New Trans-Eurasian Rail-link: On Track for Greener IT
Green light for Fujitsu Siemens Computers and DB Schenker in world-first commercial transportation over 10,000km railway from China to Germany.
Munich - Fujitsu Siemens Computers is collaborating with DB Schenker to be the world’s first company to transport IT products across the 10,000km Trans-Eurasian railway bridge directly from China to Germany. This rail delivery, which begins today, represents the perfect combination of delivery speed and environmental care: it is one-third faster than ocean freight, yet produces less than 5% of the CO2emissions of air freight.
Fujitsu Siemens Computers is the world’s first IT vendor to switch from air freight to rail transport to fulfill some of its time-sensitive orders, in order to increase flexibility while achieving its goal to continuously cut carbon emissions across every stage of the IT lifecycle, including transportation.
The pioneering railway bridge, which crosses seven time zones and six countries, is being coordinated by DB Schenker in partnership with rail operators in Russia, China, Mongolia, Poland and Belarus. The first train-load, containing company goods such as monitors and bare-bones system chassis, will start at Xiangtang, around 700km north of Hong Kong, then travel all the way to Hamburg in Germany.
Over the course of its 17 day journey, the China-Germany Container Express, loaded exclusively with company goods packed into sealed, temperature-controlled containers, will cross first into Mongolia at Zamyn Uud and continue across the GobiDesert before entering Russia close to Irkutsk, where it will join the Trans-Siberian railway and pass through Novosibirsk, Omsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow. From there, the train will travel through the Russian city of Smolensk, then cross into Belarus, where it will skirt the capital city of Minsk before crossing into Poland. The final leg of the journey will see the train traverse Poland before crossing the German border near Berlin and completing its journey in Hamburg.
On arrival, the 50 containers of IT products will be dispatched to two locations – the monitors to the FSC European distribution center in Worms, and the chassis assemblies to Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ factory in Augsburg, where PCs and servers are built. Around 60 percent of Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ manufacturing takes place in Germany.
Heribert Göggerle, Senior Vice President, Supply Operations at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, states: “Transporting IT Products by rail is one-third faster than sea freight and costs only one-quarter as much as air freight. We benefit from being able to bring a share of finished goods to the market faster, without having to pass on the additional cost of express air freighting. The clear environmental benefit is that we are able to demonstrate that taking the green option is not an overhead or an additional cost, but in many respects fact the best choice.”
The train’s progress will be followed from start to finish, with regular updates and information about the route, the journey and other interesting background information, at the following blog: www.transeurasiablog.com
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Picture Information : A map of the train route will be available for download at www.transeurasiablog.com
About Fujitsu Siemens Computers:
Fujitsu Siemens Computers is the leading European IT Infrastructure Provider with a strategic focus on next-generation Mobility and DynamicDataCenter products, services and solutions. With a platform and services portfolio of exceptional depth, our offering extends from notebooks through desktops to enterprise-class IT infrastructure solutions and services offerings. Fujitsu Siemens Computers has a presence in all key markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with Infrastructure Services extending coverage approximately 170 countries worldwide. Leveraging the strengths, innovation and global reach of our joint shareholders, Fujitsu Limited and Siemens AG, we make sure we meet the needs of customers: large corporations, small and medium enterprises and private users. The company is a pioneer in providing environmentally conscious technology and processes, throughout the lifecycle of each product, and is a member of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative and Green Grid organizations. To meet stringent international standards for corporate social responsibility, Fujitsu Siemens Computers is a member of the United Nations Global Compact.
About DB Schenker:
DB Schenker combines all transport and logistic activities of Deutsche Bahn employing over 88,000 staff spread across about 2,000 locations in about 130 countries. With a turnover of some 18 billion Euros, we are a leading company – both in Europe and worldwide. DB Schenker is one of the leading globally integrated logistics service providers and has a leading goods transport rail network at its disposal. DB Schenker stands apart with its dense network of locations in the world’s most important economic regions, in air and ocean transport, in European land transport, in contract logistics as well as in supply chain management.
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