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Aiming to further shape the future of automated port terminals, Kalmar has acquired Advanced Cargo Transhipment B.V. (ACT). The Netherlands-based company, a former business unit of Frog Navigation, will assist Kalmar in its strategy to be the preferred supplier of integrated automation technology by increasing its resources in automated horizontal transportation R&D and delivery projects.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction value.

Jorma Tirkkonen, President of Kalmar Intelligence & Automation (KIA), comments on the acquisition:

ACT's innovative, ‘hi-tech’ team is a great addition to KIA, improving further our capabilities to automate container handling equipment and terminals. We are now even better prepared to face the rapidly increasing interest and demand for these solutions.

ACT, a spin-off company of Frog Navigation based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is an expert in developing and marketing equipment navigation control and terminal operation control hardware and software for complex logistic systems and processes using automated vehicles and equipment. Applications, for example, include straddle carriers, shuttle carriers and automated guided vehicles as well as traffic management and control systems.

Kalmar increases focus on container handling intelligence and automation

ACT will be integrated into Kalmar dedicated business unit, Kalmar Intelligence & Automation, which focuses on the marketing and development of onboard smart features for container handling equipment, integrated control systems and remote maintenance products in cooperation with customers and partners. The unit also runs a state-of-the-art automation test facility to better aid the integration of its intelligent applications with its customers’ container handling equipment and terminal operating systems.
Kalmar has delivered and now supports a fleet ofcloseto1,000 applications such as container verification, positioning and monitoring systems, remote service monitoring software, and reporting systems.
Kalmar range of innovative onboard products and automated systems today includes:

• Fleetview: a real-time monitoring system that optimises the deployment of container yard equipment.
•Smartrail: an autosteering and container position verification system for RTGs.
•Smartpath: a container position verification system for straddle carriers and RTGs.
•Remote Machine Interface (RMI): a tool for remote machine monitoring, maintenance tasking and reporting suitable for use with all Kalmar equipment.
•Automatic stacking cranes (ASC): an automated handling solution providing high productivity and stacking density for large terminals. Sophisticated measuring, positioning and supervisory control systems with safety, redundancy and fault reporting.
•Autostrad: Unmanned straddle carrier handling system.

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Press information can be found on Kalmar website: Simply click on News Room to be taken to a list of recent press releases. A photograph to accompany this press release is also available on the Kalmar website, by clicking on Press Pictures. The caption for the photograph reads:

"Kalmar Intelligence & Automation, a dedicated business unit which has delivered and now supports a fleet ofclose to1,000applications, is currently supplyingHHLA's Container Terminal Burchardkai in Hamburg with 15 automatic stacking cranes and related 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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