ON THE RAILS OF SUCCESS!
In 2019, for Smurfit Kappa, a leading manufacturer of paper-based packaging products, CAPTRAIN France began running wood-laden train services between Raon-l’Étape (88) and Facture (33).
Then in 2020 we took our partnership a step further by setting up a “Wood Hub” which made it possible to accumulate loads from several different sites in the Grand Est region of France. Once fully loaded and coupled, the train is composed of up to 22 dual-platform cars, for a total length of 620 metres and an approximate gross haulage weight of 1 900 tonnes. It then travels diagonally cross-country to Facture-Biganos station, where our client SMURFIT KAPPA is located, for the wood to be unloaded ready for processing.
Two weekly rotations take place between the Grand Est region and our client’s site in SW France.
The potential for wood from Grand Est is very high as a result of extensive damage caused by Scolytinae bark beetles, an insect species that is particularly harmful to wood.