This summer, TCR opened two new workshops at Rome’s two main airports. The move has further boosted the GSE rental and leasing specialist’s offering in the Italian market
For nearly 10 years now, TCR has offered its Full Service Rental product in Italy. The product includes GSE rental, repair and maintenance services, as well as fleet services with flexibility in GSE make-up and appropriate sizing of GSE models and numbers. In order to meet increasing demand for the company’s GSE rental services in the Italian market, in 2015 TCR formed a local affiliate – TCR Italy – having already rented GSE to customers in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Venice and Naples.
A joint venture, T-CRear, founded by TCR with a local Italian repair and maintenance partner a year later, further meant that full control of GSE services could be offered to customers at airports in Rome, Milan and Venice.
More recently, in July 2017, TCR Italy opened two new workshops at Rome’s two gateway airports of Ciampino and Fiumicino. Both facilities are sited airside. In Ciampino, this situation is unique. In Fiumicino, TCR has joined the very few companies offering such an advantage. Airside workshops have a strong value for TCR customers because they allow for rapid and efficient repair and maintenance service provision.
François Peeters, general manager of TCR Italy, notes that TCR’s rental concept is spreading steadily throughout Italy, and its affiliate in the country is one of the TCR Group’s fastest growing. The company rents over 320 units of GSE at nine airports to serve all kinds of ramp handling companies, including cargo at the Milan-Malpensa Airport hub.
“We are proud that many major Italian ground handlers trust our rental solution.” Peeters enthuses. “We are convinced that the advantages offered by our rental concept – namely flexibility and guaranteed availability of equipment while freeing capital – are the appropriate ones for the ground handling market. Our expertise has been fine-tuned for the last 20 years and keeps improving to best satisfy and adapt to customers’ needs.”
He continues: “Moreover, like other countries, Italian ground handlers are being challenged by cost pressures and increasing airport congestion. Pooling of GSE among different handlers at a single airport is TCR’s answer to these issues. Pooling is not a new concept for TCR. We have been doing this since 2004 in other countries such as the UK, and it works.”
TCR’s team will be exhibiting at the inter airport show in Munich in October, to discuss their expanding global offering.