Schweighofer Fiber GmbH
P.O. Box 62
Salzachtalstraße 88
5400 Hallein – Austria


Schweighofer Fiber GmbH has declared that it aims to transport as much material as possible by rail.

The vast majority of wood and processing chemicals for the production of cellulose are supplied by train.

Since the start of 2013, the company has also been using environmentally friendly dedicated trains to transport its viscose cellulose from Hallein to Bremerhaven or Koper twice a week. A block train is made up of 21 high-capacity wagons, is a total of 500 meters long and can hold up to 1,300 tonnes of pulp.

This means that 150,000 tonnes of cellulose are transported by rail, and 6,000 trips using heavy goods road vehicles can be avoided.

This reduces CO2 emissions by at least 4,700 tonnes per year. In Bremerhaven and Koper, handling and interim storage of the cellulose from Hallein is provided by the port service provider.

Up to 15,000 tonnes of cellulose can be stored in this way. The port service provider's employees safely store the cellulose in 40 foot containers in accordance with packing lists. Each container can hold around 26 tonnes, so around 130 cellulose bales.

This means that the port service provider packs 750,000 cellulose bales for Schweighofer Fiber GmbH each year. The containers are then loaded onto booked container ships at a later date using state-of-the-art loading systems.

Depending on the destination in Asia, transport by sea takes between four and five weeks.