Cavotec inaugurates state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing premises in Milan

Cavotec inaugurates state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing premises in Milan

Global engineering group Cavotec has inaugurated the construction of its new, state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing premises outside Milan for its Cavotec Specimas business, a facility that will support the continued development of key technologies that will in turn ensure future growth for the group.

“Cavotec Specimas has always driven the development of some of our most innovative technologies – motorised cable reels, MoorMaster™ automated mooring, slip ring collectors, and Alternative Maritime Power systems – so it is important that we continue to invest in such a valuable asset,” explains Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO, during the inauguration ceremony.

Also present at the event were chairman and co-founder of the Cavotec group, Stefan Widegren, along with former CTO and co-founder Peter Brandel. Current Cavotec CTO, and Specimas managing director, Patrick Rosenwald, and Specimas general manager, Sandro Teruzzi, also attended, as did the mayor of the local area, Nova Milanese, other local officials and religious leaders, and several members of Cavotec management.

Once complete, the new Cavotec Specimas building will offer some 13,400sqm of workshop area, and 2,900sqm of office space. The premises also allow for future expansion of a further 4,900sqm of workshop area.

The new facility will be fitted with the latest energy-saving and environmentally friendly equipment, including in-ground heating in the workshop and an air conditioning system for the offices that meets the latest standards in efficiency and environmental performance. The roof of the facility will be fitted with 230kW solar energy panels.

The new Cavotec Specimas centre is scheduled to be ready for use towards the end of 2017.

VittorioBaldoni, a mechanicalengineer, foundedSpecimasin 1963 and Cavotec acquired the business in 1984.


Cavotec UK marks opening of new premises

Cavotec UK marks opening of new premises

Cavotec UK recently completed a successful move to new and larger premises in Stockton-on-Tees, a site ideally suited to the company’s future growth and expansion. Working closely with the landlord, Cavotec UK has also overseen the full redevelopment of the site.

The premises were officially opened by local member of parliament and Government minister, James Wharton, on April 1, during a ceremony attended by local dignitaries, officials and media.

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Cavotec UK Managing Director Gary Matthews welcomes guests.

 

The new facility provides a unique manufacturing environment for Cavotec Dabico’s advanced aircraft fuelling equipment systems, which are marketed worldwide. In February, Cavotec UK reported one of its strongest months to date in terms of manufacturing output and invoicing.


MoorMaster™ introduced at two UK ferry berths

MoorMaster™ to be introduced at two UK passenger ferry berths

In the latest development for our innovative MoorMaster™ mooring technology in the UK, Wightlink Ferries is to introduce the system at two of its passenger and vehicle ferry berths in Portsmouth, (on the mainland), and Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight.

“This is our first MoorMaster™ order in the UK and adds to our growing list of ferry applications in Europe,” says Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO.

Cavotec will supply three MoorMaster™ MM400 units, two for installation in Portsmouth, and one in Fishbourne.

The introduction of MoorMaster™ will allow Wightlink’s new, larger vessel to use the existing berth at Portsmouth, without having to make a costly extension to it, which would have also caused difficulties for manoeuvring vessels.

MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on the quayside or pontoons, moor and release vessels in seconds.

To date, some 200 MoorMaster™ units are installed at 28 locations worldwide and have completed an estimated 150,000 mooring operations at Ro/Ro, container and bulk handling, and lock applications.


Cavotec concludes successful inter airport Europe

Cavotec concludes successful inter airport Europe

Our Airports team is concluding another successful inter airport Europe which saw the launch of our new Series 2500+ frequency converter, as well as fruitful meetings with customers, suppliers and the media.

This was the 20th year of the bi-annual show, which this year attracted some 600 exhibitors from more than 40 countries. During the show, which got underway on Tuesday and wraps up today, we demonstrated our innovative in-ground technologies, the highlight of which was the launch of our Series 2500+ converter on Wednesday.

The 2500+, which is designed for use with a 400Hz modular coiler, (PowerPack I-connect), guarantees 500% overload at the gate, compared to just 400% common in existing systems. The extra capacity ensures aircraft services are maintained at the gate, and is sufficient to meet the growing capacity demands of larger aircraft in the years ahead.

The 2500+ can be installed horizontally on passenger bridges, or vertically on the apron. In both cases, the unit is virtually identical, thereby lowering operating costs for customers. It is also compatible with European and North American power requirements, and has been designed to withstand the high ambient temperatures of the Middle East.

Alongside the launch of the Series 2500+, we also released a new software package, Cavotec Skyway, which allows operators to remotely access the unit via a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Our thanks to the organisers for another highly worthwhile and well-run event. No doubt we’ll be back in Munich in 2017 for the next inter airport Europe.


Cavotec co-hosts shore power event in Bergen

Cavotec co-hosts shore power event in Bergen

Cavotec, Schneider Electric and the Port of Bergen are hosting a major event on shore power next week which will gather leading experts to discuss how the technology is playing an increasingly important role in reducing emissions at the world’s ports.

On Tuesday, June 16 delegates will gather in Bergen to consider key aspects of global shipping’s use of shore power, including the latest developments in shore power technologies, how changes in regulatory frameworks are affecting the application of shore power, and the challenges that exist for its wider use.

Cavotec’s Luciano Corbetta, Sales Director for our Ports & Maritime unit, will join other industry experts, environmental organisations and local and global media for a series of seminars and in-depth case studies.

Shore power – also known as Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), cold ironing, and High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) – is the process of connecting ships in port to land-generated electrical power. This allows vessels’ diesel-fired engines to be switched off, thereby reducing emissions in ports and surrounding communities.

We will also be hosting a port visit during which attendees will see Bergen’s shore power installation at first hand. Furthermore, the event promises to be an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and network with fellow ports and shore power professionals.

Cavotec is a leading supplier of innovative shore power technologies. Our AMP systems are in use at a large number of low and medium voltage ship- and port-based applications worldwide.


Partnerships strengthened in port equipment orders

The world’s leading crane manufacturers, port operators and ship owners continue to rely on Cavotec to meet growing demands for advanced crane technologies and innovative shore power systems. A number of recent orders, (announced at the end of March), amounting to a total of €10 million attest to this.

A Cavotec motorised cable reel powers an STS crane at the Port of Oakland

A Cavotec motorised cable reel powers an STS crane at the Port of Oakland

For the Pasir Panjang Terminal at the Port of Singapore, the most advanced terminal in the world’s second busiest port, the Group has been awarded a total of five orders. The most substantial of these is for cable reels that will supply electrical power to 72 ZPMC Automated Stacking Cranes. Another ZPMC order will include the largest power and spreader reels ever manufactured by Cavotec Spec- imas, one of Cavotec’s eight Centres of Excellence. The reels are designed for four ZPMC STS cranes destined for the Port of Genoa, and demonstrate significant advances in meeting growing customer requirements in terms of scale, performance and technical complexity.

“These projects highlight the degree of co-operation Cavotec enjoys with equipment manufacturers, and the world’s largest port operators, as a preferred supplier of a variety of innovative, mission-critical systems,” says Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO.