Swisslog reports US $100-million in GCC logistics solutions sales

The contracts have come from multiple sectors including e-commerce, retail, food and beverage.
Alain Kaddoum, general manager at Swisslog Middle East
Alain Kaddoum, general manager at Swisslog Middle East

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Swisslog has signed to date a total of seven large-scale projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait with a value of over $100 million, the robotics and automation solutions provider said in a statement.

As the company continues to book new orders in 2018, the most recent one being a governmental organisation in Saudi Arabia, it has also expanded its team in the region.

The contracts have come from multiple sectors including e-commerce, retail, food and beverage.

“Businesses in the Middle East are today recognising the benefits of automation and are starting to adopt the same methodology,” said Alain Kaddoum, general manager at Swisslog Middle East.

“Our recent hires reflect our focus on growth with the aim to help local businesses stay competitive across automated logistics,” he added.

“Moreover, our recent participation at Seamless Retail Middle East underscores our dedication to introduce the latest solutions in logistics automation to forward-thinking customers in the Middle East,” he said.

Businesses across the region are increasingly turning to automation to solve a host of challenges.

A recent report by management consultancy McKinsey & Company states that the pace of automation has been gradual but is accelerating, and in countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the UAE, the projected adoption of automation by 2030 is higher than the projected global average of 32 per cent.

The report further states that sectors intensive in routine tasks such as manufacturing, transportation and warehousing can greatly improve productivity simply by using automation.

“We are seeing a steady increase in demand for our industry 4.0 and robotics solutions designed to address the challenges of tomorrow, as businesses in the Middle East continue to recognise the benefits of automation. Our recent commitment is our promise to deliver a $21 million fully automated storage solution for the UAE’s water-bottled company Mai Dubai later this year,” added Kaddoum.