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Kalmar Industries has established its own subsidiary company in South Africa for the sales and servicing of straddle carriers and RTG cranes. Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd is located in Durban.

Edwin Briggeman has been appointed head of the new company and is in charge of overseeing the ongoing deliveries of the straddle carriers ordered by South African Port Operations (SAPO). Located in the new Durban office, he will also be responsible for the start-up of the new company and the further development of customer relations with SAPO. Aman Kumkaran has been appointed Technical Manager in Durban.

African National Engineering (ANE) continues as Kalmar service partner for straddle carriers and RTG cranes in major ports such as Durban, Richards Bay, and Cape Town.

Other Kalmar products, for example reachstackers and lift trucks, will continue to be sold through existing partner Saficon.

Kalmar has enjoyed a successful partnership with ANE and Saficon. Both companies’ longstanding experience and dedication to customer service will form a basis from which Kalmar can establish its own operations in South Africa. Kalmar has a strong presence in South Africa with more than 300 machines delivered and under order– ranging from straddle carriers and reachstackers to terminal tractors and lift trucks.

According to Juhani Lukumaa, President, Kalmar Container Handling, the company investment in South Africa marks its commitment to playing an integral role in the development of the country port industry together with SAPO.

SAPO is our preferred partner and we are proud they have chosen to work with Kalmar in their efforts to develop the ports of South Africa. With the new company Kalmar is well placed to bring the best available technology, service and support to SAPO, he said.

SAPO is undertaking several projects in South Africa to modernise existing ports and establish new facilities. Total container volume will approach 3 million TEU in 2006, continuing the healthy growth trend of recent years.

Kalmar good relationship with SAPO has been marked by a constant flow of orders. After a world record order for 60 straddle carriers from Kalmar Industries in 2001 and 53 more in August last year, SAPO, the terminal operating subsidiary of South Africa transportation conglomerate Transnet Limited, came back with an order for 25 additional straddle carriers in January this year.

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Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials handling equipment, automation applications and related services. It is the world 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 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 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 net sales were EUR 1.147 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.

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