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Heavymovement, Barcelona, Spain

“Kalmar machines have enabled us to reduce our running costs and improve the safety of our operations.” Toni Llinás, CEO, Heavymovement

The solution Material handling

Barcelona-based Heavymovement provides warehouse management services, scrap yard management and transportation of iron and steel products to steel mills and others in the metal industry. Over the last 15 years the company has built a global customer base, improving productivity, ensuring the quality of processes and guaranteeing maximum operational safety. During that time, Heavymovement has been a regular Kalmar customer, most recently taking delivery of five DCG160-12 forklift trucks and two T2 terminal tractors. The company now has more than 30 Kalmar heavy-duty forklift trucks, 20 terminal tractors and three reachstackers, which are used for container transportation.

Role model for safety and technological innovation

The challenge

Sustainability and safe operation are key
issues for companies operating in the metal
industry, which is estimated to be worth
$2,700bn globally.

Improving European demand and
sustained economic growth in the rest of
the world are the main drivers of demand
for steel. Excluding China, the World Steel
Association forecasts a demand growth
of 3% in 2018 with demand in Europe
expected to increase by 5.2%. Other metals
have seen prices increase, notably copper,
nickel, lithium and cobalt, the latter fueled
by demand for batteries and electronics.
The cost of raw materials in the iron and
steel sector is one of the major costs to the
industry, so efficient use and exploitation of
these resources is essential.

Heavymovement’s metal recovery service
increases customers’ resource utilization
and therefore profitability and the Kalmar
heavy-duty forklift trucks, terminal tractors
and reachstackers it uses have played a
vital role in providing this service.

The solution

In December 2016, Heavymovement took
delivery of five DCG160-12 forklift trucks
and two T2 terminal tractors.

The DCG160-12 forklift trucks can handle
loads of up to 17 tonnes and are being
used to transport materials such as billets,
coils and profiles. Heavymovement uses
specialized equipment for the transportation
of coils and profiles and for functions such
as container emptying.

The two Kalmar T2 terminal tractors have a
gross combination weight of 95 tonnes and
are used to transport steel from production
plants to warehouses.

Kalmar machines are helping
Heavymovement towards its objective of
becoming a global role model for safety
and technological innovation in the metal
industry as well as facilitating the expansion
of the company’s presence in Europe and
Latin America.

The results

“The T2 terminal tractors are the latest
generation of Kalmar tractors and they
provide an incredible level of safety for
the operator”, explains Heavymovement
CEO, Toni Llinás. “The cabin is very large
and well-lit, with perfect visibility, and the
ergonomics are also excellent for the

In addition, all the machine’s elements are
visible, allowing the operator to perform
daily maintenance of the tractor within a very
short time frame.

“Kalmar machines have enabled
Heavymovement to reduce its running costs
and improve the safety of its operations”,
says Llinás. “The new forklift trucks give our
drivers much better visibility when working
and we are able to accurately track their
performance using the SmartFleet remote
monitoring system, which can be monitored
online by our technical director from
anywhere in the world.”