These new business deals were struck this week

Siemens and Cargounit sign agreement in Munich Siemens

This week is a week of new agreements and business opportunities. The world of logistics is gathering this week at the Transport Logistic fair in Munich and traditionally, many deals are signed here. These are some of the noteworthy announcements made this week.

CFL will add a second roundtrip to the rail freight service between Sète, in southern France, and Poznan, in Western Poland. It signed an extension of its partnership with KLOG Transport Solutions in Munich.

CFL and Ikea

The first roundtrip of this service was launched in October last year. It connects the VIIA terminal in Sète with the CLIP terminal in Poznan via Germany,, with total transit time revolving around two days. With a second weekly roundtrip, a new set of 19 double pocket wagons and 38 intermodal units per week can be put on rails.

IKEA and fashion retailer Inditex are the two main customers of the service. For IKEA, the estimated results of using the block train and intermodal solutions instead of road transportation are a reduction of 4,500 trucks and lowered CO2 emissions by 5,100 tons per year, the company acknowledges.

Siemens and Cargounit

Also in Munich, Siemens signed a contract with Cargounit for the purchase of another 9 Vectron MS locomotives. In total, the Polish locomotive rental company will have as many as 42 Siemens electric locomotives in its fleet (36 Vectrons and 6 Smartrons), becoming the largest customer of this type of vehicle in Poland.

“Cooperation with Cargounit is an example of development in the Central and Eastern European market using the most advanced locomotives. It also a unique history, which began with the purchase of a single locomotive in 2018, reaching 42 electric Siemens Mobility locomotives (Vectron and Smartron) in 2023”, said Marcin Górecki
marketing manager at Siemens Mobility.

Nevomo and GATX

Not signedin Munich but nevertheless taking palace this week is a new deal between Nevomo and GATX Rail Europe. As part of the joint development of the new MagRail system capabilities, the newly introduced Booster components, being a part of the already known MagRail system, will be installed on conventional freight wagons supplied by GATX Rail Europe and then tested on rail infrastructure equipped with the system’s trackside devices.

MagRail Booster is part of the MagRail product portfolio and allows for a quick retrofit of existing rail cars with linear motor propulsion. Other MagRail products, dedicated both to freight and passenger transport, require new vehicles. The cooperation between the companies will allow for testing on Nevomo’s test track in Nowa Sarzyna using conventional freight wagons and further development of the new functionality of the MagRail system.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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