European logistics for industrial companies of Tatarstan
The Chamber of Industry and Commerce hosted an event entitled “European Logistics for Industrial Enterprises in the Republic of Tatarstan” in the city of Kazan on April 16, at the invitation of the Republic of Tatarstan.
In addition to representatives of major and medium-sized local corporations, the event was also attended by delegates from social institutions of the Republic Tatarstan. DB Schenker Rail Region East also accepted the invitation from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and provided visitors with in-depth information about the comprehensive range of services and transportation concepts offered by Europe’s leading rail freight operator.
In his address, Hans-Georg Werner, CEO Region East DB Schenker Rail, emphasized his hopes that the visit of his delegation would encourage an increasing number of industrial enterprises in the region to make use of the services of DB Schenker Rail for their transportation requirements in future. After all, said Werner, DB Schenker accounted for an impressive market share of around 24% of the total freight transports in Europe, and its European network provided numerous options for handling freight transport on rail routes between the EU and Russia. Apart from Werner, the event was also attended by various other members of DB Schenker Rail, including Jan Elfenhorst, CSO - Managing Director Sales & Logistics at BTT, Jörg Siedenbiedel, Head of the Deutsche Bahn General Agency for the CIS, as well as representatives of DB Schenker Rail Polska, DB Schenker Rail Russia (Railion Russija Services) and DB Schenker Logistics (AO Schenker).
In their presentations, the DB Schenker Rail representatives outlined new transportation services on routes between the EU and Russia. Focal points included solutions for specific industry sectors for oil, gas and chemicals corporations, as well as companies in the automotive, mechanical engineering and energy sectors of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Ekaterina Mukhina, Head of Sales at DB Schenker Logistics (AO Schenker) in Russia, pointed out that DB Schenker Logistics had branches at many locations throughout Russia and referred to its longstanding business relations with the country. In 1992, for example, the certificate of incorporation had been signed by none other than Vladimir Putin, then Head of the Committee for Foreign Economic Relations in St. Petersburg, and meanwhile President of Russia.
Despite the present difficult political and economic situation, DB Schenker Rail confirmed its intention of continuing to do business in the Russian transportation market and expanding its portfolio. “We believe it is very important to show the Tatar business enterprises who we are and inform them of the competitive transportation solutions we can offer on routes between the EU and Russia. The Republic of Tatarstan has a large number of high-powered corporations in the oil, chemicals and automotive industry sectors. DB Schenker Rail is willing to design and provide integrated sectoral solutions in consultation with these customers,” said Werner.
The participants all agreed that events such as this were important for facilitating cooperation in forthcoming projects. A representative of the joint venture of Daimler AG and KAMAZ in Tatarstan, for instance, pointed out that the services offered by DB Schenker were highly attractive for future transportation solutions for this joint venture between Europe and Russia.