Commercial Director Appointment

Hector Rail is very pleased to announce the appointment of Anders Bellander to the position of Commercial Director, Hector Rail AB, Sweden, effective 9th of April. Anders joins Hector Rail AB from PostNord With more than 14 years in the logistics industry and 20 years in the Military service, Anders brings both strong leadership experience and commercial expertise in the logistics and supply chain industry. We look forward to working closely with him and further strengthening the Senior Leadership team in Hector Rail AB. Over the coming weeks Anders will be actively visiting and meeting our customers and teams in the field. ‘I am very much looking forward to working with Anders. It is an exciting time to join HR AB as we continue to strengthen and explore new and…
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Hector Rail Group appoints John Smith as new Group CEO

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight (GBRf) has been appointed the new CEO of parent company Hector Rail Group and will assume his new role and responsibilities from Monday 8th January 2018. John Smith founded GB Railfreight in 1999 and is the company’s Managing Director. He has over 33 years of experience from the rail industry, including various leading positions at British Rail and Anglia Railways. Commenting on this appointment, Bo Lerenius, Hector Rail’s chairman said: "With a solid background of developing and growing companies, John Smith has full insight of the challenges and opportunities that Hector Rail Group currently faces. The board is confident that John’s clear customer perspective and strong leadership will drive Hector Rail Group to become the leading independent pan-European rail freight operator." John Smith…
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Alexander Hedderich to join the Hector Rail Group board of directors

Hector Rail Group board of directors has recently been strengthened by the appointment of Alexander Hedderich, effective as of November 15th. Hedderich has more than 25 years of experience from senior roles in the rail and logistics industry, including serving as CEO of DB Schenker Rail during 2009-2015. “I am pleased to welcome Alexander Hedderich to the board of directors. He has extensive experience from the industry and will be a great addition to the Hector Rail Group board” said Bo Lerenius, Chairman of the board of Hector Rail Group. Mr. Lerenius continues: “Alexander will play an important role in the Group's effort to drive growth in Continental Europe, which is a key step towards our vision of becoming the leading independent pan-European rail freight operator.”   About Hector Rail Group: Founded…
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Hector Rail strengthens its position in Germany. Stig Kyster-Hansen appointed Managing Director for Hector Rail in Germany

Hector Rail is strengthening its position in Germany and continental Europe, which the company regards as a strategic and very important market with potential long-term growth opportunities for the Hector Rail Group. “To enable our growth ambition, we have decided to establish our German company as an independent business unit under the leadership of a new Managing Director. For that purpose, I am pleased to announce that Stig Kyster-Hansen has been appointed Managing Director for Hector Rail in Germany,” the Group CEO Joakim Landholm says. “In his role, Stig will be a new strong member of the Group Executive Management team,” Joakim continues. Stig – a Dane by birth – has a strong and diverse background in the European rail freight industry and has held leading positions within the DB…
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Hector Rail signs new contract with Collicare logistics

On the 20th of September Collicare Logistics and Hector Rail AB exchanged and signed a 3 year contract which start on the 16th of October. The 2 companies will work together to connect 2 remote locations with an efficient and fast new route. “The train will go directly from Italy to Norway, and it will offer the fastest transit time in the market, says Ronny Nordmark, Development Manager in ColliCare. This means fast, price efficient and predictable shipping of our customers goods.”   “We choose to invest in a rail service now to offer the most price efficient transport from Italy to Norway. In addition, this is the most environmentally friendly method for transporting goods. We wish to keep focusing on the environment, and this train is definitely a step…
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Hector Rail will be the traction provider for Leo Express passenger railway transportations

Hector Rail will be the traction provider for Leo Express passenger railway transportation operating between Berlin and Stuttgart. The commercial traffic is due to start 24th August. Initially the trains will run 4 round trips per week, Thursday afternoon to Monday morning. Leo Express is responsible for the promotion of the trains and the marketing is supported by Flixbus. Flixbus is the biggest private coach operator in central Europe. Leo Express will provide the conductor and service staff and Hector Rail the locomotive and drivers.
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David Knowles appointment to the post of MD to Hector Rail AB

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of David Knowles as Managing Director, Hector Rail AB, Sweden, effective on the 10th April 2017. David is currently COO of GB Railfreight and has been a key member of the Executive team for nearly 7 years. With over 25 years experience in the Railfreight Industry David has a wealth of operational and industry expertise. He has been accountable for the delivery of significant growth and the development of industry leading teams that have created and maintain GB Railfreight’s exceptional reputation and success. As well as leading and enabling company performance and efficiency, David will play a crucial role in helping Hector Rail AB achieve its strategic goals. David will have an important role to play in the development of the Hector…
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Hector Rail will manage SCA’s railway transports of round wood

Hector Rail will manage SCA's railway transports of round wood Hector Rail AB has entered into an agreement with SCA Skog AB to for ten years provide transports of round wood to SCA's mills and sawmills in northern Sweden, from Sundsvall in the south to Piteå in the north. In general, the new agreement will lead to increased train sizes. This means increased efficiency on SCA terminals in the railway operation and for the rail infrastructure. Hector Rail will as a consequence of the new operational set-up invest in new locomotives, which can haul heavier trains, regenerate electricity when braking and the mew locomotives can shunt in and out of terminals without need for a catenary. The wagon fleet will also be replaced to a new generation of wagons with…
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Hector Rail to transport more than 125 000 cars annually

Hector Rail and ARS Altmann have agreed that Hector Rail will transport cars from the south of Germany. In total Hector Rail will run approximately 600 000 train kms per year for ARS Altmann. The agreement is for three years. ARS Altmann is a provider of vehicle logistics solutions founded in 1975. The annual turnover is some 300 MEUR. Wagons are provided from ARS Altmann. - We are proud of the trust ARS Altmann has given us through this deal. This is our first contract for car transportation and an important step in our strategy to become an important player in the German rail market, says Mats Nyblom MD at Hector Rail AB. The traffic will start on January 9. The annual production will exceed 125 000 cars which means…
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Hector Rail extends cooperation with Samskip

Hector Rail and Samskip have agreed to develop their partnership on Sweden and the continent further. As of the 1st of January six round trips per week between Helsingborg in Sweden and Duisburg in the Ruhr area in Germany, via Copenhagen in Denmark, will be added to the existing operations. Hector Rail and Samskip do cooperate already between Duisburg and Malmö, Almhult, Nässjö, Katrineholm and Gothenburg. Both the old and the new operations are based on the same concept with through-going locomotives between Germany and Sweden via the fixed link through Denmark. January 2008, the co-operation between the companies started with the first direct trains ever between Scandinavia and the continent. Today, the Duisburg – Helsingborg train is an overnight service, allowing for quick door-to-door transit times. Collections can be…
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