Kalmar introduces K-Motion technology in the Asia-Pacific region

Kalmar, provider of the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals etc., has introduced their new Kalmar K-Motion technology for reachstackers to the Asian market in 2016. A launch event was held in Shanghai, China in January.

The new solution continues Kalmar’s long-term commitment to developing solutions that help customers meet their sustainability targets and minimise the environmental impact of their operations. Kalmar K-Motion’s combination of hydrostatic and mechanical technologies delivers a more efficient transmission and allows for a smaller engine, all without compromising drive and lift power. All of this adds up to a reduction in both fuel consumption and exhaust emissions of as much as 40%.

K-Motion’s smart control system improves precision in both low and high drive-speed modes by splitting the power to increase overall drive and lifting efficiency, while the improved joystick enables more precise driving. As a result, daily operations are safer as operators can focus on the task at hand and react more quickly to potential problems, while the improved ergonomics also help reduce fatigue.


“Kalmar K-Motion has been developed as a result of listening closely to the needs of our customers. The support and feedback we receive from our customers and dealers is a key input to our R&D process. K-Motion is a continuation of our commitment to offering innovative technologies and world-class solutions that help our customers achieve their operational and environmental goals,” said Ken Loh, Executive Vice President, Kalmar Asia-Pacific.

The first equipment to feature K-Motion technology is the Kalmar Gloria DRG450 reachstacker, designed for container, intermodal and industrial handling. Because K-Motion technology allows for a smaller engine with a maximum speed of 1700 rpm, it helps reduce engine noise, thereby improving comfort both for drivers and anyone in the surrounding area.

“Now more than ever, terminals are under pressure to increase their capacity, cut costs and reduce the environmental footprint of everyday operations. We at Kalmar have a long-term commitment to developing efficient and sustainable technology, and this includes the possible application of K-Motion technology across our entire range of reachstackers in the future,” said Stefan Johansson, Director, Sales and Marketing, Kalmar Reachstackers and Empty Container Handlers.


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.

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