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Earlier this month, Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) and Raloy Lubricants Co. marked the opening of the Diamond International transload center in the state of Mexico.
The facility has the capacity to handle 400 rail cars and 27,000 tons of liquid and dry cargo annually, KCSM officials said in an item posted on the “KCS News” web page. The transload center will be operated by Raloy, which provides specialized lubricants used primarily in the automotive industry.
Raloy will receive and transload lubricants and additives that originated in the United States and are destined for their plant located about five miles from the transload center.
The primary goal of the project for the railroad’s new business development and transload team is to expand business into the specialized lubricants market, KCSM officials said.
“This terminal is located in a strategic area to receive lubricants and their derivatives, which will then be transported by train,” said KCSM President and Executive Representative José Zozaya. “It is positioned to contribute significantly to local and national industries, particularly those in the automotive sector.”
KCSM also recently completed a new signal control point between Charcas and Laguna Seca on the Vanegas District in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Using the latest signal technology, the new control point improves security and the arrival and departure of trains by automating what was previously a manual process, KCSM officials said.