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Kalmar to refurbish and modernise an overhead crane for Aperam steel mill in Belgium


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has started the upgrade and refurbishment of the overhead crane at the steel mill of the Aperam Stainless steel plant in Genk, Belgium. The scope includes design, construction, delivery and erection of all the materials for the project, according to the standards and regulations for hoisting liquid steel. The project, which started in November 2014 with design engineering, was booked in Kalmar's fourth quarter 2014 order intake, and is set to be completed in the third quarter of 2015. 
Aperam, who currently process over 2.5 million tonnes of flat stainless steel in Europe and Brazil, and have operations in more than 40 countries, selected Kalmar to modernise their 40 year old Paul Würth casting crane, with the capacity of 210 tonnes, at their Genk site in Belgium. The project involves renewing the existing trolley and the lateral driving mechanism of the overhead crane, including new electrical installation, and will be a complete turnkey solution. 
Danny Bielen, Project Manager of Aperam, "The trolley and the electrical system of the crane had reached the end of their technical lifetime. We were looking for a partner who could provide a detailed specification, and the ability to demonstrate a strong technical solution. Additionally, Kalmar's excellent project management skills were another important selection criterion." 
"We are very happy to work with Aperam on a project like this", says Jelle van der Waal, Director, Crane Upgrades at Kalmar EMEA North. "We specialise in turnkey crane upgrade projects and have a proven track record working with different customer segments. Our competence is based on highly professional in-house engineering and project management. When the project is completed, Aperam will be able to enjoy the extended lifetime of the crane for many years to come."
Further information for the press:
Jelle van der Waal, Director Crane Upgrades in Kalmar EMEA North, tel. +31 10 294 6666
Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096,
Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.
Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's sales totalled approximately EUR 3.4 billion in 2014 and it employs approximately 11,000 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd under symbol CGCBV. 
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