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Setting up business

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).

The three R’s in the R3flex brand name – Rhine, rail, road – emphasise the port area’s multimodality, a strong competitive advantage for more reliable and flexible logistics.

On the scale of the Upper Rhine, the extension of Lauterbourg’s port currently represents one of the last opportunities for property development alongside the Rhine.

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New container gantry at Lauterbourg

With a clearance height of 27 metres and a weight of 437 tonnes, the new gantry can handle up to 29 containers per hour (each container may weigh up to 40 tonnes). This is the PAS’s fifth river gantry – the other four are at Strasbourg.

It is positioned in the dock in an extension to the installations already present at the port.

The new container gantry represents an investment of 4 million euros.

Financing

The investment connected with the terminal amounts to 14 million euros. It was made possible by co-funding by the French State (3 072 000 euros), the Grand Est administrative region (497 100 euros), the Bas-Rhin département (597 100 euros), the community of municipalities of the Rhine Plain area (105 000 euros), and the European Union (2 899 000 euros, first from the ERDF then as part of the Connecting Europe Facility), thereby acknowledging the strategic role of the future terminal in the European transport corridors.

The investment is part of a global development operation begun in 2011 that represents a total sum of more than 30 million euros and is designed to meet the current and future needs of businesses.

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R3flex concentrates all the skill of the PAS Group in favour of a modern, connected, responsible port area. With its new image, R3flex proclaims loud and clear the economic dynamism of the cross-border region and the quality of its transport installations.

Jean-Louis Jérôme, Director General of the PAS