This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 2 2023.
The promotion of more efficient and sustainable modes of transport has been ongoing in both the EU and Finland for decades. VR also wants to promote the growth of rail traffic, which increases the number of journeys and the transport of goods by rail. VR FleetCare offers the manufacture of freight wagons in its service workshops and specialises especially in the manufacture of small special series.
At an accelerating pace, various industries are looking for solutions to meet the green transition and strict environmental standards. Logistics solutions are an essential part of these. FleetCare is involved in the development of new transport solutions together with the steel and mining industries, among others, as the company is willing to find more innovative and sustainable transport solutions in terms of rail equipment.
The design and manufacture of special series requires different capabilities and agility. FleetCare reacts quickly to the changing world situation in Europe and now maintains GOST-standard wagons in Finland in addition to EU-standard freight wagons. The competence to maintain GOST wagons, acquired in record time, is backed by strong expertise in wagon maintenance and an extensive partner network. The freight wagon fleet maintained by FleetCare in Finland currently comprises approximately 10,000 wagons, which includes nearly 100 different wagon types.
The Pieksämäki service workshop has decades of experience in manufacturing EU-standard freight wagons and wagon modifications for different industrial uses. In addition, FleetCare has developed modular wagons which are suitable for transporting several different raw materials. Technical solutions for freight wagons must also support new kinds of service concepts. The company adapts existing wagons to the changing needs of business models, which is lifecycle management at its best.
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