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Kalmar Asia Pacific Region scoops APBEST awards


Press release,11 March, 2009
Cargotec Kalmar business area has won four prestigious business awards in recognition of the organisational excellence of its Kalmar Asia Pacific Region.

Kalmar Asia Pacific Region was crowned Grand Winner 2008 at the Asia Pacific Business Excellence Standard (APBEST) awards in February. This was the first time that Kalmar Asia Pacific Region had participated in these awards.

Kalmar Asia Pacific Region was also named Best Logistics Company in the Asia Pacific and also carried off two individual awards. Ken Loh, president of Kalmar Asia Pacific Region, was named APBEST Strategist of the Year, and Eugene Che, senior TQM manager, was named APBEST KPI Achievement Driver of the Year.

Ken Loh said: “It was a proud moment for me and my team when we received these prestigious awards. Kalmar stood out as a clear winner for best business practice, with our holistic approach to our business, from our mission statement to our organisation structure, coupled with processes that ensure achievement of our goals.

Although the examination process takes abouta year, culminating in interviews with senior managers from Kalmar Asia Pacific Region, these awards actually acknowledge that we have worked for many years to ensure that we apply only the very best business practices.

APBEST was founded to enable companies in the Asia Pacific region to achieve business excellence, providing benchmarks for management and organisational excellence. Organisations are evaluated to assess their performance in leadership, customer focus, people management, process management, social responsibility and overall business results.

The APBEST judges are well-qualified and withextensive experience as Business Excellence Assessors in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

The judges commendations recognised that Ken Loh business strategy, based on partnerships delivering total customer satisfaction, reflected the dynamics and culture of the Asia pacific business environment. Ken holistic approach was acknowledged as being effective in such diverse business conditions. Eugene Che contribution, inculcating a culture of quality throughout the organisation, was commended for achieving change management in different and diverse Asian cultures.

Kalmar was commended for its strong leadership, a key ingredient in achieving the awards. The judges also praised Kalmar well integrated logistics concept, connecting its supply chains from around the world, as a good example of a company embracing globalisation.

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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.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows by offering handling systems and the related services for the loading and unloading of goods. Cargotec brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGREGOR, are global market leaders in their fields and their solutions are used on land and at sea – wherever cargo is on the move. Extensive services close to customers ensure the continuous usability of equipment.

Cargotec is the technology leader in its field, its R&D focusing on innovative solutions that take environmental considerations into account. Cargotec sales total EUR 3.4 billion and it employs approximately 12,000 people. Cargotec class B shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

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