Agrana gives Sustainability Award 2016 to Rail Cargo Group

Natural raw materials require uncompromising quality and expertise – from planning to service management – along the entire logistics chain

Agrana gives Sustainability Award 2016 to Rail Cargo Group

Every year, the Rail Cargo Group implements strong logistics solutions for more than three million tonnes of agricultural products, and provides comprehensive security of supply – using the environmentally friendly railway. For this the company was now awarded the Agrana Sustainability Award.

According to the companies’ information, Agrana and the Rail Cargo Group have been reliable partners for regional farmers and sugar farmers for years. Around 1.6 million tonnes of sugar beets are transported by rail on behalf of Agrana per year. Thanks to the decentralized networking on the railway, with more than 400 operating locations in Austria, regional SMEs and domestic production are supported and Austria as a business location is strengthened.

Rail transport causes less CO2 emissions compared to trucking: in 2015 emissions in the dimension of approximately 900 percent could be avoided with the transports for Agrana.

As criterion for the success of a long term partnership, Agrana and the Rail Cargo Group build on the joint development of potentials. E.g. the utilization per train and waggon way improved, thereby optimising also the trips. This includes an increase in efficiency of the systems for both companies, as well as modern equipment of vehicles and waggons, and the development of a capacity management system by the Rail Cargo Group. With different technical and operational measures, as well as strict controls and high demands on the equipment used, a modern and secure processing of the transportations can be ensured.

Awarding the prize to  Ferdinand Schmidt, CEO RCG on May 31 in Tulln, Fritz Gattermayer, CEO Agrana expressed thanks and appreciation for the sustainability measures. “We understand corporate responsibility as a key principle for long-term economic success that is in harmony with the environment and society,” affirms Ferdinand Schmidt, setting a clear sign of the successful closing of ranks. The aim of the cooperation is to link transport and logistics services in terms of efficiency and customer benefits as close possible to each other.