Gaussin’s disclosure that it is on the shortlist for the Yangshan Container Terminal (YCT) automation project follows a similar announcement earlier in the year in respect of tender in Qingdao, which was subsequently won by ZPMC.
For YCT, Gaussin has submitted a bid to supply 50 Lift Automative Intelligent Vehicles (AIVs), 66 fully electric power packs, two automatic battery exchange stations, Fleet Management Software and installation, commissioning, training and technical services. The total price is just over €69M.
“To be more politically attractive”, Gaussin stated, it is offering technology transfer for 23 Docking stations that would be manufactured in China.
Three other companies are in the bidding, two Chinese and one German. The German company is presumed to be Terex Gottwald, while one of the Chinese bidders is known to be ZPMC. The other is believed (but not confirmed) to be Beijing-based Machinery Technology Development, which has developed AGVs for other industries. Its AGVs use technology from Sweden’s Danaher Motion, which was at one point was working with TTS on its cassette AGV concept.
According to Gaussin, YCT will make its selection using a points system, where a weighting of 40 points is allocated to price and 60 points to technology performance. Additional points can be allocated for delivery in advance of May 2016. Gaussin claims to meet all YCT’s technology requirements, including support for 45 container movements per hour, and could deliver the first ten machines as early as February 2016.
The YCT project is just one of several large AGV developments in China and SE Asia. Gaussin expects YCT to tender for 80 more machines in May 2016, and its Board has authorised CEO Christophe Gaussin to form partnerships necessary to respond to others, including a potential 3,000 unit tender from PSA Singapore.
Other automation suppliers are also looking to China for new business, and more information is starting to emerge on suppliers. Earlier in the year TMEIC disclosed it has won an order for 20 ASC systems for the Qingdao automation project, for which ZPMC is supplying the cranes.
It is believed that this is approximately half the number of ASCs this project requires, with the balance being supplied by Qingdao Port Group subsidiary company, Qingdao Port Machinery Plant (QPMP), with TMEIC automation. QPMP has supplied many RTGs to Qingdao over the years.
Most recently ZPMC has won an order for Phase four at Yangshan for 10 STS and 30 ASCs. It is believed that TMEIC is supplying automation systems for this project as well, and that the number of ASCs has increased to 38.