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Kalmar Industries’ updated 7th generation series EDRIVE straddle carriers continue to be the perfect fit for EUROGATE operations in Germany. The container terminal operator has awarded Kalmar, part of Cargotec Corporation, a contract for the supply of 48 ESC440W machines. Twenty-two units have been ordered for EUROGATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven, and thirteen straddle carriers will go to EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg. Another thirteen EDRIVE units will be deployed at the MSC Gate Bremerhaven terminal, a joint venture between EUROGATE and one of the world largest container carriers, Mediterranean Shipping Company.

The Kalmar 7g ESC W straddle carriers will be delivered starting in autumn 2008 with the last units arriving at the beginning of 2009.

EUROGATE decision to purchase a significant number of Kalmar straddle carriers for three of its terminals was based on the outstanding performance of its already growing Kalmar ESC W fleet. The new 4-high units will have a lift capacity of 40 tonnes and feature Kalmar's latest enhanced 7th generation technology with electrical winch hoists.

Ilkka Annala, Vice President Kalmar Straddle Carriers, comments that in just a few years, the active and continuous finetuning of EUROGATE Kalmar machines has resulted in a successful partnership and a solution that is a good blend of the customer requirements and Kalmar offering.

EUROGATE first implemented Kalmar ESC W straddle carriers into its Hamburg container handling operation two years ago, says Annala. “The operator was immediately pleased with the machines’ excellent performance, reduced fuel cost, minimal noise output and eco-friendliness, especially considering the fast pace and demanding operation of EUROGATE in Hamburg.

EUROGATE has since opted for more EDRIVE units each year, knowing fully that they will receive outstanding machine and service performance thanks to the extensive support network of Kalmar Flurförderzeuge Vertriebs GmbH in Hamburg and Bremerhaven.

Kalmar ESC W units were designed to meet the ever-stricter greening regulations and tough noise standards of German ports. The machines feature electrically controlled engines, which lower exhaust emissions and reduce fuel consumption – making them environment-friendly as well as cost-effective. Their soft landing system and automatic container picking system minimise the noise generated at container handling and the subsequent positioning of containers on the stack or ground.

EUROGATE is Europe leading container terminal and logistic group, operating at nine terminals across Europe and handling more than 13.9 million TEU a year.
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“EUROGATE has ordered 48 Kalmar EDRIVE straddle carriers featuring enhanced 7th generation technology with electrical winch hoists. The 4-high units capable of 40-tonne lifts will be delivered to three EUROGATE terminals in Hamburg and Bremerhaven.

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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