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Swisslog Americas forms automotive group

Swisslog Warehouse and Distribution Solutions Americas has formed an automotive group and appointed Terry Krantz as vice president of sales and consulting.

Swisslog Warehouse and Distributions Solutions Americas, a Member of the Kuka Group and leading 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 original equipment manufacturers.

Markus Schmidt, president of Swisslog WDS Americas, says: “Tier one suppliers and OEMs have already been turning to Swisslog and benefiting from our turnkey solutions designed to streamline their work-in-process 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.”

Schmidt says the new appointment of Terry Krantz, who will lead the automotive sales and consulting will add deep knowledge about supply chain solutions and software to the company.

This knowledge “is now proving invaluable to the automotive industry”, he says.

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 – Krantz says 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,” says Krantz.

“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.

“In addition, these same customers are taking advantage of the fact that we are a member of the Kuka Group. 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.”