Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has secured two important contracts to supply mobile equipment to Kazakhstan's premier in-land dry port, KTZE – Khorgos Gateway, by which DP World acts as an operator.
The first contract includes two Kalmar DCT80-45E7 empty container handlers and six Kalmar DRT 450 reachstackers, which were booked into Cargotec's Q4, 2014 order intake.
Kalmar will also deliver seven Kalmar TT 612d terminal tractors together with ten terminal chassis, placed into the Q3, 2015 order intake. All units are expected to be delivered by Q4, 2015.
KTZE – Khorgos Gateway is a Greenfield dry port project located on the border of Kazakhstan and China. The dry port will reach 580ha when it is completed in 2018 and is expected to become a significant point of economic growth throughout Kazakhstan, becoming a hub linking cargo between the east and west.
It will function as one of the largest international transport logistics and distribution centres, providing Kazakhstan, China and countries of the Eurasian region with new opportunities for access to world markets.
Karl Gheysen, CEO of KTZE Khorgos Gateway LLP, said: “Khorgos Gateway is one of the biggest joint projects created on the initiative of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the People's Republic of China, and is aimed at facilitating trade with China, mainly in the development of transit potential of both countries.
“This will contribute to the practical implementation of a transcontinental corridor project, from Western Europe to Western China.”
Valerian Sand, Managing Director of Cargotec RUS, concluded: “The project has been aided by the good cooperation between Kalmar and DP World, and is a perfect example of successful multinational cooperation between several parties. This order will further strengthen Kalmar's leading position in Kazakhstan.”