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Our story

Building a business around you.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. We are passionate about our industry and customers. Together we develop intelligent solutions that shape the future of cargo handling, improving our customers every move.

Innovation has always been at the heart of our business – we’ve consistently revolutionised container handling solutions for the benefit of our customers. We developed the first industrial straddle carrier in the 1940s, and the first RoRo tractor in the 1970s. To meet the need for more efficient container handling, Kalmar commercialised the first generation of reachstackers in the 1980s and, a decade later, introduced the first container handler for rough terrain operations. Our first steps in terminal automation were taken more than 20 years ago.

With these innovations and many others, we revolutionised the cargo and container handling industries. And with our passion, combined experience, and deep knowledge of the industry, our aim is to exceed your expectations again and again.


Kalmar is the global leader in sustainable cargo handling for ports, terminals, distribution centres, and heavy industry. With our extensive electric portfolio and global service network, we help our customers move towards safer, more eco-efficient, and more productive operations. Together, we develop innovative solutions that shape the future of our industry, improving our customers’ every move.


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2022 totalled approximately EUR 4.1 billion and it employs around 11,500 people.