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Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) recently awarded Kalmar Industries a maintenance contract for all rubber-tyred equipment operating at the Port of Durban newest container terminal called Pier1 Container Terminal. The agreement further strengthens the long-standing partnership of Kalmar and TPT, previously known as South African Port Operations.

The contract calls for the maintenance of 18 Kalmar E-One rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, two Kalmar reachstackers and a range of other-branded machinery including 40 terminal tractors, 47 trailers and two empty container handlers. A dedicated maintenance team of approximately 20 Kalmar service technicians will work around-the-clock, 365 days a year to ensure that Pier 1 Container Terminal operates with the highest possible machine availability.

Kalmar is confident that it can offer TPT the same quality and expertise in service it has come to expect from its equipment such as the E-One RTGs and reachstackers at Pier 1 and the more than 140 Kalmar straddle carriers operating at TPT container terminals in Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. We are extremely pleased to be entering a new phase of our partnership, comments Edwin Briggeman, Managing Director, Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Kalmar decision to open offices in South Africa to provide closer customer support is bearing good results, says Mr. Sabelo Mzimela, Senior Manager, Capital Projects & Engineering Services Department at TPT head office. “Kalmar is now better positioned to provide TPT with the critical skills and experience needed to perform world class maintenance of our operating equipment. We are all excited by the opportunity to work with Kalmar in maintaining high reliability and availability of our critical equipment, which is necessary in order to meet our stringent production targets as well as satisfy customers.

Pier 1 was developed to handle the Port of Durban substantial increase in the volume of cargo. TPT initially ordered 12 all-electric Kalmar E-One RTGs during the beginning stages of Pier 1 development; however, as the terminal became increasingly crucial in the future efficiency of the Port, TPT ordered six more similar units from Kalmar. These 6+1 wide and 1-over-5 high RTGs, also equipped with Kalmar Smartrail autosteering and container position verification technology, were delivered in the second half of 2007.

The Port of Durban handled 2.3 million TEUs in 2007 and expects a sizable increase in 2008.
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"Kalmar has secured a contract to maintain all of the rubber-tyred equipment operating at the Port of Durban's newest container facility, Pier 1 Container Terminal. This will require a team of 20 people working 24/7 to ensure minimum downtime."

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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