Kalmar Still Going Strong After 26 Years
Published: July 24th, 2014
Once upon a time Bob Baker (NZ Kalmar Sales Manager) was approached by Mt Maunganui based Associated Stevedores to purchase a large forklift for their steel handling operation. In the 80’s forklifts were still being assembled in NZ as those imports with no NZ content attracted a 25% import duty which made the supply of CBU product uneconomical.Toyota forklifts were being assembled in Christchurch, Lees forklifts were being produced in Auckland and the industry were lobbying the Government to remove the import duty which happened soon after.As a result of this ABE became the NZ Distributor for Kalmar and the first 3 x Kalmar DB24-1200’s were delivered to Associated Stevedores in November 1987.The years rolled by and Associated Stevedores became BHP Transport, Toll Owens and finally as it is today C3.
Several more Kalmar’s were supplied over the ensuing years and very recently a brand new Kalmar DCG160-12 with kissing forks has been delivered.
Interestingly the original units are still in operation as depicted in the photo as strong testament to the quality and longevity of the Kalmar product and even more interestingly Bob Baker delivered the latest unit 26 years later.
Time does move on and recently ABE have employed a new Kalmar Sales Manager, Mark Pedersen who is now taking over the reins from Bob. Bob will continue in a more technical role until he decides it’s time to lower his forks for the last time.