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Cutting-edge international research supported by DB Schenker

At DB Schenker we are proud to deliver excellence as a logistics provider, and we are just as proud to support excellence on other fields of expertise. We are therefore more than happy to support cutting-edge international research in an impressive and challenging operation.

FAIR aims at providing scientists from around the world with new insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe, from the Big Bang right up until today. About 25 structures are being built on a site measuring about 150,000 square meters, including a ring-shaped 1,100-meter accelerator tunnel.

During the 6-year life of the project, DB Schenker is operating a dedicated 9,000-square meter warehouse near the construction site. We are responsible for handling 24,000 components in total; these are being delivered to the warehouse in what will be over 5,000 separate shipments. This logistics facility is used to store all components for the particle accelerator, including electronic equipment, but also magnets, some of which weigh more than 36 tons.

Photomontage of the future FAIR facility

In FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), one of the largest research projects worldwide, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung is constructing a gigantic particle accelerator in Darmstadt, Germany, in collaboration with international partners.

When everything is in place and installed, scientists will be able to accelerate billions of uranium ions to a speed that equals 99 percent of the speed of light. The particles can travel more than one million kilometers within just a few seconds, thanks to the perfectly coordinated control of the accelerator structures and their associated steering magnets, and to the facility’s ultra-high-performance vacuum system. With all this, researchers will be able to bring the universe into the lab and produce matter that usually only exists in the depth of space.

DB Schenker is involved in the transportation of the components that make this unimaginable scientific achievement feasible. This includes full and partial loads on the long hauls and heavy-haulage transport from the warehouse to the construction site. Moreover, the DB Schenker takes care of customs and various value-added services, and also handles the administration and coordination between the other service providers involved in the project. 

Transporting a 36-ton magnet to get the smallest particles on Earth moving at almost the speed of light – welcome to the universe of DB Schenker.