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.


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.


Our new airports fuelling film takes flight

Fasten your seat belts: we’ve released our new airports fuelling systems film. The film shows how we’ve integrated our advanced fuelling systems into the Cavotec E3 Gate

E3 stands for ergonomics, economics and the environment; and it’s a concept we’ve applied to the ports sector as well. And yes, we’ve made a film about that too. You can watch it here.

You can also learn more about the launch of the fuelling element of the E3 Gate here.

We enjoyed making this film, and have similar films in the pipeline, which we’ll publish here in due course For now, we’d like to know what you think about this one, which you can do by sending a message to our Facebook page or Twitter feed.


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.

 


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.