The new AGVs are equipped with fuel-saving diesel-electric drives and comply with the European EuroMot IIIB exhaust gas standard that has been in force since 2011.
Düsseldorf, 12 August 2011 – Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald), a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG, is supplying 22 automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to Europe Container Terminals (ECT) in Rotterdam, a long-term customer. Gottwald's type CT 60 AGVs are to replace the first- generation container transporters which have been in operation around the clock as part of the AGV fleet at the customer's facility since the early 1990s. The new AGVs are equipped with fuel-saving diesel- electric drives and comply with the European EuroMot IIIB exhaust gas standard that has been in force since 2011.
Thomas H. Hagen, Member of the Management Board and COO of the parent company Demag Cranes AG emphasises: “By consistently continuing to develop the drive technology used in our transport systems for horizontal container transport, we are making a key contribution to optimising automated maritime ports. The future-orientated drive concepts for our AGVs contribute sustainably to reductions in harmful emissions and support our customers as they progress along the path towards the green port.”
The AGVs developed by Gottwald are for automated container transport from the quayside to the stackyard. To date, the company has equipped three large maritime terminals with AGVs. It was together with its customer ECT that Gottwald developed the first automation concept for horizontal container transport back in the 1980s. This meant that the ECT Delta Terminal in Rotterdam was the first container terminal worldwide to be equipped with a complete fleet of Gottwald AGVs.
The Demag Cranes Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial cranes and crane components, harbour cranes and terminal automation technology. Services, in particular maintenance and refurbishment, are another key element of the Group’s business activities. The Group is divided into the business segments Industrial Cranes, Port Technology and Services and has strong and well-established Demag and Gottwald brands. Demag Cranes sees its core competence in the development and construction of technically sophisticated cranes and hoists as well as automated transport and logistics systems in ports and terminals, the provision of services for these products and the manufacture of high-quality components.
As a global supplier, Demag Cranes manufactures in 16 countries on five continents and operates a worldwide sales and service network that is present in over 60 countries through its subsidiaries such as Demag Cranes & Components GmbH and Gottwald Port Technology GmbH, agencies and a joint venture. In financial year 2009/2010, the Group, with its 5,711 employees, generated revenue of EUR 931.3 million. Since the end of June 2006, the Demag Cranes share (WKN: DCAG01) has been listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is traded on various indices including the MDAX®.