Etihad Rail Signs MoU with Hellmann
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 May, 2013: Further developing its ever-growing customer portfolio, Etihad Rail – the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (Hellmann). The MoU will allow Hellmann to use the rail network for their needs in the region.
The MoU, which was signed by H.E. Dr. Nasser Al Mansoori, CEO of Etihad Rail and Madhav Kurup, CEO of Hellmann Middle East & North Africa, will facilitate the efficient cross-border transport of goods to Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.
Germany-headquartered Hellmann is one of the largest family-owned companies in the logistics sector with a global presence that covers more than 150 countries worldwide. In the Middle East, Hellmann’s approach of tailoring vertical solutions to meet industry-specific needs has allowed for growth of over 40% last year alone. By adding a GCC-rail solution to its existing supply chain offering in the GCC, Hellmann will enhance its supply chain capability to its global and local customers for their transportation needs, especially those who use Dubai as the Hub for the region. Moreover, the agreement is aligned with the commitments of both companies to provide environmentally sustainable services.
Commenting on the MoU, Madhav Kurup, CEO of Hellmann Middle East said: “As a company with a unique approach to logistics solutions, an efficient and integrated transport network will support the competitive advantage we have already gained in our field. Considering our expansion plans in the region, the added value of using rail in the UAE, and to connect with our other markets in the GCC, rail is a clear means for us to enhance the efficiency of our services, and we look forward to working with Etihad Rail in doing so.”
H.E. Dr. Nasser Al Mansoori, CEO of Etihad Rail, added: “Etihad Rail is committed to delivering a safe, efficient, and modern mode of transport at competitive costs and with minimal environmental impact, and we are confident that this will serve Hellmann well during its UAE and GCC expansion. Today’s signing is not only an indicator of the rapid progress being made at Etihad Rail as we approach the year-end launch of Stage One, but it also showcases the substantial impact the network will have on regional transport for both local and international businesses.”
Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network will extend approximately 1,200 km across the Emirates, catering to both freight and passengers. It will connect urban and remote communities, facilitate trade, open up communication channels and foster economic development. The network will also form a vital part of the GCC Railway Network – linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.