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Aschaffenburg, April 21, 2021 – Linde Material Handling has been manufacturing counterbalance trucks at its Aschaffenburg, Germany production site since back in 1959. In March, the one-millionth vehicle rolled off the assembly line and has since been ceremoniously handed over to customer company Colorobbia España S.A., one of the largest facilities in the world for the production of frits, pigments and other products for the ceramics and glass industry.

Even though big celebrations had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, it was a real goosebump moment when the one-millionth counterbalance truck came off the production line at the Aschaffenburg plant in mid-March. Captured on video for everyone to see, the completion of the milestone vehicle was celebrated with a minute-long indoor fireworks display of red Bengal lights, sparklers, smoke and lots of glitter raining down around the figure “1,000,000”. The next day, the latest generation Linde diesel forklift truck with a load capacity of 3.5 tons set off on the journey to its future workplace at Colorobbia España S.A. on the east coast of Spain, with the signatures of all assembly employees written on the back of it. There, it will reinforce a fleet of 60 vehicles. “We have been relying on Linde brand forklifts for 24 years now and particularly appreciate the trucks’ user-friendliness and safety,” says Gonzalo Trilles de Castro, Managing Director of Colorobbia España S.A. Equally important to him, he says, is a reliable partnership with a company that shares his own philosophy on sustainability, innovation and technology. “All of this is a guarantee of long-term success, which we share with our customers as a competitive advantage.” The truck’s arrival at the Spanish customer company, which is celebrating its centenary this year, was duly recognized with a specially decorated cake which features sparklers too.

The one-millionth counterbalance truck from Linde Material Handling’s Aschaffenburg headquarters represents the latest highlight in its corporate success story, which now spans more than sixty years. With the “Hubtrac”, Linde’s first forklift truck, the intralogistics specialist offered an industry-defining, technological alternative to the commercial vehicles that had up to then been difficult to operate, usually having a jerky clutch and gear shift. Thanks to the innovative hydrostatic drive, which allowed a double-pedal control to be fitted, this forerunner was ideally suited for retrieving and storing goods or loading and unloading trucks: no shifting was required when frequently driving back and forth, allowing both feet to be able to rest in a relaxed position on the respective pedal. Even back then, this resulted in higher efficiency in goods handling and has remained the hallmark of all of Linde’s counterbalance trucks to this day – regardless of whether they are powered by internal combustion engines or electric motors.

Today, Linde Material Handling is once again setting technological standards and making its industrial trucks fit for the future: by means of a wide variety of energy types, intelligent assistance systems and networking as standard. “Our goal is to enable customer companies to make their material flow processes as efficient and safe as possible, so that they will become even more successful in their core business,” says Stefan Prokosch, Senior Vice President Brand Management at Linde Material Handling. “With products that convince our customers, we already have our sights firmly set on the next milestone in our company’s history – the launch of Linde’s new electric forklift generation in June of this year.”

Linde Material Handling GmbH

Linde Material Handling GmbH, a KION Group company, is a globally operating manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse trucks, and a solutions and service provider for intralogistics. With a sales and service network that spans more than 100 countries, the company is represented in all major regions around the world.

Press contact:

Heike Oder
Tel.: +49 (0)6021 99-1277
E-Mail: heike.oder@linde-mh.de

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Dubai, UAE – January 26, 2021 — Dematic announces the completion of a new automated distribution center for the Landmark Group in Dubai, UAE, allowing the multinational retailer to consolidate the logistics activities for part of its five existing manual distribution sites.

“The automation solution designed by Dematic allows our supply chain network to now operate with enhanced efficiency, productivity and transparency. With this investment, we are advancing technological progress and taking a pioneering position in our region,” said Mihin Shah, Chief Supply Chain officer of Landmark Group. The new distribution center is located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), close to DP WORLD Jebel Ali Port, one of the largest container ports in the world. From this location, the Landmark Group stores and distributes garments, furniture, toys, small goods and more to nearly 1,400 of its retail stores and thereafter directly to end consumers.

