The Fehmarn Belt fixed link to strengthen the transport and logistics sector
02 December 2014
Location and infrastructure
The Green STRING Corridor focuses on strengthening the transport and logistics sector in the corridor, covering Southern Sweden, Denmark and Northern Germany, by creating new, innovative transport and logistics solutions across industries and geography.
The Green STRING Corridor aims to promote innovative transport and logistics solutions for developing a green transport corridor from Southern Sweden and Northern Germany. The project facilitates cooperation between business, academia and public authorities in the STRING corridor.
Please also see: Declaration of Cooperation – Logistics clusters in the STRING region.
The Fehmarn Belt fixed link will remove a significant missing link in a cohesive, green transport corridor stretching from Southern Sweden to Northern Germany. Consulting Engineers COWI indicates that the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link will expand the market for the transport and logistics sector, including industries where transport and logistics make up a key part of the value chain.
The fixed link reduces travel time and enables more frequent transport in the corridor, making it possible to deliver goods within tighter time frames. Also, the increased density will mean that new markets reach beyond critical mass and may form the basis for new business areas for transport and logistics companies.
Green transition is a priority area
Green transition is high on the political agendas across the corridor. Increased use of alternative fuels, recycling and modern waste management generate a need for specialised transport and logistics solutions. Furthermore, the COWI analysis points to the wind turbine industry, which is strongly represented in the corridor and depends on a number of transport services for production and installation, which may be a focal point for cross-sector cooperation. In this way, the relations among trading partners are developing and will affect the transport and logistics sector.
Opportunities in the healthcare sector
The healthcare and welfare sector is generally strong in the corridor and is undergoing rapid development. New technological solutions, such as telemedicine and new centralised hospital units, reduce the industry's demand for transport in the traditional sense. However, the industry depends on a number of specialised transport and logistics services, focusing on security, just-in-time solutions and advanced storage solutions such as vendor managed inventory, which opens new opportunities for cooperating on new innovative solutions. The Fehmarn Belt fixed link is expected to affect especially the flow of transport to and from companies.
Foods must stay fresh – longer
The food industry is affected by a range of trends. The increasing demand for fresh, organic foods, especially in large cities, calls for the rethinking of how transport solutions should meet consumer demand. Also, the abattoir industry is undergoing change, increasingly outsourcing production to reduce costs by outsourcing labour-intensive work processes to German and Polish abattoirs. This creates an increasing need for transport along the corridor.
Read more in the report Potentials for cluster development within transport and logistics in the Green STRING Corridor
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