The lucky customer receiving a striped special edition of the groundbreaking Kalmar forklift was Norwegian NorSea A/S. Fitting, as NorSea has been a satisfied customer of both Kalmar forklifts and reachstackers for years.
Kalmar, however, has plenty of satisfied customers.
Originally presented at CeMat, Hannover in 2011, G-generation forklifts represent Kalmar’s most successful segment. When the sales of the DCG90-180 and its predecessors are added up, Kalmar has already sold over 10,000 medium-range forklifts.
“Kalmar has always been strong in the medium range sector,” says Thomas Malmborg, Vice President, Forklift Trucks at Kalmar. “The DCG90-180, like its predecessors, is known to be the best in the market. Our customers not only appreciate our quality and high reliability, but also the possibility to adapt the product to the customer’s operations.”
Since it was introduced, the DCG90-180 has become widely acknowledged for its versatility, durability and high productivity. It is suitable for a variety of industrial applications, including stacking boards in sawmills, handling breakbulk in terminals, moving components in steel plants, or managing equipment to the oil and gas industry.
A handshake between a satisfied customer and a trusted supplier. NorSea A/S Technical Manager Asgeir Klingsheim (left) with Kalmar’s Thomas Malmborg.
Preferred Choice Among Customers
The most significant innovation first introduced with the DCG90-180 was its EGO cabin that, according to Malmborg, was markedly different from its predecessor and truly put the operator in the driver’s seat.
“The EGO cabin offered major upgrades in ergonomics and visibility, resulting in better driver productivity, efficiency, and safety,” says Malmborg. “With its 360-degree view, ergonomically designed controls, tiltable steering wheel and rotatable seat, it has quickly become the preferred choice among health and safety aware customers around the world.”
Just because they have the best product in the market, however, does not mean the people at Kalmar are going to start resting on their laurels. On the contrary, Kalmar is constantly updating its product range to follow and adapt to the new trends of the market.
“For instance, a strong trend at the moment is the growing importance customers are placing on total cost of ownership, or TCO,” Malmborg reveals. “To an increasing extent, customers are concerned about the total price of the machine during its entire lifespan rather than the price tag only.”
The Kalmar DCG90-180 is manufactured in Lidhult, Sweden and Cibolo, Texas, the main markets being in the EMEA and Americas region. Currently, Kalmar sees a positive trend in the market, and expects the trend to continue.
Text by Industrial PRIME – Images courtesy of Cargotec
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