Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will begin production of its electric reachstacker and essential forklift truck range at the company’s Shanghai manufacturing plant.
The production launch was celebrated at a themed ‘Electrify & Expand’ event on 6 December with customers and dealer representatives.
The Kalmar electric reachstacker, which offers lifting capacities of up to 45 tonnes, reportedly improves the eco-efficiency of cargo-handling operations while allowing customers to maintain the highest levels of productivity and safety.
The reachstacker is available with a range of modular battery options and charging solutions and is reportedly suitable for a wide variety of applications including container handling, intermodal and trimodal operations, and industrial heavy lifting.
Essential forklift trucks are available with lifting capacities from 10 to 18 tonnes and are reportedly ideal for handling containers, steel, and wood.
Kalmar’s Shanghai plant opened in 2005 and manufactures a wide range of high-end cargo handling equipment including reachstackers, empty container handlers and terminal tractors.
The plant is located at the south-eastern tip of Shanghai close to one of the world’s busiest ports and serves customers in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America, Oceania, and Middle East regions.
Alf-Gunnar Karlgren, VP, Counter Balanced, Kalmar, said: “This is an important step for Kalmar as it will help us to meet the growing demand for sustainable electrically powered equipment both in China and around the world.
“With this step we are electrifying and expanding our global delivery capability. Furthermore, commencing production of our Essential forklift trucks in Shanghai demonstrates our commitment to further growing the plant, which is a vital part of our global manufacturing network, and reducing lead times and freight costs for customers.”
YewBoon Teo, VP, Kalmar AMEA, stated: “The recent orders received from various countries are proof of the increasing interest among customers in more economic and eco-efficient equipment solutions as they seek to decarbonise their operations and optimise fuel costs.”