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New features to Hiab cranes create a safer work environment



Cargotec's entire range of Hiab cranes comply with the latest Machinery Directive, strengthening its role as an industry pioneer. Cargotec, the world's leading provider of load handling equipment, takes a major step towards creating safer working environments and increased user friendliness by complying with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The Hiab brand is the global market leader in on-road load handling solutions. Today's message to Cargotec customers is crystal clear. "We care about our customers and our customers should always have access to the most advanced technological solutions available. By taking the Machinery Directive seriously, we are prepared to help customers comply. We also took a decision to fully comply with the new harmonised loader crane standard EN 12999:2009. This is perfect proof that Cargotec continues to strive towards safer working conditions. This is an investment for everyone's best interest," says Harri Ahola, Senior Vice President, Truck Cranes and Demountables, at Cargotec.

The solutions that Cargotec offers in compliance with the Machinery Directive and new crane standard have a direct effect on Hiab cranes. Numerous new features and technological solutions have been implemented on cranes as well as on demountables to make them more productive and avoid worksite accidents. In addition, all key personnel at Cargotec have gone through training regarding the Machinery Directive, its effects as well on documentation and installation requirements and new crane features.

Today, Hiab solutions make it possible for loader cranes to find lighter and leaner combinations of truck size and stabiliser equipment than ever before. For instance, a crane user can have a crane with increased capacity in some working areas simply by refraining slightly from capacity in others. The function that makes this possible is called Variable Stability Limit (VSL).This new feature, designed for loader and recycling cranes, helps the operator with supervision of stability and is a more intelligent way to optimise crane capacity. Essentially, VSL maximises capacity in relation to stability by registering how far stabiliser extensions are extended and ensuring that legs are set firmly on the ground.

The effect of the new Machinery Directive has been to introduce identical requirements for machinery safety in every country within the European Economic Area (EEA). The Directive's first and most important objective is to save lives by minimising worksite accidents. Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC came into force on 29 December 2009.

More information for the press:
Harri Ahola, Senior Vice President, Truck Cranes and Demountables, tel. +358 (0)204 55 4501
Pauliina Koivunen, Director, External Communications, tel. +358 (0)400 253 757

Notes to editors:

Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows on land and at sea - wherever cargo is on the move. Cargotec's daughter brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor are recognised leaders in cargo and load handling solutions around the world. Cargotec's global network is positioned close to customers and offers extensive services that ensure the continuous, reliable and sustainable performance of equipment. Cargotec's sales totalled EUR 2.6 billion in 2009 and it employs more than 9,500 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

Hiab is the global market-leading brand in on-road load handling solutions. Customer-driven Hiab on-road load handling products and solutions are utilized in moving goods and materials on the road, for example in construction sites, forests, industry, waste handling, recycling and by the defence forces.

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