Saturday 22nd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

EWS bulks up

UK rail freight operator EWS, has invested £1.6m with In-Bulk Technologies (IBT) for 60 ISO-Veyor containers, which will be used to offer new rail freight services to the dry bulk market.

The containers will be used on services in Britain by EWS, and on mainland Europe by Euro Cargo Rail, a subsidiary company of EWS based in Paris, France. They will enable EWS and Euro Cargo Rail to make a significant modal shift from road to rail, by offering a new product to the logistics market place.

ISO-Veyors are pressurised intermodal dry bulk containers within standard ISO frames. The units can be filled and sealed at source, transported and delivered to site for immediate discharge or left to provide temporary storage. EWS believe that they will transform the logistics of moving

bulk powders by reducing the cost of handling and storage, improving the efficiency of modal transfer between road and rail and in giving users the flexibility to respond to their markets without significant capital investment in fixed facilities.

Tim Robinson, EWS general manager market development, said: “This is a significant order by EWS. Not only does it open up a new market to be served by EWS and Euro Cargo Rail, but it clearly positions EWS as a rail freight operator that will invest to win new products to rail.”