“Landmark presented us with an opportunity to go beyond consolidating their fulfillment operations to becoming a partner in transforming their business,” said Hasan Dandashly, President KION Supply Chain Solutions. “They have experienced remarkable growth in a short amount of time to become one of the largest retailers in the Middle East, Africa, and India, supplying over 2,300 businesses in 24 countries. We take pride in being the kind of resource that Landmark would trust to streamline their operations both to meet current demand and prepare for future success.”

A distinctive feature of the 265,000 sqm site is a pallet warehouse (43 meters high) with a silo design and up to 36,000 storage locations for receiving goods. Inventory not immediately needed for distribution are palletized, then stored and retrieved double-deep via four 41 meter stacker cranes (Model SR-U1500/1) with two telescopic forks. The climate-regulated high-bay warehouse stores temperature sensitive items and is equipped with a fire prevention system with an oxygen-reduced environment so even highly flammable goods can be stored.

The Dematic Multishuttle system handles faster moving goods with a patented Inter-Aisle Transfer feature that makes maximum use of space with aisle-spanning exchanges and double-deep storage. With several lifts per aisle and conductor rail-controlled shuttles for high performance acceleration and speed, one shuttle can serve between 700 and 800 storage locations. As a result, up to 15,000 totes per hour can be transported to the picking stations, making it the largest and fastest Dematic has ever installed. “With this distribution center, we have set a logistics benchmark for the entire Middle East,” Shah said.

The facility also offers enormous capacities for hanging textiles: The Dematic GOH system can accommodate up to 2 million garments and can achieve high throughput rates of up to 250,000 items per day.

The overall solution has more than 200 workstations with specific applications, including value added services such as customizing goods for specific retailers by adding tags, branding or promotional offers. An 11-kilometer Dematic conveyor system for containers and pallets and a Dematic sortation system completes the operation.

Dematic iQ software ensures smooth and optimal material flow to meet delivery commitments Landmark makes to their retailers. The software operates as a Warehouse Management System (WMS) for stock management and includes a Warehouse Control System (WCS) and a Material Flow Controller (MFC). Goods are dynamically repositioned in four automated warehouse sections and the temperature-controlled manual warehouse, based on current and forecasted demand.

The Dematic iQ software also efficiently handles hanging and flat goods within a single system to meet customer requirements and desired sequencing. At the same time, the software ensures that the right product is at the right place at all times by balancing the workload among the subsystems. “Automation offers scalability and speed while at the same time improving work safety,” Shah said. As a result of the consolidated and automated operation, Landmark’s B2B and B2C customers can now depend on even better service.

For more information about Dematic, visit dematic.com, check out the Dematic Connections blog, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About Dematic

Dematic is an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution environments for customers that are powering the future of commerce. With engineering centres, manufacturing facilities and service centres located in more than 25 countries, the Dematic global network of 10,000 employees has helped achieve more than 6,000 worldwide customer installations for some of the world’s leading brands. Headquartered in Atlanta, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, supply chain solutions and related services, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.

Media Contact:

Jason de Kauwe
Dematic GmbH
Marketing Director – Northern Europe
Banbury Business Park, Trinity Way
Banbury, OX173SN
Mobile: +44 (0) 7816 299347
jason.deKauwe@dematic.com
dematic.com

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KION GROUP AG 2020-09-21 07:23:24 33024
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Hamburg, September 21, 2020 - More than 190 applications, 33 nominees and 10 categories - this is the summary of this year's Telematik Award. STILL came first in the category "Automated/Autonomous Driving" and excelled with their OPX iGo neo autonomous order picker.

The level of excitement up to the announcement of the winners was high: this year’s winners found out only a few weeks before the online presentation of the Telematik Award which company had been nominated in which category and who would be the respective winner. The winners of the individual categories were announced online during a digital event from September 21-25. In the run-up to the event, the nominees had to submit themselves to the independent evaluation procedure of a jury of experts from the fields of business, science, trade journalists, users and experts. Every two years, the most outstanding development achievements and solutions in the field of telematics and future trends are thus awarded on the basis of best practice examples.

