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Swisslog WDS sees record results, major orders for 2016

Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) saw significant growth in contracts and revenue during the latter part of last year.
Christian Baur, chief operating officer of the Swisslog Group and CEO of the Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) division.
Christian Baur, chief operating officer of the Swisslog Group and CEO of the Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) division.

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Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) saw significant growth in contracts and revenue during the latter part of last year.

Contract awards from Mai Dubai, Stemilt, and one major Asian customer alone generated new orders in excess of 76 million euros in the last three months of the year, the company said in a statement.

Swisslog WDS saw growth in the automobile and pharmaceutical industry, the food and beverage sector, e-commerce and retail.

“2016 was the most successful year in the history of Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions,” said Christian Baur, chief operating officer of the Swisslog Group and CEO of the Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) division. “We enjoyed substantial growth through major contracts in all regions around the globe.”

Swisslog posted several noteworthy orders, particularly in the fourth quarter.

Swisslog successfully continued its expansion into new markets. The company boosted its business in the Middle East with the award of a contract from Mai Dubai, an up-and-coming bottled water producer in the United Arab Emirates.

Mai Dubai is pursuing an ambitious expansion strategy and is partnering with Swisslog on a comprehensive logistics automation project. The 18-million-euro project includes implementing a high-bay warehouse for raw and packaging materials as well as constructing a new high-bay warehouse for finished goods.

All production and storage areas will be linked via a 1000 m electrical overhead conveyor.

Superior shuttle technology

PowerStore, a new pallet shuttle technology recently added to the Swisslog portfolio, combines all the features that a state-of-the-art, high-throughput storage system needs.

Stemilt Growers LLC, a major US fruit growing, packing and shipping company, recently decided to invest in the technology. As part of this 12-million-euro project, Swisslog WDS Americas will be responsible for upgrading the automation in Stemilt Growers’ distribution centre located in Wenatchee, Washington over the next several years.

In addition to supplying warehouse management and software control, Swisslog will also install several state-of-the-art conveyor components.

In the final quarter of 2016, Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions won a major contract in Asia valued at 50 million euros, its largest by far.

The logistics system for a major Asian corporation will be equipped with the latest software, conveyor and storage technology components and feature a fully automated storage system for pallets.

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