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Kalmar Industries has been awarded an order for 22 E-One+ rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from South Africa Transnet Limited, parent company of port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). The units will operate at the country newest port development, Port of Ngqura, on the Eastern Cape. Deliveries will commence in October of this year with the final cranes expected to arrive in April 2009. The new port is expected to be fully operational by mid 2009.

The 7+1 wide and 1-over-5 high RTGs outfitted with Bromma spreaders, will come equipped with Kalmar autosteering and container position verification technology, Smartrail.

This order further strengthens Transnet Limited long-term partnership with the equipment manufacturer. Based on the success of its 18 Kalmar RTG cranes employed at TPT Pier 1 Container Terminal in Durban, the port operator turned to Kalmar yet again for the supply of an environmentally friendly and reliable stacking system.

Edwin Briggeman, Managing Director, Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd, comments on the order:

Transnet Limited and TPT have come to expect productive handling solutions from Kalmar, and with its additional order for RTGs, the terminal operator knows it will receive quality cranes and excellent service.

Hamilton Nxumalo, General Manager Equipment at TPT head office, said that reliable equipment paired with true partnership is the reason for his company and Kalmar shared success in South Africa.

He adds: “Transnet Limited is responsible for the Port of Ngqura cargo handling and logistics management solutions. We know from past experience that Kalmar provides innovative and quality cranes which will help us meet the high expectations of this project.

The Port of Ngqura is destined to be South Africa answer to its booming export market. Transnet Limited is confident that with Kalmar reliable equipment and excellent aftermarket support, we will help the country prosper by efficiently handling its growing container volumes.

The Port of Ngqura, situated at the mouth of the Coega River in Algoa Bay and 20 kilometres east of Port Elizabeth, received its first vessel this month. The National Port Authority, South Africa port development agency, says Ngqura is designed to accommodate the country growing export and transhipment market. The new deepwater port is also expected to handle the goods produced by manufacturers in a new industrial zone located nearby. The port is being constructed initially to handle up to 970,000 TEU utilising two births, and is anticipating this will grow to 2 million TEU utilising four births.
TPT (previously South African Port Operations) recently awarded Kalmar a maintenance contract for all of its rubber-tyred equipment operating at Pier 1 Container Terminal, comprising 18 Kalmar E-One RTGs, two Kalmar reachstackers and a range of other-branded machinery. A dedicated maintenance team of approximately 20 Kalmar service technicians will work around-the-clock, 365 days a year to ensure that Pier 1 operates with the highest possible machine availability.
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“Proving the value of long-term partnerships, South Africa Transnet Ltd recently placed an order for 22 E-One+ RTGs for its new terminal operations at the Port of Ngqura. Daughter company Transnet Port Terminals employs a vast range of Kalmar equipment at its terminal operations in Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth including 18 E-One RTG cranes (pictured), reachstackers and more than 140 Kalmar straddle carriers.

Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials handling equipment, automation applications and related services. It is the world's 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's 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's net sales were EUR 1.343 billion in 2007.

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 2007, Cargotec's net sales were EUR 3.018 billion. Cargotec's class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

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