R3flex - strategic connection
At the port in Lauterbourg, a 40-hectare area and new port installations are behind a new brand name for the PAS Group – R3flex.
Lauterbourg is just 40 hours by boat from Rotterdam or Antwerp, and companies such as Dow France, Comptoir Agricole de Hochfelden, Béton Fehr and Eiffage Métal are already established there.
“280 000 tonnes of gravel leave our site by waterway each year. That makes 10 800 fewer lorries on the road – for us, it’s the most economic and environment-friendly solution”, says the Société des Gravières de Lauterbourg.
What makes R3flex different is that its installations are up-to-date and it is multimodal – containers can travel by rail, road or river (the Rhine), since all three modes are present at the port.
R3flex offers developed areas of between 0.5 and 15 hectares available immediately for developing economic activities. Some plots have a direct connection with the water or the port’s rail network (with a marshalling yard nearby). A further 25 hectares could also be developed, on request.
Investment in this new scheme is the result of growing demand in connection with the increase in container traffic in the Strasbourg area. The number of containers handled each year has almost tripled since 2004 – the figure currently exceeds 420 000 TEUs, taking all the modes together.
This new logistics area also meets the need industrial and logistics companies have for space on the strategic axis the Rhine constitutes.
The facilities available to businesses include:
- one wharf for handling bulk goods,
- one ro-ro ramp for access to the water, for large-sized packages,
- one heavy-duty gantry with a lifting capacity of 200 tonnes,
- one latest-generation container gantry,
- two railway tracks (400 metres).