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.
At the moment, the German transport policy for rail freight traffic (RFT) can be referred to as the "European Guideline Policy": The "Master Plan, Rail Freight Traffic" and the implementation objectives derived from it in the new German Federal coalition agreement give a clear picture.
Rainer Kogelheide is leaving GATX in order to immediately become more intensely involved with national and international Association work. The managing director has guided GATX through 25 years of eventful history – and was significantly involved in developing the business into a recognized internationally active rental company with one of the youngest fleets throughout the whole of Europe.
From March 2018 on, our new Jumbos will be on the track: The lighter and volume-optimized tank cars have a tank capacity of 98 m³ – this is 3 m³ more load capacity than former cars on the market! The resulting cost advantages will delight our future lessees.