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SAPO's appetite for Kalmar strads grows


After a world record order of 60 straddle carriers from Kalmar Industries in 2001 and 53 more in August last year, South African Port Operations (SAPO), the terminal operating subsidiary of South Africa transportation conglomerate Transnet Limited, has come back with an order for 25 additional straddle carriers.

The order comprises ten CSC 3-high stacking units and 15 CSC 4-high stacking units, and their delivery to SAPO container handling facility in the Port of Durban will start in late summer this year.

Located on the world major shipping routes, Durban currently handles more than 60% of the container traffic to and from South Africa, making it the busiest port on the continent. SAPO is now expanding the facility because of a substantial increase in the volume of cargo handled in the terminal. At present, Durban handles 1.8m TEU and by 2007 it will have a capacity of 2.4m TEU. To meet this demand, SAPO is renewing its container handling equipment, and will standardise its fleet toinclude only Kalmar straddles.

This latest order further extends the solid relationship between Kalmar and SAPO that already operates a substantial amount of Kalmar equipment at its port facilities across South Africa.

Kalmar is by far the worldwide leader in straddle carrier technology and supply thanks to its comprehensive offering of products, ranging from Shuttle Carriers (so-called one-over-one) to four-high machines with a variety of power transmission options. The fact that the products come prepared for complete automation is an additional benefit. Kalmar is the only supplier to equip a fully automated straddle carrier terminal, in Brisbane, Australia.

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Pictured, the first two Kalmar straddle carriers commissioned for the Port
of Durban under SAPO's previous order for 53 units.

Kalmar is a global provider of heavy duty materials handling equipment and services to ports, intermodal traffic, terminals and demanding industrial customers. Kalmar focuses on supplying handling solutions that enable customers to operate with a high level of efficiency and reliability. Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine.

Kalmar provides 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 net sales were EUR 865.4 million in 2004.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, which is the world leading provider of cargo handling solutions for ships, ports, terminals and local distribution. Cargotec net sales were EUR 1.9 billion in 2004. Cargotec shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

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