By Jerom Bolt
Grampet Group, the largest railway group and private logistics operator in Romania and South-Eastern Europe, concludes a year of consolidation at the regional level, in which the focus was on investments in energy efficiency, innovation, and sustainability projects.
“2021 was an important year, back to normal, which confirmed the direction of growth for the years to come. Designated the European Railway Year, 2021 coincided with the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Romanian Railway Group. At the same time, it is the year in which we became for the first time the first freight railway operator in Romania, with the largest market share at the local level “, says Gruia Stoica, President, and founder of the Grampet Group.
The most important project at the local level in 2021 was the completion of the first locomotive built entirely by Electroputere VFU Pașcani, which thus expands its activity in the segment of construction of new railway vehicles. The car has already entered the CE certification circuit.
“2021 was also a year of consolidation at the regional level”, continues Gruia Stoica. “In February, we entered the Slovenian market with the launch of Train Hungary – Ljublijana Branch. At the same time, we have started an investment program of EUR 14 million for the modernization and refurbishment of the Debrecen Vagongyár plant in Hungary. A few days ago, we signed a pre-contract for the acquisition of a company from Ganz, Austria, where we are already present in the logistics segment, through Grampetcargo Austria. In addition, we hope to operate in the Polish market, one of the largest and most competitive in Central and Eastern Europe, from next year. We have already reached an agreement with the Apollonian side for taking over a specialized company “.
With a presence in ten European countries, the Grampet Group’s international division generates approximately 30% of annual turnover, and the growth prospects are very good in the long run.
Grampet Group is the first logistics operator with 100% Romanian capital, which has expanded in turn in Bulgaria (2004), Hungary (2005), Moldova and Germany (2010), Austria and Slovakia (2012), Croatia (2016), Serbia (2018) ), Greece (2019) and Slovenia (2021). In the context of the reconfiguration of global supply chains and the huge infrastructure plans announced in Europe, the Group maintains its expansion plans in other countries in the region, namely Macedonia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
At the same time, the Grampet Group has accelerated projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of its companies and reducing the overall environmental footprint.
Founded over 20 years ago, Grampet is today the largest railway group and private logistics operator in Romania and in Central and South-Eastern Europe.
Its flagship company – Grup Feroviar Român (GFR, https://gfr.ro), is the largest private railway operator in Romania, with a total market share of approximately 30% and a strategic position in key industries such as oil & gas, construction or agriculture. At the same time, 20% of GFR’s shipments are international. The operator has signed agreements with the other sister companies in the group, as well as with state and private railway operators in Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Poland, Austria, and Germany.
By Jerom Bolt