Kalmar reorganisation to lay-off Tampere staff

03 Feb 2016
All change: Cargotec unit to overhaul business

All change: Cargotec unit to overhaul business

Finnish cargo-handling specialist Kalmar intends to reorganise its operations in Tampere, Finland, leading to job losses and the laying-off of temporary workers.

Kalmar, part of the Cargotec Group, plans to deepen cooperation with the joint venture Rainbow Cargotec Industries (RCI) in China, rationalising its business model by extending the successful cooperation model that is already in place in the rubber-tyred gantry cranes to its automatic stacking cranes.

The plans will impact personnel in the Automation and Projects division in Tampere. Initial estimations put the job losses at a maximum of 35 employees – more than 10% of its current workforce of 300 - together with the laying-off of temporary workers.

Antti Kaunonen, senior vice president of Automation and Projects at Kalmar said: “Port automation is in the core of our strategy, and we expect strong growth in this area in the future. That is why we are currently recruiting more software developers here in Tampere.”

“Together with RCI, we have been very successful in delivering Kalmar RTG projects within the set time, budget and Kalmar quality standards as well as to the full satisfaction of the customers. This gives us confidence that a similar cooperation model in ASC business would help us in executing our automation strategy," he added.

Other areas of Kalmar’s business are unaffected, namely automation and software development, and the shuttle and straddle carrier business operations, and the impact on customers is predicted to be unnoticeable.

Maija Eklöf, vice president of Marketing and Communications at Kalmar, told Port Strategy “This planned change will not have any impact on our customers as Kalmar would hold the responsibility for sales, marketing, customer interface and delivery of the mega projects in the future.”