The first ‘mega truck’ with material from Acerinox has been loaded today at the Acerinox Europa factory (Palmones; Cadiz) leaving for Tarragona, which is the first time this means of transport will be used as a new distribution alternative for the group within the commercial network.
Together with the transport company Sertrans, which will collaborate with the new vehicles and the transport of material, Acerinox has selected Inoxcenter Tarragona (Tarragona) and Acerinox Gavá (Barcelona) as first destinations. They will make two weekly return trips on the same routes to maximise the benefits of the new EMS (European Modular System)which will consist of a tractor, a connector link trailer and a semitrailer.
With the incorporation of these new vehicles, Acerinox reduces its distribution costs per tonne on both routes, decreasing delivery times thanks to the characteristics of the journey and cuts back CO2 emissions during transport by more than 11%. This system reduces the number of vehicles on the road therefore contributing to the improvement in road safety.
This is a consequence of the increase in volume of material transported on each journey (increasing from 24 tonnes in the conventional trailers to 38 in the mega trucks) and the corresponding improvement in transport efficiency.
This new means of distribution will mark the transport of goods by road in upcoming years and has become a key factor for improving competitiveness and saving on logistical costs.
After more than a year of feasibility and operability studies in which the routes, accesses and loading and unloading points were defined, and after having made special efforts to keep strict protocols and safety measures, last month in June authorisation was granted for the first route to Tarragona.
Beforehand, the necessary arrangements were made with the relevant authorities of the autonomous communities and corresponding municipalities, as well as with the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) and the Catalan Traffic Service (SCT), and a traffic simulation controlled by the State Security Forces was carried out which had a very positive result.