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Kalmar hosts its first Terminal Automation Summit to share knowledge on port automation



Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is hosting the first Terminal Automation Summit in Australia this week. The three-day long exclusive event gathers port terminal automation stakeholders to discuss and share experiences on the topic.

"Automation is a very complex and vast topic," says Ismo Matinlauri from Kalmar, one of the hosts of the event. "Most of the public discussion is around technologies, software solutions and equipment, whereas they are only part of the bigger picture." He continues: "We felt that the industry was lacking a forum for sharing our combined knowledge and experiences from recent automation projects worldwide. In addition, we wanted more discussion around critical success factors and themes such as change management, which is a significant factor in automation projects and requires a lot of effort from the terminals undergoing the transformation. We decided to call up these summits for different stakeholders to share their insight on terminal automation beyond technology.

The agenda focuses on real life automation cases and best practices, and includes excursions to DP World Brisbane and Patrick Automated Straddle Carrier Terminals in Brisbane and Sydney.

"Australian ports have been the forerunners in port terminal automation," says Peter McLean, Vice President, Kalmar Australia and New Zealand. "We're excited to have the first summit in our region, and I express my warmest thanks to all our customers for the extremely positive response to the event as well as their openness and willingness to give input and share lessons learned. It has been a joy to work with them on this event."

Ismo Matinlauri adds: "Kalmar wants to shape the industry and make automation more accessible for terminals around the world. I hope that Kalmar Automation Summit will mitigate the risks involved and help terminal operations on their journey towards a more competitive future.

Kalmar will be hosting two more Terminal Automation Summits later on this year, and continue with the summits in 2018.


Further information for the press:

Ismo Matinlauri, Vice President, Solution Sales and Marketing, Automation and Projects, Kalmar, tel. +358405013495,

Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096,


Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2015 totalled approximately EUR 3.7 billion and it employs almost 11,000 people.