The order comprises twenty-two wagons for Södra's pulp transports from the mill in Värö to the port in Varberg. Measuring twenty metres, the new wagon is almost twice as long as its predecessor and constitutes a productive solution, where the entire long side can be opened for maximum accessibility and safe loading and unloading with a clamp forklift. “With the new rail wagons, we take another step towards Södra's goal of fossil-free transport by 2030“, said Christer Larsson, logistics manager at Södra Cell Värö.
Part of the design challenge was to protect the sensitive pulp material from rain and melting ice and snow. At the same time, the entire wagon side must be fully openable to enable efficient loading and unloading.
“We are experts on ice and snow and have therefore chosen not to go with sliding sections, which, in addition to offering a limited cargo opening, also function poorly in winter conditions. Instead, we have chosen a coherent lightweight solution in which the whole side is opened by a four-bar mechanism,” said Mikael Mattsson, mechanical designer at Kiruna Wagon.
The first prototype wagon will be ready in spring 2020.