Jorma Tirkkonen, president of Kalmar Intelligence & Automation (KIA), said of the acquisition: “ACT’s innovative, high-tech team is a great addition to KIA, improving further our capabilities to automate container handling equipment and terminals. We are now even better prepared to face the rapidly increasing interest and demand for these solutions.”
ACT specialises in equipment navigation control and terminal operation control hardware and software for complex logistics systems and processes using automated vehicles and equipment. Applications include straddle carriers, shuttle carriers, automated guided vehicles and automatic stacking cranes, as well as traffic management and control systems.
The company will be integrated into KIA, which focuses on the marketing and development of onboard smart features for container handling equipment, integrated control systems and remote maintenance products in cooperation with customers and partners. The unit also runs a state-of-the-art automation test facility to aid the integration of its intelligent applications with its customers’ container handling equipment and terminal operating systems.