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Kalmar lifts performance standards with launch of new heavy forklift

Kalmar lifts performance standards with launch of new heavy forklift
Kalmar's new forklift track consumes up to 15% less fuel in standard configuration

Finnish container handling equipment manufacturer, Kalmar has announced the launch of a new heavy forklift truck.

The DCG180-330, in the 18-33 tonne capacity, is designed especially for heavy cargo handling in industrial applications, such as steel and manufacturing industry, as well as ports and terminals and will improve efficiency and reduce operational costs.

New features include an ‘Ego’ cabin which, the company claims has improved visibility, reduced noise levels and three operational settings on a new control panel. The operator can shift between modes to adapt the forklift to different applications, settings include ‘Power’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Economy’ mode.

Compared to the previous model, the company said in a statement that the new DCG180-330 consumes up to 15% less fuel in standard configuration. By using the ‘Economy’ mode, another 15% of fuel savings can be reached. Lift speeds, it said, have been boosted due to a new hydraulic system that senses the load in every operation and adjusts the oil flow accordingly. Lifting cycles are now up to 40% faster compared to the previous model.

Thomas Malmborg, Vice President, Forklift Trucks, said: “Kalmar continues to set the standard for forklift productivity, safety and low ownership costs. Purchase price is only one of many factors affecting total cost of ownership. In fact, price is a minor cost factor over the lifetime of a forklift. What truly matters in the long run is cost control and operational efficiency and they will show clearly on the customer’s bottom line.”