During the event, Dr. Gonsalvez said “ZLC is recognized as one of the world’s leading centers in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. KTZ recognizes this and would like to establish a strong relationship with ZLC to support KTZ in building its own capability in this arena.”
The success of the two-week executive education program taught -by professors of Zaragoza Logistics Center, the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and industry experts- to a group of 22 senior executives of the Kazakhstan railway company, is the first step in this collaboration. The intensive course has included case studies and sessions in Railway Growth Strategies, Freight Transport Systems Optimization, Transportation Modeling and Operations and Revenue Management. The executives have also participated in technical visits to Adif, Barcelona Port, BSH, CAF, GM, Maritim Terminal of Zaragoza, Renfe, Saica and Talgo. KTZ already has a strong commercial relationship with the Spanish train manufacturer Talgo.
Mr. Akchurin said “Our collaboration is deepening. The fact that Talgo trains are running along Kazakhstan and we are jointly manufacturing trains in Spain and Kazakhstan speaks for itself. KTZ wants to become an intermodal transportation company that is why we started this collaboration with ZLC. We need new knowledge and ZLC experts can provide this”. The Vice-president of the company has also congratulated the team that has made possible this two week program and has announced that ZLC professors will be visiting KTZ facilities in their country in the near future.
Mr. Arturo Aliaga, Minister of Industry and Innovation of the Government of Aragon, where ZLC is based, spoke about the relevance of other countries looking at Aragon as a reference and model of innovation in logistics and supply chain management, and coming to Zaragoza Logistics Center to prepare and advise their executives.