EUROGATE Rail Hungary Zrt. (ERH), a subsidiary of EUROGATE Intermodal GmbH (EGIM), Hamburg-based provider of combined transport by rail and road and part of the EUROGATE Group, signed a cooperation agreement on 1 June 2022 with East-West Intermodal Logistics Ltd., the investor for East-West Gate (EWG) terminal, to connect the EWG in Fényeslitke with its rail network. This agreement will offer ERH customers direct links between key destinations across Europe and EWG, Europe’s largest smart railway logistics terminal. From Fényeslitke, EWG also provides customers a direct connection to the East.
ERH will offer connections to Fényeslitke as a seamless, non-stop block train service from destinations in Germany (Hamburg, Duisburg and Munich), Austria (Vienna), Hungary (Budapest) and Romania (Arad). Under the terms of the agreement, ERH customers will be able to use EWG’s transhipment and storage services.
In addition to rail logistics cooperation, the agreement also includes technology knowledge transfer. As an investor in cutting-edge terminal technology, EWG will offer EUROGATE insights into its experience with 5G networks, remote crane operation, virtual simulation and other modern logistics advancements.
The agreement was signed by Christopher Beplat, Managing Director at EGIM and board member of ERH, and János Tálosi, CEO of East-West Intermodal Logistics Ltd.
“We are very pleased to enter this partnership with EWG. Through this agreement, we are not only offering our customers access to new key markets, but we are also working to stay at the forefront of our industry with EWG’s valuable technology insights,” says Christopher Beplat.
“This partnership with EUROGATE is not only important for EWG, but also for Hungarian rail logistics as a whole. With this step, we are integrating Hungary into the international rail logistics network,” explains János Tálosi.
Hungary is playing an increasingly important role in East-West trade. Importing and exporting activity between the two regions has significantly expanded in the last few years, and EWG is further developing the attractiveness of routing via Hungary.
The EWG terminal is currently in the final testing phase with its technological equipment. The ultra-modern operations are reported to be going smoothly. The terminal’s cranes as well as its road and rail access gates are remotely controlled from an operator room by means of 5G technology. In addition, a 3D digital twin of the terminal monitors the facility’s operations in real time and alerts staff if it detects any irregularities. The terminal is expected to open in June following the necessary railway authorisation.