Mai Dubai selects Swisslog for US $21m automation
Mai Dubai, the Dubai-based bottled drinking water company, has commissioned Swisslog to automate its storage and distribution logistics at its new mega expansion project in Dubai.
The expansion is part of an effort to reach its 2020 goals and the order value of the project amounts to US $21-million. As Swisslog builds on its strengths in logistics in the food and beverage sector, this contract win is a further milestone in the automation specialist’s timeline, the company said in a statement.
Mai Dubai’s commercial operations began in March 2014 and the company has been growing exponentially ever since.
Mai Dubai chose Swisslog as its partner on this project due to their mutual commitment to future growth. Outgoing products from the plant will be shipped in a wide range of bottle sizes to stores, businesses and private homes.
In 2015, Mai Dubai was the only bottled water company to be given the highest rating in food safety by the Dubai Municipality. The company is the official drinking water supplier for Emirates Airline and has already exported its products to more than 13 countries.
The automation project will see Swisslog Middle East deliver a new automated raw and packing material warehouse, extend its production capability as well as build a high bay warehouse to store finished goods.
With a height of 25 meters and a storage capacity of 17,560 pallet locations, the finished goods warehouse will provide sufficient storage space for Mai Dubai’s high volumes, while the raw material/packing material warehouse has a height of 14 meters and 5 592 pallet locations.
The Swisslog Vectura pallet stacker cranes, connected with a conveyor system, will provide highly efficient storage and retrieval. A monorail system with 44 Swisslog trolleys and a transportation length of 1,000 meters will link all areas together, including the existing production lines.
“We are delighted to be working with Swisslog to reach our 2020 goals,” said Jay Andres, CEO of Mai Dubai LLC. “Aside from significantly improving the efficiency of our operation, the project will enable us to remain competitive in the market long-term, and will open up opportunities to grow our business further in the future.”
“In our mission statement we talk about maintaining an innovative, safe, efficient and happy work place, and we’re confident Swisslog is the right partner to support us with this mission.”
Frédéric Zielinski, general manager of Swisslog Middle East, said: “We are extremely proud to have Mai Dubai as a customer. What makes this partnership special is the synergies between the vision and values of Swisslog and Mai Dubai.”
“At Swisslog, we have many more projects in the pipeline and we are continually receiving requests from local businesses. As our presence in the Middle East expands, Swisslog is fully committed to supporting the growth of regional businesses,” he added.