MERCITALIA GROUP is the group of companies of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane that works in freight transports and logistics. Starting from January 2017, it has the mission of overhauling and relaunching the FS Group's freight business, by developing integrated freight transport and logistic solutions which can get the most out of rail transport.
MERCITALIA GROUP is composed by seven companies:
MERCITALIA LOGISTICS is the holding company which is also specialised to valorise the real estate value of logistics facilities, and in integrated logistics services.
MERCITALIA LOGISTICS controls:
MERCITALIA RAIL, which is the largest Italian rail freight company
TX LOGISTIK GROUP, which is Germany's second-largest rail freight company, operating in many European countries
MERCITALIA INTERMODAL, Italy's largest combined transport operator, and the third largest in Europe
MERCITALIA SHUNTING & TERMINAL, specialized in shunting rail and maintenance of rolling stock activities, design, construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure and one of the largest intermodal terminal operator in Italy
TERALP (Terminal AlpTransit), which specialises in building cutting-edge intermodal terminal.
The creation of an integrated group of companies for freight transport and logistics will optimize services within a coordinated and synergetic operating model, allowing the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group to be competitive and to have a more relevant position in the market MERCITALIA GROUP turns over around a billion Euros a year, employing about 5,000 people and has a fleet of around 23,000 wagons and more than 700 locomotives.
Important investments will be made over the next ten years: rolling stock will be modernised and expanded (wagons and electric locomotives for both the domestic and European markets); and three latest-generation intermodal terminals will be built in Milan, Brescia and Piacenza in order to fully exploit the freight traffic increase between Italy and the rest of Europe allowed by the new transalpine lines across Switzerland. Significant investment will also be made in information technology and safety systems, as well as strategic acquisitions of companies so as to grow the business at both a national and international level.
The strategies that MERCITALIA GROUP will deploy to compete in the European logistics and freight transport market will concentrate on:
• THE LARGE TRANSPORT TRANSALPINE CORRIDORS TO/FROM ITALY
• THE MAIN RAIL BACKBONES CONNECTING NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN ITALY
• INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN THE MAIN AREAS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND THE LARGEST PORTS
• SOME IMPORTANT TRAFFIC ROUTES BETWEEN INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL CENTRES IN EUROPE OUR COUNTRY AND THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WHERE WE DECIDE TO OPERATE
• ENLARGEMENT OF OUR PRESENCE ON THE VALUE CHAIN, BOTH UP AND DOWNSTREAM FROM RAIL TRACTION
MERCITALIA GROUP will also activate operational and commercial partnerships and strategical agreements