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Kalmar’s electric forklift technology to help construction materials supplier SEAC reduce the carbon footprint of its operations

2021 Press


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has secured a large order for 15 medium electric forklift trucks from SEAC, a leading supplier of concrete products to the French construction industry. The forklifts will be deployed across SEAC’s 11 manufacturing facilities in France. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2021 Q3 order intake, with delivery of the machines scheduled to take place during Q1 of 2022. 

With a lifting capacity of 17 tons, the Kalmar medium electric forklift trucks will offer SEAC all the performance of a powerful diesel truck but without emissions, noise or vibration. They feature a time-saving diagnostic system and easy maintenance as well as Kalmar’s ergonomically designed EGO cabin to provide a superior driving experience.

The machines will be used to handle concrete products such as slabs and beams, transporting them from the production line to storage and finally loading them onto trucks for delivery to customers.

Jean Marc Elain, Director of Factories, SEAC: “This investment in electrically powered forklifts to replace our diesel machines is an important step towards reducing the carbon footprint of our operations. After testing a single unit from Kalmar we were confident that their solution could provide the level of battery autonomy that our factory operations demand.”   

Hervé Helluin, Service Operations Manager, Kalmar France: “We have been working with SEAC for several years and are delighted that they have selected our powerful, eco-efficient electric forklift solution to support their operations. Going forward, once the new machines are in place we will provide SEAC with world-class preventive maintenance support through our vast service network, which covers all of their locations across France.” 

Further information for the press:

Dave Patterson, Vice President Market Area South & West Europe, Kalmar tel. +44 77 953 98064,

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 2020 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,500 people.