Konecranes received an order for four reachstackers and three empty container handlers from TIPS Co., Ltd. TIPS is the operator of Laem Chabang Port’s B4 terminal, which is located about 130 kms southeast of Bangkok. The equipment will be delivered in sequence until February 2009. The value of the order is not disclosed.

Captain Chatchawan Ghettalae, General Manager of TIPS, says “The new reachstackers and empty container handlers will definitely sustain our highest degree of customer service as we continue to provide high reliability and gear up for quicker and more efficient services for our clients. We also see the order as a great opportunity for TIPS and Konecranes to benefit as we grow together in this global environment”.

The Konecranes units will be equipped with load-sensing hydraulics that provide ‘power-on-demand’ for the required weight, which is measured automatically. They also feature Konecranes’ Eco-Drive system, which calculates the fuel efficiency of each machine.

“With rising fuel costs, customers are placing more emphasis on fuel efficient container handling equipment. The power-on-demand feature allows the machines to have variable fuel consumption”, says Ryan Flynn, Director, Ports, Northeast and Southeast Asia. “Another benefit of our reachstackers is that their engines allow the customer to use Thai B5 biodiesel fuel, which has lower cost per liter.

“Thailand has been a growing market for us since we first established in 1993, and now it is a major market that is very important to us because of its many heavy industries”, says Ed Yakos, President, South Asia Pacific. “We have built our infrastructure to cover Thailand with offices in several regions of the country, which allows us not only to be closer to the customer, but also to stay in constant communication while planting the product and providing service, parts and support.”

The reachstackers have the capability of lifting laden containers of up to 45 tons five high, while the empty container handlers are capable of double-stacking.