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APM Terminals places ZPMC order, establishes strategic alliance

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APM Terminals and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) signed a large equipment purchasing order and formed a strategic alliance to focus on automation.

To have more access to adequate, state-of-the-art automated equipment, APM Terminals is implementing a strategic alliancing framework, starting with the signing of an Alliance Memorandum of Understanding with port equipment manufacturer ZPMC.

The focus of this memorandum is the joint development and deployment of a wide range of automated solutions, including automated container handling equipment.

The MoU also includes an order for 18 ship-to shore (STS) cranes and 9 yard cranes across 6 terminals and the reservation of production slots for additional 25 STS cranes and 62 Yard cranes in the future.

With this alliance, we are leveraging our 23-year-long relationship more effectively, in which APM Terminals demonstrates strong commitment towards ZPMC and in return receives prioritization of factory capacity, access to the best resources, active involvement in product development according to our needs and a commitment to maintain the relationship on long-term basis”, comments APM Terminals CEO Morten Engelstoft.

ZPMCs automated equipment is already in operation in several of APM Terminals facilities. Most recently, the company is running a pilot with ZPMCs Automated Straddle Carriers in its Aarhus (Denmark) terminal.

As well as the automation focus of the MoU, both parties expect the new framework to promote closer collaboration in areas like safety, supply chain and decarbonisation.