ADVANCED INTERMODAL FREIGHTLOGISTICS CENTRES – MAJORREGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ENGINES „Development of multimodal hubs in Europe-2nd Polish-German Interregional Roundtable” organised within the Project „Rail Baltica Growth Corridor” May/June 2012, Łódź, Poland.
Motto of the Logistics Business Forum Luxembourg 17 April, 2012 Source: Alain Krecké, "Cluster for Logistics"
Day before yesterday = uni/inter-modal logistics - no handling freight when changing modes.Yesterday = multimodal logistics - different modes but one operator. Today = co-modal combination of logistics within the supply chain. Tomorrow = combination of logistics within the integrated supply/final production chain.Day after tomorrow = logistics as interaction tool within theintegrated production/supply chain.
In 2010, in Poland transport and warehousing sectors generated 7.4% of GDP and employed 476 thousand workersSource: Ministerstwo Gospodarki, "Polska 2011 - Raport o Stanie Gospodarki", Warszawa 2011.In 2009, the logistics sector in the EU: reached a market share of 880 billion Euros representing to 14% of the EUs GDP, employing 11,9 million people in 1.2 million companies, which accounts for 9.2% of the entire EU employment rate.Source: Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl; Konference of the European Logistics Association - 16 February 2012.In Australia the Transport and Logistics industry: employs more than half a million workers, over 165,000 businesses make up the industry, which in 2010-11 was worth more than A$100 billion.Source: Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Key Findings - Discussion Paper January 2012.
Source: Prof. Dieter Rebitzer "The European LogisticsMarket" 2009.
Within the EuropeanCore Region, in thecloseneighbourhood ofthe Primary Clustersand LogisticsCentres of Antwerp,Rotterdam andAmsterdam arelocated the logisticscentres ofLuxembourg,Limburg and Liege.For comparison purposes the evaluationof the logistics centres is based on theEUs Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) concept.
Location: Landlocked betweenFrance, Belgium and GermanyArea: 2,586 sq. kmPopulation 511,800(estim.2011)Density: 194 per km2GDP (PPP) total: U$ 43.6billionper capita: U$ 80,120 (estim.2011)Major products and services:(% of GDP)- finance (38%), bankinginsurance asset management(6%)- transport logistics (5% -2009)- industry: iron & steel, cars,- rubber, printing (13.6%)
The Moselle river at Wasserbillig Photo: Wilkipedia, author Boerkevitz.Water: 47 km of river Moselle 2 ports = 1.6 km of quays
Air: international port Findel mainly cargo orientated is an important European freight hub. Cargolux Boeing 747-400F on Luxembourg Findel Airport Photo: Wilkipedia, author Ex13Luxembourg – Findel Airport
Location: Landlocked between, Belgium Germany and the Dutch provinces of North Brabant and Gelderland Area: 2,167 sq.km Population 1,122,600 (estim.2011) in cities -Maastricht 118,500 -Venlo 100,000 -Sitard Geleen 95,000 -Heerlen 90,000 Density: 518 per km2 Spendable income per capita: €31,400 (estim. 2010) Major products and services: Once coal min. & agriculture Now: -chemical industry, health care/life science -agriculture & food process. -logistics incl. VAL/VAS -automotive industry, solar energy, high tech systems.Source: Wilkipedia map
Limburg - major road connectionsE-25/A-2Amsterdam-Maastricht toLuxembourg, France Distance to Antwerp: Upand Italy to 110 kilometers (Up to 1E-34/A-67 hour)Antwerp/Rotterdam-Eindhoven-Venlo Distance to Frankfurt: Upto the German to 275 kilometers (Up to 3Rhine-Ruhr area hour)E-31/A-73Rotterdam-Venlo- Distance to Luxembourg:Maastricht to Up to 150 kilometers (UpLuxembourg, France, to1.5 hours)GermanyE-314/A-76 Distance to Rotterdam:Brussels-Sittard- Up to 200 kilometers (UpHeerlen to Germany, to 2 hours)Aachen, Cologne,Frankfurt
Limburg is connectedto the European high-speed rail networks ofICE, TGV, Eurostar andThalys.The Maastricht-Brussels Expressbrings traveling timefrom Maastricht toBrussels down to onehour and 20 minutes.Daily cargo railshuttles run betweenRotterdam andAntwerp and hinterlandterminals in Venlo,Born and Maastricht.From here there are railservices to Germany(Duisburg), Italy (Milan)and Eastern-Europe.New rail terminals areto be developed inVenlo and at theChemelot industrialpark in Geleen.
