Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has announced the opening of its Innovation Centre in Ljungby, southern Sweden.
The new site, which was inaugurated in a futuristic opening ceremony that centred on movement and innovation, is expected to strengthen Kalmar's digital offering, R&D capabilities, and prototype production for the company's mobile equipment portfolio.
Approximately 200 people will be based at the facility, which has been specially designed to support new collaborative ways of working with modern architecture and advanced technology.
In addition to this, the Innovation Centre will serve as a key hub for developing Kalmar's digitalisation capabilities, zero-emission machine product portfolio and automation technologies.
The facility will also provide a showroom for customers to learn about Kalmar's latest innovations and test its solutions at a brand new test track, where machines can be driven at full speed.
Dan Pettersson, Senior Vice President of Mobile Equipment at Kalmar, commented: “We are exceptionally proud to open the doors of this fantastic new centre, which represents a long-term investment in our digital capabilities and technologies.
“By gathering a diverse team of experts together in one place, we can innovate faster and reap the rewards of truly collaborative ways of working in order to strengthen our position as an industry leader.”
Antti Kaunonen, President of Kalmar, added: “Kalmar wants to shape the future of cargo and material handling. We believe that open innovation and co-creation are key elements of driving greater efficiency and sustainability across the entire value chain.
“Digitalisation has opened up a world of possibilities for Kalmar and our customers, and this new centre will play a significant role in helping us to realise innovations around these opportunities.”