For the purpose of this research project, DB Cargo AG and VTG AG formed a consortium, each with a share of 50%.
DB Cargo AG is Germany and Europe’s biggest rail freight operator. With some 90,000 freight wagons, it has the biggest fleet in Europe. VTG AG has more than 80,000 freight wagons worldwide and, with a fleet of approx. 60,000 freight wagons, is the biggest private wagon provider in Europe. The IFW were optimized and structurally enhanced with regard to noise and weight reduction on the basis of existing wagon types, such as the 6-axle flat wagon for the transport of steel products, a 2×2-axle open car transport wagon, a 4-axle tank wagon and an 80 ft container wagon.