Limburgconnectionsby freightports Photo Wilikpedia The Meuse at Maastricht Limburg offers extensive inland shipping facilities that improve the hinterland connections of the main European seaports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. The inland terminals in Venlo and Born are positioned as the extended gateway of the deep- sea terminals. Inland barges and rail shuttles with daily connections to Rotterdam, Antwerp and Amsterdam provide a guaranteed and cost effective transport to and from the hinterland. Tri-modal container terminals are located along the river Meuse in Venray, Venlo and Born. Maastricht has the largest European inland port for the transshipment of steel.
Due to Limburg’s stronginternationally orientedbusiness community, manymajor companies havealready chosen to set upstrategic logisticsoperations in the region.Limburg has a long historyas a transportation centre.The region providessignificant businessadvantages in the form oflower taxes and efficientcustoms clearing processes. Limburg is a good examplethat illustrates how thelogistics industry can adaptto changing world tradepatterns. With its advancedlogistics services, one ofthose Value AddedLogistics, Limburg tries toget a more advantageousposition opposed to otherEuropean regions.
- Liege as a Province in Wallonia Belgium; area 3,844 sq.km, population 1,077,000 -Liege as a District within the province; area 770 sq.km, population 609,400 -Liege as the core city of a larger urban area 69,4 sq.km, population 194,700, and -Liege as a "Larger Urban Zone" (LUZ) classified by EU methods and standards.Province Liege within Wallonia Source: Wilkipedia map.
District Liege and Core City Core City Liege is an example how a struggling city uses its resources and utilise its strategic location to become a major freight logistics centre in this part of Europe. Co- ordinated and well planned, long reaching and consequent activities determinate this achievement.
Rail Using Wallonias extensive rail network, freight to and from Liege can easily reach every major production and consumer centre in Europe and getaway ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Amsterdam.
Rail Fast train connections with Brussels, Antwerp, Namur Charleroi, Luxembourg, Maastricht, London, Paris, Lyon, Aachen, Cologne and Frankfurt. High speed rail is used by Carex Liege for transporting express cargo.
Roads Liege is situated on a junction of 6 major roads of national and international importance. Lièges crossroads "ring" has 6 branches in clockwise order: the E25 to the south, towards Luxembourg and into France via Metz, Nancy, Lyon the E42 to the west, to Wallonia via Mons/Bergen before entering France via Valenciennes, Paris the E40 to the west, to the Belgian coast via Brussels the E313 to Antwerp and to the coastal cities of the Netherlands the E25 to the north, to Maastricht and the rest of the Netherlands beyond the E40 to the east, entering Germany via Aachen, with a splits heading to Trier.
Water The port of Liège encompasses 31 port areas on the Meuse and the Albert Canal with a surface area of 370 hectares, of which 269 are in use. For container handling the most important is the Liège Trilogiport on the Albert Canal at Hermalle-sous- Argenteau, the only trimodal terminal in Wallonia, between the deep sea ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Zeebrugge and the hinterland of Belgium, Northern France and Germany. Connection with European waterways through river Meuse and Albert Canal. Lieges Trilogiport Container Terminal is a back - up facility for Antwerp, Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.
Air Liege Bierset Airport is mainly cargo orientated. It is centrally located in the heart of the golden triangle between Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt. The cargo flight to and from Liege are able to reach a potential market of nearly 400 mil. consumers. It is open 7 days a week, round the clock. Its TNTs European Express Center. TNT serves from here 63 European and 12 intercontinental destinations.
For the provided examples the common links are: - the collapse of the traditional industries with its overall negative impact, and - in their place the creation of modern regional freight logistics centres Those centers are the result of cooperative efforts of the authorities, business, science and society in utilising and modernising an efficient transport network on a multi and co-modal platform. The integrated part of the success stories are the special local enterprises created with the aim to organise, promote and further develop those centers. It would be our great satisfaction if the authorities of the City and the Province of Lodz will have the determination to follow the examples ofLuxembourg, the Province of Limburg and the LUZ of Liege, thus the LUZ of Lodz is comparable to them in location, area and population.