Höganäs looks to improve environmental impact of transporting metal powders
April 6, 2016
Sweden’s Höganäs AB has announced that it is testing a new high-capacity transport (HCT) truck for carrying metal powder from the manufacturing site in Höganäs to the port of Helsingborg. Working in cooperation with Volvo and GDL Transport, Höganäs claim that loading two containers instead of one will lower carbon dioxide emission by up to 35%.
Each year Höganäs AB dispatches 200 000 tonnes of metal powder from Höganäs to Helsingborg port for further transportation to Asia and North and South America. The aim of the HCT project is to reduce the number of vehicles from eight to four vehicles per day.
“This is an important part of our sustainability efforts. In the future we will be able to halve the number of transports between the cities,” stated Melker Jernberg, CEO of Höganäs AB.
The project is using the new Volvo FH16, a fuel efficient truck design that also has the ability to disengage and raise the drive axle when unladen, further lowering fuel consumption.
Currently the new HCT truck is running on a special dispensation granted by the Swedish Transport Agency. But Lennart Cider, Project Manager at Volvo, is hopeful that the exemption requirement will be abolished in future.