiary ÖBB-Technische Services and Voestalpine Stahl, part of the Steel Division of the Voestalpine corporation, have signed a 50:50 joint venture agreement for the formation of TransANT GmbH.
This move paves the way for the further development of TransANT – the innovative, lightweight platform wagon, created by the two companies, that sets new standards of flexibility and modularity in the freight logistics market.
Launched in autumn 2018, the first 60 TransANT wagons have been successfully and efficiently transporting domestic ore for Voestalpine since autumn 2019.
Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, managing director of ÖBB-Technische Services, said: “With TransANT, we channelled our expertise in innovative transport solutions into a landmark concept.
“The joint venture will put this revolutionary technology on the rails and make rail freight transport more flexible, more sustainable and more attractive.”
Wolfgang Mitterdorfer, sales director of Voestalpine’s Steel Division, added: “What started out on paper two years ago is now protecting the environment and saving money.
“The joint venture gives us a common framework for driving forward this innovation – the time has come.”