Wabash National Corp. announced Monday, May 5, that Japan’s Shiga Transport Co. Ltd. purchased a demonstration set of RoadRailer intermodal equipment. Wabash says Shiga Transport, representing the Japan trucking industry, purchased the equipment to investigate the possibility of using RoadRailer products in Japan.
Wabash describes RoadRailer as a unique technology with the flexibility of an over-the-road trailer that is equipped specially for railroad intermodal service. Japan is pursuing a program called Dual Mode Transport II in which, by utilizing the RoadRailer technology, the country would improve its freight structure and reduce pollution and greenhouse gases. A national demonstration of the RoadRailer technology will take place in Japan this June.
“Wabash National is pleased to be working with Japan’s Shiga Transport,” says Dick Giromini, president and chief executive officer of Lafayette, Ind.-based Wabash National. “This is a great opportunity for Wabash National to globally expand the benefits of RoadRailer technology, and enable Shiga Transport to provide Japan with this innovative technology as the country focuses on better utilizing its railroad infrastructure.”