AFV Beltrame’s Stahl Gerlafingen Switches to Rail for Scrap
Stahl Gerlafingen, together with its partners SBB CFF FFS and Ultra Brag AG, has implemented a pioneering and climate friendly transport solution for scrap.
Stahl Gerlafingen, together with its partners SBB CFF FFS and Ultra Brag AG, has implemented a pioneering and climate friendly transport solution for scrap. SBB Cargo is realizing a pioneering and climate-friendly transport solution for scrap for steel recovery with logistics partner Ultra-Brag AG and Stahl Gerlafingen AG. Instead of using the road as it has been in the past, up to 100,000 tonnes of steel scrap for Stahl Gerlafingen from abroad will be logistically controlled so that they can be delivered on demand by rail from the Swiss Rhine ports directly to the Gerlafingen plant. Ultra-Brag AG is responsible for the temporary storage and loading of the steel scrap. This relieves the roads of around 4,000 trucks a year. SBB Cargo is already on the road for Stahl Gerlafingen in domestic traffic in Switzerland. The two companies have now signed a contract for additional transport of scrap by rail until 2023. Traffic started on April 8, 2021 from the Ultra-Brag Terminal in Birsfelden in the direction of the Gerlafingen plant.
The solution is a small detour and with a third partner: The scrap arrives at the Ultra-Brag-Terminal in the port of Birsfelden by barge and truck, is stored and, as required, loaded into rail wagons for transport to Gerlafingen. This expansion of the logistics concept through temporary storage and subsequent loading onto freight wagons makes a contribution to shifting traffic from road to rail.
On 7 April 2021, the first cargo train filled with material left Basel for Gerlafingen. In the future, up to 100,000 tonnes of steel scrap from neighbouring countries per year can be managed logistically to be delivered on-demand and in rail-ready quantities by SBB Cargo from the Swiss Rhine ports directly to the Gerlafingen plant. This result will come as a relief for the locals in the Gerlafingen and Basel region. It will also help to reduce traffic on the heavy used Swiss motorways A2 and A1.
Gerlafingen Solothurn Switzerland based Stahl Gerlafingen AG is an important company within the AFV Beltrame Group, which is the European market leader in the production of steel bars and sections. Around 540 employees in Gerlafingen produce over 700,000 tonnes of reinforcement and profile steel from scrap steel every year. Stahl Gerlafingen AG is the largest recycling company in Switzerland.