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Kalmar expands its global delivery capability with startup of electric reachstacker and Essential forklift truck production at Shanghai facility


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to begin production of its electric reachstacker and Essential forklift truck range at the company’s Shanghai manufacturing plant. The production launch was celebrated at a themed ‘Electrify & Expand’ event on 6th December with customers and dealer representatives.

Kalmar’s Shanghai plant opened in 2005 and manufactures a wide range of high-end cargo handling equipment including reachstackers, empty container handlers and terminal tractors. The plant is located at the south-eastern tip of Shanghai close to one of the world's busiest ports and serves customers in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America, Oceania and Middle East regions.

The Kalmar electric reachstacker, which offers lifting capacities of up to 45 tonnes, improves the eco-efficiency of cargo-handling operations while allowing customers to maintain the highest levels of productivity and safety. The reachstacker is available with a range of modular battery options and charging solutions and is suitable for a wide variety of applications including container handling, intermodal and trimodal operations and industrial heavy lifting.

The Kalmar Essential forklift truck is built on a reliable and robust platform made for the most demanding applications. Essential forklift trucks are available with lifting capacities from 10 to 18 tonnes and are ideal for handling containers, steel and wood. The model has proved a popular choice among Kalmar dealers, and the first machines manufactured at the Shanghai plant are scheduled to be delivered to customers across the region.

Alf-Gunnar Karlgren, VP, Counter Balanced, Kalmar: “This is an important step for Kalmar as it will help us to meet the growing demand for sustainable electrically powered equipment both in China and around the world. With this step we are electrifying and expanding our global delivery capability. Furthermore, commencing production of our Essential forklift trucks in Shanghai demonstrates our commitment to further growing the plant, which is a vital part of our global manufacturing network, and reducing lead times and freight costs for customers."

YewBoon Teo, VP, Kalmar AMEA: “The recent orders received from various countries are proof of the increasing interest among customers in more economic and eco-efficient equipment solutions as they seek to decarbonise their operations and optimise fuel costs.”

Further information for the press:

Alf-Gunnar Karlgren, VP, Counter Balanced, Kalmar, tel. +46 372 378 098, alf-gunnar.karlgren@kalmarglobal.com

Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096, maija.eklof@kalmarglobal.com 

Kalmar is the global leader in sustainable cargo handling for ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy industry. With our extensive electric portfolio and global service network, we help our customers move towards safer, more eco-efficient and productive operations. Together, we develop innovative solutions that shape the future of our industry, improving our customers’ every move. www.kalmarglobal.com   

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2022 totalled approximately EUR 4.1 billion and it employs around 11,700 people. www.cargotec.com