PJSC «Research and production corporation «United Wagon Company» ("RPC UWC", the "UWC Group" or "Company") (MOEX: UWGN), Russia's largest manufacturer of freight cars, and the Acron Group (Moscow Exchange and London Stock Exchange ticker symbol: AKRN), one of the leading mineral fertilizer producers in Russia and worldwide, have signed a strategic cooperation memorandum set to result in a purchase and sale agreement for 500 new generation hopper cars for mineral fertilizers.
In accordance with the memorandum, innovative mineral hopper cars, Model 19-9549-03, manufactured at Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant (TVSZ, part of the UWC Group) will be delivered to the Acron Group by the end of Q1 2022. An increased body volume of up to 120 m3 and an axle load of up to 25 t allow the car to transport cargo using its full load capacity of 76 t, which significantly reduces the cost of transporting a tonne of cargo and the fleet size required.
UWC and the Acron Group have been cooperating since 2013. The Acron Group is one of the world's largest mineral fertilizer producers. Its annual volume of cargo transported by rail is about 9 million tonnes per year and is continuously increasing due to the development of its production facilities. The purchase of another batch of Tikhvin railcars will make it possible to meet the Group's production plan as part of its development strategy by delivering cargo to Group's customers and production facilities on time.
1As reported by INFOLine-Analytics: https://infoline.spb.ru/news/index.php?news=205975