10-week term project in collaboration with Kalmar Global
This project was carried out in collaboration with Kalmar Global.
The objective was to identify relevant design opportunities for
Kalmar's Mobile Equipment division based on insights gained from
on-site research. Kalmar, which is a part of the Cargotec group,
provides cargo and in particularly container handling solutions and
services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy
industry - with one in four container moves around the globe being
handled by a Kalmar solution.
Kalmar products include forklifts, terminal tractors, quay cranes,
yard cranes, Automated stacking cranes, shuttle and straddle
carriers, reachstackers and equipment for empty container
During the first week of the project, the APD students made a
research trip to Cargotec's assembly plant in Stargarden, Poland,
followed by two day trip to Hamburg with several customer visits in
the Hamburg harbour area and at a steel mill in order to get
insights to specialised handling solutions for containers and heavy
material transports. After returning to Sweden a visit was also
made to a local saw mill to see larger forklifts in
In the project's second phase the students presented their
findings and were introduced to methods for sharing information and
generating ideas from the insights obtained. The outcome of these
activities was used to identify and establish a number of design
opportunities. After this, each student was asked to choose a
design opportunity, carry out additional research and to write an
individual design brief, specifying how this design challenge would
be addressed by the student the remaining time of the project. When
preparing for the final presentation the students also made
physical models of their final design concept.
The final result of the project were 12 different concepts of
new product solutions and systems within the area of autonomous
handling of both full and empty containers.
Contact person from Kalmar and Lighthaus:
Per-Erik Johansson, Project Manager Coming Generations, Kalmar
Mobile Equipment. Hans Zachau, Industrial Designer M.Sc, Lighthaus
External tutor and model making instructor:
Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur Design.
Jonas Sandström, teacher in form and
Oscar Björk, project tutoring and support.
Course responsible and internal tutor:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.