Leading the charge for electric vehicles

As car manufacturers race to meet growing demand for electric vehicles (EV), we’re applying our cable management expertise to help the industry develop innovative technologies that keep EVs charged and on the road.

No longer the preserve of unlikely concept cars or Hollywood stars keen to promote their “green” credentials, EVs are steadily becoming more mainstream. According to the Green Autoblog, the number of EVs is currently doubling every year.

EV schemes in cities such as Paris are becoming increasingly popular.

EV schemes in cities such as Paris are becoming increasingly popular. Image credit: Automobile Propre.

Last year BMW launched its electrically-powered i3. Renault has a range of small and mid-size range vehicles, and their compatriot rival, Peugeot, is following suit, as are Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes, Nissan, Volvo, VW and others.

And Tesla, considered by many as the trailblazer for EV cars is seeing its sales accelerate dramatically. According to the Economist, Tesla’s Model S last year outsold its nearest luxury rival, Mercedes’s (petrol) S-class, by 30 per cent in the US.

Charging towards the mainstream: the range of electrically-powered cars is rapidly expanding.

Charging towards the mainstream: the range of electrically-powered cars is rapidly expanding. Image credit: Electric Cars Report.

The flourishing EV market is being further underpinned by the continued tightening of legislation on vehicle emissions, most recently by the EU which recently announced fresh curbs that will take effect in 2021.

Cross-over power

We’re currently working closely with a number of customers on developing existing and entirely new self-retracting cable management systems for EV charging units.

We’re even advising on the design of electric “petrol” stations of the future, where petrol pumps may, one day, be replaced by fast-charging units.

Our cable management systems for EV applications consist primarily of assisted self-retracting cable management systems, based on three types of spring reel that improve ergonomics, safety and life cycle of EV charging cables and plugs.

Cavotec engineers and manufactures these systems, and assembles cable sets with EV charging plugs as defined by customer specifications.

We’re developing versions of these technologies for battery-powered passenger ferries, and now we’re bringing that knowledge to cars. If we’re doing this with cars and ships, why not buses?

EV is clearly an exciting, rapidly growing area with substantial potential that we’re delighted to be involved in.


Cavotec in 2013 – another defining year for inspired engineering

Our largest MoorMaster project to date, our combined AMP and MoorMaster system designed – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – and our move up to Mid Cap on the Stockholm OMX: here’s our pick of the milestones that made 2013 another defining year for Cavotec.  

Image courtesy of Norled

We’re supplying the world’s first combined automated mooring and shore power system for a passenger ferry service in Norway. Image courtesy of Norled.

In November it was announced that the Transnet National Ports Authority had placed a EUR 10-million order for 26 MoorMaster™ units for the Port of Ngqura. Not only is this Cavotec’s largest order to date for MoorMaster™, it is also the first in Africa.

A World-first

July brought news of a unique project in which we are combining automated mooring with our Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technologies to form a single, fully integrated system for a passenger ferry service in Norway. A world-first, the degree of automation of this system is unparalleled, and will ensure safer, cleaner and more efficient operations for the end-customer, Norled.

We also secured another breakthrough MoorMaster™ order in Norway, this time for a bulk handling application. While there are several such applications in Australia, this will be first of its kind in Europe.

Airports also strong

The year was also positive for our airports unit, with major orders in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It was also encouraging to report several orders in India.

We attended all the major exhibitions and trade shows, including Inter Airport Europe, during which we launched a fuelling element to our E3 Gate. The E3 Gate - Ergonomics, Economy and the Environment – supplies parked aircraft with 400Hz power, PCAir, blue and potable water and sewage – and now fuel – via underground pit systems. This makes for an uncluttered tarmac, thereby improving safety and operational efficiency.

Future potential

Another segment where we saw substantial growth in 2013 was the oil and gas sector – an area that we expect to continue to grow in the future.

We rounded off a strong year with the news that the Cavotec share was upgraded to a Mid Cap listing on the Stockholm OMX, a development that indicates potential for the future.

And finally, heralding the opportunities of 2014, on January 1 this year, new regulations came into force in California requiring greater use of shore power systems. This is an area where we have been active for many years, and where we continue to lead the development of innovative systems that help ports and shipping lines dramatically reduce their environmental impact.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, colleagues and customers that helped make 2013 one of our best years yet. Here’s to applying the power of innovative thinking and inspired engineering in 2014 and beyond.

