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Kalmar forklift helps Swedwood build 8,500 wardrobes a day.

"Because of the workload, we need more than one battery for the forklift, and Kalmar was the only company who could offer an easy way to replace it." Stefan Larsson, Warehouse Manager, Swedwood Hultsfred AB


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Kalmar's fully electric ECF80-6 forklift helps Swedwood Hultsfred AB turn stacks of chipboard into 8,500 IKEA wardrobes every single day.



Swedwood Hultsfred AB



3.1 million PAX wardrobes annually


Hultsfred, Småland, Sweden



8,500 wardrobes per day






Turning chipboard into wardrobes

The challenge

Swedwood Hultsfred AB manufactures and distributes wood-based furniture, and controls the entire value chain from forest management and operations to sawmills, board, components, and furniture production and distribution. It operates in 10 countries across three continents. Swedwood focuses on the production of PAX wardrobes for IKEA. Every day, 20 trailers leave the factory for IKEA stores nationwide and abroad.

The solution

The Kalmar ECF80-6 electric forklift helped streamline Swedwood's operations and warehouse equipment. It works five shifts a day to feed the production line with chipboard for wardrobe production. "The constant workload means we need more than one battery for the forklift, and Kalmar was the only company to offer an easy way to replace it," says warehouse manager Stefan Larsson. The ECF80-6 also meant the company could eliminate the old diesel engines.

The results

The ECF80-6 works five shifts a day, with a fully charged battery lasting almost eight hours. Despite the heavy workload, the company has not experienced any problems. Swedwood also values Kalmar's product safety and ergonomics. "The machine moves smoothly and feels stable, even when lifting at high heights. The chair is very comfortable and the view is excellent, with no blind spots," Larsson says.

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