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Dematic announces Egemin Automation integration plan

Following its acquisition by the KION Group, Dematic has announced plans for integrating Egemin Automation into its organisation – Egemin Automation was purchased by the KION Group in 2015. The integration, targeted for completion by the end of 2017, will result in the world’s largest Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) supplier, while supporting Dematic’s system integration capability in Europe.
In the first of two major integration moves, Dematic will be creating a ‘Mobile Automation Centre of Excellence’ which will combine the Dematic, Egemin Automation and NDC (a recent Dematic technology acquisition in Australia) AGV products into one global group. The Centre will also include Egemin’s in-floor chain conveyor (E’tow) offerings.
The Centre will be headquartered in Holland, Michigan in the US, the current home of Egemin’s North American operations, under the leadership of Tom Kaminski, former CEO of Egemin NA.
Jeff Moss, CEO, Dematic International stated, “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 optimise the supply chain.
“Together, we offer the marketplace a unique combination of automation and industrial software solutions that will maximise employee efficiency and minimise customer investment.”
In the second integration move, Egemin’s warehouse automation activities (E’wds) will continue to be located in Zwijndrecht, Belgium and will be integrated into the Dematic Central Europe organisation, 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. 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 and logistics, production and manufacturing.
“Current customers of Egemin Automation will benefit as this new and empowered organisation will leverage the strengths of Dematic to offer even more comprehensive solutions and support,” said Jan Vercammen, Managing Director, Egemin Group.
Moving forward, Vercammen will serve as Vice President, Business Development, Dematic International. He will be responsible for business development activities and identifying and facilitating best practices throughout the Dematic International regions of Europe, China, and ANZA.

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