The Story Behind CargoBeamer
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.
Invention and patenting
Hans-Jürgen Weidemann, Michael Baier and Fritz Merk develop the idea of CargoBeamer. Technology, trademarks and designs are patented.
CargoBeamer AG is founded in Bautzen.
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.
Rollout of the first railcar
The first CargoBeamer railcar rolls out of the factory.
CargoBeamer opens the factory terminal in Leipzig. Shortly after this, the company moves its headquarters to Leipzig.
In a pilot project, a first CargoBeamer terminal is successfully operated on the premises of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg.
CargoBeamer enters the logistics market and starts the first permanent connection on the Alpine route between Kaldenkirchen (Germany) and Domodossola (Italy).
Groundbreaking in Calais
Construction work kick-off for the first complete CargoBeamer terminal in Calais (France).
New office in Frankfurt
We open our first office in Frankfurt am Main.
216 new wagons
Fleet growing to almost 350 intermodal wagons
New headquarters in Leipzig
New office after rapid growth in headcount
Opening of Calais terminal
Group's first ever terminal goes into operation
Four new routes
Connecting France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the UK