Having the STILL iGo neo achieve the top rating in its winning category and thereby claim the Telematics Award trophy makes Volker Viereck, head of intelligent autonomous software development, at KION mobile automation, very proud: "The Telematics Award is a great success. As a robotics developer, I am particularly pleased that with OPX iGo neo, we have succeeded in developing an autonomous order picker based on artificial intelligence (AI) that fulfils apparently contradictory requirements: on the one hand, it significantly increases performance, i.e. an increase in productivity, and on the other improves ergonomics. The employee's work load is thus reduced and at the same time he or she is provided with a high-performance vehicle".

The ergonomically enhanced OPX iGo neo features high performance, intuitive operation and a modern design geared towards maximum safety. The artificial intelligence incorporated into the vehicle ensures that the route and speed are always adapted to the respective conditions. Acting independently, the OPX iGo neo follows its operator autonomously and always stops at the optimum picking position. In addition, by stopping the assistant automatically in the optimum picking position, up to 75% of the time and energy consuming mounting and dismounting is eliminated and walking distances with loads are greatly reduced. An overall concept that convinced the Telematics Award jury in its 10th anniversary edition and awarded STILL as winner in their very own centenary anniversary year.

The OPX iGo neo is already the second generation of the autonomous order picker and the development continues - the history of autonomous trucks at STILL remains a success story.

About STILL

STILL offers tailor-made in-company logistics solutions and realises the intelligent interaction of forklift trucks and warehouse technology, software, services and support. The vision that company founder Hans Still set in motion in 1920 with creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and quality, quickly developed into a strong brand known throughout the world. Today, about 9,000 qualified employees from research and development, production, sales and service alone are involved in meeting the requirements of customers all over the world. The key to the company's success are highly efficient products, ranging from industry-specific all-round solutions for large and small companies to computer-aided logistics programs for effective warehouse and material flow management. Visit STILL online at www.still.de, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/still or at LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/still-gmbh.

Contact

Jacqueline Poppe
Jürgen Wrusch
STILL GmbH
Berzeliusstraße 10
D-22113 Hamburg
Telefon: +49 40 73 39-1111
Telefax: +49 40 73 39-97-1111
jacqueline.poppe@still.de
juergen.wrusch@still.de
www.still.de

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Oxford, UK – 18 August 2020 — Global intralogistics innovator Dematic has announced a flagship new contract with Reitan Distribution A/S in Horsens, Denmark. Reitan Distribution A/S supplies groceries to more than 900 stores throughout Denmark, including more than 340 of the chain's own REMA 1000 stores and convenience stores including 7-Eleven.

One of Denmark’s largest and fastest growing discount grocery chains, REMA 1000 has achieved remarkable growth in recent years, currently accounting for 15.5% of the Danish grocery market. Today, Reitan Distribution A/S serves 340 REMA 1000 stores in total in Denmark. Dematic was tasked with designing a high-performance automated solution to facilitate and enable increased delivery frequency and service levels to stores, while supporting Reitan’s growth strategy over the next few years.

Reitan’s current logistics centre at Marsalle is approximately 57,000 square metres. In recent years, the business has grown to such a degree that it has become necessary to expand in the form of new and more modern storage facilities. The extended warehouse will add a further 30,000 square metres and will include high bay pallet storage. Measuring 26 metres at its highest point, it will be the largest commercial facility built in Horsens for many years.

Built adjacent to the existing warehouse with a bridge between them, the new facility — purpose-designed to house Dematic’s automation solution — will run for 21 hours a day, six days a week and serve over 400 dry goods orders a day. Approximately 130,000 cases will be picked, packed and distributed every day from the new system, with robotic systems handling a significant proportion of daily operations. The automation solution will increase the delivery frequency of the 600 most popular products to the REMA 1000 grocery store franchisees and reduce overall costs by improving operational efficiency.

