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Kalmar’s electric forklifts to help Sagres improve cost efficiency and environmental performance in Brazil

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to supply a total of six fully electric forklift trucks to leading Brazilian logistics operator Sagres.

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to supply a total of six fully electric forklift trucks to leading Brazilian logistics operator Sagres. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2019 Q4 order intake, with delivery of the machines scheduled to take place during Q1 of 2020. The contract includes an option for the purchase of another 16 electric forklifts during 2020 and 2021.

Sagres provides port logistics services, including maritime agency, storage and cargo handling services as well as equipment rental and other industrial services. The company operates in the three main ports in the south of Brazil – Terminal Logístico Rio Grande (TLRG), Terminal Logístico Pelotas (TLP) and Terminal Logístico Guaíba (TLG) – supporting the operations of Compañía Manufacturera de Papeles y Cartones (CMPC), the second largest pulp and paper manufacturer in Latin America. Sagres also supports CMPC at its pulp and paper plant in the municipality of Guaíba.

The new machines ordered by Sagres consist of four light and two medium electric forklifts. The light forklifts will be operated at the Guaíba mill, while the medium forklifts will be operated at the Port of Rio Grande. All six machines will be powered by lead-acid battery technology.

Kalmar light electric forklifts offer all the performance of a powerful diesel truck but without the emissions, noise or vibration. They feature a time-saving diagnostic system and easy maintenance. Kalmar medium electric forklifts are based on the proven G-Generation platform to deliver on power and performance while reducing carbon footprint and fuel costs.

All Kalmar electric forklifts are fitted with the ergonomically designed EGO cabin as standard to provide a superior driving experience, with adjustable control panels, steering wheel and seat as well as exceptional visibility.

Lucio Pires, Technical Director, Sagres: “The new electric forklifts will be important in helping us to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and improve cost efficiency and workplace well-being. Eco-efficient solutions are becoming more and more important in our industry, and in Kalmar we have a partner who is leading the way in this regard.”

Erika Barbosa, Vice President, Sales & Service Latin America, Kalmar: “Kalmar has proven itself to be a forerunner in the development of innovative solutions that help customers to improve their business performance and address the need to improve the eco-efficiency of material and cargo-handling operations. We are leading the way in Latin America with the introduction of, for example, the first fully electric medium-heavy forklift solutions for customers in the region. We are looking forward to building a strong relationship with Sagres and supporting them for many years into the future.”

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Alabama State Port Authority and Automobile International Terminal sign concession agreement 

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The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) and AutoMOBILE
International Terminal (AIT) signed a concession agreement at the Port of Mobile, USA, for a $60 million (USD), finished automobile roll on/roll off (RO/RO) terminal currently under construction. AutoMOBILE International Terminal will operate the facility when completed in early 2021.

“We’re extremely pleased to see these world class services companies invest in both our region and our port. AIT’s investment will create a new U.S. gateway for shipping finished automobiles for both U.S. and global manufacturing and consumer markets,” said James K. Lyons, Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Alabama State Port Authority.

AIT is a joint venture between Terminal Zarate, S.A., a Grupo Murchison company, headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Neltume Ports, headquartered in Santiago, Chile.

The new 57-acre (23.06 hectares) terminal is located on the ASPA’s main port multimodal complex, and when completed, will have an annual throughput of 150,000 units. The new facility is located on -40 ft. draft (-12.19 m), Mobile Harbor, and serviced by five Class I railroads and a rail ferry service with connections throughout North America and immediate, unencumbered
access to major U.S. interstate and highway systems.

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CMA CGM introduces NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, a unique, unprecedented solution for business networking

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The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is pleased to announce the launch of NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, the first and only business matchmaking solution on the market.

NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, a unique, unprecedented solution to accelerate business growth for the CMA CGM Group’s customers

In line with its Customer Centricity strategy, CMA CGM is committed to providing customized support to its clients as they pursue international expansion and business development. With NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, the Group gives them the ability to expand their activity worldwide, to create new business opportunities and to find the suppliers or customers that best meet their needs.

