Automated container terminals are the terminals that use automated container handling equipment that requires no human interaction. These terminals have at least one component of the overall system automated. At these terminals, generally, some part or an entire process of discharging of ships, transportation, and yard equipment operations are automated. Terminal operating system (TOS) is the centralized system used in the automated container terminals that control various port equipment and machinery, and also monitor the port operations. The growing demand for large container ships across the world is driving the automated container terminal market. The automated container terminal market is estimated to be valued at USD 9.09 Billion by 2018 and is expected to reach USD 10.89 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 3.7% between 2018 and 2023. The growth of this market is driven by the increasing labor cost in developed countries, growing demand for larger container ships, and growing competition among container terminals.
Cargotec is based in Finland and is a leading provider of cargo-handling solutions. It mainly engages in the business of cargo and load-handling solutions and services The company provides products and services pertaining to the automated container terminal market through its Kalmar business unit. Kalmar’s offerings comprise port equipment, automation, and services. These offerings are used in ports, terminals, distribution centers, and various industries. A broad product portfolio, geographic reach, service capabilities, and strategic alliances of the company have helped the company to maintain its leading position in the market. The company not only offers innovative products but also provides integrated solutions and services designed to meet customers’ specific needs. For instance, in September 2017, Kalmar introduced rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes that are highly adaptable, automation-ready platforms. The Kalmar RMG can be designed to meet the exact requirements of customers' intermodal or container terminal operations. Kalmar RMGs can be tailored for customer-specific requirements, making them suitable for greenfield sites or for the existing brownfield operations.
Konecranes is one of the leading companies involved in the designing, manufacturing, and maintenance of cranes. The company is also a prominent supplier of cranes and lift trucks for container handling, heavy unitized cargo, and bulk material unloading, all over the world. The company operates through 3 business segments-Service, Industrial Equipment, and Port Solutions. The company offers specialized products and services through a multi-brand portfolio. The Port Solutions segment offers components, cranes, and material handling solutions for the port industry. The Service segment provides crane inspections and preventive maintenance programs, remote and on-call service, repairs and improvements, spare parts, and modernizations, along with a variety of consultation services. The company also offers software solutions under a separate brand name-TBA. Under this brand name, the company offers a TOS for ports and terminals. The company mainly focuses on high-end markets, increasing contracts, and acquiring core business to expand its market share in the automated container terminal market. For instance, in January 2018, Konecranes signed a contract with Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), US, to deliver 8 Konecranes BOXPORTER RMG cranes for intermodal container handling. The new RMG cranes would help GPA in rail expansion, allowing the Port of Savannah to handle more containers by rail, with greater efficiency.
ZPMC (China), Liebherr (Switzerland), ABB (Switzerland), Künz (Austria), CyberLogitec (South Korea), IDENTEC SOLUTIONS (Austria), Camco Technologies (Belgium), ORBCOMM (US) are some of the other key players in the automated container terminal ecosystem.
Contracts were the most adopted strategies by the key players operating in the automated container terminal market between 2015 and 2018. For instance, in December 2017, Kalmar received a contract to supply an automated straddle carrier system for EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven. Under this contract, Kalmar delivered 4 automated 4-high straddle carriers and an emulation system for the container terminal. Apart from contracts, major players in the automated container terminal market adopted strategies such as product launches, expansions, acquisitions, collaborations, partnerships, and agreements.
Automated Container Terminal Market by Degree of Automation (Semi-Automated and Fully Automated), Project Type (Brownfield and Greenfield), Offering (Equipment, Software, and Services), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2023
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