23 May 2013

Export of Ore Wagons from Kiruna

Kiruna Wagon AB has been chosen to produce 40 ore wagons for Norwegian mining company Rana Gruber AS in Mo i Rana. The contract was signed on May 23, at the Meyergården in Mo i Rana.

Kiruna Wagon has developed a new generation of bottom dumping ore wagons with significantly lower tare weight than similar wagons, which means an increased utility and an energy-saving and more environmentally-friendly transport.

Fredrik Kangas, Managing Director for Kiruna Wagon (left) and Alf A. Øverli, Procurement Manager at Rana Gruber (right).

– That we have reached beyond the borders of Sweden is a milestone for us, and we are very proud to continue working with leading mining companies that have the highest standards of modern ore logistics, says Fredrik Kangas, Managing Director of Kiruna Wagon.

The wagons will transport raw goods from the underground mine and open pit in Ørtfjell, to the processing plant and shipping in Mo i Rana.

– The ore wagons from Kiruna Wagon are designed for 30-tonne axle load and will facilitate an increase in our production capacity and ensure that we transport our ore in the most economic and environmentally friendly way possible, says Frank Priesemann, CCO at Rana Gruber AS.

The deal is the largest single export order ever signed by a private company in Kiruna. Kiruna Wagon has – thanks to its experience in creating logistic solutions for Malmbanan – emerged as the European leader in heavy iron ore rail transports. The company is now helping Rana Gruber in taking the step towards the heaviest transport class, with 30-tonne axle load.

– The new wagon is a very strong feature of our product portfolio for modular standard products. It has a very large sales potential in the Nordic region, but also globally, says Bengt Bolsöy, Technical Manager at Kiruna Wagon.

The first wagons will be delivered to Rana Gruber during autumn 2013.

Kiruna Wagon’s new BD wagon (Bottom Dumper).

Read the full press release here.

Read the full press release in Swedish (svenskt pressmeddelande finns här).

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