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Kalmar has been contracted by APMT Zeebrugge to fit 23 straddle carriers with its Smartpath container position verification system. Delivery of the fully Smartpath enabled machines is due to take place during the next few months.



In 2005, Port de l’Ile de la Réunion, ordered 12 four-high CSC450 straddle carriers for its Port Est development, also fitted with the Smartpath system.

Kalmar Smartpath is an automation package for straddle carriers and reachstackers. The system verifies and reports on the location of all containers to be handled and saves time by minimising unladen travel distances and optimising laden travel distances, thus providing significant improvements in productivity.

It reduces unproductive and unplanned container moves in the terminal and also ensures that misplaced containers can be retrieved easily.

Because the Smartpath container positioning system is completely integrated, it also allows the driver to fully concentrate on his job by providing him with tools such as a terminal map and by automatically exchanging container pick and place information and instructions with the yard management system.

The real-time container position information can be integrated into all leading yard planning and equipment control systems.

Smartpath is also machine and manufacturer independent and is therefore developed for use with machinery produced by all manufacturers.

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"Kalmar Industries is to fit 23 straddle carriers at Zeebrugge with its Smartpath container position verification system."

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