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Kalmar takes K-Motion to Asia

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 ( #753 ) - Shanghai, China
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Kalmar's Gloria reachstacker features the K-Motion solution
Kalmar has launched its new K-Motion drivetrain solution into the Asia Pacific region. Kalmar K-Motion, embedded into the programming of the Kalmar Gloria reachstacker, increases the efficiency and productivity of reachstackers by improving uptime, ergonomics and safety while also reducing fuel consumption and, therefore, reducing emissions and running costs.

Kalmar says the Asia Pacific debut follows the successful introduction to European markets in 2015.

Ken Loh, executive vice president of Kalmar Asia Pacific, says: "Kalmar K-Motion has been developed as a result of listening closely to the needs of our customers. The support and feedback we receive from our customers and dealers is a key input to our R&D process. K-Motion is a continuation of our commitment to offering innovative technologies and world-class solutions that help our customers achieve their operational and environmental goals."

The first equipment to feature K-Motion technology is the Kalmar Gloria DRG450 reachstacker, designed for container, intermodal and industrial handling. Because K-Motion technology allows for a smaller engine with a maximum speed of 1,700 rpm, it helps reduce engine noise, thereby improving comfort both for drivers and anyone in the surrounding area.

Stefan Johansson, director of sales and marketing at Kalmar Reachstackers and Empty Container Handlers, explains that terminals are under pressure to increase their capacity, cut costs and reduce the environmental footprint of everyday operations. "We at Kalmar have a long-term commitment to developing efficient and sustainable technology, and this includes the possible application of K-Motion technology across our entire range of reachstackers in the future."

Kalmar K-Motion's combination of hydrostatic and mechanical technologies delivers a more efficient transmission and allows for a smaller engine, facilitating reductions of up to 40% in fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, the company claims.
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