Project partners

The consortium partners are highly ambitious in developing ground-breaking concepts (e.g. LWL), but also in developing new technology (e.g. automated loading of wagons) and in working out collaborative business models to bundle volumes and maximise equipment utilisation within the cluster.

The consortium consists of 11 partners from 5 member states. It has been carefully set up to combine the necessary multidisciplinary competences to realise the objectives. There is a balanced mix between research institutes, technology suppliers, freight operators and the chemical industry. With the strong involvement of operational companies and the industry, the newly developed concepts, technologies and services – if proven viable – will be very rapidly implemented and exploited.

Lineas transports a wide range of goods from raw materials, chemicals and semi-finished products to industrial and consumer goods. Its ambition is to make rail freight transport more attractive, easy and efficient. Lineas realises this through operational excellence, focus on safety and quality and innovation.

TransCare is a recognised consultant in transport solutions. Transcare worked out numerous smart new transport concepts for customers all over Europe.

Ancra Systems is the specialist in the field of automatic truck (un)loading systems: from standard systems to customised solutions. Ancra Systems streamlines trailers and air freight loading and unloading processes worldwide and has been doing so for more than 20 years.

Trafuco has been an established name in the Benelux transport sector for more than 40 years. The company is ideally located, within easy reach of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Rotterdam. Trafuco transports chemical liquids and solid substances throughout Western Europe, always using specially adapted vehicles.

The department of OTB Research for the Built Environment combines scientific and applied research. It has substantial experience in international collaborative research, including EC funded projects. OTB has considerable experience in performing transport market and freight flow analysis and the analysis and design of transport service networks.

ZOS has extended experience on upgrading and modernisation of freight wagons. ZOS has several quality certificates for design, development, manufacturing of new vehicles, revisions, repairs and upgrades of freight cars, wheel-sets and subassemblies.

ISC is both an intermodal operator and a railway company whose aim is to promote, market and manage the rail freight transport in Italy. At present ISC serves the main container terminals in Italy and it has started up a rail “Shuttle” granting a direct connection between the Port of Naples and Nola.

VTG is Europe’s leading wagon rental company. Its fleet of more than 80,000 railcars consists primarily of tank cars, intermodal wagons, standard freight wagons and sliding wall wagons. Besides hiring out wagons, the Group delivers a full range of multimodal logistics services with a focus on rail and global tank container transportation

The Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies has a tradition in research and development and transfer to applicable outcomes (registered patent, invention, and industrial design).

EcoRes facilitates the transition of organisation towards sustainability. EcoRes offers a portfolio of services that covers the whole lifecycle of an sustainability strategy, using different frameworks, tools and methodologies.

essenscia, the Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences industries, includes nearly 800 companies representing more than 95% of the overall turnover in the sector. Its 60 experts provide information, services and tailor-made advice to its members. They represent and promote interests specific to their sector of activities.

Advisory board

The project is supported by an advisory board. This board consists of scientific and professional experts in the field of transport technology and logistics, intermodal transport and the chemical sector. The advisory board contributes to the project by commenting project plans or results and providing information, all on the basis of their field expertise. The board meets on regular base with the project team and consists of the following experts:

Organisation Representative
Port of Antwerp

Koen Cuypers


Kris Neyens

University of Antwerp

Thierry van Elslander

Technische Hochschule Wildau

Michael Herzog

Technical University Hamburg

Heike Flämig

Dapa - Design

Jozef Rejduga


Tim Mertens


Rob Manders


Jurgen van der Sloot


Ethem Pekin