Netherlands Hub Orders Kalmar K-Motion Tech


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is continuing its co-operation with GVT Group and Logistics with the delivery of five new Kalmar Gloria reachstackers, with four featuring Kalmar K-Motion technology, to Barge Terminal Tilburg (BTT) in the Netherlands.

BTT serves as an important transportation hub to streamline goods movement between the port of Rotterdam and Tilburg and will use the Kalmar K-Motion technology to enable significant reductions in fuel and exhaust, and minimise noise.

This is done through both the drivetrain and an optimised hydraulic system.

The fifth machine will be used for barge handling at the Weert inland terminal. The new units join an existing fleet of five Kalmar reachstackers operated by GVT Group and Logistics.

The high-performance reachstackers will also be equipped with Kalmar SmartFleet, which provides operational insights reports and KPIs through remote monitoring.

Wil Versteijnen, MD of BTT, said: “In addition to offering fast payback through fuel savings, Kalmar's K-Motion technology significantly reduces the noise generated by reachstacker operations. This is particularly important for us as many of our inland terminals are close to residential areas. Reduced fuel consumption also means lower emission levels, which supports our vision for more environmentally friendly intermodal cargo handling operations.”

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Alf-Gunnar Karlgren, Director Sales and Marketing Counterbalanced Equipment, Kalmar, said: “Kalmar K-Motion technology has been developed as a result of listening closely to the needs of our customers. It offers the latest in smart programming and proven transmission technology, and will support BTT in its goal to cut both noise emissions and fuel consumption.”

The order was booked into Cargotec's fourth quarter order intake and delivered in Q1 2017.

In other developments, Kalmar recently opened a new jetty in Taicang, China.

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