Cavotec continues to build its role as key supplier to Swedish industry

Cavotec continues to build its role as key supplier to Swedish industry

Cavotec continues to build its position as an important supplier of niche technologies to major Swedish industrial companies with several projects involving its radio remote control (RRC) systems in recent months.

“Cavotec has a long association with Swedish industrial groups; indeed, the Group was established in Sweden in the 1970s. These latest projects underscore our position as a trusted partner for OEMs such as ABB in Sweden and further afield,” says Cavotec Sweden Managing Director, Erik Chilò.

In one of the most recent orders for the Group in Sweden, Cavotec has supplied an advanced MC-3-5 RRC terminal to Swedish automation specialist Kelmo. The company is carrying out upgrading work on high voltage cable plant in Karlskrona, southern Sweden, on behalf of ABB.

ABB has also purchased a number of Cavotec Micro-control systems that will be used to control a cable production application. Factories in Karlskrona and in Luleå, in the north of the country, use Cavotec systems to control cable storage facilities and operate the critical extruder process when manufacturing cables.

Operators use the MC-3-5 units to control large machines that coil underwater sea cable into storage facilities before they are loaded on to ships or barges. ABB also uses a large number of Cavotec electrical plugs and cable reels for applications in ports and terminals, and in metallurgy industry.

Cavotec is also currently supporting the SEK 17-billion Stockholm City Line project in the Swedish capital. Stockholm City Line is a major infrastructure programme involving the construction of a six kilometre-long train line under the city. Cavotec has supplied cable management systems, RRCs and electrical connectors to leading contractors working on the project such as Bilfinger Berger, NCC, Zublin and PEAB. You can see images of these systems on our Facebook page here.

Cavotec has two dedicated operations in Sweden, Cavotec Connectors in Staffanstorp, southern Sweden, and Cavotec Sweden, just north of Stockholm.


Growth continues in Q2: an overview of our interim report

We recently published our interim results, and in case you missed them, here is a brief overview of how the Group performed in the first of the year.

Cavotec equipment powers machinery at applications worldwide

Cavotec equipment powers machinery at applications worldwide

Overall, the report was positive, with the Group reporting growth in most markets. Revenues increased 21 per cent to more than EUR 101,282 thousands (a record high), and our Order Book was up almost 6 per cent to EUR 100,595 thousands compared to the end of 2011.

You can download a PDF of the full report here.

The period was strong for our Ports & Maritime unit with a large number of projects. Our Alternative Maritime Power systems that supply electrical power for ships in port attracted several good orders in Asia and the US. Our orders from the Port of Oakland and Long Beach were particular highlights.

Our Airports unit registered strong progress throughout the period with orders in mature markets such as Europe and the US, and in emerging markets such as India and the Middle East.

Mining & Tunnelling was strong throughout the first months of the year, with markets in Australia and North America being especially buoyant; while investment in major infrastructure projects lifted demand for the Group’s tunnelling systems.

Our diverse General Industry unit continued its positive performance with encouraging results in the US, where our advanced radio remote control systems continued to develop an impressive profile with customers for performing highly specialised functions in niche sectors such as offshore energy.

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Shore power shines as ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announce Clean Air Action Plan Awards

Shore power shines as ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announce Clean Air Action Plan Awards

The decisive role one of Cavotec’s benchmark technologies, Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), plays in improving air quality in ports and surrounding communities was highlighted recently as the ports of Los Angeles (POLA) and Long Beach (POLB) announced the fifth annual Clean Air Action Awards.

Six companies were awarded by the ports for their efforts at reducing air pollution, with three of the six receiving commendations primarily for their use of shore power – a technology Cavotec and its partners have played a vital role in developing at both ports.

Companies cited specifically for their use of shore power were global shipping lines APL and Matson Navigation Company, and energy major BP.

Shore power systems enable vessels to switch off their engines while moored and to connect to shore side electricity. Services such as power supply for refrigerated containers, lighting, communication, heating, food preparation and cargo handling are then run directly from the port.

The judging panel praised APL for introducing a range of initiatives and targets designed to optimise its environmental performance, such as powering its vessels with low-sulfur fuel, and for being “an industry leader in using shore power to cut its at-berth emissions.”

BP’s tanker facility at POLB is the only berth of its kind in the world to offer ships shore power connection, a project on which Cavotec engineers were closely involved. According to the ports’ statement, in 2011, emissions of nitrogen oxides at the berth were cut by 56,700 pounds, sulfur oxides by 1,000 pounds, and particulate matter by 2,100 pounds.

