Vanderlande Industries acquires Beewen

After working very closely together for many years, Vanderlande Industries and Beewen have agreed on a take-over of Beewen by Vanderlande. This take-over further strengthens the position of Vanderlande as an integrated player with a full product portfolio. In the new set-up Beewen will be the AS/RS centre of competence within Vanderlande with the prospect of growth in line with the strategic ambitions of Vanderlande Industries.

"This acquisition is of strategic importance for Vanderlande Industries" said Jan Hulsmann, managing director Distribution and Parcel & Postal of Vanderlande Industries. "It will enable us to accelerate the development and launch of key products and solutions by closely combining the knowledge and experience of the Beewen team with that of our own experts. We are pleased to have the continuing support of Udo Beewen in the coming years to help make this acquisition a success."
"With this acquisition the future continuity of Beewen is guaranteed after I retire" said Udo Beewen, managing director of Beewen. "We both intend to ensure that Beewen retains its entrepreneurial atmosphere that is so crucial for its innovation power. I have every confidence that Beewen as the AS/RS centre of competence will be an important and respected member of the Vanderlande family. We will continue to serve our existing customer base, look for new opportunities in the market and remain a supplier of AS/RS equipment to other integrators."
About Beewen
Beewen GmbH & Co. KG, located in Siegen - Germany, designs, implements and services automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), miniload cranes, shuttles and load handling devices. The company is one of the leading European suppliers of AS/RS systems and is active in the markets for Warehouse Automation and Baggage Handling at airports. The company has sales of EUR 24 million and employs 100 people.
The company was founded in 1977 and started with the development and integration of load handling devices in existing AS/RS systems. Market demand quickly led to the development of complete miniload systems and their implementation including the required software.
Today the company has an extensive range of miniloads, shuttles and load handling devices, implemented in several hundred systems around the world. Ranging from low throughput storage driven miniload systems to high throughput shuttle systems for goods to man based order picking and order consolidation.
The company supports its customers throughout the life time of the system. Its services range from preventive and corrective maintenance and spare parts supply, through hotline support and training to site based services
About Vanderlande Industries
Vanderlande Industries provides automated material handling systems and services. The company is active in the markets for Baggage Handling at airports, automated logistics processes in Distribution Centres and sorting solutions in Parcel & Postal facilities. The company implements material handling systems of all sizes, ranging from local sorting depots, airports and distribution centres to the world's largest facilities. Vanderlande has sales of EUR 566 million and employs 2 134 people of whom more than 50% have a college or university degree.
Its systems and services focus on improving customers' logistics processes and increasing their logistics performance today, tomorrow and throughout the entire life cycle. The company strives for close cooperation with the customer, extending from initial analysis of the underlying business processes through to total life-cycle support.
To achieve this, the company has a wide product range and industry knowledge, and possesses capabilities in the relevant disciplines. These range from system design and engineering, through supply chain management and manufacturing, to information and communication technology, system integration, project management and customer services.
Vanderlande Industries is a global player with extensive experience in many industries and references in all major regions of the world. It operates locally through Customer Centres that handle all key business functions and maintain direct contacts with customers.

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