Pro­pel­ling global lo­gis­tics to greater heights

Car­gotec is us­ing big data, VR and state-of-the art tech­nol­ogy to shape the global lo­gis­tics in­dus­try.

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When it comes to pro­vid­ing smart cargo han­dling so­lu­tions and ser­vices, Car­gotec is the undis­puted leader in its field. The com­pany, which is head­quar­tered in Helsinki, Fin­land, is a pi­o­neer in shap­ing an in­tel­li­gent and sus­tain­able cargo han­dling busi­ness for the ben­e­fit of its many clients.

“Our cargo han­dling so­lu­tions and ser­vices make global trade smarter, bet­ter and more sus­tain­able. As lead­ers in ports, on roads and at sea, our busi­ness ar­eas Kal­mar, Hiab and Macgre­gor have a unique po­si­tion to op­ti­mise global cargo flows and cre­ate sus­tain­able cus­tomer value,” says Mika Ve­hvi­lainen, CEO Car­gotec.

Car­gotec is listed on the Helsinki

Stock Ex­change and op­er­ates in over 100 coun­tries world­wide. It has of­fices in 45 coun­tries, with over 11,000 em­ploy­ees. It has a long his­tory pi­o­neer­ing new in­no­va­tions, and the im­pres­sive re­sults speak for them­selves. For in­stance, Car­gotec has rolled out fully au­to­mated ter­mi­nals, soft­ware so­lu­tions and stowage plan­ning sys­tems to help solve the es­ti­mated €17 bil­lion in­ef­fi­ciency in the con­tainer lo­gis­tics value chain. “We are tak­ing into use tech­nolo­gies like ro­bot­ics, vir­tual re­al­ity tools and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to de­velop state-of-the-art prod­ucts and ser­vices. Our XVELA so­lu­tion en­ables ter­mi­nals, car­ri­ers and op­er­a­tional part­ners to work to­gether to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate, co­or­di­nate and syn­chro­nise their op­er­a­tions. We use lat­est tech­nolo­gies and fo­cus a lot on de­vel­op­ing our in­ter­nal ef­fi­ciency so that we can de­liver the best pos­si­ble ser­vice to our cus­tomers,” says Ve­hvi­lainen.

Car­gotec’s global net­work is po­si­tioned close to cus­tomers, of­fer­ing ex­ten­sive ser­vices to en­sure con­tin­u­ous, re­li­able and sus­tain­able per­for­mance ac­cord­ing to cus­tomer needs. Through its dif­fer­ent busi­ness ar­eas, Car­gotec has an over­view and a unique po­si­tion to look at the whole cargo han­dling value chain.

Kal­mar: Mak­ing ev­ery move count

Kal­mar is an in­de­pen­dent busi­ness area within Car­gotec. The com­pany, whose his­tory stretches back over a hun­dred years, pro­vides cargo han­dling so­lu­tions and ser­vices to ports, ter­mi­nals, dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres and heavy in­dus­try.

“In­no­va­tion has al­ways been at the heart of our busi­ness – we’ve con­sis­tently rev­o­lu­tionised con­tainer han­dling so­lu­tions for the ben­e­fit of our cus­tomers,” says

Peter Mclean, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Kal­mar Asia Pa­cific. “We de­vel­oped the first in­dus­trial strad­dle car­rier in the 1940s, and the first Roro trac­tor in the 1970s. To meet the need for more ef­fi­cient con­tainer han­dling, Kal­mar com­mer­cialised the first gen­er­a­tion of reach­stack­ers in the 1980s and, a decade later, in­tro­duced the first con­tainer han­dler for rough ter­rain op­er­a­tions. Our first steps in ter­mi­nal au­to­ma­tion were taken more than 20 years ago,” he adds.

Kal­mar’s in­te­grated so­lu­tions of­fer a wide range of in­dis­pens­able ben­e­fits. Its so­lu­tions help op­ti­mise ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tions and im­prove port ca­pac­ity by in­creas­ing op­er­a­tional pre­dictabil­ity and en­sur­ing high and con­sis­tent pro­duc­tiv­ity. Kal­mar’s ser­vices al­low the real-time view of all op­er­a­tions.

“Our prom­ise is summed up in five words: mak­ing your ev­ery move count. We are unique in our abil­ity to en­able seam­less in­te­gra­tion of dif­fer­ent ter­mi­nal pro­cesses. With these in­no­va­tions and many oth­ers, we rev­o­lu­tionised the cargo and con­tainer han­dling in­dus­tries. And with our pas­sion, com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence and deep knowl­edge of the in­dus­try, our aim is to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions again and again,” Mclean says. In 2015, Kal­mar and Navis in­tro­duced the in­dus­try’s first in­te­grated au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tion, Kal­mar Oneter­mi­nal, that com­bines

“CAR­GOTEC OP­ER­ATES in OVER 100 COUN­TRIES world­wide. it has Of­fices in 45 COUN­TRIES, with OVER 11,000 Em­ploy­ees. ”

“We have de­liv­ered crane spread­ers to 500 ter­mi­nals in 90 na­tions on 6 con­ti­nents.”

soft­ware sys­tems, equip­ment and ser­vices for seam­less de­ploy­ment. At the end of 2016, Kal­mar had more than 5,700 em­ploy­ees in 30 coun­tries world­wide.

