ArcelorMittal has secured rail deliveries to Deutsche Bahn for another year, until 2018. The two companies also cooperate on developing new rail products together. Following this contract extension, ArcelorMittal will have supplied Deutsche Bahn continuously for four years.
The German rail network provider will receive rails from ArcelorMittal´s production facilities in Spain and Poland, totalling an annual amount of up to 147,000 tons or 2,500 km in length. “We are very pleased to continue working with Deutsche Bahn”, comments Augustine Kochuparampil, CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products.
Future deliveries include 120m rails from Dabrowa Gornicza in Poland, where the group produces rails at its heavy section mill, one of the few sites in the world capable of producing rails of this length. Suitable for high-speed trains, the 120m rails provide high safety standards due to a reduced need for welding.
At the beginning of September, ArcelorMittal started delivering 1,200 tons of the 120m rails to renew a 20km railroad track between Rostock and Wismar in East Germany. This line secures public transport in the region and also provides the infrastructure for long-distance freight transport from and to the port in Wismar.