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In tough competition with several other manufacturers, Kalmar Industries has won an order from Södra, an economic association representing forest owners in Sweden, for the delivery of 32 lift trucks for wood and pulp handling. Delivery of the machines began in 2007 and will continue until the last units are supplied in 2009. The deal marks the start of a long-term partnership between Södra and Kalmar.

High product quality and offers of good support backed by Kalmar far-reaching service network were the deciding factors, thanks to which we have now been selected as lead supplier for a period of several years, says Jan Ohlsson, Managing Director of Kalmar Sweden.

Eight forklifts with capacities from 15 tonnes will be used for pulp handling at Södra Cell pulp mills in Mörrum, Mönsterås and Värö, Sweden. Södra Timber ten production facilities in the country southern region will employ 24 units including forklifts for lumber handling with capacities ranging from 10 to 25 tonnes and logstacker machines purpose-built for wood handling with load ratings of up to 30 tonnes. As one of Europe leading manufacturers of sawn and planed timber products, Södra Timber produced 1.7 million sq m of wood products in 2004.

With a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners representing 35,000 forest properties in southern Sweden, Södra has operations in forestry services, wood products, pulp and energy. The association produces sawn and planed timber goods, interior products, paper pulp and biofuel. In recent years Södra has also become such a large producer of electricity that the Group now produces more electricity than it uses.
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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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