Kalmar reach stackers secure major Brazilian order
Kalmar Industries has won competition to land an order from Libra Terminais S/A of Brazil for 13 ContChamp DRF reachstackers to be delivered to its container terminal facilities in the Brazilian ports of Santos and Rio de Janeiro. The machines will have a lifting capacity of 45 tons and can stack containers 6 high.
Delivery of the first batch of five ContChamps will be to Libra Terminal 37 and Terminal 35 at the Port of Santos in August this year, while the remaining eight units will be delivered in two batches of four, in October and November, to replace other brand rented reachstackers at both Santos and Libra Terminal 1-RIO at Rio de Janeiro.
The Generation F ContChamp is the market leader in reachstacker technology and, along with Kalmar's reliable workhorse, the ContMaster, is proving increasingly popular in Latin America. Kalmar has completed recent deliveries of the hi-spec ContChamp DRF to Mexico and Venezuela.
Libra Terminais is a well-respected and rapidly growing terminal operator in the Brazilian market and, as such, its decision to invest in the ContChamp DRF serves as an excellent reference for the machine performance and quality. Explains Per Rosengren, Product Manager for Kalmar reachstackers:
“We will capitalise on this recent success to further strengthen the presence of our Generation F heavy counterweight trucks in Latin America. Kalmar Brazil will train its staff in Sweden and, together with our significant knowledge of the RTG business in Brazil, we will use our reachstacker expertise to enhance our overall presence in the Brazilian market.
The Kalmar ContChamp reachstacker is a clear technology leader. The DRF is equipped with Kalmar latest electronic transmission, which makes driving and gear shifting smoother. A considerable amount of work has been done on the new transmission, developed exclusively for Kalmar, and also on the in-house produced steering axle.
Mindful of the ‘green’ pressures faced by its customers, Kalmar has also placed due emphasis on the environmental impact of both the ContChamp and the ContMaster. Both models are equipped with low emissions engines that meet 97/68 EC Stage 2 and US EPA Tier 2 standards
By adopting a CAN-bus configuration – a communication standard looped network – the ContChamp engine and transmission sensors, valves and driver controls are all connected in a far more efficient way than traditional reachstacker products, allowing for the easy upgrade of systems in the future.
The ContChamp also provides a working environment that enables drivers to do a thoroughly professional job. The high cabin and the excellent layout of all control devices contribute to better driver comfort and enable the operator to get more done during the working shift. Higher throughput is achieved via faster driving, operating and lifting speeds in all conditions. And, as in all Kalmar equipment, safety is paramount.
From a commercial aspect, the ContChamp is an extremely efficient machine. Fewer lubrication points, a spacious engine compartment and a field diagnostic system all combine to provide intervals between servicing of 500 hours plus. The machine monitoring system controls around 500 measuring points at 50 times a second, ensuring safe operations and rapid alarming in case of problems. All these features help minimise downtime and maintain operational efficiency.
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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.
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