Tatravagónka delivers 50 flat wagons to PKP Cargo

Slovak manufacturer Tatravagónka has delivered the first 50 flat wagons to the Polish rail freight carrier PKP Cargo. This batch is part of the big deal concluded in March 2019. According to the agreement, the Slovak company is committed to producing 936 flat wagons for the Polish partner by the end of 2022.

PKP Cargo received the first batch of flat wagons in December 2019. The other 400 units will be supplied by the year’s end. Further deliveries are scheduled for 2021 and 2022 – 298 and 188 wagons respectively. The entire order of PKP Cargo is valued at 368 million zlotys (around 87 million euros). The deal is co-financed by EU funds with an amount of 183 million zlotys (over 43 million euros).

Second deal

Besides 936 Slovakia-made wagons, PKP Cargo will also receive 220 flat wagons from Greenbrier Companies. This contract valued at 126 million zlotys (around 30 million euros) was signed in December 2019. The Greenbrier Companies will manufacture the ordered wagons at its two facilities – Wagony Świdnica (Poland) and AstraRail (Romania). In 2021 they will supply 130 flat wagons to PKP Cargo. The remaining 90 units will be manufactured in 2022.

Intermodal strategy

The acquisition of the flat wagons is part of PKP Cargo’s strategy focused on strengthening its position on the intermodal market. “The European and global market situation shows that development in ​​intermodal transport and logistics services are key activities of the changing economic reality. PKP Cargo has a strategy tailored to this reality. The purchase of intermodal platforms is one of the largest investment projects implemented by the company”, noted Czesław Warsewicz, CEO of PKP Cargo.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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