Reitan cares deeply about the wellbeing of its employees. It is of vital importance for them to provide a warehouse environment with optimal ergonomics to retain and recruit staff. An example of this is the ergonomic palletising stations, designed collaboratively with a team of employees from Reitan and an independent consultant specialising in optimal work conditions.

Ole Thomsen, Logistics Director at REMA 1000, said: “This project is all about providing better service for merchants, an improved customer experience and creating optimal working conditions for employees to achieve higher efficiency.”

“From the beginning of the process Dematic showed a strong understanding of our business imperatives. This is a company which combines innovation with quality and reliability, backed by a long-standing global track record. As a result, we were convinced they were the right partner for REMA 1000.”

Commenting on the partnership Thorsten Beck Hansen, Director of Sales, Nordics, at Dematic, said: “REMA 1000 has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Like everyone in the grocery space, REMA 1000 needs to invest now to stay ahead. It is our aspiration that the state-of-the-art automated warehouse we are creating will provide the scalability and flexibility the business needs to achieve even greater growth over the next decade.”

Once complete, the new facility will include automated pallet storage, automated case depalletising, buffering, a picking system, as well as semi-and fully automated palletising technology.

Dematic will deliver all of this under a new multisite warehouse management system (WMS), which not only executes complex fulfilment with all the new automated equipment but also orchestrates movement of inventory between the old and new facilities, as well as the delivery of all order pallets to a new dispatch area.

This is expected to more than double the productivity of Reitan’s warehouse, while simultaneously making significant improvements to working conditions for warehouse operatives.

Andy Blandford, Dematic’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Northern Europe concluded: “This collaboration marks the beginning of a long-lasting professional relationship. We look forward to working closely with the REMA 1000 team to help them realise their full potential in the constantly evolving grocery industry.”

The new warehouse facility is expected to commence operations by early 2023.

Further information about Dematic’s capabilities are available at dematic.com.

About Dematic

Dematic is an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution environments for customers that are powering the future of commerce. With engineering centres, manufacturing facilities and service centres located in more than 25 countries, the Dematic global network of 10,000 employees has helped achieve more than 6,000 worldwide customer installations for some of the world’s leading brands. Headquartered in Atlanta, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, supply chain solutions and related services, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.

Media Contact:

Jason de Kauwe
Dematic GmbH
Marketing Director – Northern Europe
Banbury Business Park, Trinity Way
Banbury, OX173SN
Mobile: +44 (0) 7816 299347
jason.deKauwe@dematic.com
dematic.com

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On September 16, 2020, Weichai Group, a leader in China's internal combustion engine industry, held a launch ceremony in Jinan, Shandong, China, officially launching the world's first commercialized diesel engine with a brake thermal efficiency over 50%.

At the ceremony, world authoritative testing organization TÜV SÜD, and China’s national internal combustion engine testing organization China Automotive Technology and Research Center Co., Ltd. both awarded Weichai certificates for brake thermal efficiency of 50.26%. Ling Wen, vice governor of Shandong Province and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Tan Xuguang, chairman of Shandong Heavy Industry Group and Weichai Group, jointly unveiled the world's first commercialized diesel engine with a brake thermal efficiency over 50%.

Brake thermal efficiency is a measure of the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines. The higher the brake thermal efficiency is, the less the fuel consumption will be and the better the energy saving and emission reduction performance will be. Since the world's first diesel engine was successfully developed in 1897, after a hundred years of transformation and upgrading and new technology application, the brake thermal efficiency of the diesel engine increased from 26% to 46% until now. From the statistics of the development of the brake thermal efficiency of diesel engines in the world, with the increasingly stringent emission regulations, the improvement of brake thermal efficiency has encountered a big bottleneck. The improvement is becoming more difficult, and the progress is slow. This is a world-recognized technical problem in the industry.

