Grup Feroviar Român was awarded the title of Regional Champion of the Year 2019 by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. This award was granted by the European bank to the most active companies across the Emerging Europe.
Grup Feroviar Român – Grampet (GFR) received a nice gift for its 20th anniversary. GFR has been recently awarded the title of the regional champion of the year in the “Emerging Europe” Awards during a ceremony held at the premises of EBRD (the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) in London.
Emerging Europe Leaders Awards are an initiative dedicated to the most dynamic companies in this part of Europe. They reward the work of the companies in terms of raising awareness, social development and contribution to economic growth.
“I am proud to bring this award to Bucharest on the 20th anniversary of the GRAMPET Group”, said the GRF CEO, Gruia Stoica, after receiving the award. “We have competed against some of the strongest regional companies. The jury has had a difficult task”, he added.
In the same category of “regional champions”, the jury also rewarded the companies United Group Serbia (telecommunications and media) and Tucano Coffee Moldova (coffee shops).
This year, the “Emerging Europe” Awards attracted nominees from 23 countries – Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Norther Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The jury appointed by Emerging Europe included experts from the Big 4 consulting firms, investment funds, financial institutions, real estate and technology companies, professional organizations and chambers of commerce, as well as government representatives.
“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 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 we hope that we have proven that it is possible”, said the officials of Grampet.
The Group is present in 10 European countries. It is the first European company to have joined the Middle Corridor – Trans Caspian International Transport Route, assuming a firm commitment to this strategy 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 – Landmark Partner, and EBRD – Institutional Partner.
Established 20 years ago, GRAMPET is today the largest private rail freight and logistics operator in Romania and Southeast Europe, a key player in areas such as lease of rolling stock, freight transhipment, logistic services, and innovative IT solutions for railway operators.
Its starship company, Grup Feroviar Român (GFR), is one of the main rail freight operators in Romania and Southeast Europe. Currently, more than 20% of its traffic is international, with GFR offering complex logistic solutions to its customers in the railway sector. The Group has cooperation agreements with BDZ Cargo, UZ, CFM, PKP Cargo, ZK, RCH, HZ Cargo, ZBIH and other private railway operators in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria and Germany.
The Group’s companies Reva Simeria, Electroputer VFU Pașcani, Reloc Craiova and Electroputere VFU Craiova account for an important share of the Romanian rolling stock repairs market.
In parallel, the group has an intensive research and development activity, aimed at developing technical solutions that provide customers with a transparent experience and real-time operations. In 2017, GFR launched the E-CLIENT GFR portal, the first of its kind in Romania and Southeast Europe, which fosters management of the traditional relation carrier – customers-company, from order placement to billing, going through essential stages, such as ordering empty wagons, drafting transport agreements, providing unhindered access to processing information, smart alert systems for decision-makers and automated reporting.