Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co., Ltd (RCI) celebrate today the opening of a new jetty in Taicang, China and introduce the latest Kalmar RTG developments.
The new jetty will support Kalmar’s business growth in the Asia-Pacific region by enabling the deliveries of fully erect Kalmar yard cranes from RCI. The jetty can berth vessels of up to 50,000 DWT capacities. It is 361 metres long and the water depth is 12 metres.
RCI is a joint venture established in Taicang, Jiangsu Province, China, in 2012 between Cargotec Corporation and Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries. RCI is responsible for the production of Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG), automatic stacking cranes (ASC), rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMG) and ship-to-shore cranes (STS) for the global markets. The first RTG deliveries by the joint venture took place in 2013, and all deliveries have been completed on time and in budget.
Speaking at the event, Timo Alho, Vice President Intelligent Crane Solutions at Kalmar says: “Our RTG development is driven by safety, productivity and green values, which are very high on the industry agenda. To improve productivity, we have developed different driver assisting features that make it possible to squeeze seconds out from each container cycle. Automation is growing the demand for intelligent safety solutions, and we at Kalmar are developing automated RTGs that meet the demand.”
He continues: “Nowadays, operators are very conscious about their carbon footprint. We provide RTGs with energy efficient hybrid power units and zero emission fully electric cranes, which are becoming more and more popular especially in Asia.”
The opening ceremony attendees include members of the Board of Cargotec Corporation together with representatives of Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries, RCI, Kalmar, Taicang Runhe Port, guests of Taicang government as well as international and local media.