Weichai has been deeply involved in the internal combustion engine industry for more than 70 years, and has deep technical background and accumulated experience in the manufacturing and development of diesel engines by continuously researching key and core technologies. Weichai has invested 30 billion yuan in R&D over 10 years and recuited more than 200 doctors, more than 300 global high-end talents and more than 3,000 graduate students. Weichai has achieved a leap-forward development of independent innovation in the diesel engine industry, and estblished the world’s only R&D and production base with annual manufacturing and sales of more than 1 million units in Weifang, and promoted breakthroughs in the core technologies of commercial vehicle powertrains, CVT powertrains, and hydraulic powertrains, complementing China's core technical shortcomings in these three areas and promoting China's diesel engine industry chain to continue to move towards the high end.

In recent years, Weichai has gathered superior resources to carry out special research on brake thermal efficiency improvement. Especially since 2015, Weichai has established a special technical research team to use a large number of simulations and bench tests for thousands of solutions attempts and improvements. Every arduous cumulative progress of 0.1% finally led to a historic breakthrough. Weichai created five proprietary technologies: advanced fields synergy combustion technology, harmonius design technology, exhaust energy distribution technology, subzone lubrication technology and WISE control technology, which all help solve a series of world-class problems and achieve high efficiency combustion with low heat transfer, high PFP with high reliability, low friction loss, low emission pollutants, intelligent control, etc., so that the brake thermal efficiency of the base diesel engine exceeds 50%.

Among these technologies, the advanced fields synergy combustion technology optimizes the design of the air passage, fuel injection, combustion chamber profile and other systems to make the relationship between the velocity field and concentration field in the combustion chamber more harmonious, and the combustion speed increases by 30%.

The harmonius design technology, in view of the difficult problem that the diesel engine body's ability to withstand the high PFP greatly limits combustion improvement, selectively weakens some parts in order to finally strengthen the overall structure, and increases the system's PFP withstand capacity by about 60%.

Exhaust energy distribution technology, in response to the increased difficulty of pollutant emission control caused by improved combustion, pioneered reconstruction of the exhaust system design. It adapts to the demand for exhaust gas recirculation, while ensuring the efficiency of turbines, meeting the requirements of regulations and standards and achieving a 1% increase in brake thermal efficiency at the same time.

Subzone lubrication technology is developed based on the different characteristics of the friction pairs of the system, and uses different friction reduction technologies in different areas to reduce the overall friction by 20%.

WISE control technology, using the advantages of Weichai's self-developed ECU, creatively develops a series of more precise control predictive models, so that every part of the diesel engine can be more efficient.

The brake thermal efficiency exceeding 50% is a historic revolution in the development of internal combustion engines in the world. Authoritative institutions and experts at home and abroad, such as Bosch Group, AVL List GmbH, FEV, SAE, China Machinery Industry Federation, China Internal Combustion Engine Industry Association, and China-SAE, respectively congratulated Weichai on this historic breakthrough and praised Weichai for setting a new benchmark for the brake thermal efficiency of global diesel engines and making new contributions to the energy saving and emission reduction of internal combustion engines.

Weichai not only launched the first base diesel engine with a brake thermal efficiency of over 50% to the world, but also easily met the China VI/Euro VI emission requirements, and was the first one ready for mass production and commercialization. Industry experts pointed out that based on the current 46% industry brake thermal efficiency level, when it increases to 50%, the diesel consumption will be reduced by 8%, and carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 8%. According to the current estimate of the current number of 7 million units in China’s heavy-duty diesel engine market, if all are replaced with diesel engines with 50% brake thermal efficiency, we can save 33.32 million tons of fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 104.95 million tons per year. This will make a significant contribution to solving energy shortages and global warming problems.

The launch of the world's first commercialized diesel engine with a brake thermal efficiency of over 50% marks that China's heavy-duty diesel engine technology has advanced to the world's top. Weichai has received strong support from Bosch Group, and other global suppliers and R&D consulting institutions in the development of this program. At the ceremony, Tan Xuguang announced that in the future Weichai will link up with global partners more openly and move towards the goal of 55% brake thermal efficiency for diesel engines!

