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Export prize-winners for 2019: Graz-Köflacher Bahn und Busbetrieb GmbH


The annual export prizes recognise the extraordinary achievements of Austrian companies on international markets. They have been awarded by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs since 1994. This year’s gold award in the ‘transport and traffic’ category went to Graz-Köflacher Bahn und Busbetrieb GmbH.

 The secret of success is diversification and internationalisation, and this is why Graz-Köflacher Bahn und Busbetrieb GmbH (GKB) doesn’t just transport goods these days; it has branched out into passenger transport by rail and bus.

Some 150 years ago, the company used to haul coal, but now it moves goods and people, and GKB has turned into quite the successful corporate group since its humble beginnings. Originally a regional transport provider, GKB and its subsidiaries LTE Logistik- und Transport-GmbH and Adria Transport d.o.o. are now not only in business right across the EU, they have also become suppliers to companies on the New Silk Road. LTE has its own companies in nine European countries and works with regional partners in other states. 

GKB has also been working with RegioJet in the long-haul passenger transport sector since 2017, and they have been exporting goods internationally since 2001. GKB runs freight transport operations in what are now 14 states in the European Union, bringing the GKB group an impressive export ratio – some 70% of its profits are achieved overseas.