At the end of the year, several things are changing at GATX: Thus in November, Johann Feindert assumed the leadership role at GATX Rail Europe. The experienced specialist in the European railway industry has many ideas which will bring our company even further towards the forefront.
In October 2018, our customer, Donau Chemie AG, received an award from Austria's Federal Association for Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BMÖ): The company was honoured for equipping it´s entire RID fleet with Track & Trace Systems.
This year GATX took part in the Global Challenge for the first time and sent 12 teams each of 7 employees on their travels: During this competition, international teams count their steps over 100 days with the objective of covering the longest distance. During this year’s challenge, our team, „Justice League“ covered an incredible 10,406 km – that’s more than 100 km per day! And in doing so took first place within GATX!
Rail car providers are convinced: “Of course we provide safe equipment” And operational users say: “Of course we know exactly how to work safely on a tank car” But nothing is already so safe that it cannot be made even safer.
As early as April 2018 we reported that we are investing in technically optimized freight cars – with the objective of continuing to develop our freight fleet. Now we can proudly announce that in August we have already exceeded our 2018 expectations, will continue to seek new customer relationships, and strive to exceed our current customers’ expectations!
Lenzing AG has already been using freight cars from GATX for many years. Now the Austrian fibre manufacturer has ordered 22 cars type Snps from us. These freight cars will be customized exactly in accordance with the requirements and wishes of the customer: So, for example, the car length and stanchion distances will perfectly match the transport of 3-6 metre long round timber.
GATX Rail Europe (GRE) today announced that Mr. Johannes Mansbart, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GATX Rail Europe will leave the company effective January 1, 2019. Mr. Johann Feindert, currently Chief Operating Officer (COO) of GATX Rail Europe will assume the CEO role subsequent to Mr. Mansbart’s departure.
Good service and a competent customer services department are essential for GATX – all our customers are aware of this. To ensure that all our employees are always up-to-date, we sent all our Customer Service Representatives (in short, "CSRs") into the maintenance workshop for one week: There the CSRs looked over the shoulders of the workshop team and learnt a lot about the challenges with which the workshops are confronted.
The cooperation between GATX and the international steel producer, ArcelorMittal, is developing: The company, which also owns many large production plants in different European countries, has ordered 60 Shimmns-ttu cars from GATX for its European transport operations.
Good news: GATX is constantly growing stronger in the standard freight railcar sector, too. We are further expanding our fleet of more than 23,200 freight railcars and are investing into modern rolling stock. With this, our customers benefit from an even broader product range.