(Frankfurt am Main/Munich, 4 June 2019) Frankfurt-based Kombiverkehr KG, Europe's largest
provider of intermodal transports, is on show again at this year's edition of the
respected transport logistic trade fair in Munich. With a theme of “The future is intermodal –
Our milestones for your intermodal future”, visitors to the trade fair can learn about key events
in the company’s 50-year history that have had a direct impact on its current range of products
and services. From now until 7 June, Kombiverkehr will be informing customers, partners and
interested visitors to its Stand 305/406 in Hall B6 of the latest capacity increases on the
national and international network, new train products, internet-based applications for
transport processing and the KV 4.0 project for the digitalisation of intermodal supply chains.
Shortly after the fair opened, managing directors Robert Breuhahn and Armin Riedl welcomed
Andreas Scheuer, federal transport and digital infrastructure minister, to the company’s stand. The
minister’s visit highlights the importance and huge significance of rail freight traffic in general and
intermodal transport in particular, especially in an age when the issues of climate protection and
reductions in emissions are so high on the political agenda. “The Master Plan for Rail Freight
Transport and Future of Rail Transport programmes initiated by federal minister Scheuer and the Rail
Alliance for the Future that has just been launched underline once again the importance of the
railways. We will do all that we can in the working groups to ensure that the targets set by the federal
government are ultimately achieved through a common approach to implementation and delivery of
the appropriate measures. Intermodal transport has already been able to prove its effectiveness over
recent decades, which motivates us to further strengthen Germany as a logistics location with safe,
efficient and climate-friendly intermodal train products,” emphasised managing director Armin Riedl
shortly after both managing directors had spoken with Andreas Scheuer.
Kombiverkehr celebrates 50th birthday
In 2019 Kombiverkehr can look back on five decades as a company. Kombiverkehr has stood for safe
and efficient transport in Germany and Europe ever since.
Kombiverkehr Kommanditgesellschaft is founded with 56 limited partners in Frankfurt am Main on 11
February. The partnership is initiated by the then transport minister, Georg Leber, with the aim of
shifting long-distance freight transport from road to rail. Laden with semitrailers, the first Kombiverkehr train leaves the Frankfurt am Main Ost goods station as early as 1 July 1969. The first Rolling Road is added to the network the year the same year, connecting Cologne and Ludwigsburg. In October 1970 comes the first service abroad, linking Frankfurt and Ludwigsburg with Paris in Unaccompanied Transport. Kombiverkehr responds to the changing market environment with a comprehensive revision of its articles of association, restructuring itself from a co-operative to a commercial enterprise. The T3000 megatrailer pocket wagon comes onto the market. This remarkable concept is a significant invention of Kombiverkehr. The innovative wagon sets new standards for the transport of semitrailers by rail. In November 2017, Kombiverkehr takes a step into the future with its partners, launching the KV 4.0 project for the digitalisation of intermodal transport chains. The aim of the project is to make the logistical process more transparent and manageable all the way along the intermodal transport chain and beyond national borders. The milestones of the company highlight how Kombiverkehr has shaped intermodal transport in Germany and Europe over decades.
Kombiverkehr intends to continue to deliver new stimulus in the future by expanding and optimising its range of products. That gives Robert Breuhahn, managing director of Kombiverkehr, further cause for optimism in the 50th year of the company’s existence: “The past has shown that cooperation,
neutrality and equal treatment are the right way to develop this market further. We will continue to go down this path together with our customers and partner companies.”
Europe’s largest intermodal network: capacity increases and new products
Kombiverkehr uses intermodal solutions to link 30 European countries in an efficient and climatefriendly rail network. Combined with both national and international, continental and maritime networks, that gives forwarders a choice of some 15,000 services for the transport of their goods and merchandise.