The CMA CGM teams are available to help the Group’s clients:

  • Find trustworthy partners;
  • Diversify their customer and/or supplier portfolio;
  • Reach new markets;
  • Leverage alternative business opportunities;
  • Reduce the cost, time and effort associated with business development;
  • Find better quality products and more advantageous terms.

CMA CGM leverages its trusted network for ever more innovative solutions

NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES is backed by the unique network of the CMA CGM Group. Present in 160 countries through its 755 offices, the Group deals with companies operating in a wide variety of business sectors: textile, food, agriculture, manufactured goods, industrial equipment, etc.

A dedicated team based at the Group’s head office in Marseille screens its clients to find the most reliable, driven and dynamic business partners. To ensure adherence to the highest standards, potential partners must meet the following criteria to participate in NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES:

  • Have a business expansion plan;
  • Have a long-term relationship with CMA CGM;
  • Comply with the CMA CGM Code of Ethics;
  • Demonstrate sound management (clear of liabilities and outstanding payments to CMA CGM).

The business matchmaking occurs in three main stages:

  • The client tells the CMA CGM team about its business goals;
  • CMA CGM presents them with a list of potential new business partners;
  • The two potential partners begin negotiating to develop their activity. The exporter only incurs fees if an agreement is signed.

Marking the launch of NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, Mathieu Friedberg, Senior Vice President – Commercial & Agencies Network, CMA CGM Group, declares:

With NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, the CMA CGM Group is leveraging the trusted network it has built over the course of its 40-plus years of experience. By helping our customers grow with ever more innovative solutions, we are reaffirming our desire to put clients at the heart of our strategy.

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Swissterminal and DP World enter strategic partnership

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DP World and Swissterminal Holding AG, the leading container terminal operator in Switzerland, have entered a strategic partnership.

With effect from 20 January 2020, DP World has taken a stake of 44% in Swissterminal Holding AG with the Mayer family, who founded the business, remaining the majority shareholder. The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.

Swissterminal, which is headquartered in Frenkendorf close to Basel, operates additional locations in Zurich-Niederglatt, Basel-Birsfelden, Basel-Kleinhueningen and Liestal. The terminals are well connected to Europe’s leading container ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as the ports of La Spezia, Genoa, Ravenna and Trieste south of the Alps.

DP World has grown from its roots in Jebel Ali Port in Dubai to be a leading global trade enabler offering end-to-end logistics to cargo owners through its network of 150 operations in more than 50 countries including ports, economic zones, warehousing, feeder services and inland transport.

Focusing on faster growing markets and key trade routes DP World is developing technology to remove inefficiencies in the supply chain. Through DP World Inland, the company is well established in the German and Belgian inland markets and operates four terminals including trimodal transport systems supporting trade flows to connect to the northern range seaports in Europe.

The Swissterminal and DP World partnership is expected to deliver a strong competitive advantage and enhance the industry-leading position of both companies. The cooperation is anticipated to expand the companies’ terminal networks, increase efficiency and grow their service portfolios. With the transaction, no major structural changes within the respective companies are planned, and Roman Mayer will continue to serve as Swissterminal’s CEO.

Dr Martin Neese, Managing Director of DP World Logistics, said: “We are excited to invest in an innovative container terminal operator with extensive industry know-how, committed employees and strong values. The strategic partnership with Swissterminal strengthens DP World’s position as a leading provider of inland supply chain solutions. Swissterminal is a perfect match to our existing inland and seaport operations in Europe. We look forward to developing new intermodal solutions together for the benefit of our customers”.

“We are delighted to welcome DP World as our partner, particularly at a time when we are seeing numerous opportunities for Switzerland to grow its success as a major global logistics hub,” said Roman Mayer, CEO Swissterminal AG.

“By merging our family-owned business with such a large, international organisation which shares our long-term vision, we will be well-equipped to deliver long-term sustainable growth and cater to a changing industry landscape”, he added.

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