2017 is off to a great start for Linde and our customers. Our parent company the KION Group has recently announced the completion of an acquisition which will change the future of our industry and very probably yours. KION was already one of the two largest global suppliers of forklift trucks, warehouse equipment and related services. Now it has become one of the leading global providers of intelligent intralogistics solutions by acquiring Dematic, a best-in-class automation provider and specialist in supply chain optimisation.
Dematic, with its advanced integrated automation technologies is now part of the Linde family and our two companies have combined their massive technological and financial support to become the undisputed leading provider of supply chain solutions. We now have a unique and comprehensive portfolio of products ranging from Linde manual pallet trucks and forklift trucks to fully automated Dematic warehouse and material handling solutions.
Dematic shares our commitment to innovation and is a highly successful company in Australia; with its logistics and supply chain enabling solutions in wide use. You are probably aware of Dematic as a leading global supplier of advanced integrated automation technology, software and services. Now its ability to optimise supply chains and to meet material handling automation needs is aligned with Linde.
We are becoming a unique provider of products, services and solutions. Like no other company in our industry, we can accompany every customer seamlessly on its journey to Industry 4.0 and Intralogistics 4.0 now and everywhere.
Dematic’s product and systems portfolio ranges from Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), palletisers, storage and picking equipment including automated storage and retrieval systems, sorters and conveyors to a leading integrated software platform and automation technologies. Our Linde brand leverages over 130 years of experience and technological leadership to provide enterprise level and small business material handling equipment solutions.
Through Linde and Dematic our parent company the KION Group will take leadership in defining a new era in material handling solutions. KION’s move has created a rock-solid enduring corporate structure to deliver the transformational technologies industries will demand.
Our commitment to providing a single-source solution for customers will move to a new level as the combined Linde and Dematic portfolios provides virtually all options for most warehouse needs. It also teams our two emblematic German brands to create a leading global provider of intelligent intralogistics solutions.
"With the acquisition of Dematic we are substantially changing and enhancing what KION Group is and does – for further profitable growth in a quickly changing industry and digitalized world," said KION Group's CEO Gordon Riske. “We are becoming a unique provider of products, services and solutions. Like no other company in our industry, we can accompany every customer seamlessly on its journey to Industry 4.0 and Intralogistics 4.0 now and everywhere.”
The parent 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.