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DHL is on Track with an Historic Move of 676 Passenger Coaches across Continents

The first four railway carriages manufactured by the Dunakeszi Vehicle Repair for the Egyptian National Railway Company (ENR) arrived in Alexandria.

DHL Industrial Projects, a unit of DHL Global Forwarding that manages complex project logistics, deep sea chartering activity and heavy-lift cargo, is supporting Dunakeszi Járműjavító Kft with the transport of the largest order of rolling stock in the history of Hungary.

In total, 676 coaches are being transferred from the production site in Dunakeszi, Hungary, to Egypt within a period of 32 months. DHL will manage the end-to-end transport of the coaches, each weighing 48 tons and measuring 24.5 metres in length, as well as 4.5 meters in height. Packaged for export, the coaches are transported via rail to the port of Koper, Slovenia, where DHL is integrating the cargo via its charter carriers. From there DHL will deliver the cargo via sea directly onto the railway network in Egypt at the port of Alexandria. The first batch arrived safely in Alexandria on February 23.

“The collaboration with Dunakeszi Járműjavító Kft is further testimony to the fact we offer the exact expertise required for this extraordinary transport,” says Ryan Foley, CEO DHL Industrial Projects. “I’m incredibly proud of the team in helping us to become a first-choice provider of the delivery of these coaches in a country with longstanding heritage in the field of rolling stock.”

The coaches are manufactured by the Hungarian company Dunakeszi Járműjavító Kft, owned by TMH International AG and Magyar Vagon Zrt on behalf of the Egyptian National Railways and are part of the final batch of an order of 1,300 coaches from 2018. Gradually, the production of coaches in Dunakeszi will ramp up to reach 25 vehicles per month by mid-2021 and with the first cargo due to be transported within the first quarter of 2021. The size of the coaches presents a particular challenge in ensuring delivery via sea and rail freight, making this another example in a series of extraordinary transports supported by experts from DHL Industrial Projects.

The Hungarian wagons made the first section to the Slovenian port of Koper on land, as a cargo of a railway convoy, and from there they continued their journey by sea to the port of Alexandria.

For Hungary, the order won in 2018 provides an opportunity to revive railway vehicle production and develop Dunakeszi Vehicle Repair into one of the largest railway vehicle production and maintenance centers in Central Europe.

Egypt has recently embarked on a comprehensive program aimed at renewing its rail network. As part of this, in 2018, TMH Hungary won the international tender for the production of 1,300 railway wagons worth nearly 1 billion euros. As a member of the TMH group, 678 of these cars will be built in Dunakeszi.

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