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Kalmar introduces its new generation terminal tractor
Kalmar has ushered in a new era in terminal tractor design with the introduction of its new icon series, which builds on the success of its innovative i-model range introduced to the market in 2005. Featuring a CAN-BUS control system, the icon generation is characterised by superior operator comfort, outstanding performance and long lifetime durability.

Developed in cooperation with drivers and ergonomics specialists, the operator cabin of the icon TT618i, TR618i and TRL618i models offers a significantly enhanced working environment. Improvements include an asymmetrical rotating seat that is flexible and adaptable, as well as a fully adjustable steering column, making it easier for drivers of different heights to access and work in the cabin. A number of dimensional and layout upgrades provide more working space and better visibility.

The CAN-BUS control system, which integrates all functions in a single system and shows full operational and service data on one display panel, makes tractor operations faster, safer and simpler. Its diagnostic capabilities also assist in service and maintenance planning, saving time, effort and cost.

Says Timo Matikainen, Marketing Manager of Kalmar Trailer Logistics:

Productivity is vital to port operations and icon is Kalmar key to achieving that, via enhanced performance, cost efficiency and superior design. In operational terms, icon outperforms other terminal tractors thanks to the productivity and ease of maintenance afforded by its CAN-BUS system, combined with its excellent manoeuvrability and pulling power. Backed up by Kalmar global parts and service network, this range is truly a cut above the rest.

The icon range offers a small turning radius, which makes the tractor easy to operate in cramped spaces. It also features the latest EU-stage engines – Volvo TAD750VE and Sisu Diesel 74CTA – which provide much greater torque, as well as the high pulling capacity required for heavy ramp driving. Automatic gear control ensures soft and smooth gear changes, while continuous traction is enabled by the new, stronger Dana RTE15822 transmission.
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Kalmar has paid particular attention to driver comfort and machine productivity in its new icon series terminal tractor, which incorporates CAN-BUS technology.

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 1.2 billion in 2006.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world's leading provider of cargo handling solutions, which are used in local transportation, terminals, ports, distribution centres, 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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