April 1 - Cargotec's Kalmar business unit has been awarded a contract to provide eight lifting and handling machines for Vestas Towers A/S' new production facility in Pueblo, Colorado, USA. The equipment will be delivered during April 2009.
The order includes Kalmar reachstackers and Kalmar heavy fork lift trucks. Several of the machines will be customised with special attachments designed to lift Vestas' wind turbine tower sections. Two machines, placed at each end of the tower section, will be needed to lift each section, which can weigh up to 70 tonnes and be up to 30 m long and 4.5 m in diameter.
Whilst Kalmar is known across the world for its container handling equipment, it is also able to customise its equipment to provide specialist lifting solutions for applications beyond its traditional marketplace.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S, with headquarters in Denmark and production facilities in more than 12 countries, is the leading supplier of wind power solutions, having installed over 38,000 wind turbines in more than 60 countries worldwide. Vestas Towers A/S' new plant in Pueblo will be completed in the autumn of 2009, when it will employ several hundred employees.