Photo of the week: Journey’s end

Summary

A freight train carrying 160 cars made in Ghent arrives in China this week after an epic 10,000km journey

Half the world away

Sixteen days after it left Ghent, this freight train has arrived in northwestern China carrying a cargo of cars built in Flanders.

The 10,000km journey ended this week at the container terminal in Xi’an. The 160 vehicles were manufactured at the Volvo plant in Ghent, which is owned by Chinese holding company Geely. The delivery marks the start of a regular freight service that will allow Volvo to significantly reduce the time customers in China have to wait for their new car.

Since the 2014 closure of Ford Genk in Limburg, Volvo in Ghent is the only car manufacturing plant remaining in Flanders.

Photo: Li Yibo/Xinhua News Agency/eyevine/Belga