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ÖBB and Voestalpine create a joint venture to produce TransANT wagons

ÖBB-Technische Services, a subsidiary of the Austrian State Railways’ Rail Cargo Group and Voestalpine Stahl have signed a 50:50 joint venture agreement that paves the way for the implementation of their co-created platform concept TransANT.

This innovative, lightweight platform wagon, created by the two companies, not only sets new standards in the rail logistics industry in terms of flexibility and modularity, it also sets a new benchmark on the freight transport market.

Its modular platform concept makes it possible to load greater volumes and also makes it a flexible superstructure that can be customised to meet every individual logistics requirement. Launched in the autumn of 2018, the first 60 freight wagons from the TransANT product range 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 the Voestalpine 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.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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