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Kalmar Industries’ seventh generation ESC series has reaffirmed its position as the straddle carrier of choice for German ports with new orders for a combined 27 units received from the country leading terminal operators. MSC Gate Bremerhaven GmbH & Co KG and North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven (NTB) GmbH & Co have ordered ten and seven ESC440 W units respectively, while the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG's HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai GmbH (CTB) has ordered ten ESC350 W units. The machines will be delivered by summer 2007. All three customers have also opted for a service contract during the warranty period.

Kalmar EDRIVE straddle carriers are electrically driven with AC drives to meet the strictest environmental standards. The units on order to Bremerhaven and Hamburg are all fitted with winch rope hoist systems and feature APP (Auto Pick and Place), which contributes to more precise operations. Special attention has been paid to reduced noise emissions in consideration of the nearby residential areas.

Commenting on the latest orders, Ilkka Annala, Vice President, Kalmar Straddle Carriers, says:

Kalmar has played an important role in the growth of the Port of Hamburg over the years and we are now pleased to be expanding that role further into Germany other key gateway of Bremerhaven. Our 7th generation ESCs are ideally suited to busy terminals looking to increase productivity thanks to their heavier load handling possibilities, minimised operational costs and environmental credentials.

Delivery of MSC Gate Bremerhaven four-high ESC units will be completed in spring 2007. Six of the machines will be supplied with twin lift spreaders while all ten are to be employed at Bremerhaven CT1 terminal, which opened in 2004. This is Kalmar first straddle carrier order from MSC Gate, a joint venture between leading European terminal operator, Eurogate, and one of the world largest container carriers, Mediterranean Shipping Company. The excellent performance of the ten ESC units in operation at Eurogate Hamburg facility since early 2006 contributed to the decision to place this latest order.

NTB seven four-high EDRIVE straddle carriers will all be supplied with single lift spreaders and will be delivered in spring 2007 for operation at the new CT4 terminal, to be opened later this year. While the straddle carrier delivery is Kalmar first to this particular terminal, APM Terminals, which owns half of NTB, is a longstanding Kalmar customer and employs its handling equipment at terminals around the world.

HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai three-high ESC units, all equipped with twin lift spreaders, will feature the option for modification into four-high container stacking. HHLA is Kalmar biggest customer in Germany and the new equipment, due for delivery by summer 2007, will join the fleet of almost 70 straddle carriers already employed at the CTB facility. Total container handling capacity at the Burchardkai terminal is around 2.9 million TEU across an area of 160 hectares.

At present, Kalmar is working in partnership with CTB to put in place an automatic stacking crane (ASC) system for the conversion of the facility to a semi-automated operation. The ASCs will work hand-in-hand with Kalmar straddle carriers to significantly increase the terminal operational capacity to a staggering 5.2 million by 2015.
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"Major German terminal operators prefer Kalmar's EDRIVE straddle carrier for its precise handling and environmental considerations. Kalmar will deliver a total of 27 units to two German ports this summer."

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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