History

Mootor Grupp – representative of bus industry traditions in Estonia.

The name Mootor (meaning 'motor') has been used as a name for bus company since 1926, when bus enthusiasts of that time joined their assets and equipment and so established OÜ Mootor, transportation and passenger transport company of the Republic of Estonia. This company became the flagship of Estonian bus traffic, operating bus lines, constructing buses and owning shares in the rapidly evolving air traffic.

In 1989, Ülemiste branch separated from Tallinna Autobussikoondis and became an independent company. The executives of the company did not ponder long and named the new company Mootor. RAS Mootor made it trough the difficult times, but in 1994 it was handed over to Danish businessmen who gloriously renamed the company to Eesti Buss and went bankrupt shortly after.

However, the executives of Mootor started their own business. Trusting relations with Finland, partnership offer from Hansapank, excellent knowledge of the bus industry field and many affordable used buses on the European market gave the opportunity to aggressively start developing passenger transport business.

In April 1994, Mootorreisi AS, led by Hugo Osula, started operating on international lines and in June, under the guidance of Toivo Lehe, AS SEBE was set up. By this time, Cargobus OÜ, developed by Viktor Orr, had gained itself a notable position in Estonian scale.

Further development can be described as follows:

1994 – 1996 Mootorreisi AS and its subsidiaries in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius begin to operate bus traffic between Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany;

1995 Cargobus opens terminals in Jõhvi and Narva which function as bus stations along side with offering parcel service;

1996 EUROLINES brand is introduced on the international lines and pan-European line network is joined;

1996 AS SEBE takes over the long-distance traffic beginning from Narva;

1996 workshop on Betooni Street is established;

1997 bus company ZAO Evrolains is established in St Petersburg, which as of April 1998 starts operating St Petersburg–Tallinn lines;

1999 Mootorreisi AS purchases the first double-decker buses (Setra 328 DT) for Germany lines;

1999 SEBE buys from AS Tarbus the long-distance traffic starting from Tartu and within a year becomes the bus company operating the national long– distance bus traffic;

1999 Mootorreisi AS (EUROLINES) buys the amortised Tallinn Bus Station from the bankruptcy bundle of Eesti Buss;

1999 Cargobus starts selling bus tickets in its terminals and opens a terminal at Pärnu bus station;

2000 Bussireisid OÜ, operating ticket sales and charter services, is established;

2000–2005 Mootorreisi AS operates international bus lines from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk to European cities under the EUROLINES trademark;

2001–2002 SEBE vs. Taisto battle and general disorder on Estonian bus market;

2003–2005 Cargobus expands over the Baltic region;

2004 SEBE purchases Võru Autobaas and turns it into Võru department;

2006–2007 cheap flights services cause the long-distance bus business of EUROLINES to fall through and the line network is cut back, offices in Moscow and Minsk are closed and lines are readjusted for Baltic region;

2007 based on SEBE workshops, OÜ Busland, offering renovation and repair services for buses, is established;

2007 SEBE purchases new Bova Magic buses for Tallinn–Tartu line and introduces a new product – The Hourly Express;

2007–2008 SEBE begins to operate county bus lines in Ida-Viru County and wins bus traffic procurement in Võru County;

2007 Mootor Grupp, company to guide and coordinate the strategic business directions and investments of the companies in the group, is established;

2008 Lux Express, which later becomes a quality product for international bus traffic, is introduced to the market;

2009 Busland conquers Finnish market with its repair services;

2010 Mootorreisi AS (EUROLINES) changes its name to Lux Express AS;

2010 SEBE wins Tartu city lines procurement and invests 130 million kroons;

2010 Bussireisid OÜ hands the charter services over to AS SEBE and, as the former starts operating Tallinn bus station, the company changes its name to OÜ Tallinn Bus Station;

By the end of 2010, Mootor Grupp includes 5 companies: AS SEBE, AS Lux Express, OÜ Cargobus, OÜ Busland, OÜ Tallinn Bus Station;

2011 Busland starts establishing client base in Sweden and Norway;

2011 Renovation of historic bus ZIS-127 is finished;

2012 The international line network of Lux Express reaches Berlin once again;

2012 SEBE and Lux Express introduce the Scania Irizar buses, which provide each passenger with a personal multimedia centre;

2012 Tallinn bus station is renovated;

2012 The first phase of Tplatvorm – Tpilet – is utilised;

2013 SEBE establishes subsidiary Milrem OÜ which starts offering life-cycle management services for Estonian APC's XA180EST and XA188;

2013 the turnover of Mootor Grupp reaches 50 million Euros, the company employs nearly 1000 people and several services of public transportation sector are sold from Norway to St Petersburg and Finland to Berlin.

2013 November, Lux Express starts operating the SEBE Hourly Express lines from Tallinn to Tartu, Narva and Pärnu; Eesti Buss OÜ, a subsidiary of SEBE, starts operating the long-distance lines;

2014 January, train company Elron, owned by the state, starts competing for market share;

2014 January, Cargobus starts establishing the parcel point network;

2014 May, Mootor Grupp celebrates 20 successful years in business by hosting an international conference and formal reception;

2014 Summer, 4 SEBE charter buses spend their first season abroad serving Asian tourists in Norway and Sweden;

2014 Lux Express AS subsidiaries in Finland and Russia start departing 3 times a day on Saint Petersburg-Helsinki line, new destinations are Moscow and Prague;

2014 August, Tallinna Bussijaam OÜ is reorganised as T grupp AS;

2014 August, Eesti Buss OÜ starts operating on national lines under Simple Express brand;

2014 September, race cars and trucks for Ukrainian international racing team are completed at SEBE workshop in Võru;

2014 Since fall Milrem has been actively working on an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) development project that by now has turned into a product which is popular at military trade fairs and highly demanded in the military industry;

2015 In spring the innovative ticket sales system Jiffi developed by the software development team of T group working in Tartu won Estonian largest business idea competition Ajujaht 2015;

2015 In summer Lux Express’s subsidiary activated in Poland; in summer, Lux Express started operating the Polish national bus traffic;

The office of Mootor Grupp is located at Tallinn bus station.