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Kalmar has agreed with South African service partner African National Engineering (ANE) to merge the latter's Kalmar service business into Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd, the local subsidiary company established earlier this year in Durban and headed by Edwin Briggeman. The merger will see 13 people from ANE join Kalmar's current staff of seven, bringing the total number of employees to 20.

Edwin Briggeman, Managing Director,
Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd will be responsible for the sales and service of straddle carriers, RTG cranes and terminal tractors, while other Kalmar products, for example, reachstackers and lift trucks, will continue to be sold through existing partner Saficon.

The merger of ANE service business for Kalmar straddle carriers and RTG cranes secures Kalmar commitment to South African Port Operations (SAPO) as a full service partner and also forms a solid basis for further business development in South Africa.

According to Juhani Lukumaa, President, Kalmar Container Handling, the merger of ANE service business into the local subsidiary reinforces Kalmar desire 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. Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd now has a full service team to bring the best 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 at SAPO facilities will approach 3 million TEU in 2006, continuing the healthy growth trend of recent years.
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Mr Edwin Briggeman, Managing Director, Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

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 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 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 centres, 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