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Kalmar set to shift ASC production to China

Kalmar set to shift ASC production to China

Kalmar has announced plans to reorganise its operations in Tampere, Finland and increase cooperation with Rainbow Cargotec Industries (RCI) in China.

The equipment company plans to extend to automatic stacking cranes (ASC), a model of cooperation with RCI which is already in place in rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes.

According to the new plan, Kalmar will continue holding the responsibility for automation and software development, sales, marketing, customer interface and deliveries of mega projects, while RCI, a joint venture of Kalmar’s parent company Cargotec and the Chinese Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries (RHI), will be responsible for the ASCs.

The company reported that the plan could lead to a reduction of up to 35 employees,  12% of the roughly 300 people employed in Tampere, as well as to temporary layoffs.

The manufacturer said that automation and software development are not included in the scope of the plans, adding that the project will not affect the shuttle and straddle carrier business operations.

Antti Kaunonen, senior vice president of Kalmar’s Automation and Projects, said: “Port automation is in the core of our strategy, and we expect strong growth in this area in the future. That is why we are currently recruiting more software developers here in Tampere. At the same time, we must make sure that we are competitive in the global market.”