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Kalmar increases focus on container handling
intelligence and automation

Kalmar has established a new dedicated business unit, Kalmar Intelligence & Automation, to focus on the marketing and development of on-board smart features for container handling equipment, integrated systems and remote maintenance products in co-operation with customers and partners. The move reaffirms Kalmar leading role in the evolution of integrated intelligence and automation for ports and terminals.

Jorma Tirkkonen has been appointed President of the new unit, based in Tampere, Finland. Prior to this appointment Tirkkonen spent more than eight years in the US as President of Kalmar Sales Company for the Americas and Kalmar Trailer Logistics business segment.

Jorma Tirkkonen

In addition to marketing and R&D activities, Kalmar Intelligence & Automation primary responsibilities include the timely and successful implementation of automation delivery projects and customer support on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week basis. Improved efficiency of operations, better machine performance, and safety and environmental advantages are the typical benefits customers can expect as a result of increased automation.

Kalmar is a pioneer in the automation of container handling equipment. The first significant step towards the automation of container handling equipment came in the early 1990s when the company introduced Driver Assisting Features (DRAF).

In association with Patrick Stevedores, Kalmar recently accomplished its long-term goal of building the world first fully automated straddle carrier terminal at Fisherman Island, Brisbane, Australia.

Other Kalmar intelligence and automation products, systems and services for the container handling industry include:

- Smartrail autosteering and container position verification system for RTGs.

- Smartpath which is a container position verification system for straddle carriers and RTGs.

- Remote Machine Interface (RMI) whichs is a monitoring and maintenance system / software for all computerised Kalmar container handling machines and trucks.

- Automatic stacking cranes (ASC).

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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 is the head office), in Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, China and the USA.

For further information contact:

Aija Kalander

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