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Kalmar leading position in the South American RTG market has been further strengthened with orders for a total of 13 E-One rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes – the majority fitted with Kalmar Smartrail and remote maintenance and monitoring (RMI) systems – from the Port of Trinidad and Tobago, major Peruvian intermodal terminal operator Neptunia SA and Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaiso SA (TPS) in Chile.

The Port of Trinidad and Tobago, an existing Kalmar customer, has ordered five E-One units to join the six RTGs already in operation at its Port of Port of Spain facility. Delivery is scheduled for the end of 2007. The new 5+1 wide, 1-over-5 high RTGs will be equipped with Kalmar Smartrail autosteering and container position verification system, and its remote maintenance and monitoring system (RMI). Fitted with Bromma spreaders, they will also be delivered ready for future upgrade to 7+1 wide in anticipation of their deployment a new container terminal currently in the planning stages. Smartrail will also be installed in the existing Kalmar units operating in the Port of Port of Spain

Neptunia, Peru, has ordered two E-One RTGs equipped with Smartrail and Bromma spreaders. Scheduled for delivery in late 2007, the machines will be 7+1 wide and capable of stacking 1-over-6 high. The RTGs are noteworthy in being the first Kalmar 16-wheel design on the American continent. The 16-wheel model offers a reduction in ground load pressure over the traditional eight-wheel model, thus minimising wear and tear on the terminal surface.

Neptunia SA has been the leading maritime storage terminal in Peru for 25 years, operating in Callao and Piura with a market share of around 35%. The company also provides logistics services and cold storage for the air transportation of refrigerated cargoes.

Kalmar Terminal Services division is assisting Neptunia in adapting its operational mode from forklift trucks and reachstackers to RTGs.

Chile TPS, another longstanding Kalmar customer, has opted for six 7+1 wide, 1-over-5 high E-One RTGs equipped with Smartrail, RMI and Bromma spreaders. The units are due for delivery in the latter half of 2007 and will join two units delivered in December 2005, as well as a further four units ordered in April 2006 and due to enter operation this winter.

The Smartrail autosteering system is critical to TPS Valparaiso facility as the RTGs work in a tightly fenced area, meaning that there is no room for error in driver operations.

Commenting on the latest orders, Mikko Vuojolainen, VP Kalmar Port Operations, Americas, says:

Continuing growth at South America ports means that terminals are upgrading from reachstacker handling systems to RTG operations. Because Kalmar is the market leader in reachstackers, many of these ports are familiar with our levels of quality and service, which is proving to be fundamental to our continued success in the region.

Not only in South America, but around the world, terminal operators are seeking more productive solutions. The E-One competitive maintenance features, significant fuel savings and reduced downtime – combined with operational management technology such as Kalmar RMI and Smartrail – makes it a smart solution for those operators who wish to achieve high productivity with the minimum environmental impact.

From its initial launch last year, Kalmar E-One RTG was an instant success. Other customers in South America to adopt the E-One concept include BACTSSA, a Hutchison Port Holdings company operating in Argentina main container gateway, the Port of Buenos Aires, which has just taken into operation four 6+1 wide, 1-over-5 high units. BACTSSA is familiar with Kalmar equipment, having taken delivery of its first two RTGs in 1998.

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena, Colombia, also recently ordered eight E-One units, four of which have already entered into operation alongside the terminal eight existing RTGs.
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"Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso SA in Chile opted for six of Kalmar's E-One RTGs equipped with Smartrail and RMI. The automation technology will be critical to the port's efficiency as its operations are within a tightly fenced area."

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 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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