In July 2017, Konecranes reached a landmark by delivering the 3,000th Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier. The unit is now in operation at the MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) in Antwerp, Belgium.
The machine that marked this important milestone is a state-of-the-art diesel-electric Konecranes Noell N SC 634 E straddle carrier. It stands out thanks to its eco-efficient drive system and ergonomic features that is designed to allow the driver to work comfortably, safely, and productively.
The MPET terminal is the single largest container terminal in Europe in terms of the annual volume of containers handled. MPET currently operates a fleet of approximately 230 straddle carriers, 150 of which are Konecranes Noell machines of different generations. Most were delivered during the past few months as part of a major contract.
Konecranes Noell straddle carriers are suitable for a wide range of operating conditions. They are used in locations as varied as Kamchatka, Russia, and Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. The manufacture of the straddle carriers began in Würzburg, Germany in 1968, in what is now a competence center for straddle carrier design, engineering and production for Konecranes.
A 190-year legacy
The legacy of Konecranes in Würzburg, with its expertise in developing container handling equipment, goes back to 1824. This special location brings together 190 years of experience in producing high-quality mobile transport equipment.
“At Konecranes in Würzburg, we maintain precise control over each stage of the design, engineering and production process. Operating in this manner enables us to meet demanding delivery schedules while maintaining quality and reliability,” explains Hubert Foltys, Director Business Line Straddle Carriers at Konecranes.
In order to maintain continuous, high-precision manufacturing operations, Konecranes has invested significantly in the factory, which is equipped with special CNC machines and robots.
Text: Leo Pahta