National Steel Car is happy to announce it’s work with Canpotex in manufacturing 700 new railcars for carrying Canadian mined Potash. We have been working with Canpotex since 1999 in the manufacturing of over 7,000 railcars.
Canopotex’s success is attributed due to their 43 years as a reliable supplier of potash within and outside of Canada. National Steel Car has contributed to this success with our innovative and robust quality of our freight cars.
The cars we are providing for Canpotex are in house custom designs that our engineers have made directly with Canpotex. Our innovation with our cars has allowed Canpotex to optimize their gross tonnage of product per car, aswell as the number of cars capable of being pulled per train. The use of our cars with Canpotex has increase overall train efficiencies by 90%. Our work has resulted in reduced greenhouse gases as well as enhanced capacities for Canpotex. As a result, since 2000, Canpotex has doubled its annual rail shipments without adding an additional train and, consequently, without placing any additional strain on Canada’s rail system.
“We are proud of our strong relationship and 20-year history of working with and producing industry-leading potash cars for Canpotex,” stated Gregory J. Aziz, National Steel Car’s Chairman and CEO. “We greatly appreciate the trust Canpotex has repeatedly placed with our company. This order alone will secure approximately seven months of employment for over 400 of our 2,400 employees, and will provide significant additional benefits to our Province.”
Potash is Canada’s largest mineral export and Canpotex currently ships in excess of 10 million tonnes per year, representing approximately $3 billion in annual exports. Once in service, Canpotex’s railcars will transport potash from Saskatchewan to Canpotex port facilities in Canada and the United States, to meet the needs of Canpotex’s customers in 36 global markets.