Kalmar Industries South Africa will be responsible for the sales and service of straddle carriers, RTG cranes and terminal tractors, while other Kalmar products, such as reachstackers and lift-trucks, will continue to be sold through the company’s existing partner, Saficon.
The merger of ANE’s service business for straddle carriers and RTG cranes secures Kalmar’s commitment to South African Port Operations (SAPO) as a full service partner and also forms a solid basis for further business development in South Africa, according to the company.
Juhani Lukumaa, president of Kalmar Container Handling, added that the merger of ANE’s service business into the local subsidiary reinforces Kalmar’s desire to play an integral role, together with SAPO, in the development of South Africa’s port industry.
SAPO is currently undertaking a number of projects to modernise existing ports and to establish new facilities. Total container volumes at SAPO facilities are expected to approach 3m teu in 2006, continuing the healthy growth recorded in recent years.