By Edwig Ban
Grampet Group – Grup Feroviar Roman was named Regional Champion of the Year at the Emerging Europe Awards at the end of last week, at a ceremony organized at the London headquarters of EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development).
This year, Emerging Europe Awards attracted nominees from 23 emerging countries – Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
“I am proud to bring this award to Bucharest, on the 20th anniversary of the Grampet Group,” president and founder Gruia Stoica said. “We have competed in the Regional Champion of the Year category against some of the strongest regional companies. I am convinced that the jury has had a difficult task.”
The jury appointed by Emerging Europe has this year included internationally renowned professionals and industry-recognized experts, including Big4 consulting firms, investment funds, financial and research institutions, real estate and technology companies, professional organizations and chambers of trade, and government representatives.
“The final decision of the jury recognized the efforts by which we have built the first Romanian multinational and the largest private freight and logistics operator in Emerging Europe. Success is no accident. It comes with tenacity, hard work, learning from mistakes and getting back on your feet when you get knocked down. We have, including myself, experienced all of the above but this award obliges us to continue our journey moving forward. It is yet another proof that Romania has an enormous entrepreneurial potential and I hope that we have proven our children that it is possible.”
Grampet Group is present in 10 European countries and considers expanding to seven other markets. It is the first European company to have joined the Middle Corridor – Trans Caspian International Transport Route, assuming a firm commitment to this strategic alliance that creates a new route between China and the European Union.
This year’s Emerging Europe Awards have been supported, among others, by PwC – Strategic Partner, GE Power – Partner Landmark, and EBRD – Institutional Partner. The award ceremony was presented by Kasia Madera, BBC World News presenter. Samuel Burke, Business & Technology Correspondent – CNN Business, moderated the panel dedicated to fostering emerging Europe’s innovative and sustainable growth through joint public-private efforts.
Established almost 20 years ago, GRAMPET is today the largest private rail freight and logistics operator in Romania and Southeast 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 that connect Europe to Asia.
Its flagship company Grup Feroviar Român (GFR) is one of the main rail freight operators in Romania and Southeast Europe. Currently, over 20% of traffic is international, with GFR offering complex logistic solutions to rail sector customers.
GFR is a member of all representative international organizations and has cooperation agreements with both state railway operators (BDZ Cargo, UZ, CFM, PKP Cargo, ZK, RCH, HZ Cargo, ZBIH) and private railway operators from Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, and Germany.
The Group’s companies Reva Simeria, Electroputere VFU Pascani, Reloc Craiova, and Electroputere VFU Craiova account for an important share of the Romanian rolling stock repairing market
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. In 2017, GFR launched the E-CLIENT GFR portal, a first for Romania and Southeast Europe, which facilitates the management of the traditional carrier – customer-company relationship, from posting of orders to service invoicing, while going through essential stages such as ordering empty wagons, drafting transport contracts, providing unhindered access to process information, intelligent alert systems for decision-makers, and automated reporting.
By Edwig Ban