KION brand Egemin Automation strengthens warehouse systems expertise in North America with acquisition of Retrotech

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

  • Retrotech is an established US systems integrator for automated warehouse and distribution solutions Company is valued at around $US 40 million
  • KION CEO Gordon Riske: "Retrotech is a perfect complement to the offering of Egemin Automation in the USA."
  • Retrotech will be part of Egemin Group Inc.
The KION Group and its automation brand Egemin Automation further strengthen their expertise in the fast-growing market for automated warehouse systems in North America by acquiring Retrotech, an established US systems integrator of warehouse and distribution solutions. The KION Group has signed an agreement to purchase the company, which is valued at around $US 40 million, with Savoye S.A. of France. The transaction is subject to the usual conditions precedent and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.
Retrotech, based in Rochester in New York State, provides its customers with a wide range of solutions for integrating and modernising complex intralogistics systems. Retrotech specializes in systems design, customized warehouse control software and stacker crane modernization and retrofits to ensure that warehouse systems remain in good working order. It has around 140 employees and generated revenue of approximately $US 70 million in 2015. Retrotech will be held by Egemin Group Inc., based in Holland, Michigan, and be an operative part of Egemin Automation. The Retrotech brand will be retained and continue to be used in the USA to represent high quality warehouse and distribution solutions.
"Retrotech, with its excellent reputation and industry-leading expertise in the integration of intralogistics systems, is the perfect complement to strengthen the automation solutions currently being supplied by our brand company Egemin Automation in the USA," says Gordon Riske, Chief Executive Officer of the KION Group. "This deal is an important step on our journey to becoming a leading player in the fast-growing market for automated logistics and material flow systems. Automated intralogistics will play a crucial role in Industry 4.0, the digital transformation of manufacturing."
Retrotech has customers in the food, consumer goods, pharmaceutical and automotive industries as well as in e- commerce and retail. The company was founded in 1985 and initially focused on retrofitting hand pallet trucks and crane systems with automation solutions.
About Egemin Automation
Egemin Automation designs, integrates and maintains automated material handling solutions to improve the intralogistics processes in warehouses, production and distribution. Egemin Automation offers standard and tailor-made automation solutions that enable its customers to remain one step ahead of the competition. Egemin’s target markets are distribution and logistics, pharmaceuticals, the food & beverage industry, and production. We offer advanced solutions including automated warehouse and distribution systems, automated guided vehicles and in-floor chain conveyors. Our core activities include logistics advice, turnkey project execution and life cycle services through the entire life cycle of installations. Egemin Automation operates on a world-wide scale from its headquarters in Antwerp and has offices located in Europe, North America, and Asia, along with partners in other areas and employs approximately 350 people.
Since August 2015, Egemin Automation is part of the KION Group one of the leading global players in intralogistics. The KION Group – comprising the seven brands of Linde, STILL, Fenwick, OM STILL, Baoli, Voltas and Egemin Automation – is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Western and Eastern Europe, the global number two in the industry and the leading non- domestic supplier in China. The KION Group is headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, and is present in more than 100 countries. In 2014, it employed almost 23,000 people and generated revenue of around €4.7 billion.
Michaël Coryn, Marketing Communications Manager Baarbeek 1, B-2070 Zwijndrecht
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