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Life cycle costs swing it for Austrian Railways

Kalmar Industries has signed a highly significant contract with Austrian Railways (ÖBB), valid for 4 + 1 years, whereby ÖBB plans to purchase between five and ten ContChamp reachstackers over the next few years. Kalmar expects to receive orders for the first machines quite soon.


This ÖBB deal is in fact a new and innovative way of purchasing hardware whereby the life time costs become very much part of the purchase criteria. In this case, it takes into account the life cycle cost (LCC) over five years and also includes a five-year contract maintenance package.

"Through our experience with Kalmar Solutions, we are very aware of the maintenance costs of our machines and we have developed a global capability in terms of servicing. We were able to put together a very attractive package, the main strength being our confidence in our products' ability to perform reliably."

ÖBB has been expanding and renewing its intermodal rail terminals in a number of locations and will continue to do so. As Kalmar is particularly strong in Austria, this order is extremely important, says Mr Wurzer:

"We were able to provide ÖBB with the data they required and this enabled them to calculate LCC costs.They were so satisfied that they decided to include a full service contract for the machines to include everything except the operator and fuel."

The precise specifications of the reachstackers to be ordered will be decided on a case by case basis to suit individual terminal requirements. Kalmar expects 6m, 7m and 8m wheelbase machines to be required, fitted with spreaders for handling containers, swapbodies and trailers.

Kalmar manufactures a wide range of equipment suitable for rail-related applications including rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) and rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) for high throughput terminals and reachstackers for smaller terminals and for support tasks at the bigger facilities. The reachstacker, being able to load and unload containers from not only the nearest track but also a second track (subject to model type and lift capacity), has proved to be a very flexible machine in rail terminal operations.

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Please contact Kalmar Industries Communications Manager

Alternatively more information can be asked from David Cheslin at Kalmar's PR agency Dunelm Public Relations on tel: + 44 20 7480 0600 or

Note to Editors:

Kalmar is a global provider of heavy duty materials handling equipment and services to ports, intermodal traffic, terminals and demanding industrial customers.Kalmar focuses on supplying intermodal handling solutions that enable customers to operate with a high level of efficiency and reliability.Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine.Kalmar provides a large range of value added services such as maintenance contracts and fleet management.Nelcon and Ottawa complete the portfolio of the master brand Kalmar.Manufacturing plants are situated in Sweden (as is the head office), in Finland, in the USA, in the Netherlands and in Estonia.

A photograph to accompany this release can be downloaded from the Dunelm PR website found at: www.dunelmpr.co.uk.By clicking on the photo gallery icon followed by the Kalmar logo you will be taken to a selection of thumbnail images.By selecting the thumbnail image you are interested in you will be taken to a larger, downloadable image.

The caption for the photograph reads:

The second-rail capability of the ContChamp is clearly demonstrated in this view of operations at ÖBB's Terminal Wels