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ACME to expand operations in Saudi Arabia

To meet the increasing demand, UAE headquartered ACME, which completed 45 years of operations this year, is planning to expand into Saudi Arabia.

By the end of 2020, ACME also intends to open a sales and services office in Germany to bring them closer to their customers in the EU.

Navin Narayan, Founder-CEO, ACME Intralog, says, “We see strong demand through 2020-21 as the region invests in being self-sufficient and commits to investment in industrial growth. We are excited to expand our operations into Saudi Arabia this year. We already have clients in KSA but now with a local presence, we will be able to provide round the clock on-site service and maintenance as well as promptly respond to any emergency repair and maintenance requirements at the same service level that we provide in the UAE. With the beginning of the pandemic and corresponding growth in e-commerce, there has been considerable focus on industrialization in the region and we see a tremendous potential for both factory as well as warehouse automation. Businesses in competitive sectors such as grocery e-commerce are now turning to micro distribution solutions to meet the demands of customers. We have built a wide portfolio of solutions that cater to these needs and are now seeing a substantial number of requests for such solutions.”

In 2018, anticipating the growing needs for automation regionally, ACME opened a manufacturing facility located within the Jebel Ali Free Zone and now manufactures a complete range of conveyor systems, AS/RS systems, control systems as well other material handling systems. They also design and manufacture customized factory automation solutions for different industries in the region, Europe as well as the United States.

“Our Jebel Ali facility now has over 80 employees, it also houses our R&D facility where we develop a wide variety of innovative automation solutions tailored to the regional market. We intend to be a driving force in the transformation of the intralogistics industry in the Middle East and India,” Narayan added.

Kuehne+Nagel combines its capabilities and services with value-added service offering

With the global contract packaging market growing at more than 12 percent annually, Kuehne + Nagel has developed an innovative one-stop-shop contract packaging solution combining enhanced capabilities and additional services. KN Packaging aims at meeting the customers’ complex service requirements.

This new value-added service offering is now being implemented in Kuehne + Nagel facilities worldwide focusing on three areas: the use of state-of-the art software, the deployment of the latest collaborative robots and the cooperation with local packaging providers.

With a cloud-based solution offered by Nulogy, the leading developer of contract packaging software worldwide, Kuehne + Nagel improves its customer service by adding instant connectivity and full transparency. The software provides customers with a targeted and traceable solution for their contract packaging needs.

Kuehne + Nagel has signed a strategic partnership with Universal Robots, one of the leading companies in the field of collaborative robots (cobots), to drive process automisation and increase productivity. Designed to assist warehouse workers in a variety of packaging tasks, the integration of cobots will lead to a significant reduction in turnaround times.

Kuehne + Nagel has also identified a number of selected packaging providers at country level. Global customers will benefit from the advantages of local material sourcing, design and engineering complying with local requirements and market preferences.

Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG responsible for Contract Logistics, says, ”At Kuehne + Nagel we aim at innovating systems and processes to seamlessly serve our customers and to make processes much faster, better and leaner, regardless of industries or geographies. With this strategic enhancement of our contract packaging services, we expect to see significant growth across a number of key markets and anticipate deploying hundreds of cobots in our operations in the next few years.”