Cargotec Oyj (trading internationally as Cargotec Corporation) is a Finnish company that makes cargo handling machinery for ships, ports, terminals and local distribution.

Cargotec Corporation
Native name
Cargotec Oyj
TypeJulkinen osakeyhtiö
Nasdaq HelsinkiCGCBV
IndustryIndustrial machinery
PredecessorKone Cargotec
Area served
Key people
  • Jaakko Eskola (Chairman)
  • Casimir Lindholm (President and CEO)
  • Mikko Puolakka (CFO)
ProductsKalmar: automation and integration solutions[buzzword] for terminals, straddle and shuttle carriers, reachstackers, empty container handlers, terminal tractors and forklift trucks, spreaders and bulk handling systems.
Hiab: loader cranes, forestry and recycling cranes, demountables, truck-mounted forklifts and tail lifts.
MacGregor: hatch covers, lashing systems, cargo handling cranes, RoRo equipment, winches and offshore load handling systems.
  • Increase €4,089 million (2022)
  • Decrease €106 million (2022)
  • Decrease €23 million (2022)
Total assets
  • Increase €4,189 million (2022)
Total equity
  • Decrease €1,528 million (2022)
OwnerHerlin family
Number of employees
11,526 (December 2022)[2]
Footnotes / references

Cargotec was formed in June 2005 when Kone Corporation was split into two companies to be listed: Cargotec and new Kone.[4] After the split, Kone Corporation's container handling (Kalmar Global), load handling (HIAB) and marine cargo handling (MacGregor) business units formed Cargotec. However, the businesses within Cargotec have much longer histories and have been formed through a series of mergers and acquisitions over several decades.[5]

At the end of 2022, Cargotec had approximately 11,500 personnel working in over 100 countries.[6]

Cargotec's major shareholders are the heirs of Pekka Herlin. Current (since 27 April 2022) chairman of the Cargotec's board of directors is Jaakko Eskola, replacing long-term chair Ilkka Herlin in 2022.[7]

In December 2022, Cargotec’s CEO Mika Vehviläinen informed Cargotec’s Board of Directors of his intention to retire from Cargotec during 2023.[8] The Board initiated a search for a successor and, in February 2023, announced that it has appointed Casimir Lindholm (M.Sc. (Econ.), MBA), b. 1971, as Cargotec’s new President and CEO as of 1 April 2023.[9]

History Edit

Cargotec was formed in June 2005 when Kone Corporation was split into two companies to be listed: Cargotec and new Kone. After the split, Kone Corporation's marine cargo handling (MacGregor), container handling (Kalmar Industries AB) and load handling (HIAB and Moffett, the latter being based in Ireland and acquired in 2000) business units formed Cargotec. However, the businesses within Cargotec have much longer histories and they have been formed through a series of mergers and acquisitions during several decades.

Cargotec's Kalmar business area started to take shape in 1997 when Partek Corporation acquired the Finnish state-owned Sisu Ltd including its terminal tractor business. During the same year, Partek acquired a major shareholding in Kalmar Industries Ltd, a container handling equipment producer.[10]

The foundations of Cargotec's Hiab business area were laid in 1977 when Partek Corporation bought Multilift Group. In 1985, Partek acquired Hydrauliska Industrier Ltd (HIAB) and Jonsered forestry cranes. A couple of years later Partek strengthened its forestry crane expertise by acquiring that particular business line from Fiskars. Several business acquisitions in 2000 enforced the load handling business. In 2004, the name HIAB was taken into use for the whole load handling business in Cargotec.[11]

MacGregor originates from England where it started to serve shipping companies and shipyards in 1937. The marine cargo business of the company in a broader meaning started in 1983 when MacGregor merged with the Finnish Navire. In 1993, Incentive acquired MacGregor-Navire and merged it with Hägglunds Marine. In 1998, the majority of MacGregor was sold to Industri Kapital. In 2005, Cargotec bought MacGregor International AB, the global marine cargo flow solutions[buzzword] provider, to strengthen the company's cargo handling offering. Several mergers and acquisitions have taken place since to further strengthen MacGregor.[12]

Around 2010, Cargotec prepared a separation and possible listing of MacGregor in Singapore. Due to market conditions and focusing on integration of major acquisitions, Cargotec's Board of Directors decided in October 2013 to delay the listing.[13]

In 2011, Cargotec acquired Navis, a US based terminal operator systems provider from Zebra Technologies for $190 million.[14] Cargotec sold Navis in 2021 to technology investment company Accel-KKR for €380 million.[15]

On 1 October 2020, Cargotec and Konecranes announced that they have agreed to a merger. The deal will require two thirds of the shareholders and is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2021.[16] The merger was cancelled in March 2022 after the UK Competition & Markets Authority blocked the merger between the companies.[17]

In August 2023, it was announced Cargotec's Kalmar division had acquired the product and intellectual property rights for Lonestar electric terminal tractors in the USA. Lonestar Speciality Vehicles, based in Texarkana, will act as Kalmar's contract manufacturing partner for the products.[18]

Ownership Edit

The major shareholders of Cargotec are Pekka Herlin's heirs Ilkka Herlin (Wipunen Varainhallinta Oy), Niklas Herlin's estate (Mariatorp Oy) and Ilona Herlin (since 31 August 2015 Pivosto Oy) each managing over 22% of votes.[7]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Cargotec's Annual Report 2022" (PDF). Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Cargotec's Financial Statements Review 2022" (PDF). Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  3. ^ "CGCBV, Cargotec Oyj, (FI0009013429) - Nasdaq".
  4. ^ "Demerger | KONE Corporation". Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-09-05.]
  5. ^ "Mika Vehviläinen to be Cargotec's new CEO as of 1 March 2013". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Cargotec's Financial Statements Review 2022" (PDF). Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  7. ^ a b "Change in the Board of Directors – Jaakko Eskola new Chair of the Board - Cargotec".
  8. ^ "Cargotec's Stock Exchange Release". Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  9. ^ "Cargotec's Stock Exchange Release". Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  10. ^ "Kalmar Global - Kalmarglobal".
  11. ^ "Hiab | Hiab".
  12. ^ "MacGregor".
  13. ^ "Cargotec's financial statements review 2013: orders and cash flow strengthened towards the year-end". Cargotec. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Cargotec acquires systems company". Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  15. ^ "Cargotec sells Navis business to technology investment firm Accel-KKR for an enterprise value of EUR 380 million". Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Cargotec and Konecranes to merge, creating a global leader in sustainable material flow". Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  17. ^ "The UK CMA blocks the merger between Cargotec and Konecranes and thus the Companies have Jointly Decided to Cancel the Planned Merger". Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  18. ^ "Kalmar acquires E terminal tractor line". Retrieved 2023-08-25.

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