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Kalmar has received a further straddle carrier order from Australia Patrick Corporation, part of Asciano Limited, a recently listed company handling Australia transport infrastructure businesses. The order, for a total of 15 7th generation straddle carriers for its container terminals in Melbourne and Sydney, reflects Patrick continued commitment to straddle carrier handling systems at its major container gateways.

Due for delivery by the end of this year, Patrick latest order comprises ten three-high CSC350 units for its East Swanson Dock facility in Melbourne and five three-high EDRIVE ESC350 units for Port Botany in Sydney. All 15 straddle carriers will be delivered with twinlift spreaders capable of lifting 50 tons.

Patrick Corporation is a long-time user of Kalmar straddle carriers, with 24 already in operation at Port Botany and 28 at East Swanson Dock. The company also operates 23 Kalmar EDRIVE straddle carriers at its Fisherman Islands automated straddle carrier (AutoStrad) terminal in Brisbane – the first terminal of its kind in the world. All straddle carriers in this latest order will also be delivered ready for future automation.

Commenting on the order, Ilkka Annala, Vice President Kalmar Straddle Carriers, said:

Both East Swanson Dock and Port Botany have annual container throughputs well in excess of one million TEU, demonstrating that straddle carriers constitute an optimum handling system for even the bigger container terminals.

The reliability and productivity built into Kalmar 7th generation straddle carriers is the key. These latest units for Patrick will be able to undertake continuous operations, lifting anything up to 50 tons around the clock, all at relatively low operational costs.

Kalmar advanced CSC Smoothlift hoist unit is the best-selling straddle carrier in the world. Available in either three- or four-high stacking and with the ability to lift 40 tons in single or 50 tons in twinlift mode, the straddle carriers are highly modular in design, affording customers maximum flexibility to select features that best suit their operations. The ESC version is equipped with an AC drive to meet the strictest environmental standards.

Asciano Limited, formerly part of Toll Holdings, was listed on the Australian Stock Exhange on June 6th 2007, and will now be a completely separate and unrelated entity to Toll. Asciano Limited will continue to hold its unique positions in the port and rail sector through the Patrick and Pacific National businesses, and continue growth in the transport infrastructure area.
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“Kalmar is to deliver a further 15 7th generation straddle carriers to Patrick Corporation, this time for its facilities in Melbourne and Sydney.

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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