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Wibax electrifies the heavy logistics industry

Published: April 18, 2023, 10:00 a.m. Updated: April 24, 2023, 12:23 p.m.With several sea and road terminals and its own fleet of vehicles, Wibax transports chemicals and bio-oils to the Nordic market. In their new venture, they want to achieve a sustainable transport chain – for real. With electrified, heavy trucks and mobile charging posts, they are now developing the logistics industry for the better. Since its inception, Wibax has set goals that pushed forward the boundaries in the logistics industry. Jonas Wiklund, Group CEO at Wibax, believes that they have long worked for sustainability on all levels to ensure a business structure that can be maintained for a long time. The new sustainability initiative that Wibax is facing is to develop a fully electrified vehicle fleet by 2030 which is also 100 percent is powered by self-produced electricity from a new capacity of sustainably produced electricity – which will be unique on the Swedish market. Currently, there are haulage companies that have electric vehicles, but only a few in the heavy category. However, Wibax does not want the electrification to put a heavier burden on an already stressed electricity supply, and therefore places great emphasis on the second part of the goal – to produce its own electricity from a new sustainable source. – As we own the entire logistics chain, we are responsible for making it as sustainable as possible, from several perspectives. Our Swedish terminals are largely carbon neutral, and the next step is to implement more sustainable vehicle traffic. This is where you can make the biggest difference, says Jonas. An all-electric vehicle fleetThe goal of achieving a fully electrified vehicle fleet by 2030 will be tough. If they are successful, however, the development can facilitate both Wibax and the industry as a whole. – Our goal is aggressive, especially since the technology to achieve it does not currently exist. But development is moving forward by leaps and bounds and should have come far enough to achieve the goal by 2030, says Jonas. The investment includes building an own charging infrastructure that enables truck drivers to charge when loading and unloading. – When we drive large loads, it takes about an hour to load or unload, which is enough to charge enough to get to the next station where the opportunity to charge again will be available, says Jonas. The technology allows for a higher productivity than the use of diesel vehicles, which need to stop to refuel. The effect that follows is then reduced costs and reduced environmental impact, which ensures sustainability in the long run and on all levels. Durability for realJonas believes that economic and ecological sustainability should go hand in hand if sustainability is to be truly achieved. Therefore, all of Wibax’s investments are favorable from both perspectives. – If ecological sustainability is not reasonable from an economic perspective, it will be too great a challenge to maintain a sustainability mindset in the long run. By developing solutions that are both ecologically and economically sustainable, we can ensure that sustainability work continues. Along with increased fuel costs and the fact that there is a limited amount of oil, this could become problematic for the transport industry in the long run. Jonas believes that a new method should become practice in the industry before it is too late. – Oil is a finite resource, and no matter how you look at its environmental impact, the lack of it will significantly affect the transport industry. A substitute, for example electric vehicles, will make it easier for the industry in the future, he says and concludes: – Our investments enable sustainability work that is good for both the environment and the company’s finances. We have had tough growth targets from the start – and it is through these targets that the real change takes place.FactsWibax sells, buys in, processes and distributes liquid chemical products and bio-oils to industry mainly in the Nordic region. All around Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Norway there are strategically located terminals and offices. Currently, approx. 280 people work within Wibax and in 2022 the group’s turnover was SEK 2.8 billion. Read more about Wibax The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Wibax and not an article by Dagens industri

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