Russia’s United Wagon Company (UWC) and the Acron Group have signed a ‘strategic cooperation memorandum’ that is set to result in a purchase and sale agreement for 500 new-generation hopper cars to carry mineral fertilisers.
In accordance with the memorandum, Model 19-9549-03mineral hopper cars, manufactured at Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant (TVSZ - part of the UWC Group), will be delivered to the Acron Group by the end of Q1 2022.
An increased body volume of up to 120 m3 and an axle load of up to 25t allow the rail car to transport cargo using its full load capacity of 76t, which significantly reduces the cost of transporting a tonne of cargo and the fleet size required.
UWC and the Acron Group have been cooperating since 2013. The Acron Group is one of the world’s largest mineral fertiliser producers. The volume of cargo it transports by rail is about 9 Mtpa and is continuously increasing due to the development of its production facilities.
UWC said the purchase of another batch of Tikhvin railcars will make it possible to meet Acron’s production plan as part of its development strategy by delivering cargo to customers and production facilities on time.