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. Shortly after this, the company moves its headquarters to 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).

2020

Groundbreaking in Calais

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

2021

New office in Frankfurt

We open our first office in Frankfurt am Main.

2021

216 new wagons

Fleet growing to almost 350 intermodal wagons

2021

New headquarters in Leipzig

New office after rapid growth in headcount 

2021

Opening of Calais terminal

Group's first ever terminal goes into operation

2021

Four new routes

Connecting France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the UK

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