Swisslog WDS Americas forms automotive group
Swisslog Warehouse and Distributions Solutions Americas announces the formation of a new Automotive Business Unit focused on developing and delivering intralogistics automation to tier one suppliers and OEMs.
May 16, 2017
By Denice Cabel
Swisslog Warehouse and Distributions Solutions Americas, a member of the KUKA Group and provider of best-in-class intralogistics solutions, announces the formation of a new Automotive Business Unit focused on developing and delivering intralogistics automation to tier one suppliers and OEMs.
According to Markus Schmidt, president of Swisslog WDS Americas, “Tier one suppliers and OEMs have already been turning to Swisslog and benefiting from our turnkey solutions designed to streamline their work-in-process (WIP) manufacturing, kitting, and parts storage. Our offering compliments our parent company KUKA in the automotive industry. With the addition of Swisslog’s intralogistics capabilities, KUKA delivers all-encompassing solutions for manufacturing. We have found a need to designate a business unit to not only meet the growing demand for our solutions but to also offer a clear commitment to our current customers who will continue to rely on us for support as their needs adapt and change. We are pleased to have Terry Krantz leading Automotive Sales and Consulting. Terry has deep knowledge about supply chain solutions and software, which is now proving invaluable to the automotive industry.”
Terry Krantz has more than 20 years of experience in the material handling industry, the last 11 with Swisslog. With extensive experience in intralogistics (the automation and management of logistical flow of information and goods within the walls of a distribution facility), he is ready to introduce Swisslog’s expertise to more suppliers and OEMs in the automotive industry. “We are revolutionizing the industry with flexible automation strategies that reduce storage and provide virtual management. Our clients enjoy better visibility into their operations with real-time tracking of their inventory as well as management of specific sequencing for kitting or line-side manufacturing,” said Krantz. “In addition, these same customers are taking advantage of the fact that we are a member of the KUKA Group, the most advanced robotics company in the industry. Now they can fully automate and build the smart factories of the future by turning to a single partner for both robotics and intralogistics applications.”
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