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Militzer & Münch: multimodal transport of a float glass factory

St. Gallen, 7 November 2016. The Militzer & Münch Group transported the complete production line for a float glass site to Kazakhstan. During the past ten months, an international project team in Frankfurt coordinated the entire door-to-door order. In this multimodal project, Militzer & Münch was supported by the InterRail Group, another subsidiary of the TransInvest Group.

The float glass manufacturing facility is being erected in Kyzylorda, a town in the south of Kazakhstan. Starting in mid-2017, about 600 tons of float glass will be produced there every day, including products for the building industry. From eleven countries in North America, Europe and Asia, Militzer & Münch transported the whole equipment for glass production. Among the shipments were about 8,000 tons of fire-resistant material for the construction of a melting furnace, and 400 additional containers for the delivery of fittings.  

Exact coordination

The project posed numerous challenges to the Militzer & Münch team. “We synchronized every delivery precisely with the customer’s assembly schedule” says Dr. Lothar Thoma, CEO M&M Militzer & Münch International Holding AG. “Our team selected the optimal routes in advance. Moreover, all contracts and transport documents had to conform to the tariff laws of the Customs Union between Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus.” Before the actual transports began, Militzer & Münch had sorted out all tariff and tax issues with a local customs agent. Thus, the Frankfurt team was able to ensure the smooth progress of the project.

Multimodal and international

Militzer & Münch did the sea freight and road transports itself. Consignments that could not be containerized were hauled on heavy goods vehicles from Europe and China. Multimodal transport was used for containerizable goods delivered from the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Thailand and India as well as from several European countries via vessel, train and truck. With rail transports, Militzer & Münch cooperated closely with the InterRail Group, a specialist in the field of international rail freight.

Depending on point of origin and transport mode, the transit times were between 14 and 30 days. “Since the beginning of this year, we have delivered over 800 transport units to Kyzylorda on schedule”, says Dr. Lothar Thoma. “The customer was highly satisfied with the course of the project. There’s already talk of follow-up orders.”