VR Group wood chip wagons

Finnlog Expanding Its Operations with 35 New Wood Chip Wagons

June 14, 2021 - Finnlog, the Russian subsidiary of VR Group, is expanding its operations with 35 new wood chip wagons that will allow for importing wood chips from Russia to Finland. The company is investing in the additional wood chip wagons that will import chips from Russia to the Metsä Group pulp mill in Joutseno.

The majority of the imported wood chips are from Metsä Group’s Svir sawmill.

“Finnlog’s operations have been launched with a flying start, and there is clearly demand for the import traffic service model offered by the company among our Finnish customers in industry. The wood chip wagons expand our selection and increase our competitiveness very well,” said Martti Koskinen, Senior Vice President at VR Transpoint.

Finnlog is active in import transport between Finland and Russia providing specialised in the wagon operating services of eastern traffic. The company, which was established in 2019, now has a fleet of about 350 wagons that are available to VR Transpoint’s key customers.

Finnlog’s operating model is based on developing service solutions based on customer needs in accordance with VR Transpoint’s core activities. For example, Metsä Group is leasing Finnlog’s wagons for their own logistical needs. This allows Metsä Group to prepare their own transport plans that are realised by professionals in the railway industry.

“Finnlog’s aim is to continue expanding its operations to new customers and product groups. We are currently in the process of negotiations with several customers. There is demand for import traffic from Russia and a lot of potential, so we are also investing in this,” Koskinen noted.

VR Transpoint is operating 300 freight trains per day in domestic and foreign traffic offering wide-ranging fleet of equipment for transporting both goods and raw materials. The transport operator is providing transport services that are focused on exportation of products and raw materials.

The company has long-term relationships with Russian Railways and Russian wagon operators and other companies offering rail logistics services tailored for tis customers involving the entire logistics chain with supplementary services.