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Kalmar opens Shanghai plant to meet pan-Asia demand

Kalmar opens Shanghai plant to meet pan-Asia demand

Shanghai: Kalmar Industries held a grand opening ceremony for its new $10m assembly plant in Shanghai's Lingang Industrial Park last week. Kalmar Industries (Shanghai) Co Ltd, intended to supply customers across Asia, assembles a range of terminal equipment including terminal tractors, empty container lift trucks, rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and reachstackers.

'We are here to improve Asian customer satisfaction with a wide range of products and faster delivery times,' said Kalmar president and ceo Christer Granskog. 'Not only does the Lingang factory give us shorter lead times, it also sends the strong message that China, and indeed Asia as a whole, are important markets in which we intend to stay and grow together with our customers.'

The new plant is strategically located in the Lingang economic industrial zone, next to Yang Shan Port, Shanghai's new 20m teu port project whose first berths began operations in 2005.This month the company will deliver two reachstackers, four empty container handlers and one 25 tonne forklift truck to Yang Shan Port Phase II.

But other Asian markets are proving equally strong for Kalmar, such as Thailand. Eastern Sea Laem Chabang Terminal Co (ESCO) recently installed two new E-One Kalmar RTGs as part of its efforts to increase productivity, and most recent orders from Thailand include six units for a new terminal under construction and five units for Evergreen Container Terminal (Thailand) Co Ltd. In total four out of Laem Chabang's seven terminal operators have now chosen Kalmar equipment.  [25/09/06]

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