Etihad Rail Set to Transform Logistics Network in UAE
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway entity, is tripling its fleet by announcing the award of a contract for the manufacture, supply and commissioning of 842 new wagons.
This expansion paves the way for rail to become the primary mode of transport for freight haulage in the UAE following the completion of Stage Two of construction. It connects the entire country through 605 kilometres of track from the western port area of Fujairah, across the other ports of Jebel Ali and Khalifa which are close to Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively, all the way to the eastern enclave of Ghweifat on the Saudia Arabia border.
His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed Al Nahyan reviewed the overall construction work progress of Stage Two and witnessed the purchase approval of the additional wagons, increasing the rail’s annual transport capacity to reach 59 million tonnes.
- Etihad Rail now consists of over 1,000 wagons
- A total of 605 kilometres of train track will have been laid
- Annual transport capacity now stands at 59 million tonnes
His Highness said: “Etihad Rail is building a sustainable national railway network designed to transform the UAE’s freight transport and logistics mode of operation by modernising the haulage map for the end-users, customers as well as operators.
“The national railway network is designed to cater to the needs of customers and related industrial sectors, as well as existing multi-modal transport systems. Etihad Rail, the operator of a new, modern, scalable, and reliable mode of transport, will directly support the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership for economic growth and sustainable transportation.”
The newly acquired wagons will be manufactured according to specific GCC requirements, including state-of-the-art breaking, signalling, and communications control and safety systems while being tailor-made for the specific regional environmental conditions in general and for the UAE in particular.
The Catalyst for Regional Growth
By tripling its wagons fleet, Etihad Rail’s annual transport capacity will increase by a factor of eight, transporting cargo such as containerised and bulk freight, including petrochemicals, aggregates, construction-related materials, industrial and perishable goods, waste, cement and all related construction materials, aluminium, perishable goods, as well as general cargo, both domestically and internationally.
Stage Two of the Etihad Rail network is moving forward rapidly, as all contracts for the construction, civil works, Freight Facility centres and the Operations and Maintenance headquarters have been awarded, plans approved, and ground was broken on the Stage Two rail corridors.
Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar
Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022.
During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory.
"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."
Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year.
"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."
Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.
Watch this space.