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2008-05-16 Kalmar launches a modern, more efficient purpose-built distribution tractor


Kalmar Industries, part of Cargotec Corporation, has launched a new terminal tractor designed specifically to meet the demanding operational requirements of European distribution centres. Compared to conventional over-the-road trucks, often used in distribution terminals, Kalmar new purpose-built TT612d terminal tractor can turn around trailers at least twice as quickly.

Kalmar, the world leading manufacturer of terminal tractors, has applied its enormous expertise to produce a vehicle which features excellent manoeuvrability, low operating costs, superior cabin comfort, easily accessible service points and the ultimate in proven reliability.

With driver comfort and ease as a top consideration in constructing a productive, low-cost workhorse, the TT612d cabin has been totally redesigned to include a taller rear doorway. Only one low step separates the cabin from the rear deck, ensuring an easy, smooth entry and exit for the driver. Kalmar new distribution tractor also facilitates safe movements even in poor and wet conditions with wide stairways on both sides of the rear deck and the industry largest level work space.

Timo Matikainen, Director in charge of terminal tractor sales in Europe, says the innovative design and functionality of the new TT612d is the result of thorough ergonomic research and input from operators. He continues:

Kalmar has invested a great deal of time and effort in making working conditions better and tasks easier for drivers.

Traditionally, road trucks have been used at distribution centres to move trailers between loading docks and parking areas. However, with several key improvements to the cabin and rear deck, the TT612d now offers the ultimate in efficient duty cycles – a top priority of busy distribution terminal operations.

Today, Europe extensive network of retail and logistics depots continues to grow as more customers require enhanced speed-to-market and just-in-time deliveries and inter-European Union commerce continues to rise. Kalmar overwhelming reputation as the preferred supplier of terminal tractors to the mature North American distribution market laid the groundwork for successfully introducing the modernised, purpose-built TT612d model to customers in Europe.

Featuring enhanced manoeuvrability, Kalmar new distribution tractor allows faster transfer operations as it has the industry smallest turning radius. Time is also saved with its hydraulically-powered elevating 5th wheel, eliminating the need for the driver to crank the trailer landing gear and thereby decreasing operator fatigue. Drivers will also enjoy conveniently placed switches and controls, improved visibility and a very quiet cabin.

Kalmar commitment to the environment remains a critical element in the design of its products. The TT612d features Kalmar proven power line including the cleanest in engine standards with Stage 3a / Tier 3 technology emitting only the minimum in harmful emissions. The new distribution tractor combines innovation and reliability resulting in low operating costs with a machine design which decreases component wear. Easier maintenance also improves productivity and profitability with more accessible service points.

The Kalmar distribution tractor has gone from strength to strength with its high-quality design and well-known components guaranteeing maximum uptime and keeping customers’ distribution operations on the move.
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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 releaseis also available on the Kalmar website, by clicking on Press Pictures. The caption for the photograph read:

“The purpose-built and modern design of Kalmar new distribution tractor, TT612d, makes it a sure win against the busiest of trailer transfer operations.

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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