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2008-12-15 Two hybrids included in DP World Southampton order for 15 Kalmar straddle carriers


Cargotec Kalmar business area has received an order to supply 15 of its ESC W straddle carriers to DP World Southampton in the UK. Two of the machines will be fitted with Kalmar new hybrid technology package and the remaining 13 are capable of being upgraded to hybrids in the future. Kalmar, which provides container handling solutions, will deliver the equipment to DP World Southampton during the first half of 2009.

The order includes seven Kalmar ESC 350W straddle carriers capable of stacking 1-over-2 high with a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes and eight ESC 440W machines that can stack 1-over-3 high with a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes. All the machines feature Kalmar's latest enhanced 7th generation technology with electrical winch hoists.

The hybrid technology package is a modular option which will be fitted to one ESC 350W straddle carrier and one ESC 440W from this order. The package results in fuel savings of up to 25 or 30 per cent. By delivering more moves with less fuel, Kalmar estimates that this new technology can eliminate more than 50 tonnes of CO2 emissions per straddle carrier per year.

Ilkka Annala, Vice President, Straddle Carriers, Kalmar Industries said:
DP World Southampton will keep the two new hybrids under the spotlight, working them side by side with the other straddle carriers. If the hybrid package proves its worth in this operation, the 13 other Kalmar straddle carriers can be upgraded. In our own trials we have seen considerable fuel savings when compared to standard machines and are confident that the hybrids will produce significant savings for our customers.

Kalmar Pro Future hybrid technology package allows hoist motors to be used as generators when lowering containers. The energy produced can be stored until it is needed. Similarly, when machines are braking or decelerating, energy can be drawn from the electric drive system and stored. The machine supercapacitor energy storage system uses the saved energy before making further demands on the diesel engine for movement or lifting, thereby drastically reducing fuel consumption and emissions. An in-cab display shows the machine energy flow, so the driving style can be further fine-tuned to make the most efficient use of the straddle carrier.

In November, Kalmar announced an order for six Kalmar 7th generation ESC W straddle carriers to Tilbury Container Services (TCS) in the UK. One of the machines will be fitted with Kalmar new Pro Future hybrid technology package. The other five are capable of being upgraded at a later date.

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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'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 cooperation 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. Cargotec sales exceed EUR 3 billion and the company employs approximately 12,000 people. Cargotec class B shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

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