The environmental concerns and the climate changes are some of the greatest challenges for the transporters of goods of the future. A radical reduction of emissions of carbon dioxide is high on the EU agenda and also for many great nations of the world. Since the transport sector causes a substantial portion of the emissions of carbon dioxide, a transit to a larger share of railway-based transports is essential.
The demand from the market in respect of railway transports is high all over the world but the situation may differ between the countries. In countries within the EU and in countries such as Canada, USA and Australia, the basic concept is to use the railway for long-distance transports and lorries driving short distances, which is regarded as the most optimal, both in terms of transportation economy and environmental concern. In other countries such as India, Russia and China, the need for railway transports is generally high since the road infrastructure is so limited.
The most essential task for Jan Eriksson, the innovator and developer of The FlexiWaggon, has been to find solutions that can eliminate the problems that have so far hindered the development of goods transport by railway; problems such as time-consuming loading and unloading procedures, and the dependency on terminals which have made railway freight of goods in most cases an expensive and unprofitable business.
The development of The FlexiWaggon has made it possible to transport goods faster and more efficiently on railway. The unique feature of The FlexiWaggon is the flexible system for transferring goods between road and railway – without any use of terminals. With the simple pressing of a button, the driver can load and unload the goods and the railway carriage can continue, running on schedule. In as little as 7 minutes, the goods can be transhipped without disrupting the traffic on parallel tracks.