VR Group’s subsidiary Finnlog is expanding its operations with 35 new wood chip wagons

VR Group’s Russian subsidiary Finnlog is expanding its rapidly growing operations. The company’s 35 new wagons will allow for importing wood chips from Russia to Finland.

Finnlog is a company specialised in the wagon operating services of eastern traffic, and it is expanding its operations to transport wood chips. The company is investing in 35 wood chip wagons that will import chips from Russia to the Metsä Group pulp mill in Joutseno. The majority of the imported wood chips are from Metsä Group's Svir sawmill.

“Finnlog’s operations have been launched with a flying start, and there is clearly demand for the import traffic service model offered by the company among our Finnish customers in industry. The wood chip wagons expand our selection and increase our competitiveness very well,” says Martti Koskinen, Senior Vice President at VR Transpoint.

Finnlog is active in import traffic between Finland and Russia. Finnlog, which was established in 2019, now has about 350 wagons that are available to VR Transpoint’s key customers.

Service model to create opportunities for growth

Finnlog’s operating model is based on developing service solutions based on customer needs in accordance with VR Transpoint’s core activities. For example, Metsä Group is leasing Finnlog’s wagons for their own logistical needs. This allows Metsä Group to prepare their own transport plans that are realised by professionals in the railway industry.

“Finnlog’s aim is to continue expanding its operations to new customers and product groups. We are currently in the process of negotiations with several customers. There is demand for import traffic from Russia and a lot of potential, so we are also investing in this,” says Koskinen.

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