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Kalmar Industries strengthens its leading position as an automation supplier with its participation in a new Australian company, Patrick Technology and Systems
In a new development that is expected to assist with the development of ‘Smart’ solutions across the entire range of Kalmar container handling products, Sweden’s Kalmar Industries has become a shareholder in Patrick Technology and Systems (PTS), a new company being established by the Australian company Patrick Corporation.

It is well-known that Kalmar and Patrick have been working on an automated straddle carrier port project since 1997.

PTS is currently focused on the implementation of the Kalmar-constructed automated straddle carrier and the integration of advanced container handling systems within the Patrick Terminals division. The aim of the new company is to become globally the leading automation company within the stevedoring industry by marketing the technology and expertise developed in this project.

According to Ilkka Annala, Vice President Straddle Carriers, Kalmar’s participation and investment in PTS cements the two companies’ relationship:

“There needs to be a continuing close relationship to market the automated straddle carrier and other automation systems. We also need to provide effective support once the automation is installed. Together, we will have unrivalled expertise in these areas.

“There is also scope for further co-operation in other automation developments. Kalmar is pushing ahead on several fronts and to have the opportunity of sharing ideas and experiences will be invaluable to both parties.

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 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. Manufacturing plants are situated in Sweden (as well as the head office), in Finland, in the USA, in the Netherlands and in Estonia

Patrick Corporation is the leading Australian terminal operator with activities in all major ports. The company has for many years been committed to the improvement of container handling operations utilising both computer systems and automation. For further information, please contact Chris Knott on telephone +61 2 93940000 or by e-mail at .

For further information, please contact:
Kalmar Industries

Communications Manager
aija.kalander@kalmarind.com

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David Cheslin or Karen Baxter at
Dunelm Public Relations on:
tel: +44 20 7480 0600.
E-mail: info@dunelmpr.co.uk