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23 October 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 20:00 GMT+2



May 2, 2018

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In the 2017 Hupac it has increased turnover and profits

Bertschi: without the supplement of resources place in existence from the company and the flexibility and efficiency of our collaborators, in this difficult year of exercise the performance would have been much worse

‘Swiss operator of arranged transport Hupac has announced to have concluded exercise 2017, year in which the traffic goods enlivened from the company he has turned out in increase(on 1° February 2018), with turnover of 485,6 million franchi Swiss (436,9 million euros), in increase of +3.3% on the exercise precedence.

Relatively to the evolution of the activity and the results in the course of 2017, Hupac has specified that, "while in the first semester of the year under investigation has been assisted to a general positive evolution of the political-economic conditions to international level, in the second half of the year the effects imputable negatives to line interruptions has considerably weakened the results, involving in particular of the losses on the primary axis north-south. The strengthening of the euro towards year-end and some extraordinary revenues however have allowed to record a satisfactory annual profit of 11,1 million franchi Swiss, with an increment of 3.5% regarding the year precedence".

"To determine the positive operating result - it has specified Hupac - it has contributed to the business unit Net Shuttle with traffics in Europe, Russia and China. In the main market of the transalpine traffic through Switzerland, the segment of the megatrailer with profile of 4 meters has confirmed its function of engine of increase with a +10%. Very positive also the performance of the business unit Company Shuttle, launch in the 2015 and destined one to customers with large volumes of traffic, whose activity of transport is increased almost 50% and today anticipates 10% of the total turnover. The Maritime business unit Logistics has activated the first trains in the autumn(on February 1°, 2017, ndr); consisting others developments are previewed in this branch of activity".

The difficulties mentioned from Hupac that have characterized the second half of the year of the 2017 are determined, in particular, from the block total of the line Rhenish of seven weeks. because of an incident of yard near Rastatt, and from the interruption of the line of Luino between Bellinzona and Gallarate of the duration of six months for the work of construction of the corridor of 4 meters. The company has evidenced that last year it has lost about 55.000 street shipments because of interruptions of line and strong delays. Hupac has explained that in order to tackle to negative situations of this type, than they do not depend on the company, the society however has decided to carry out ulterior investments to the aim to return the quality of the service stable: the previewed measures comprise additional reserves finalized in the days following to dispose firm trains in postponed draft and departures, locomotives multiarrange for the transboundary travels, management of the abilities in real time and the creation of guiding alternatives in order to diversify the risk. In particular, Hupac has emphasized that of fundamental importance for the supply chain it is a modern system of proattiva information if of delays and that, to such care, Hupac, together with partner railway and enterprises of transports, is pursuing the performance of several projects of digitalisation destined to generate transparent informative flows and of high qualitative level from the origin until the final destination of the transports. "As concrete immediate step - it has announced the director of Hupac, Beni Kunz - we will equip of GPS our trains so as to offer to our customers, through a specific interface, a punctual information about the position of their cargo units. The technology exists: we will beginning from use and put on of the market the results the end of 2018".

These initiatives are added already to those put in existence from the company: "the exercise course last year - it has observed the president of the company, Hans-Jörg Bertschi - has newly demonstrated how much is important to be able to count on a efficient management of the emergencies with transparent solutions of reserve and processes. In order to be able to operate in criticality situations, Hupac assures the availability of about 10% of own fleet of wagons let alone of locomotives and machinists for backup travels. Without this supplement of resources and the flexibility and efficiency of our collaborators, in this difficult year of exercise the performance would have been much worse".

About the perspectives for the 2018, Hupac it has announced that in the first four months of the year it has marked an increase of the traffic pairs to +5.2% and that particularly lively has been the evolution of the arranged traffic transalpine that has brought back a positive balance of +10.7%. Hupac has specified that, however, "also in 2018 us it will have to be attended of the uneasiness because of destined yards to the widening of the drafts of access to the gallery of base of the Gottardo, uneasiness that but - it has specified the company - will come to be reduced for time until the opening of the corridor of 4 meters". "With the entrance according to the corridor of 4 meters through the galleries of base of the Gottardo and Ashes in 2021 - Kunz has said - we expect a consisting increase of efficiency and productivity to advantage of the ulterior transfer of the heavy traffic from the road to the track".

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