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Hamburg, July 13, 2020 - On this Monday a premiere took place: For the first time, the winners of this year's IFOY Award (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year) were announced online via video due to the ongoing corona crisis. In the category "Counter Balanced Truck up to 3.5 t" the coveted award once again went to STILL.

This year, the Hamburg-based intralogistics company had entered their new RX 60-25/35 electric forklift truck into the competition. "With the high-performance version of the RX 60-25 STILL sets the benchmark for electric trucks in this segment. Never before has an electric forklift truck been so productive. Add to this the advantages of low noise, flexibility, lower costs for electricity compared to diesel or gas, easy operation, less maintenance and very predictable handling. All the criteria for a combustion engine killer are thus combined," concluded the international jury. With this new electric truck in the 2.5 to 3.5 t weight class STILL offers a serious alternative to trucks with combustion engines. The jurors were particularly impressed by the lifting speed which is generated by the 25 kW pump motor of the RX 60. The test team measured a speed without load of more than 66 cm/s and judged: "A record in this class".

However, the STILL RX 60-25/35 also set new standards in the tested combination of acceleration, driving and lifting. In this test it achieved a productivity of 363 pallets in eight hours. "The measured productivity has never been so high in an IFOY test", was the jury's conclusion.

Henry Puhl, Chairman of the STILL Management Board, sees the award as confirmation of his company's consistently high innovative performance: "We have put a lot of development work and know-how into the RX 60-25/35. The result is a truck that stands up to any international comparison and, with its enormous performance spectrum has the potential to outperform trucks with combustion engines. I am delighted that the jury of international forklift truck experts has honoured our work by presenting us with the IFOY Award 2020".

About STILL

STILL offers customised intralogistics solutions and implements the intelligent teamwork of forklift trucks and warehouse technology, software and services. The achievement created by the company’s founder Hans Still in 1920 through a large amount of creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and quality quickly developed into a strong brand well-known throughout the world. Today around 9,000 qualified staff in research and development, production, marketing and service are involved for the sole purpose of fulfilling customers’ needs throughout the whole world. The keys to the company’s success are highly efficient products ranging from sector-specific complete offers for large and small enterprises to computer-assisted logistics programs for efficient warehouse and materials flow management. Please also visit STILL on the internet at www.still.de, on Facebook www.facebook.com/still or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/still-gmbh.

Contact

Jacqueline Poppe
STILL GmbH
Berzeliusstraße 10
D-22113 Hamburg
www.still.de
Telephone: +49 40 73 39-1111
Telefax: +49 40 73 39-97-1111
jacqueline.poppe@still.de

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  • Order from the leading logistics company Americold
  • Combined solution provides fully automated mixed article palletizing
  • Dematic iQ software controls omnichannel fulfillment

Heusenstamm / Atlanta, Georgia 16 June 2020 – Dematic automates two temperature-controlled warehouses of Americold Logistics LLC. The leading logistics company based in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) is specialized in temperature-controlled food supply chains and ser-vices. Dematic's integrated solution combines both a Dematic high-bay unit load automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) for pallets and a Dematic Multishuttle for buffering and sequencing. The system thus maps the complete supply chain: Goods receiving, au-tomatic delayering, tray handling, sortation, automatic pallet build-ing, dispatch trailer sequencing and ergonomic case picking. The combination of these subsystems is managed and controlled by Dematic iQ software. This makes the solution one of the most effec-tive and compact mixed pallet handling solutions on the market, providing significantly more efficient intralogistics processes for a major Americold food retail customer.

"At Americold we have a unique lens into the temperature-controlled sup-ply chain. In order to provide our customers with superior service, we were looking for an automation partner that could fully map the future hy-per-connected, enabled supply chain in retail fulfillment," stated David Stuver, Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions at Americold Logistics, LLC. "As a provider of innovative automation solutions with large scale global capabilities, Dematic is an ideal partner to help us create state-of-the-art facilities that will help Americold transform the supply chain.”