 


Cavotec to exhibit innovative technologies at OTC Houston

Cavotec to exhibit innovative offshore technologies at OTC Houston

We are gearing up for another offshore extravaganza at one of the world’s leading trade shows for the energy industry, OTC (Offshore Technology Conference) HOUSTON, which gets underway on Monday.

During the show, we will be focusing on several product areas including explosion proof (Ex) (and non-Ex) radio remote controls (RRC), Alternative Maritime Power, cable chains, power connectors, slip rings and motorised cable reels.

Billed as highlighting “the development of technologies that serve the offshore industry in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection”, the event attracted almost 90,000 visitors in 2012, and some 2,500 exhibiting companies.

As in previous years, we are in the Norwegian Pavilion, and you will find us at booth 5235. Click here for a full exhibition booth map.

 


Infrastructure modernisation: challenge or opportunity?

The intensifying debate over the need to modernise infrastructure in the US and elsewhere has focused on the scale of the challenge; but should this also be considered an opportunity for engineering and innovation? 

In a recent article, The Economist highlighted how the US is grappling with the need to upgrade its aging maritime infrastructure.

According to the article, around 70 per cent of America’s imports and 75 per cent of its exports transit its ports. Furthermore, the size and number of ships calling at US ports is steadily increasing. Despite this, only seven US ports are currently capable of handling Post-Panamax container ships.

A Cavotec cable reel powers a container crane at the Port of Salalah in Oman

A Cavotec cable reel powers a container crane at the Port of Salalah in Oman.

And last week, the consultancy McKinsey & Company published a report entitled “Rethinking Infrastructure”. The document, which can also be seen as a call to action, described the extent of the challenge:

“Just to keep pace with projected global growth between now and 2030, the world will have to spend $57 trillion on roads, bridges, ports, power plants, water facilities, and other forms of infrastructure.”

This would, according to the consultancy, require a considerable increase in investment levels from those of recent years, and collaboration between a broad range of public and private actors.

While these challenges are considerable, Cavotec anticipates a role for engineering and innovative technologies that will improve the transport of people and goods – at ports, airports, via road and rail – and add to the quality of life that societies have grown to expect and are likely to increasingly demand. It’s a huge challenge – but one that we relish being a part of efforts to meet.

As Cavotec Chairman Stefan Widegren outlined in the Group’s annual Report 2011:

“With the support of our stakeholders and in close co-operation with customers, we could achieve great things for the benefit of us all. This will eventually lead to smarter solutions, a better economy, better use of our resources and an improvement of the world we live in.”

For some forty years, Cavotec has developed innovative technologies – such as automated mooring for ships - that ensure cleaner, more efficient operations in industrial applications all over the world. We look forward to continuing, and expanding this work in the years ahead.

 


Cavotec Shanghai moves on up – and in

As our presence on the Chinese market, and across Asia as a whole, continues to grow, Cavotec Shanghai celebrated successfully moving into its new premises last week.

Office warming: Cavotec Shanghai's new premises

Office warming: Cavotec Shanghai’s new premises

Cavotec Shanghai serves customers in all four of our market unitsPorts & Maritime, Airports, Mining & Tunnelling and General Industry.

You can find our new home at: Unit 11, Nr. 1951, Duhui Road, Shanghai 201108. And conveniently, our phone number – 021-54429778 – and fax number – 021-34073498 – are unchanged from our former premises.

Our thanks to our dedicated staff who made the moving process as smooth as possible.

 


Cavotec365: a Cavotec image for every day of 2013

Around the world and around the clock, Cavotec technologies are ensuring a broad range of industries operate safely, efficiently and sustainably. 

A container port works through the night

To demonstrate how and where our systems do this, we plan to post an image of Cavotec equipment on our Twitter feed every day of 2013 in a campaign we’re calling Cavotec365.

We hope that Cavotec365 will trigger the interest of anyone with a passion for innovative technologies, the Cavotec brand, or even photography.

We’ll  start with our own images, but we’ll also be asking Cavotec colleagues, friends and customers to send in their own shots of Cavotec applications.

Look out for the #Cavotec365 hashtag from the 1st of January.