Kalmar will supply 10 reachstackers to China Railway Urumqi Group Co. as part of China’s infrastructure project the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Urumqi Railway Bureau, founded in 2017, is a subsidiary company under the jurisdiction of the China Railway Corporation.

The latest order of Kalmar reachstackers will add to the fleet of 30 that the Bureau already has operating along its BRI trade routes.

New machines will ease pressure on China’s railway infrastructure and improve the efficiency of freight centres, which, in 2017, handled 90 million tons of the bureau’s cargo of mainly coal, steel chemicals, metal ore and petroleum.

According to a statement released by Kalmar, the machines’ durability and stability are “well suited” to the harsh conditions the bureau will use them in.

The new machines are expected to be delivered by the third quarter of 2018.

Alex Tang, Sales Director of Kalmar China, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with the Ürümqi Railway Bureau for over ten years since the first delivery of Kalmar reachstackers in 2005.

“This order has further strengthened our partnership and we would like to thank the Ürümqi Railway Bureau for their continuous support and trust towards us.

“Kalmar will continue to support the future development and the Belt and Road strategy of Ürümqi Railway Bureau with exceptional services and high-quality products.”

Source: Port technology