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Committed to improving the services it provides to its customers in the container and forest products industries, Kalmar Industries has opened a new 1,400m² service and maintenance centre at Kotka Container Terminal in Mussalo, south-eastern Finland. The centre will offer technical expertise and support for the port and local industries, which operate hundreds of machines for container and materials handling duties.

Initially, the centre provides maintenance support to the cargo handling and stevedoring company Finnsteve. This will cover its fleet of straddle carriers, lift trucks and terminal tractors at Kotka Container Terminal to ensure that it has constant access to well-functioning machines. Finnsteve started container operations at the Port of Kotka at the beginning of 2005.

Kotka Container Terminal has been designed to handle 500,000 TEU per year. Various leading container feeder lines have committed to providing an almost daily service between Kotka and the major deepsea ports of continental Europe.

Christer Granskog, President and CEO of Kalmar Industries, said:

Kalmar is a company that differentiates itself from its competitors by constantly developing innovative solutions for our customer segments and helping them to reach their optimum performance levels.

We have invested substantial resources in this service centre in Kotka because we see an increasing global trend for customers wishing to concentrate on their core businesses. Handling equipment is becoming very highly technical today and requires specialised knowledge, which is what we can offer.

The premises have been built with modern technology and furnished with maintenance equipment that facilitates the work of the technical staff and ensures high-quality repair.

To save heating costs and to accommodate environmental factors, the workshop has been separated with a draught lobby, the wash facilities have an air-conditioning system, and the whole building is equipped with a heat recovery system.

The building includes facilities for the training of maintenance staff and machine operators. A service platform facilitates the work on top of the machine. The technical service facility is a pilot project, which will be used to test and develop service and maintenance solutions and techniques, and the maintainability of the machines.

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Kalmar new service and maintenance centre at Kotka Container Terminal offers technical expertise and support for local industries.

Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials
handling equipment, automation applications and related services.

It is the world's leading supplier of cargo handling equipment to ports,
terminals and intermodal facilities. Every fourth container or trailer
transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine.
The company also supplies a wide range of machines to demanding
industrial customers for applications as diverse as handling steel and
paper to shunting road trailers at distribution hubs.

Kalmar is also leading the way in port automation applications with its
application of unmanned container handling technology, on-board smart
features and remote maintenance products developed in co-operation with
customers and partners.

Kalmar's product range is complemented by 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's net sales were EUR 1147 million in 2005.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world leading provider of cargo handling solutions, which are used in local transportation, terminals, ports, distribution centers, and ships. In 2005 Cargotec net sales exceeded EUR 2.3 billion.Cargotec class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

For further information:
aija.kalander@kalmarind.com
Website: www.kalmarind.com