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First Romanian private rail freight operator in Serbia

GRAMPET Group announces that EURORAIL LOGISTICS doo Serbia has become operational in the same year that the country has liberalized its rail freight transport market.

The first train transporting goods has crossed the route Subotica (at the Hungarian border) – Surcin (close to Belgrade). A new train transporting goods will be leaving from Surcin to the Romanian border, to be taken over by Grup Feroviar Roman. The GRAMPET Group rail operators are thus closing a transports and goods exchange circle, which results into a stronger regional development through better connectivity.

“This is a first-of-a-kind transport, since we are delivering and connecting clients’ orders through more countries, especially Serbia, soon after the local market’s liberalization of freight rail transports. We are, actually, the first Romanian private operator currently operating in the neighbouring country,” Gruia Stoica, Chairman of GRAMPET Group – Grup Feroviar Roman, underlined. “As a result, we are consolidating our regional leading position and our international profile, GRAMPET Group being the first Romania multinational with presence in Hungary, Bulgaria, the Moldova Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Croatia, Austria, Germany and, more recently, Greece, and with an expansion strategy in seven countries more.”

EURORAIL LOGISTICS doo Serbia is the youngest operator in the group and has acquired its internal and international rail freight transport license in 2013.

EURORAIL LOGISTCS doo Serbia, alongside sister rail companies GRAMPET CARGO AUSTRIA, TRAIN HUNGARY, TRAIN HUNGARY CROATIA, GRUP FEROVIAR ROMAN, and BULGARIAN RAILWAY COMPANY service clients by providing complex logistics solutions managing a park of 20,000 wagons and 400 locomotives.

The experience and know-how of the Grup Feroviar Roman team has been essential for the launch of the first Romanian private rail freight operator in Serbia.

“We have built this business step by step, because we entered on a new market, and we had to familiarize ourselves with the Serbian rail transports regulations,” said Adrian Andon, Exploitation Adviser. “Alongside our colleagues Claudia Peter (project manager GRAMPET Group), Bogdan Stegarescu (Commercial Adviser), Eng. George Stoica (Business Developer) – the Technical Team from Bucharest, and Mihaela Lasakovic (local representative), we have visited every train station from Vrsac to Belgrade, we have hired the first mechanics and technical wagon examiners, and we have provided them with Grup Feroviar Roman operational working instructions. We now see the first results.”

The first train of EURORAIL LOGISTICS doo Serbia has transported goods using its own resources and Serbian personnel, and reporting a time of arrival lower than the local time average, as a result of its efficient fleet.

With a growing portfolio of clients, the company wants to hire over 100 people in 2019, especially mechanics, engineers, dispatchers and technical wagon examiners. The new employees will benefit from motivational salary packages, and professional training, as GRAMPET Group has a strict policy related to its staff continuous learning and consolidation of technical competencies.

 

About GRAMPET Group

Established almost 20 years ago, GRAMPET is today the largest private rail freight and logistics operator in Romania and in Central and South Eastern Europe. Its 16-company structure is strategically designed to span the entire chain of rail transport solutions and products, thus offering clients an integrated experience at the highest level of competence: freight railway transport, building, repairs and upgrading of rolling stock, spare parts production, lease of rolling stock, freight transhipment, logistic services, as well as innovative IT solutions for railway operators.

With a declared objective to connect the Atlantic Ocean through the North Sea, to the Pacific, through the South China Sea, GRAMPET Group is one of the main drivers for the development of transport corridors which connect Europe and Asia.

Its flagship company – Grup Feroviar Roman (GFR), is the biggest private railway transport operator in Romania, with a total market share of approximately 30%, and a strategic position in key industries such as Oil & Gas, Constructions or Agribusiness. Also, 20% of the GFR transports activities are international. The operator has agreements with sister-companies in the group, as well as with state-owned and private rail operators in Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Croatia, Austria, Germany, and Greece.

The Group’s companies Reva Simeria, Electroputere VFU Pascani, Reloc Craiova, and Electroputere VFU Craiova account for 100% of the rolling stock repair market in Romania.

In parallel, the group has an intense research and development activity, aimed at developing technical solutions that provide clients with a transparent and real-time experience of services. In this respect, GRAMPET Group launched its e-client portal last year – a first in Romania, which is a tool for client relationship management throughout the entire process, from posting of orders to billing.

Source: Grampet Group press release

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