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How Voith wants to create more competition with digital automated couplers

May 2021

Podcast Voith
Voith Turbo - Cornelius Weitzmann, Executive Vice President & CEO Mobility, Voith Turbo; Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMVI; Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

This time, the InnoTrans Podcast is dedicated to a technological innovation that is intended to bring freight transport efficiently and sustainably onto the rails - Digital Automated Couplers (DAC).

Exciting impulses on this topic are provided by interview partner Cornelius Weitzmann, CEO Mobility Voith Turbo, who will become Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Turbo and a member of the Corporate Board of Management of the Voith Group as of June 1. As a long-standing industry expert, Weitzmann talks about the importance of digitalization and automation for the competitiveness of rail transport. Also, why Barack Obama would be the perfect dinner guest in the Voith canteen.

DAC creates fair competition

In the interview, Weitzmann reports on the first important empirical values that Voith has gathered during several test phases and on the importance of rail transport.

"Rail transport is the most efficient and sustainable mode of transport for long as well as medium-length transport routes of the future. With our digitized, automated CargoFlex freight couplers, we are creating the basis for further increasing the competitiveness of rail freight transport and improving its market position," says Cornelius Weitzmann.

This competitiveness is relevant in meeting national and international climate targets. In this context, rail freight plays an essential role in the European mobility system of the future. Shifting freight traffic to rail is an efficient and fast way to counteract steadily rising CO2 emissions. The current episode of the InnoTrans Podcast discusses an important milestone for a fundamental transformation of the sector towards automation and digitalization.

Collaboration as a guide to success

For successful and effective implementation of DAC, open, close and efficient collaboration between railroad companies, infrastructure managers and wagon keepers, as well as the rail supply industry, entities responsible for maintenance, concerned industry organizations, rail research centers and national and European political institutions is crucial. InnoTrans 2022 offers these best conditions to intensify the cooperation. For the latest information on registration, please click here.

Fancy more mobility?

All episodes of the InnoTrans podcast can be found here. Supplementary information on the episodes can be found on our social media channels LinkedIn and on our InnoTrans Blog.

The next episode of the InnoTrans Podcast will be released on June 8. The guest then will be Regina Barringer, General Manager of the American InnoTrans exhibitor Cummins.