Swisslog, the world leader in robotic, data-driven and flexible automated solutions, offers innovative products to organizations.
Swisslog, operating in several sectors, including electronic commerce, retail, food, and beverage, signed a total of seven large projects in the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Kuwait with a value of more than USD $ 100 million.
Alain Kaddoum, General Manager at Swisslog Middle East commented, “Businesses in the Middle East are today recognising the benefits of automation and are starting to adopt the same methodology. Swisslog develops and delivers best-in-class automation solutions for businesses and offers integrated technology, backed by decades of industry experience. Our recent hires reflect our focus on growth with the aim to help local businesses stay competitive across automated logistics. Moreover, our recent participation at Seamless Retail Middle East underscores our dedication to introduce the latest solutions in logistics automation to forward-thinking customers in the Middle East.”
The company took part in the exposition “Seamless Retail Middle East expo”. Automation veteran Roland Martin conducted several seminars and showed the need for data and robotic storage.
Thanks to Autostore, an automated storage system and the collection of small parts, retailers receive an efficient, safe and fast execution system. Other ASRS systems for pallet handling also ensure the timely delivery of goods in accordance with regulated rules.
A recent report by management consultancy McKinsey & Company states that the pace of automation has been gradual but is accelerating, and in countries like KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the UAE, the projected adoption of automation by 2030 is higher than the projected global average of 32%. The report further states that sectors intensive in routine tasks such as manufacturing, transportation, and warehousing can greatly improve productivity simply by using automation.
“We are seeing a steady increase in demand for our industry 4.0 and robotics solutions designed to address the challenges of tomorrow, as businesses in the Middle East continue to recognise the benefits of automation. Our recent commitment is our promise to deliver a $21m fully automated storage solution for the UAE’s water-bottled company Mai Dubai later this year,” added Kaddoum.
According to forecasts, the automation of processes in the Middle East and Africa will register the CAGR at 5.15% between 2018 and 2023 years.
Digitalization, economic transformation as a result of Expo 2020 and other major innovative events will promote companies’ awareness of new technologies.
Companies in the region that use automation have advantages in solving logistics problems.
Almarai is an example of how automation in logistics enhances business efficiency. The Saudi Arabian group is one of the largest vertically integrated dairy companies in the world. The new automated warehouse of the factory in Al Kharj includes storage and retrieval machines, conveyors, refrigerators, automatic prefabricated modules, suspension systems with an electric monorail and intelligent software. These Swisslog solutions provide faster processes, increase the amount of transit and reduce costs.