Bromma’s com­mit­ment to qual­ity

Bromma is one of Kal­mar’s many di­vi­sions. Its key prod­uct is the spreader, or the “grip­ping” de­vice of a con­tainer crane. Bromma was the com­pany to in­tro­duce the tele­scopic spreader—a grip­ping de­vice ad­justable to fit dif­fer­ent con­tainer sizes –in 1967. Since then, it has been the lead­ing sup­plier of crane spread­ers in the world.

While a spreader is of­ten de­liv­ered as part of a new crane in­stal­la­tion, it plays such a cru­cial role that port op­er­a­tors pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to en­sure that they are get­ting the most re­li­able spreader. Thanks to its ex­per­tise, Bromma is a trusted part­ner of con­tainer han­dling ter­mi­nals in ports around the world. Its global client base also in­cludes crane man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“We have de­liv­ered crane spread­ers to 500 ter­mi­nals in 90 na­tions on 6 con­ti­nents, and Bromma spread­ers are in ser­vice to­day at 97 out of the world’s largest 100 con­tainer ports,” ex­plains Peter Ceder­holm, Pres­i­dent of Bromma.

Bromma’s world-class spread­ers are built through a rig­or­ous man­u­fac­tur­ing process which uti­lizes only the best qual­ity ma­te­ri­als. Apart from its renowned prod­uct, Bromma is also com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ously sup­port­ing its cus­tomers. “We have the largest and most wide-spread sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion in the mar­ket. We pro­vide on­site tech­ni­cal sup­port and can of­fer train­ing in lo­cal lan­guages.

We have a life­long com­mit­ment to sup­port our cus­tomers.

This is our key dif­fer­en­tia­tor,” says Ceder­holm.to fur­ther so­lid­ify its po­si­tion as the mar­ket leader, Bromma has in­vested in in­tel­li­gent tech­nol­ogy to min­i­mize down­time. “If a prob­lem oc­curs we can pro­vide on how to fix the prob­lem as fast as pos­si­ble. Even bet­ter, we have tech­nol­ogy that can pre­dict fu­ture prob­lems, en­abling the cus­tomer to pre­vent the prob­lem from oc­cur­ring in the first place,” Ceder­holm notes. Bromma has a head­quar­ters in Sin­ga­pore.

Macgre­gor: The fu­ture with smart tech

Macgre­gor’s so­lu­tions make the sea more ac­ces­si­ble, safe and re­li­able. Macgre­gor cre­ates value for ship­builders, own­ers and op­er­a­tors in the off­shore and marine in­dus­tries through in­no­va­tive en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions and ser­vices for han­dling marine car­goes and off­shore loads.

“We have a strong track record in de­vel­op­ing and de­liv­er­ing sys­tems and so­lu­tions which max­imise the safety, ef­fi­ciency and eco-ef­fi­ciency of our cus­tomers op­er­a­tions at sea and are com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing our in­no­va­tive roots,” notes Michel Roozen­dal, Pres­i­dent of Macgre­gor. The com­pany is lever­ag­ing emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies to shape the fu­ture of ship­ping. “Cur­rently, these in­no­va­tions in­clude our progress and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the devel­op­ment of au­ton­o­mous ship­ping. Fur­ther­more, we are us­ing vir­tual re­al­ity to train ship op­er­a­tors to be more ef­fi­cient and safer and op­ti­mis­ing on-board cargo sys­tems to en­sure that con­tainer ships can carry max­i­mum pay­load,” Roozen­dal says. Apart from de­vel­op­ing soft­ware-sup­ported and re­motely-con­trolled op­er­a­tions, Macgre­gor is also de­vel­op­ing and of­fer­ing tech­nol­ogy that en­ables op­er­a­tors to switch from tra­di­tional, heavy steel rope to fi­bre-rope sys­tems that max­imise ship crane’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties. “We de­velop and in­no­vate in close co­op­er­a­tion with our cus­tomers and other key in­dus­try stake­hold­ers. We are con­stantly look­ing at var­i­ous cur­rent and fu­ture tech­nolo­gies to be ap­plied for the ben­e­fit of our cus­tomers op­er­a­tions,” notes Roozen­dal. The com­pany is strength­en­ing its po­si­tion in new seg­ments like the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor, where it can ap­ply its ex­ist­ing port­fo­lio and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Macgre­gor has a head­quar­ters in Sin­ga­pore.

Mika Ve­hvi­lainen, CEO of Car­gotec

Peter Mclean, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Kal­mar Asia Pa­cific

Michel Roozen­dal, Pres­i­dent of Macgre­gor

Peter Ceder­holm, Pres­i­dent of Bromma

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