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Cargo Service A/S (previously known as Århus Stevedore Kompagni) of the Port of Aarhus, Denmark, has awarded Kalmar a five-year maintenance and service contract covering its 19 new Kalmar ESC EDRIVE 350 straddle carriers, due for delivery in spring 2007. The all-inclusive contract, which includes an option to extend, requires Kalmar to supply Cargo Service with preventative and breakdown maintenance, engineering support, daily inspections and spare parts supply.

From May 2007, Kalmar engineers will be located on-site in Aarhus working from a temporary workshop constructed from containers. By September, they will have moved into permanent premises currently under construction at the terminal, from where they will be responsible for the entire gamut of maintenance services for the strads - from tyre upkeep and oil changes to damage repair and predictive maintenance.

Says Rob van Hove, Kalmar VP, Maintenance, in Rotterdam:

It is basically an insurance contract for Cargo Service: they simply operate the machines while Kalmar retains overall responsibility for making sure they are available and operating at peak performance at all times. We will be aided in this by Kalmar Remote Monitoring Interface (RMI), which will allow us to predict the pending maintenance and service requirements of each machine.

According to Mr van Hove, the comprehensive service contract is a natural progression in the longstanding relationship between Cargo Service and Kalmar.

Cargo Service has been a loyal Kalmar customer ever since its decision more than three decades ago to purchase the first Kalmar reachstacker. Over the years, the relationship between the two companies has gone from strength to strength. We have a longterm interest in Cargo Service success and Cargo Service knows that it can trust Kalmar to answer all its equipment needs. Trust is an indispensable ingredient in any outsourcing exercise, as you are ultimately allowing an outside party to come into your terminal and influence your operations. That Cargo Service has this level of trust in Kalmar is valuable testimony to the standard of products and services we have provided to them over the years.

The 19 three-high straddle carriers on order to Cargo Service have been earmarked for operation at a new container terminal currently under construction as part of the Port of Aarhus’ 25-year expansion plan. The 7th generation straddle carriers will be equipped with the latest in handling technology, including Kalmar Smartpath container position verification system, as well as RMI. The machines will also be ready for automation, with inbuilt provisions for sensors, should Cargo Service decide to upgrade to an automated system in the future.
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Cargo Service has awarded a comprehensive five-year service and maintenance contract to Kalmar for its 19 ESC straddle carriers due for delivery in spring 2007.

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 1.2 billion in 2006.

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 2006 Cargotec net sales were EUR 2.6 billion. Cargotec class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

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