Freight & Logistics


freight-trainOver the past years, the liberalisation of the railway freight transport has facilitated the entry of new operators on the market, leading to an increase in competition and in the volume of goods transported.

The railway freight transport market is expected to continue to grow, but this requires higher efficiency and railway operators must find ways to reduce costs and deal with the increasing complexity of customer requirements, while at the same time achieving the targets of reducing emissions.

During the Forum, railway business professionals representing the entire transport chain will engage in productive discussions on the positioning of rail freight as a sustainable and competitive solution in a global world of increasing volumes of trade. The role of corridors as one of the tools with which to boost the efficiency and productivity of rail freight will be on the agenda, as well as ways to shape the rail freight business through innovation, automation and digitalisation.

The debated topics during the forum:

  • China-Europe – new intermodal transport concepts (rail-maritime) - rail industry trends and the role of freight transport
  • Digitalisation – making connectivity efficient (data operation in freight transport)
  • Sustainable transport for international freight corridors
  • Investments in technology – more silent freight trains


09:30 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: China-Europe – new intermodal transport concepts
(development of rail-maritime intermodal transport; rail industry trends and freight transport role; optimisation of performance of multimodal logistics chains; CEE role in ensuring and attracting freight flows)

Moderator:    Gilles Peterhans, Secretary General - UIP
Video Message from Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Manager - UIC
Vasile Diaconescu, Rolling Stock Manager - AIF/ Country Division Manager - Siemens
Iustin Cionca, President – Arad County Council
Dennis Schut, Research Manager - UIC
Valentin Dorobanțu, President - Patronal Organisation of Romanian Private Railway Companies
Severin Göbl, Head of International Pricing - Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt.
Vitalie Struna, General Manager - Translogist Intertrans Unigrup

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30 Panel 2: Digitalisation – solution for making connectivity efficient
(data operation in freight transport; rail-road interconnectivity: challenges and solutions; importance of freight transport system digitalisation in increasing attractiveness; new infrastructure projects, facilities and terminals to meet the demand)

Moderator:    Gabriel Popa, Prof. PhD. Eng. - "Politehnica" University of Bucharest
Amedeo Neculcea, Councellor - GFR
Gilles Peterhans, Secretary General - UIP
Ovidiu Anicăi, Project Manager - ITC
Olimpiu Rațiu, Area Manager - GanzAir-Ungaria
Peter Sorger - Expert Advisor
Ştefan Iovan, IT Consultant - Informatica Feroviară

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00 – 16:30 Panel 3: Freight transport competitiveness
(international freight corridors; measures to increase the competitiveness and attractiveness of railways; investments in rolling stock and technologies – more silent cargo trains; single wagon vs block train)

Moderator:    Valentin Dorobanțu, President - Patronal Organisation of Romanian Private Railway Companies
Ralf-Charley Schultze, President – UIRR
Daniel Ciobanu, Traffic and Sales Manager – CFR Marfă
Ion Gavrilă, General Manager - CFR Electrificare
Fulger Popescu, COO - Astra Rail Industries
Georgeta Emilia Mocuța, Assoc.Prof.PhD.Eng.  - “POLITEHNICA” University of Timișoara
Dragoș Popescu, Competition Inspector - Railway Competition Council

20:00 – 23:00 Dinner


Technical visit

The technical visits, on the 2nd day of the forum, will take place at:

  • RailPort Arad
  • Arad County Council - Rolling Stock Exhibition
  • Arad Rail Station and Arad Control & Command Centre
  • Astra Rail Industries
  • Astra Vagoane Călători


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