PKP Cargo and ARP: on a road to innovation


PKP Cargo encourages startups and scientists to seek innovative solutions for rail transport. The Industrial Development Agency (ARP) will help through its Technology Transfer Platform. A letter of intent has already been signed by both parties.

The letter of intent was signed on the 6th of October in Katowice, during the European Logistic Congress. The primary aim of this cooperation is to implement modern solutions for PKP Cargo’s everyday business. This will, in turn, have a positive impact on the whole sector.

“We are looking for innovative solutions by acquiring the best partners for the job – says Wojciech Derda, PKP Cargo’s Board Member for Operations. – There are many creative entrepreneurs and start-ups in Poland, who can bring a fresh look and modern solutions into our business. All this, to continue working on efficiency and creating the best offer for our customers,” adds Wojciech Derda.

The largest Polish rail carrier seeks better solutions in many areas. There is a lot to be done to improve optimization systems both for the operation of conventional terminals and transports in general. Transhipment terminals, as well as management, monitoring and protection systems for rolling stock on sidings also need to be more effective. What is more, PKP Cargo doesn’t forget about modern solutions that help to reduce the consumption of electricity, fuel and noise, and, least but not least, the need to introduce technologies for the construction of rolling stock.  

The cooperation of PKP Cargo and ARP will take place through The Technology Transfer Platform. Launched by The Industrial Development Agency, the Platform aims to facilitate the implementation of innovative solutions in business.

“The Technology Transfer Platform is becoming a knowledge center of modern technologies for the Polish industry. We are glad that another large company interested in the implementation of innovative solutions joins PTT. The presence of PKP CARGO as a recipient seeking new solutions is an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as scientific institutes to commercialize their work,” says Patrycja Zielińska, Vice President of ARP S.A.

PKP CARGO is the largest rail freight carrier in Poland (over 56% in market share in rail freight sector), and the second largest in the UE. Besides providing transport by rail, the PKP CARGO Group is also a carrier and terminal and siding operator. It also repairs and maintains rolling stock.


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