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DSM presented a new lightweight transport container at the Intermodal Europe 2012 tradeshow in Amsterdam that it says could lead to considerable cost savings and increased efficiency in the transport sector.
The new HighQ container has been developed by DSM in cooperation with multimodal transporter Samskip.
According to DSM, the global logistics market utilises containers for a wide range of transport modes, including sea transport, inland shipping and transport via road and rail. In 2011, the container equipment fleet grew by 8.5%, taking the global container fleet to over 31 million TEU. The new HighQ container aims to be 20% lighter than its steel counterparts. The weight reduction is achieved thanks to composite panels that replace the commonly used corrugated steel. At the Intermodal show in Amsterdam DSM presented a 45 ft pallet-wide high cube prototype which was certified by Lloyd’s and field-tested in a real-world situation by Samskip for more than a year.
DSM says a key advantage of the new container is cost-efficiency. The lower tare weight in combination with an aerodynamic design leads to significant fuel savings during transport when transporting the same load as a steel container. Conversely, when used in transport modes where weight limitations apply, like rail and road, the lower weight of the container can also be turned into a payload increase.
It explains that the flat sides make it easier to load and unload. They are easier to clean and attract less dirt. Innovative high-impact corners protect the roof during container handling. This gives HighQ containers a longer lifetime and better protects the cargo. DSM anticipates that the new HighQ container will contribute to increasing the competitiveness of intermodal transport.
“This container is a true example of DSM using its innovative power to drive sustainability in our society,” says Theo Jongeling, HighQ containers Business Manager at DSM. “The use of composite technology reduces the impact on the environment even during the manufacturing stage and continues to do this during the entire time that the container is operational. This solution is good for the environment and our customers’ business at the same time!”
“We firmly believe in this lightweight container that we have thoroughly tested under the most severe situations,” says Diederick Blom, Chief Operating Officer at Samskip Multimodal. “We are extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to work in such close cooperation with DSM by sharing our industry knowledge and ideas and we look forward to welcoming the first series in our fleet next year.”
DSM has filed several patents on the innovations used. DSM is working with industrial partners to develop the supply chain of the new HighQ containers.>
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