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Company Profile: Acme Group

The Dubai-based material handling specialist recounts the past year.
Acme group, Dubai, INTERVIEWS, Materials Handling

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With over 33 years of experience in providing supply chain solutions to the region, Acme Group has been able to look at the global economic situation in a different light. The situation has forced many, if not all related businesses, to rethink their expectations and investments in their supply chains. Acme has stood by its clients in this endeavour helping them make their supply chain process more efficient and leaner. “Acme’s clients, while trying to optimise costs, have placed faith in us in doing just that; and we are confident that their investment will contribute to the bottom line in the short and medium term itself,” explains Navin Narayan, director of Acme Group.

Acme currently has offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bangalore and Mumbai and represents Teknostore’s range of products in the region, comprising of racking and shelving systems, mezzanines, cantilever systems as well as small parts storage systems and bins. It also represents OMG, Italy, bringing an entire range of battery-operated stackers, forklifts, reach trucks and order pickers for the UAE market.

According to Narayan, the company has been able to maintain its growth despite the economic slowdown affecting the region. This has motivated Acme to co-operate with a host of global partners to bring the latest warehouse technologies to the region.

Last year saw Acme entering into a strategic partnership with Knapp AG, Austria, to bring its order picking and warehouse automation technology to the UAE. “Knapp is the world leader in warehouse automation technology and the Ki-Soft WMS solutions developed by Knapp is particularly suitable for warehouses with an uneven load distribution,” states Navin. “Ki-Soft enables for a truly paperless warehouse, weeding out error and opening the doors to seamless integration of an automated warehouse system in the future.”

Acme recently implemented a high density storage system for Jaleel Holdings in Dubai with which marked its recent tie-up with Pallet Mole, South Africa, by commissioning a 1800 pallet position Shuttle racking system. “The Pallet Mole shuttle system provides for extremely high density storage without having to lose out on selectivity. It is ideal for cold stores and bulk storage warehouses where density needs to be high as well as the number of SKU’s are large,” says Navin. The Pallet Mole Shuttle system is a rugged battery operated shuttle system that permits for both FIFO as well as FILO installations. It is designed to provide far more density and selectivity than drive-in racking and at a fraction of the cost of traditional ‘pallet-live’ storage systems.

Acme has also signed on with Axelent, Sweden to market wiremesh and industrial fencing products in the UAE. “With the logistics and industrial market maturing, customers as well as local authorities are viewing safety and security within the workspace as increasingly important. Axelent’s range of products permit for a modular approach in tackling this,” says Navin.

Narayan feels the potential for the industry is robust. “Dubai has been the centre of supply chain in the Middle East for decades. With continuous investments in infrastructure development and long-term visions, the emirate will continue to lead the region in more ways than one,” he says. “We are confident of the industry and our presence in Dubai. The new extended range of products further permit us to increase our product offering to our clients. We are renewing our focus on pharmaceutical and retail distribution centers in the region, as supply chain efficiency is of paramount importance in the current global scenario.”

Acme has witnessed an upswing in orders and enquiries in the third quarter of 2009, signaling a return in confidence in the economy. In light of this, the company has increased its team strength across its branches and is currently working on increasing its reach within the GCC. Its other divisions are involved in industrial automation, fluid sealing and Information Technology, representing a wide range of leading global brands.

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