Matson container ships regularly use shore power at their Long Beach berths, and last year the company commissioned five vessels fitted with shore power systems.

The other three winners were SA Recycling, for improvements made to its facilities; Harley Marine Services, for, among other initiatives, installing energy efficient engines on its tugs; and Pacific Harbor Line for “replacing the engines in 16 of its locomotives with the cleanest available diesel technology.”

In a statement, POLB Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle said: “We’re delighted to honor these companies for taking the time and effort to successfully reduce their environmental impacts through leadership and quick action.”

According to POLA Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, the measures are having a genuine impact on environmental standards: “We continue to see significant year-over-year pollution reductions at the port complex.”

Cavotec has worked with both POLA and POLB on developing innovative shore power technologies for many years. In the latest phase of this process, we are currently supplying a large number of AMP systems to POLB and the Port of Oakland.

Our naval architects have pioneered several AMP solutions including ship-based systems housed in shipping containers, land-based vault versions and even fully mobile units.

Cavotec’s shore power systems are increasingly widely used at ports on the US west coast, as well as in Canada, Europe and the Far East. The first AMP system became operational at Sweden’s Port of Gothenburg in 1984.


New lightweight Radio Remote Control unit

New Radio Remote Control (RRC) unit

Small and perfectly formed: our new lightweight Radio Remote Control unit.

We are delighted to announce the arrival of a new lightweight radio remote control (RRC) unit, the MC3100. The unit, already in service with two of our customers, has been designed for frequent, extended use to control mobile cranes, tower cranes, crusher machines and other machinery.

As with many of our innovative systems and technologies, customer feedback has been critical to developing the MC3100.

MC3100 Radio Remote Control

“The MC3100 responds to three key demands identified by our customers: safety, ergonomics and the capacity to perform under severe mechanical stress,” says Cavotec Micro-control’s Peter Grönholm.

We anticipate the unit being especially useful for the general industry, farming and agricultural sectors where operators need to control smaller cranes and other equipment more frequently and for longer periods than many heavy industry and offshore energy applications.

Cavotec radio remote controls systems

We have designed advanced RRC units for the oil and gas, mining and tunnelling  and general industry sectors for many years, including explosion proof units. All the safety features that our engineers developed in the systems that serve these demanding applications have now been incorporated into the MC3100. Here’s a recent post about how our RRCs will be used on the world’s largest deepwater drilling ship, the Dalian Developer.


Details of our participation at TOCEurope

 Details of our participation at TOCEurope

Cavotec will be exhibiting at this year’s TOC Europe, held in Antwerp, Belgium, at Stand G18. Billed as the “global forum for ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, 3PLs and BCOs where you can meet the people who own, move and handle large volumes of containers,” this year’s event runs between June 12 and June 14.

As well as meeting friends and colleagues, we will be demonstrating how our customers are improving productivity and sustainability with Cavotec’s innovative technologies such as MoorMaster™ automated mooring and shore power systems, Panzerbelt cable protection systems, crane controllers, power chains and connectors, radio remote controls, motorised and spring driven cable reels and steel chains.


Breakthrough aircraft ground support order in India

News of our breakthrough aircraft ground support order in #India and the United States #airports #cavotec

Cavotec has won a substantial order for advanced ground support equipment at Memphis International Airport in the United States, and a breakthrough order for electrical converter systems at Hyderabad Airport in India.

Cavotec is to supply fuel hydrant pits, vault access covers and valve isolation chambers for aircraft stands at Memphis Airport. The project is divided into five separate phases, and Cavotec will deliver its element of the order throughout the year.

Meanwhile in India, at Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport, Cavotec is involved in a project to expand the airport’s cargo apron and the modernisation of four remote cargo aircraft stands. The Group will deliver, install and commission 180kVA 400Hz electrical power converters, 400Hz hatch pits from Cavotec Fladung, and supply 50Hz and 400 Hz cables. This is the very first time that Cavotec will supply aircraft electrical converter systems to the Indian market.

Both the projects at Hyderabad Airport are scheduled for commissioning in October this year. This is the latest phase of the airport’s extensive modernisation programme that will see another 12 positions delivered in 2013.

“This is our first order in India not only for Cavotec INET converter systems, but also for Cavotec Fladung pit units. We anticipate further opportunities for similar orders as this sector resumes an upswing in activity,” explains Nicklas Pihl, Managing Director Cavotec India.