Kalmar, part of Cargotec, plans to reorganise its operations in Tampere, Finland, and deepen cooperation with the joint venture Rainbow Cargotec Industries (RCI) in China.
To implement the plans, Kalmar is to begin a cooperation procedure with its personnel in the automation and projects division in Tampere, Finland.
The plan aims to utilise the successful cooperation model that is already in place in the rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and extend it to automatic stacking cranes (ASC).
Kalmar intends to embrace the responsibility for automation and software development, sales, marketing and customer interface, as well as project deliveries of mega projects, while RCI would be responsible for the ASCs.
Antti Kaunonen, Senior Vice President of Automation and Projects at Kalmar, said: “Port automation is in the core of our strategy, and we expect strong growth in this area in the future. That is why we are currently recruiting more software developers here in Tampere. At the same time, we must make sure that we are competitive in the global market.
“Together with RCI, we have been very successful in delivering Kalmar RTG projects within the set time, budget and Kalmar quality standards, as well as to the full satisfaction of the customers.
“This gives us confidence that a similar cooperation model in [the] ASC business would help us in executing our automation strategy.”