Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS), a leading automation expert for robot-based and data driven intralogistic solutions, has been selected to automate a new distribution center for tire manufacturer Michelin in North America. As well as this, Swisslog has been awarded an additional large-scale contract from an Asian corporation. With Swisslog solutions supporting the companies in their future business growth, the order value of the two projects amounts to around 150 million euro in total.
Michelin North America, Inc., a division of the Michelin Group and global leader for innovation in tires, will see its new distribution center supplying passenger and truck tires throughout North America, allowing the company to meet its ambitions for responsible logistics. Swisslog has been engaged to automate the warehouse operation including receiving, tire selection and sequencing, shipping, Warehouse Management Software and controls software. The project is expected to be fully operational in 2019.
“Our expert warehouse automation design team was able to provide an exceptional solution to help Michelin achieve unparalleled customer service with low operating cost. This is another example of how Swisslog develops and delivers solutions that create outstanding customer value”, commented Dr. Christian Baur, Chief Operating Officer of the Swisslog Group and CEO of the WDS Division. “The United States is a very important and rapidly growing focus market for Swisslog,” added Baur.
According to WDS Americas President, Markus Schmidt, “The Michelin contract confirms Swisslog’s strategic focus on the automotive industry as one of our most important market segments. It underscores our expertise in designing, developing and delivering automated intralogistics solutions for the automotive industry and we are privileged to have won this significant opportunity to help Michelin achieve its strategic business objectives in the American market.”
A major Asian corporation has also selected Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions to install fully automated warehousing systems for pallets at its facility.
“This is an exciting time for the business,” continues Dr. Christian Baur. “These major milestones in our business growth show that leading players recognize Swisslog as an innovative provider of best-in-class warehouse automation solutions, and they are willing to step into the future with Swisslog’s robot-based and data-driven intralogistics solutions.”