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Konecranes delivers reach stacker to APMT facility in South Africa

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APM Terminals Southern Africa has received a Konecranes reach stacker equipped with Flow Drive at its facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, according to a statement.

Konecranes said the delivery was made in May 2020, and that the reach stacker replaced an older truck and brings the latest in fuel-efficient trucj technology to Africa.

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The new reach stacker is a Konecranes SMV 4531 TC5; it combines hydrostatic transmission with the fuel economy of a torque converter and a small but powerful Volvo TAD-853-VE engine, according to Konecranes.

The company claims the reach stacker can reduce fuel consumption by up to 25%. Software optimizes drivability at all speeds so that the driver can concentrate on the main task of lifting.

This not only lowers costs, but allows more time for productivity. The net result of Flow Drive is lower emissions, but with improved performance, precision and safety. This particular truck has also been customized with a hydraulic sliding cabin for better driver visibility.

The Port Elizabeth inland facility is one of six APM Terminals has in South Africa which offers reefer and dry container storage for full and empty containers, as well as container repairs and sales.

“Konecranes has a strong presence in APM facilities all over the world,” says Winfried Lux, Regional Manager MEA, Konecranes Lift Trucks.

“APM Terminals already had good experience with our lift trucks in Port Elizabeth, and the time was right to introduce the first Flow Drive reach stacker to the region. EIE Group was key in making that happen.” 

“APM Terminals and EIE Group have a special, long-term business relationship that continues to grow and flourish,” says Lenny Naidoo, Key Account Sales, EIE Group.

“As the local distributor for Konecranes, we knew exactly the right model for APM’s requirements, and are excited to be bringing this innovative technology here. We’ll provide maintenance as part of our continuing service package to the entire Port Elizabeth lift truck fleet.”

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