Dematic and Egemin Automation to integrate
Following its acquisition by the KION Group last year, Dematic has announced the plans for integrating Egemin Automation into its organization. According to Dematic, the integration, which is targeted for completion by the end of calendar year 2017, will result in the world’s largest Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) supplier.
Egemin Automation had been acquired by the KION Group in 2015.
Dematic will be creating a “Mobile Automation Center of Excellence (COE)” which will combine the Dematic, Egemin Automation, and NDC (recent Dematic technology acquisition in Australia) AGV products into one global group. The COE will also include Egemin’s in-floor chain conveyor (E’tow) offerings.
The Mobile Automation COE will be headquartered in Holland, Michigan (US), current home of Egemin North American operations, under the leadership of Tom Kaminski, former CEO of Egemin NA.
Other COE locations will include the Egemin Automation offices in Zwijndrecht, Belgium, Germany (Bremen), France (Heillecourt), and the Netherlands (Gorinchem) plus the Dematic offices in China (Shanghai) and Australia (Belrose).
Jeff Moss, Dematic International CEO, said: “As a member of the KION Group, Dematic and Egemin Automation will leverage KION’s leading market position and continued investment in forklift technology to offer an unprecedented level of expertise, techology and world-class manufacturing to customers. By combining three great brands, the Dematic Mobile Automation business is now effectively the world’s leading provider of innovative AGV and warehouse technologies that will optimize the supply chain.” Moss continued, “Together, we offer the marketplace a unique combination of automation and industrial software solutions that will maximize employee efficiency and minimize customer investment.”
Egemin’s warehouse automation activities (E’wds) will continue to be located in Zwijndrecht, Belgium and will be integrated into the Dematic Central Europe organization, reporting to Barbara Wladarz, Managing Director, Central Europe.
The Benelux team will continue to serve all European regions in the design and delivery of warehouse and distribution solutions.
According to Dematic: “The enhanced offerings will provide focused vertical market solutions including pallet warehouse systems and standard convey and sort solutions addressing the diversified requirements for markets, such as food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, distribution & logistics, production and manufacturing.”