New orders from SPRC in Colombia and BACTSSA in Argentina
Kalmar new all-electric E-One RTG model is strengthening the company market leader position in South America.
Kalmar has received orders for eight E-One units from Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC) in Colombia and four E-One RTGs from Buenos Aires Container Terminal Services SA (BACTSSA) in Argentina.
These latest orders not only reinforce Kalmar leadership role in the South American container handling business, but also boost the global presence of its new all-electric E-One RTG, launched at the beginning of this year. More than 50 units have been sold so far globally.
SPRC 8-wheel E-One units will be equipped with the Kalmar-developed Remote Machine Interface (RMI), a tool for remote machine monitoring, maintenance tasking and reporting that allows customers to optimise the productivity of their handling equipment. They will also be fitted with Kalmar patented Smartrail autosteering and container position verification system. SPRC was the first regional operator to acquire Smartrail back in 1997.
The machines will be 6+1 wide and capable of stacking 1 over 6 high. Scheduled for delivery in summer / autumn 2006, they will join the four Kalmar RTGs already in operation at the terminal.
BACTSSA, a Hutchison Port Holdings company operating in Argentina main container gateway, the Port of Buenos Aires, has opted for 8-wheel units due for delivery in summer 2006. The E-One RTGs will be 6+1 wide and capable of stacking 1 over 5 high. BACTSSA is also familiar with Kalmar equipment, having taken delivery of its first two RTGs in 1998.
Kalmar is currently delivering several RTGs in the region. These latest orders come shortly after the delivery of five RTGs, also fitted with Smartrail, to Santos Brasil SA in Brazil. Other deliveries in the pipeline include three RTGs to Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP), also in Brazil, and two E-One RTGs to Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaiso SA (TPS) in Chile
Commenting on the developments, Mikko Vuojolainen, VP Kalmar Port Operations, Americas, says:
“Continuing growth at South America ports means that terminal operators need to look for more productive solutions. Kalmar RMI and Smartrail technology combined with E-One competitive maintenance features, significant fuel savings and the promise of less downtime, is a particularly smart solution for those operators who want high productivity with the minimum environmental impact.
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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. Production plants are situated in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, China and the USA. Kalmar net sales were EUR 865.4 million in 2004.
Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, which is the world leading provider of cargo handling solutions for ships, ports, terminals and local distribution. Cargotec net sales were EUR 1.9 billion in 2004. Cargotec shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
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