Kombiverkehr has just recently made further changes to its products. In April 2019, for instance, the
frequency of outward and return services on the Cologne – Verona v.v. route was increased from 12
to 15 per week. The three additional departures from Cologne leave on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays, those from Verona on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Customers have benefited from a higher tonnage limit on the Hamburg – Duisburg v.v. route since
March 2019. the maximum weight that can be carried is now 2,000 metric tons rather than the
previous 1,600 tons.
At the start of May Kombiverkehr expanded the direct train between the DUSS terminal in Duisburg
and Swarzedz in Poland, which was only launched in January 2019, with a key connecting service.
Since then, intermodal rail transport into the south of Poland to and from Katy Wroclawskie and to the ports of Gdynia and Gdansk in the north of the country has been available from the CLIP terminal,
which is located about ten kilometres east of Poznan. From Poznan there are also connections to the
PKP Cargo Connect terminal in Warsaw Praga in end-to-end gateway services.
Kombiverkehr is also expanding the European network with a new north-south connection. The only
recently opened terminal in Kreuztal, in the Siegen-Wittgenstein district, has been offering the announced direct train link to and from Verona in northern Italy since the beginning of May 2019. At the same time, the company is also running the multi-group train from the Kornwestheim terminal to Italy in close cooperation with Mercitalia Intermodal. The destination and starting terminal in Verona is Quadrante Europa.
New for the trade fair: direct train between Neuss and Munich from 12 June
Throughout transport logistic, customers and anyone interested in the company will be given up-todate information on a national train product that Kombiverkehr is offering from 12 June 2019. The
company is expanding the links between the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region and the most important
Bavarian business location with a new Neuss – Munich v.v. service. The new train will be offered as
an open train product, which means it can be used by any forwarder and logistics company. Transport
units can be shipped in both directions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On request,
consignments can also be transported entirely carbon-neutrally on the de.NETeco+ network.
Connections beyond Munich to and from northern Italy, such as Verona and Milan, are also available
in gateway services.
Future project KV 4.0: Digitalisation of intermodal supply chains
Kombiverkehr has already set the standard in the intermodal transport sector by designing,
programming and implementing a variety of digital applications. With each new application the
company has achieved noticeable improvements in the quality of the information chain for the users of the road-rail transport system. Information gaps nevertheless exist in today's intermodal supply chain, and Kombiverkehr would like to close them by undertaking a joint project with partner companies.
The aim of the mFUND “Digitalisation of intermodal supply chains” project is to make the complex
logistical process more transparent and manageable from the users' point of view. As digitalisation
gathers pace and customers call for more transparency in the supply chain, all the project partners are
well aware that a standardised information network developed in close collaboration is the only way to improve the quality of the flow of information at a vertical level between forwarders, CT operators, rail freight companies and infrastructure providers. The core remit of the project is therefore the intelligent merging of data fragments and the corresponding processing for different users. The project is intended to deliver a common data hub with standardised interfaces for the electronic exchange of order, timetable and status data which has been specifically designed and implemented for the requirements in Combined Transport. “As things stand today, the concept design of all the work packages is complete. An important interim goal of the three-year project has thus been reached,” says managing director Armin Riedl.
The future is intermodal: celebrating its 50th birthday this year, Frankfurt-based Kombiverkehr KG is presenting the largest intermodal European rail network at Stand 305/406 in Hall B6 at transport logistic in Munich.
The press photo can be downloaded here.
Managing directors Armin Riedl and Robert Breuhahn welcomed Andreas Scheuer, federal minister of transport and digital infrastructure, to the Kombiverkehr KG stand on his tour following the opening ceremony on Tuesday morning. The face-to-face discussions focused on the climate-friendly transport of the future.
The press photo can be downloaded here.
Federal minister Andreas Scheuer in the DeLorean show car during his visit to the Kombiverkehr stand, which was given over entirely to the 50th birthday of the company and highlights the future viability of environmentally-friendly rail freight transport with the theme “The future is intermodal”.
The press photo can be downloaded here.
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