09/12/2020 - 12:36 pm

Kalmar supplies electric forklifts to VM-Holz

Finland based Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply a total of eight, fully electric, medium forklift trucks to leading Austrian timber product supplier Vöcklamarkter Holzindustrie GmbH (VM-Holz). 

With a lifting capacity of 16t, the Kalmar medium electric forklift trucks, powered by lead-acid battery technology, will offer VM-Holz the performance of a powerful diesel truck but without emissions, noise or vibration. The low noise level will enable the company to extend its operations with a night shift. 

The machines come with Kalmar’s unique energy-saving guarantee, which will allow VM-Holz to more accurately predict its operating costs based on its electricity tariff. If the predicted level of energy consumption is exceeded, the company will be compensated according to a sliding scale.

Ferdinand Partl of VM-Holz said, “Introducing electrically powered forklift trucks will allow us to improve productivity and extend our capabilities with evening operations while meeting local noise and carbon emissions regulations. Kalmar’s energy guarantee is also a huge benefit because we will have full transparency over the machines’ operating costs. We look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with the Kalmar team for many years to come.”   

Gerald Aspernig, country director at Kalmar Austria, said,  “With our proven, powerful forklift platform, going electric no longer means compromising on performance. Our energy saving guarantee underlines our commitment to supporting customers to adopt electrification. We are delighted to continue our cooperation with VM-Holz with the conclusion of this deal.”


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