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Chamber official gets top Italian honour

rp d V s rhelyi (right), the managing director of logistics company Schenker Hungary, has been awarded the Order of the Star of Italy, grade of knight, by President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano. Italian Ambassador to Hungary, Maria Assunta Accili, presented the award on Monday. rp d V s rhelyi, the managing director of logistics company Schenker Hungary and vice-president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, has been awarded the Order of the Star of Italy, grade of knight, by President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano.

The high-ranking Italian award, which was founded in 2011, is given to Italian and foreign persons whose activities improve cooperation between Italy and other countries in the economic and cultural spheres.

It is a big honour for me to get this award and I am also very proud that the President of the Italian Republic has found me a worthy person for it, V s rhelyi said.

He hoped it is recognition of an intensification in Italian-Hungarian relationships and would further promote the development of Hungary.The presentation was made by the new Italian Ambassador to Hungary, Maria Assunta Accili, at the Italian Cultural Institute on 4 June, which is the national day of Italy.

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Hungarian role seen in China-Europe freight

With growing distances into the Chinese hinterland, rail-based transport from there directly to Europe can generate economic advantages and ideally complement the possibilities of air freight and sea freight Daniel Wieland, senior vice-president rail logistics and forwarding at DB Schenker Prospects for economic growth through multiple methods of transport in countries in the so-called Mediterranean Corridor/Corridor V were examined in a conference in Budapest this month, with Hungary said to be well-placed to play an important role as a bridge between Western, Eastern and Southern Europe.The conference, organised by the Hungarian-Italian Chamber of Commerce, focused on Pan-European inter-modal corridors as opportunities for regional development from an anti-crisis perspective . Speakers included Daniel Wieland, senior vice-president rail logistics and forwarding at DB Schenker, chamber president Maurizio Sauli, Italian ambassador to Hungary Maria Assunta and the Hungarian state secretary at the National Development Ministry, J nos F nagy. Rail routes from China Wieland addressed economic opportunities and perspectives presented by the use of the two rail routes from China to Europe, the northern and southern routes, with reference to the additional logistics offerings from DB Schenker.

We link the strongly growing provinces around major cities such as Chongqing with Europe by rail, Wieland said.The 12,000-kilometre northern route leads from Shanghai via Russia, Belarus and Poland, while the 10,000-kilometre southern route leads from Chongqing via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. With growing distances into the Chinese hinterland, rail-based transport from there directly to Europe can generate economic advantages and ideally complement the possibilities of air freight and sea freight, Wieland said. By rail the transport time is up to 16 days quicker than by sea, while there is a cost saving of up to 75 per cent compared to air freight.

Catching the train early DB Schenker has been investing in the project to connect Europe with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and China since the end of 2006, and the first train headed east in 2007, he said. That train was very closely monitored, Wieland told The Budapest Times. There were further test journeys in 2011, enabling us to gather important experience.

We ve been offering regular transport since 2012. In addition to rail transport alone, the firm offers its customers additional logistic services as part of a door-to-door package, such as provision of containers, lorry transport to and from the train and full monitoring by GPS. Our customers expect integrated, full-package offers and not just rail transport alone, Wieland said.

Automotive, electronics On the two routes between China and Germany, DB Schenker has already transported freight for customers from the automobile and electronics sectors. The German manager said Hungary is also a strategically important country to the company: In the medium term we also see potential for offering rail-based transport between China and Hungary. In particular multinational companies active in the region expect the same standards as in Western Europe and comparable logistics offers, Wieland said.

For that reason we also want to continue offering our customers here integrated rail logistics solutions and to expand those, for example with our established Power Railer rail product, which includes regular departures from the west Hungarian town of Sopron with freight of various customers in block trains to southeast Europe. Strengthening Hungary s position The chief operating officer of DB Schenker Logistics in Hungary, L szl K ldor, spoke to The Budapest Times about the company s current projects in the country: Essentially there are three specific projects, he said. First, in the framework of the project from China via the CIS to Germany a branch-off to and via Z hony bordering Ukraine is planned, and we plan to bring our own products on the market shortly.

Second, we want to expand this connection in the direction of the CIS because we see great market potential there. We will set up a competence centre in Budapest specifically for that purpose. Third, we will transport cereals by rail to the silos in Constanta, Romania, in cooperation with Rail Cargo Hungaria (RCH) Zrt.

Initially the rail solution was competitive in particular because shipping traffic in the Danube was not possible because of ice or insufficient water, K ldor explained.

While there are currently problems because of poor cereal harvests in Hungary owing to weather conditions, the company is hoping to continue to transport by rail to Romania, he added.

The final decision had not yet been made on when the competence centre would begin work, what tasks it would undertake and how large it would be.The chief executive officer of DB Schenker Logistics in Hungary, rp d V s rhelyi, commented: While the competence centre will not involve a major increase in jobs, it will cement Hungary s strategic position within the Schenker group.

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