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AET expands forklift fleet

Thursday, 20 June 2019 ( #928 ) - Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp Euroterminal has ordered six Kalmar forklifts
Antwerp Euroterminal has ordered six Kalmar forklifts
Kalmar has been awarded a contract to supply Antwerp Euroterminal NV (AET) with six Kalmar forklifts of varying specifications, including one fully electric model. Delivery of the order, which also includes a Kalmar Complete Care service contract covering all the machines, is scheduled to be completed during Q4 2019. AET is the largest multipurpose terminal in Europe and the base of vessels of the Grimaldi Group. The terminal specialises in different types of cargo including break bulk, containers, project cargo and vehicles. The terminal is already home to a fleet of approximately 20 Kalmar forklifts with lifting capacities ranging from 12 to 37 T. The order from AET comprises two medium forklifts with lifting capacities of 12 T, one of which will be the first fully electric Kalmar forklift to be delivered in Belgium; three Kalmar G-generation heavy-duty forklifts for demanding applications such as steel and wood handling; and a Kalmar F-generation heavy-duty forklift designed specifically for the heaviest, most challenging lifting operations. All servicing for the new machines will be handled by the local Kalmar team located on site at the terminal, under a Kalmar service contract. Yves De Larivière, managing director, AET, says: "We have been extremely satisfied with the quality and reliability of Kalmar equipment over the years and have always received excellent support from the local service team to keep our machines running smoothly and safely. We are especially proud to be introducing a fully electric forklift for wood-handling operations at the terminal in order to improve the eco-efficiency of our operations." Dave Patterson, Kalmar vice president - market area west, says AET is a long-standing and important partner in Belgium. "This order demonstrates the breadth of our proven forklift offering and also highlights the rising popularity of electrically powered machines, which help operators tackle the challenges of increasingly strict environmental legislation and rising fuel costs."