How do we transport our goods?

Our business generates significant logistics flows, both upstream (supplies) and downstream (deliveries).

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On average, in 2021, 270 trucks entered our site per day to deliver raw materials or to load our paper reels and ship them across Europe.

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The daily task of our logistics team is to implement transport solutions enabling us to receive supplies and deliver shipments on time, for the best price and with the least environmental impact.

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Thanks to the work done by our logistics teams and our logistics partners, transport is the smallest item to impact our carbon footprint.

 

30% of shipments by rail

We have our own railway branch line linked to the national network, which enables us to carry out around 30% of our outbound shipments by train.

With the national average at around 10%, we will continue our efforts to maintain the rail freight share of our logistics mix at around 30%.

Combined road-rail transport

Despite all our efforts, rail transport is sadly not able to absorb all our incoming and outgoing traffic.

Few of our suppliers and customers are directly connected to a rail network. Sometimes, rail is simply not an option. At other times, it is not economically viable.

But our logistics team is continuing its work and coordinating with our logistics partners to develop alternatives such as combined road-rail transport. The aim is to use road transport for the last few kilometres between our customer and the nearest rail connection.

This project is a big part of our logistics strategy.

A unique logistics model

In 2015, to optimise our road transport solutions, we set up the subsidiary Norfibre Logistics with two local logistics providers, Mauffrey and Coquelle. This long-term commitment between our three companies is aligned with our ambition to contribute to the development of our territory. It also enables us to work effectively on the alternative transport solutions for tomorrow, which is positive for the local area in terms of both road traffic reduction and carbon footprint management.

Over the last few years, we have been working with our partners to:

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Optimise truck loading

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Increase the proportion of lorries delivering to our mill (our supplies) that leave with new loads (paper reel deliveries)

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Optimise logistics loops with other local industries

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Test lorries powered with alternative fuels (gas, hydrogen)

Reducing the inconvenience caused by traffic flows at our site

To limit the impact of road traffic, we are working with the local authorities to improve the road access to our mill and ease traffic on the nearby road (RD 166A).

Within our site, we are currently redeveloping our infrastructure to improve visitor reception and the comfort of the lorry drivers. A new reception building is currently being built, with a rest area, toilets and showers. We also have recently worked to automate the management of our internal traffic flows (interactive check-in terminals, number plate recognition, automatic weighing, etc.).

In addition, to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, we pay a green mobility bonus to employees who come to work by bike or share a car.