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Kalmar

Kalmar offers industry shaping, more sustainable cargo handling equipment and automated terminal solutions, software and services

Innovation has always been at the heart of Kalmar's business. Kalmar developed the first industrial straddle carrier in the 1940s, and the first RoRo tractor in the 1970s.

To meet the need for more efficient container handling, Kalmar commercialised the first generation of reachstackers in the 1980s and, a decade later, introduced the first container handler for rough terrain operations. Kalmar's first steps in terminal automation were taken more than 20 years ago.

With these innovations and many others Kalmar revolutionised the cargo and container handling industries. With passion, combined experience and deep knowledge of the industry, Kalmar aims to exceed expectations again and again.

Today, Kalmar is the industry forerunner in port automation and energy-efficient cargo handling - unique in its ability to enable seamless integration of different terminal processes.

Kalmar's history

Cargotec's Kalmar business area started to take shape in 1997 when Partek Corporation acquired the Finnish state-owned Sisu Ltd. This was an important move strategically, as Sisu had acquired the materials handling business of Finnish Valmet Ltd only three years earlier. The business activities of Sisu focused on container handling, heavy lift trucks and terminal tractors.

In the same year, Partek acquired a major shareholding in Kalmar Industries Ltd, a container handling equipment producer. Sisu Terminal Systems was combined with Kalmar Industries, which had been listed on the Swedish Stock Exchange since 1994.

Kalmar Industries became wholly owned by Partek Corporation in 2000 when it was also delisted.

In 2001, Kalmar business area was further strengthened by the acquisitions of Dutch ship-to-shore, straddle carrier manufacturer, Nelcon B.V., and the maintenance service company Groot-Hensen B.V. Nelcon, founded in 1883.

One of the most important events of 2011 was the closing of the acquisition of US-based terminal operating systems provider Navis. Navis’s technology further strengthens Kalmar’s position as the industry forerunner in terminal automation.

Another significant step in 2012 was the introduction of the technology and competence centre in Tampere, Finland. Centre allows Kalmar to focus strongly on the development of energy-efficient, safe and intelligent machinery and automation solutions.

Cargotec's Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co Ltd (RCI), a joint venture established in China, became operational in 2012. RCI produces rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and quay cranes for Kalmar’s customers.

In 2015, Kalmar and Navis introduced the industry’s first integrated automation solution, Kalmar OneTerminal, that combines software systems, equipment and services for seamless deployment.

In 2016, Cargotec acquired software company Interschalt to support the future growth of XVELA as the leading collaboration platform for the maritime industry.