Research and production corporation “United Wagon Company” (UWC, the Group or the Company) (MOEX: UWGN), Russia’s largest manufacturer of freight cars1, has shipped 36 tank cars for the transportation of sodium hydroxide and other chemical freight to Khimprom (Novocheboksarsk), a major diversified enterprise specializing in the mass production of industrial chemicals. The acquisition of the cars was financed by Sberbank Leasing.
The partnership between UWC and Khimprom began in 2016. Factoring in the latest delivery, the chemical enterprise’s fleet now boasts over 100 Tikhvin-produced tank cars with thermal insulation for the transportation of a wide range of chemical freight products.
Sergey Nauman, Chief Executive Officer at Khimprom: “Maintaining a high-quality business culture is important to us, whether through modern corporate governance standards, tight quality controls on production and finished products, or an improved service for our clients. This is why we pay close attention to transportation side of our business and take decisions with great care. Having reliable and efficient rolling stock is hugely important to us. Given our previous experience of operating Tikhvin-produced tank cars for transporting chemicals, we have once again been able to opt for UWC’s new generation cars.”
The 15-6900 model tank car has an increased tank volume of 54.5 m3 and an increased loading capacity of 73 t, meaning that an additional 5 tonnes of freight per car can be transported compared with standard models. The car’s tank is made from low-alloy steel, and special design solutions keep the freight in a liquid state, preventing it from solidifying. The thermal isolation element allows easy and simple access to the car’s tank during scheduled maintenance operations, and is distributed evenly in close contact with the surface of the tank.
The tank car is equipped with a model 18-9855 bogie with an increased 25 t axle load, improving the car’s operational reliability and safety, and increasing its maintenance interval up to 1 million km (or 8 years). The tank car’s service life is 32 years.
According to expert data, almost 30% of sodium hydroxide freight on the Russian market in 2019 was transported in 15-6900 model Tikhvin-produced cars running on 25 t axle load bogies. The remaining tank cars deployed in the transportation of this freight were standard cars running on bogies with an axle load of 23.5 t.
1Data sourced from INFOLine-Analytics: https://infoline.spb.ru/news/?news=162724