Kalmar Takes Huge Finnish Order


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order from Suomen Satamatekniikka Oy, a subsidiary of Steveco, for four diesel-electric straddle carriers, 10 heavy-duty terminal tractors for ro-ro handling, four light forklift trucks and two heavy forklift trucks.

The order comprises four Kalmar ESC440 straddle carriers, 10 Kalmar TR618i terminal tractors, four Kalmar DCF80-6-light forklift trucks, with a lifting capacity of eight tonnes, and two DCG180-12 heavy forklift trucks with a lifting capacity of 18 tonnes.

Delivery will take place during the latter part of 2016 and into Q1, 2017 and the new machines will join an already extensive and varied fleet of Kalmar equipment, including 39 straddle carriers, 50 terminal tractors, 80 forklift trucks and 10 reach stackers.

Steveco, a leading port operator in Finland, employs approximately 700 people and has annual revenues of more than US$169 million.

The company operates four sea ports in Finland: Mussalo and Hietanen in Kotka, and Hamina and Vuosaari in Helsinki, which are optimally located on the main cargo routes in and out of Finland and Russia.

Henri Kuitunen, CEO at Steveco, said: “With cargo volumes at our terminals growing, we require equipment that delivers high performance and reliability combined with low operating and maintenance costs, and this is precisely what Kalmar machines give us.

“Kalmar's responsive local technical support keeps our operations running smoothly around the clock, all year round. We're very pleased to be able to continue our long-standing relationship with Kalmar by renewing our equipment fleet.”

Santtu Tanskanen, Market Area Director in Finland at Kalmar said: “Our cooperation with Steveco dates back to 1950s when we delivered the very first Valmet machines to Steveco's predecessor in the Port of Kotka. 

“Throughout the years we have enjoyed a tight working relationship and are happy to be able to support Steveco once again in their development plans in enhancing their operations.”

Fact File: Kalmar offers a wide range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. 

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