H.Essers - Train Terminal

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In order of Mr Buurman
Noor al Husni 0797177 IBMS 330

1. Introduction 2. Background information 2.1 History of Centrum Transport Romania 2.1.1 Some milestones 2.2 The company now 2.2.1 Organizational structure 3. Current train-terminal 3.1 General information 3.1.1 Location 3.1.2 Organizational structure 3.1.3 (Un)loading trains 3.2 SWOT-analysis 4. Competition 4.1 Do the competitors (have plans for) transport by train? 4.2 Competitive advantage 4.2.1 Costs road transport from Genk to Oradea 4.2.2 Costs train transport from Genk to Oradea 4.2.3 Other (dis)advantages – Rail VS. Road 5. Conclusion & Summary 6. Recommendations 7. Resources

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Centrum Romania is one of the main logistics providers on the Romanian market in the design and delivery of advanced supply chain solutions. It is the Romanian branch of Centrum Group Europe. In 2005 Centrum Group Europe was taken over by the Belgian logistics and transport provider H.Essers Groep. In this research the reader will be provided with detailed information about H.essers Groep, its background information, current train terminals, how to improve, the best solution how to deal with competition and several other topics regarding train transportation. In addition, this study also provides the advantages and disadvantages of the rail and road transportation. This study can be used in a Logistic environment although it is based on H.Essers and the area where it is located – Romania. The researcher is analyzing these environments and the outcome of this research will be given to Mr Buurman.

“Established in 1928, Groep H.Essers has grown into the largest family transport and logistics company of Belgium, with 2.250 employees, spread over 26 branches in 12 European countries.” “Groep H.Essers offers customers personalized and integrated transport and logistics solutions through Europe.”

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Centrum transport was originally a Dutch company, founded in 1976 by Mr. Jan Daris, in Valkenswaard (NL). In 1992 the decision to expand to Eastern Europe was made, they rent an office in Oradea and founded Centrum Transport S.R.L. In 1996 the company bought a territory of 30.000 m² in Oradea. Three years later, in 1999, the building of warehouse 1 in Oradea started and in the same year Centrum Expeditii S.R.L. and Centrum investitii S.R.L. were founded. In 2001 Centrum logistics S.R.L. was founded and one year later warehouse 2 was build in Oradea. In that year they also purchased 48.000 m² territory in Oradea. In 2004 the building of a warehouse in Bucharest started (Cefin logistics park). Also in this year, Centrum Transport bought 15.000 m² to build the 3th warehouse in Oradea.

In 2004 Centrum Transport was taken over by H.Essers Groep, a family-owned, Belgium company that offers transport and logistic solutions through Europe.

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• Henri Essers establishes a transport company in Eksel (B) • Noël & Jules join their fathers company • Start Transport combined with logistic activities in Tessenderlo • Belgium investment company GIMV takes over 40% of the shares • Move headquarters to Genk • start direct rail connection to Novara (Italy)/ establishment Essers Italia • Fam. Essers takes over the 40% shares that GIMV invested in 1990 • Take-over Superliner Cargo/ establishment Air Cargo Logistics (zaventem)


• Jan Daris establishes a transport company in Valkenswaard (NL) • Foundation Centrum Transport S.R.L. in an office in Casa de Cultura (RO) • purchase of 30.000 m² territory in Oradea • foundation Centrum Expeditii S.R.L. & Centrum Investitii S.R.L. • Start builing warehouse 1 in Oradea • foundation Centrum Logistics S.R.L. • Start builing warehouse 2 & purchase of 48.000 m² territory in Oradea • Start building warehouse 1 in Bucharest/ warehouse 3 in Oradea/ purchase 15.000 m²












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