Building Materials

Building Materials

Your foundation for innovative logistics

Building material manufacturers must be able to rely on a high-performing logistics partner. As the largest European rail freight operator, we ensure fast and reliable delivery of construction products, building materials and construction elements.

In the building materials industry, enormous quantities of raw materials and goods are transported every day. This requires exceptional organization, implementation and equipment demands within the supply chain. By choosing DB Schenker, you will reap the benefits of our extensive cross-border network of rail freight services. We offer you a Railport system with high-capacity service centers, the very latest loading and unloading techniques and special rail transport equipment. Our experience and expertise mean we can ensure precisely scheduled workflow management and deliver ‘just-in-time’ solutions for raw materials, building materials (such as cement, clay, gravel and chippings), construction elements and concrete parts.

We are your expert partner for transport planning, loading and unloading of all types of freight or the delivery of transshipment services and additional warehouse logistics services. For example, we deliver over one million tons of German clay to Italian tile manufacturers every year. We then transport the finished tiles all over the world. You will also find us the perfect partner for your construction site logistics needs. We have delivered approximately four million tons of materials to the major construction site for Berlin’s new BER airport.

In addition to the logistics handling of building materials, we also offer customized solutions for waste disposal logistics and logistical infrastructures for key raw materials – lime, gypsum and slurry.


We are your ideal partner for fast and environmentally friendly waste logistics, from domestic waste, waste paper processing through to sludge, waste oil, filter dust and clinker from waste incineration plants/RDF power plants and including hazardous and special waste. We can even handle excavated earth, contaminated soil and precast concrete parts. Our years of experience and expertise enable us to provide innovative, cross-carrier solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. As a result you can rely on secure and reliable end-to-end transport systems and logistics chains. We are a certified waste disposal company and have obtained the necessary licenses in accordance with the German Substance Cycle and Waste Management Act (KrW/AbfG). We are also a member of the German Association of Waste Transport and Environmental Services (Entsorgergemeinschaft Transport und Umwelt e.V.).


Gypsum, lime, slurry

For many years, DB Schenker has been ensuring delivery of a reliable and efficient supply of gypsum, lime and slurry to the industrial sector. We use a comprehensive fleet of special rail freight cars with specialized loading and unloading equipment, as well as transport protection systems and extremely high-performance transshipment points. Every year we transport six million tons of lime to customers in the chemical, construction material, and coal and steel industries. We deliver lime and burnt lime to German power plants for flue gas desulphurization. This produces large quantities of FGD gypsum that we in turn deliver to the building materials industry. We also provide a continuous and reliable supply of filler and coating materials to the paper industry (GCC, PCC and kaolin slurry).

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