The combined solution of Dematic AS/RS and Dematic Multishuttle ena-bles automated palletizing of mixed cases while ensuring optimal pallet composition for shipping. The result: highly efficiently packed pallets. Americold requires fewer trucks for transport and can stock shelves for the quickest possible due to the shelf-ready pallets.

Bernard Biolchini, CEO of Dematic North America, explains: "The Dematic Competence Center for Food has developed the optimal solution in coop-eration with Americold. The fully automated facilities, powered by Dematic iQ software, will provide immense operational flexibility, supporting omni-channel experiences and drives multi-channel growth".

For further information about Dematic GmbH, go to www.dematic.com/en

About Dematic:

Dematic is an intralogistics innovator which develops, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution environments. Its customer base includes some of the world's leading brands which are driving the future of retail with installations from Dematic. Dematic's global network of develop-ment centers, manufacturing and service facilities with over 8,000 employees in more than 25 countries has helped with the realization of more than 6,000 customer installa-tions. Dematic, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is a member of the KION Group, a global leader in warehouse automation, material handling equipment, supply chain solutions and related services.

Contacts for Journalists & Editors:

Jessica Heinz
Dematic GmbH
Head of Marketing and Communications CE
Martinseestr. 1
63150 Heusenstamm
Tel: +49 (0)69 583025 125
Cell: +49 (0)172 65 98 590
jessica.heinz@dematic.com
www.dematic.com/de

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Heusenstamm/Jerusalem, 27 February 2020 – Dematic has won an exceptional contract. The intralogistics specialist will install an automated small parts storage facility in the National Library of Israel. This system will be called the "Source of Knowledge," and it will provide library visitors with the books they ordered as an automated small parts storage. The National Library of Israel collection has approximately 5.5 million volumes, including the world's largest collections of Hebrew books and textual Judaica. The library also has some 1,000 archival collections from the estates of important figures, such as Martin Buber, Else Lasker-Schüler and Franz Kafka. Four million volumes will be stored in 50,000 bins. Visitors will be able to view the facility through a panoramic window while it is in operation. The ssystem will be integrated into the new building designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron, whose previous projects include the Tate Modern in London, the Beijing Olympic Stadium and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall.

“The new building with the integrated automated small parts storage will be a great example of how a traditional library can benefit from state-of-the-art technology,” says Jessica Heinz, Head of Marketing and Business Development, Dematic Central Europe. “Books ordered there will no longer have to be retrieved by hand. Instead, the system will bring the container with the book automatically to the pick-up station. A laser beam will show exactly which book to pick. Then a conveyor will automatically transport the container back to its storage location. In this way, the valuable books are exposed to fewer points of contact, which helps protect them.”

The bins are subdivided into up to eight parts, and each compartment has space for several books. The Dematic solution was chosen because of its expertise in automating libraries. The intralogistics specialist has installed numerous libraries with an automated small parts storage systems, mostly in the USA. The architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron, was founded in 1978 and have a great deal of experience in designing libraries in modern and contemporary styles.

“Strengthening a source of knowledge with our solution makes this an outstanding project for us,” emphasizes Heinz. The“Source of Knowledge” image is also reflected in the architecture: The central starting point for this is the ceiling oculus through which light floods into the building from above. The circular opening will run through all floors and connect them with each other. Every curve is lined with books to emphasize the theme.

The new National Library of Israel building, located in Jerusalem between the Parliament and the Israel Museum, will have six above-ground levels and five underground. To prevent moisture from penetrating the building, the materials for the automated small parts storage can currently only be brought into the building through a special opening on the roof. However, this must be well sealed, especially during the rainy season from November to April. “That will be an enormous logistical challenge,” says Heinz. The building design provides large glass showcases that give the passers-by an insight into the inner workings of the library from outside. In this way, they can also watch the automated small parts storage during ongoing operation. The façade will be made of Jerusalem limestone and have an exceptional, curvaceous shape. Spacious locations are also being planned for cultural events such as readings, performances, concerts and exhibitions to attract diverse audiences.

