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Mitsubishi wants to launch Muuga-Kaluga train again

Mitsubishi plans to resume the regular cargo train traffic from the Estonian Muuga Port to the assembly plant in Kaluga, Russia, that was suspended at the end of the year 2014, LETA/Postimees Online reports.

Container cargo terminal Transiidikeskus Chief Executive Erik Laidvee said that the Muuga-Kaluga train hasn't operated for 1.5 months, and that was because Mitsubishi is replacing the model produced in the Kaluga factory. Once the new model fittings are in place, regular transport of components to the assembly plant starts again. "This year we hope to have at least the same cargo volume as last year, and perhaps even an increase," said Laidvee.

Laidvee said that Mitsubishi has been very satisfied with the transport arrangements so far. The same was confirmed to Estonian Minister of Foreign Trade Anne Sulling by MitsubishiMotors Board Chairman Osamu Masuko at their meeting on Wednesday in Tokyo.

Masuko said Mitsubishi wants to restore the former transport volume by the end of the first half of 2015.

According to the state-owned EVR Cargo rail transport company, the Mitsubishi container transport volume grew last year as compared to the year earlier by 23% to 166 trains.

Estonian Foreign Trade and Entrepreneurship Minister Anne Sulling met on Wednesday, together with Estonian entrepreneurs, with leaders of Mitsubishi Motors and Hitachi, with whom they discussed the development of cooperation between the Estonian and Japanese logistics and transit industry and the chemical industry.

Mitsubishi Motors, with which Estonia has good connections from the pollution quota transactions time, wishes to develop cooperation with Estonia also in the chemical industry. At the meeting, Estonian companies Chemi-Pharmand Molycorp Silmet had the opportunity to introduce their activities.

Hitachi executives were interested in Estonia's experience in relation to installing remote readable electricity meters, since in Japan, the network of the so-called smart meters is expanding across the country.

(Source: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/good_for_business/?doc=101405&underline=muuga-kaluga)


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