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  • We are supplying electrical equipment and automation to the crane industry

  • and to terminals all over the world. 2008/2009 was really a lesson to the whole industry.

  • We saw the end of the big volume increase in the container handling

  • we went from 10-12% growth down to 4-5% growth today, which is really quite good.

  • It happened through a real slump in the business but also a rather quick

  • recovery. Now what we see today is we have gone

  • from real volume growth to building efficiency and productivity into the industry.

  • The challenges facing the terminals due to the mega-ships coming into operation

  • now is the volume as such we need much higher productivity on the berth to service these

  • and at least 500 TEU to be moved per hour, maybe 800-900 even, but this is manageable

  • The next challenge is to have the stacking capacity for all of these containers when we have

  • really big calls, maybe as much as 10,000-20,000 TEU in one call has to be handled.

  • Another, and maybe the biggest challenge is that the number of ships is coming down

  • Automation is the basis for increasing the efficiency of the terminals.

  • Automation is automatic hand-offs, automatic cranes, automatic vehicles and also

  • automatic hand-offs between all these means of handling the container,

  • but with that comes automatic hand-off of correct information between all

  • these equipments, all the way from the ship to the gate and rail, and the way back again to the ship.

  • But also what we see with this, the next step, we now achieve is when we have the automated equipment

  • remotely controlled equipment, we have remotely controlled desks for

  • being able to handle all types of cranes; we can run ship-to-shore cranes, stacking

  • cranes, rail cranes, really all kinds of cranes with ease but also bringing in all exception handling

  • in the terminal and also bringing in the logistics and the maintenance,

  • bringing all of this to a central control room, today container terminals have to optimise their operations

  • thats the only way to increase the cost and stay competitive. The competitive environment is

  • going to get much tougher due to the bigger ships and so on. Either you get a call or you don't get it

  • and the impact is very very big, and with this we can also at the same time, when we are optimising

  • we can reduce the impact to the environment, we are much more energy efficient in an operation that

  • is smooth and continuous. We are also making the terminals safer with automation

  • and optimisation, we bring people in and we don't expose them to hazardous environments

  • out in the terminal, and this all in all makes a much more efficient operation.

  • With automation and centralisation of staff in the terminal, we are also greatly improving the

  • working environment for the staff. It's a huge difference sitting on a crane looking down 50 metres

  • and doing it for hours or being in a working environment like the one behind me

  • in a desk that you can adjust, you can sit and stand and you can at any time change your duties

  • with one of your colleagues and you can work in a real team. Now we are working to make

  • the terminals safer, greener, and more productive and this is for small and big terminals

  • The automation that we are having today is first coming into the big terminals when we also

  • see it spreading over the world to much smaller terminals and today even the

  • medium-sized and small terminals are facing the challenge of much bigger ships and the need to improve

  • and they are getting much more cost-efficient

We are supplying electrical equipment and automation to the crane industry

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