The Story Behind CargoBeamer

History

The idea behind CargoBeamer was created in 1998 by our CEO Hans-Jürgen Weidemann together with Michael Baier and Fritz Merk and finally became reality when CargoBeamer AG was founded in 2003. After years of design and further development, we entered the market in 2015 and will reach an important milestone in 2021 when opening the world's first CargoBeamer terminal. Together with international partners, we are building a Europe-wide network of routes and terminals to transport semi-trailers by rail in an environmentally friendly way.

1998-2003

Invention and patenting

Hans-Jürgen Weidemann, Michael Baier and Fritz Merk develop the idea of CargoBeamer. Technology, trademarks and designs are patented.

2003

Foundation

CargoBeamer AG is founded in Bautzen.

2004-2007

Funding and participation agreement

The Free State of Saxony subsidizes the project within the framework of an R&D cooperation project promotion („FuE-Verbundprojektförderung“). In addition, CargoBeamer concludes an investment agreement with its shareholders.

2009

Rollout of the first railcar

The first CargoBeamer railcar rolls out of the factory.

2010

Factory terminal

CargoBeamer opens the factory terminal in Leipzig.

2013-2016

Pilot terminal

In a pilot project, a first CargoBeamer terminal is successfully operated on the premises of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg.

2015

Market entry

CargoBeamer enters the logistics market and starts the first permanent connection on the Alpine route between Kaldenkirchen (Germany) and Domodossola (Italy).

2016

Move to Leipzig

CargoBeamer moves its headquarters to Leipzig.

2020

Groundbreaking in Calais

Construction work kick-off for the first complete CargoBeamer terminal in Calais (France).

Early 2021

New office in Frankfurt

We open our first office in Frankfurt am Main.

Mid 2021

216 new railcars

The delivery of 216 new railcars quadruples CargoBeamer’s capacity.

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