About Dematic:

Dematic is an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution environments for customers that are powering the future of commerce. With engineering centers, manufacturing facilities and service centers located in more than 25 countries, Dematic’s global network of 8,000 employees have helped achieve more than 6,000 worldwide customer installations for some of the world’s leading brands. Headquartered in Atlanta, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, supply chain solutions and related services, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.

Media Contact:

Jessica Heinz
Dematic GmbH
Director Marketing and Communications CE
Martinseestr. 1
63150 Heusenstamm
Germany
Phone: +49 69 583025 125
Mobile: +49 172 65 98 590
jessica.heinz@dematic.com

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  • Intralogistics specialist automates new logistics centre in Austria
  • Dematic Multishuttle with 62,220 container spaces
  • Automated conveyor system connects warehouse and production

Heusenstamm / Wieselburg (Austria), 12. February 2020 – Dematic is automating the new logistics centre of ZKW Lichtsysteme GmbH. Because their previous storage areas were no longer sufficient, the automotive supplier is constructing a new production supply build-ing at its headquarters in Wieselburg (Austria). To make optimum use of the site's capacity, the intralogistics specialist is installing a custom-made Dematic Multishuttle warehouse in a silo design with over 60,000 container spaces, which will allow for efficient, multiple-depth storage of headlamp components. There will be 140 shuttles automatically accessing the containers in the storage system and transporting them directly to the workstations for palletising before continuing to the incoming and outgoing goods areas. In addition, the three kilometre-long conveyor system transports the compo-nents fully automatically through the factory to the production area. In this way, ZKW Lichtsysteme will be able to increase its through-put rate up to 1,500 containers per hour. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year. The ultra-modern logistics centre is scheduled to go into operation in the second half of 2021.

"With our intelligent, flexible and high-performance intralogistics system at ZKW Lichtsysteme, we are able to ensure efficient material supply be-tween warehouse and production," says Jessica Heinz, Head of Marketing and Business Development Dematic Central Europe. Due to their increas-ing variety of products and the resulting more complex intralogistic pro-cesses, ZKW Lichtsysteme decided to implement an extensive automation of their material flow. At its main plant, the active global system supplier for the automotive industry produces around three million main headlamps per year and numerous spare parts. One of their greatest challenges is to keep the various components for production in line with demand.

"Because of its high degree of automation and compact design, the Dematic Multishuttle with Flex technology is ideally suited to the require-ments of ZKW Lighting Systems, allowing containers of different sizes to be dynamically stored," says Heinz. The system also ensures fast and re-liable order processing.

To optimise the cycle-controlled supply of the production lines, the system will integrate a station for container cleaning and a route train for load handling. Dematic's SAP experts will be responsible for integrating with the IT structures of ZKW Lighting Systems. They will also ensure that both the administration of the Dematic Multishuttle and the material flow are man-aged directly in the SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) sys-tem. No additional systems are required. Similarly, an innovative light pointer system will be used to guide employees during the distribution of containers to the assembly shelves from the SAP EWM.

For further information about Dematic GmbH, go to www.dematic.com/de

About Dematic:

Dematic is an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution environments. Its customer base includes some of the world's leading brands which are driving the future of retail with Dematic installations. Dematic's global network of development centres, manufacturing and service facilities with over 8,000 employees in more than 25 countries has helped to realise more than 6,000 customer installations. Headquar-tered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Dematic is a member of the KION Group, a global leader in warehouse automation, material handling equipment, supply chain solutions and related services.

Contact for Journalists and Editors:

Jessica Heinz
Dematic GmbH
Head of Marketing und Communications CE
Martinseestr.1
63150 Heusenstamm
Tel: +49 (0)69 583025 125
Mobil: +49 (0)172 65 98 590
Fax: +49 (0)69 8903-1840
jessica.heinz@dematic.com
www.dematic.com/de

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